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Mindconnection eNL, 2007-12-16


In this issue:

  1. Product highlight
  2. Brainpower tip
  3. Time tip
  4. Finance tip
  1. Security tip
  2. Health tip/Fitness tip
  3. Miscellany
  4. Thought for the day

1. Product Highlight

I normally promote products in this space.

But my purpose here is to warn you about a potential issue with this particular device. See the story by following these easy steps:

  1. Click on the image at right.
  2. Click the "you should probably read this before buying" link.

If, after reading that product warning, you decide to buy one of these anyhow, please note that there is a limited-time promotion going. That promotion allows you to get the $160 Accessory Pack for free with the purchase.


2. Brainpower tip

Take some time for quiet reflection. The best ideas usually come when you're just relaxing, because the "noise level" of a busy brain isn't interfering. Now, this must be purposeful relaxation, not merely watching television or being similarly distracted. Another name for purposeful relaxation is meditation.

If you don't already have a regular habit of meditation, here's a way to get started.

  • Pick a time of day for this to take place. The end of the day is a good time, because the relaxation from meditating will also help you sleep.
  • Transition into it. Unless you are a Zen master, you will find it difficult to suddenly switch from overactive to relaxed. So, pick a relaxing activity to engage in for 15 to 30 minutes, first. Reading is an excellent choice. If you read this way each day, you can easily read a couple of dozen books a year and that is a real brain-builder in itself. Lying quietly listening to audio books is another great choice.
  • Once you feel a sense of calm, linger in it for a bit and keep reading or listening or whatever.
  • Stop the transition activity and then sit, lie, or recline comfortably. You are now ready to begin your meditation.
  • Look at a spot on the wall and unfocus your vision. Don't think of anything in particular. It may help to imagine yourself cradling a large inflatable ball, or to focus on your breathing--for example, counting slowly as you exhale.

What you are trying to do is avoid mental clutter and think of nothing. Some practitioners speak of the "empty mind." You are trying to reach a state of utter calm, in which your thoughts are not occupied by the pressing concerns of the day.

If you haven't meditated before, you probably won't be able sustain this for long and that's OK. Thirty seconds is good the first few times. After a long period of regular sessions, you will be able to go exactly 30 minutes if you desire (or 29 minutes and 59 seconds--whatever you predetermine).

You may have noticed that most of the people you deal all day with are in a sort of "empty mind" state already. That is not the same thing as reaching a meditative state for a small chunk of your day. In their case, the problem is their minds are so overloaded with nonsense that their brains are on autopilot and they have shut down the process of thinking. They merely respond to inputs.

Once you become practiced in meditation, you will be able to call upon this tool at any time to help you solve problems. For example, you are driving in an unfamiliar area and get lost. The natural reaction is to get upset and take even more turns to get even more lost. But if you pull over and reach that inner calm through meditation--maybe in 15 seconds--you clear your mind and can then arrive at an intelligent solution.

More critical situations than simply being lost in a car arise all the time. Any time you face a difficult decision or confusing situation, try going into your meditative state briefly, then tackling the problem. You will find the results to be much better than they otherwise would be.

3. Time Tip

4. Finance tip

With taxes being so incredibly high (if you are a US citizen, your share of the federal deficit alone is over $650,000 and you are paying that in a zillion different ways), it might seem rather pointless to manage your money. But, it's not.

While you are forced to carry the debt burden incurred by a band of 535 lunatics, that doesn't mean you should do so in abject poverty or under great stress. After all, even the Titanic had survivors.

What your huge share of the monumental debt does mean is that you really must manage your finances. You need to squeeze value from wherever you can.

You already have at least one crushing debt, and your great grandchildren will probably still be paying on it in their old age. Don't compound the problem further by taking on other debts without thinking things through very carefully.

For example, let's say you are buying a new car. Such a purchase usually requires taking out a loan. It's a sensible debt, up to a point. When you buy a car, that's when the car dealer sweets talks you into buying all kinds of accessories you don't need. That $400 whahizmut will increase your car payment by only fifty cents. You can afford fifty cents, so what's the big deal? The big deal is you just spent $400. On something that the dealer has deliberately overpriced and that sounds good but will be of no use or value to you.

What if you invested that $400 into an iTravl language translator so you could use its many features (including Language Teacher) to learn Spanish or German or whatever? That certainly makes more sense.

Another area where people just throw away money is restaurant meals. The price of just two such meals will typically exceed the price of an entire week's worth of groceries if you eat every other meal that week at home. That, of course, assumes you eat real food and the not prepackaged, processed, disease-inducing, overpriced garbage that typically fills a grocery cart.

By deleting two restaurant meals from your schedule, you effectively get a week's worth of groceries for free (again, assuming you shop properly). But that's only part of what the real savings are. For one thing, you aren't loading up on sugar (it any of its many forms) or hydrogenated oil and restaurant meals are usually laden with both poisons. Further, the typical restaurant meal contains an entire day's allotment of calories. Think about that, if you are carrying excess body fat and can't figure out why.

5. Security tip

With Saturnalia season in full swing, the credit card number stealers are out in droves with their cell phone cameras. They are taking pictures of people's credit cards, then using the security code and card number to make "not present" purchases (for example, by phone).

Your best protection is to shop via secure browser from the privacy of your own home. Go to and look for the various shopping options (there's even a "deals" link on the home page).

6. Health tip/Fitness tips

A good article on fighting the battle of the bulges:

7. Miscellany

  1. One tree can filter up to sixty pounds of pollutants from the air each year. Congress puts out more hot air each year than all the trees in the world can possibly process.
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8. Thought for the Day

A few minutes of planning a task can considerably reduce the time that task takes to do. Walk it through or feel trampled while doing it--the choice is yours.


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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