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Mindconnection eNL, 2002-05-06

In this issue:

  1. Courses at Mindconnection
  2. Perspective and Reverence
  3. Finance tip
  4. Health tip
  5. Fitness tip
  6. Thought for the day

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1. Courses at Mindconnection

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2. Perspective and Reverence

You may remember the famous Mr. Tenzing, who scaled Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary. This feat is incredible, and Everest is littered with dead bodies. In 1995, over a dozen more dead bodies accumulated on the mountain during the climb made famous by the book "Into Thin Air." Listening to Jamling Tenzing Norgay (a son of THE Tenzing) tell his story, and why a lack of reverence is what led those folks to their deaths was instructive.

We have to remember we are insignificant compared to the powers around us. Until we gain that perspective, however, we cannot obtain the reverence that brings wisdom. I recommend this book:Touching My Father's Soul: A Sherpa's Journey to the Top of Everest. While you are unlikely to scale Mount Everest, you will scale new heights of understanding if you listen to this book and to what the author is trying to tell us. 


3. Finance tip

I have to chuckle when I read about the consternation people have toward gas pump prices. In the USA, we pay much less than our European counterparts do for fuel. And we waste it, accordingly. I spend about $20 a month on fuel for my car (except for an annual 1200 mile trip), and I get on the Interstate to drive into work every day. If you don't own or drive a car, this information won't help you personally, but maybe you can help someone else. Here are some ways you can cut your car fuel bill:

  • Have the right car. Mine gets about 33 MPG. You don't need a miser piece of crap for this--my car turns heads.

  • Buy the right tires. High-speed tires get better gas mileage, even at low speeds--they are just better tires.

  • Maintain your car. Use synthetic oil only, keep the car tuned up, keep the tires inflated, keep the car clean.

  • Don't listen to the radio. All that music jazzes you up into driving more aggressively. Listen to books on tape, and you spare that gas pedal automatically.

  • Plan your trips. I make an "outing" each weekend--I just keep a list of what I need and make a single trip for everything once a week. I also plan an occasional stop on the way home from work.

  • Don't go out to eat. Not only is this generally a ticket to obesity and malnutrition, it's another fuel-burning trip.

  • Share recreation. Use the buddy system, and you share the fun while slashing the cost. Car pooling does more than just save gas.


4. Health tip

Eat fruit early in the day. At breakfast is the best time, because that's when your body is most able to absorb the sugar. If you eat fruit at bedtime, eat very little--cut an apple in half and store the rest for breakfast. At a point that varies for each individual, the excess sugar gets stored as fat, and the excess fruit simply ferments overnight because your digestion slows down while you sleep. This isn't to say you can't have any carbohydrates before bed--but it does mean you have to take into account your ability to process them is diminished.


5. Fitness tip

Your rear deltoid muscles hold your shoulder in proper alignment and stabilize the joint. Yet, the typical American has a paper-thin rear deltoid. Most gym rats also have underdeveloped rear deltoids. My 70-year-old uncle can do a certain rear delt exercise with a 10 pound weight, in perfect form. However, I have found the typical "big guy" at the gym cries for mercy at rep# five doing the same exercise with 2.5 pounds. These folks essentially have not developed any real strength--my 70-year-old uncle can whup their butts! My own rear delts are quite prominent.

If you lack rear delt development, you are at high risk for the dreaded rotator cuff injury and ensuing surgery. Don't let this happen to you. Here is a book with exercises for developing those rear delts:Body for Life: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength


6. Thought for the Day

While insanity is proving to be the normal state of mind in this world, it doesn't have to be yours. You can control the vertical, you can control the horizontal. The power to do that comes from knowledge. Do you have a knowledge plan? What new knowledge are you seeking to gain this week? What knowledge sources are you tapping into?


Wishing you the best,

Mark Lamendola


The views expressed in this e-newsletter are generally not shared by criminals, zombies, or brainwashed individuals.

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