Aug 112009
Chile - Easter Island, Ahu Tongariki
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Aside from being one of the world’s most isolated islands, Easter Island is also one of the most mysterious. A few kilometers from Chile, this island’s history is also enshrouded in enigma. Because of this, however, Easter Island easily becomes one of the most interesting travel experiences in the world.
Traveling to Easter Island can be a journey, but this journey is not as complicated as you may think. You have the option to travel alone or with a knowledgeable travel expert. A commercial air service takes tourists to and from the island daily. Getting around this 160 square kilometer island is fairly easy and all you need is a jeep. As for accommodations, there are a few hotels and guest houses that you can stay at, and many of them offer a few meals per day.
Easter Island Culture
Easter Island is heavily associated with the Moai stone statues that are scattered around its shores, and the statues’ creation is widely disputed. Many people believe that there were 900 of them at one time, and it took little time to create them all. Of course, this is just one of the island’s many mysteries. Today, there are groups of these stone statues scattered everywhere, and they are almost uniform. Years of erosion, however, have left them with slightly unique features.
Aside from the Moai, there are numbers of masonry wonders. There are stone walls, like those found in the rear of Vinapu, that were created without mortar. There are also 1,233 stone houses that still stand on the island. Petroglyphs can also be found carved into the rocks of the island.
While it can be a journey to get to Easter Island, your arrival on the island will justify it. Not only will you be intrigued and fascinated by the mystery surrounding the island, but you’ll also explore an island that very few other people have experienced.

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Aug 112009
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“When people are just travelin, they start out with the notion they’re gonna end up someplace by a certain time. They get together what they think they’ll need and head out. They stop for fuel if they’re drivin. Maybe they stop for food or maybe they pack their own so’s to limit the stops. If a detour comes up on the highway or there’s a traffic jam, they get upset. They don’t like anythin to slow ‘em up. They’re on a schedule.
“A person on a journey prepares the basics as well, but doesn’t have a schedule…not as such. That person is willin, if not enthusiastic, about enjoyin every second. Might create detours just to see what’s there. Maybe pulls over to watch a sunrise or sunset. Might get out in a rain shower to feel the cool drops on their skin…taste the rain. That kind of person will stop along the way just to talk to people, have a new experience. You can tell a lot about how a person moves through life by how they travel.”
-Excerpt from “I Don’t Want to be Your Guru, but I Have Something to Say”
Are you journeying through life or are you just traveling by with a routine? Do you appreciate each minute and see it as an opportunity, or do you just see it as something that needs to go by. Living in the present and putting meaning in your actions helps you gain fuller life. This means getting your heart, mind and soul in tune with each other.
We have a tendency to think of things aside from the task we are doing, and often miss something funny or exciting because our minds are elsewhere. Multi-tasking, while it gets things done, separates our mind from the here and now that our bodies are in.
Dwelling on other thoughts while you should be living in the present is another instance of traveling and not appreciating the moment. Take time to listen to others, and like towns and cities we vacation to, explore the rich environments and interesting people you meet throughout your life. Remember to always ask yourself:
Are you journeying or just traveling by?

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Aug 112009
Tao Te Ching
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There is no clear way to have a successful life as everyone approaches obstacles in vastly different ways. While there are no solutions to the current economic problem, some people continue to brave through. Despite having days where everything went wrong, these people continue to stay positive and focused on their goals. People who constantly have pessimistic outlooks often find them coming true. People who don’t, however, find successes in even the smallest parts of their lives. Here are a few tips to keep you floating even through the rough spots:
1. Love, when given and shared, can make you feel whole.
2. While life isn’t fair, be sure to focus only on the positive.
3. Since you can’t change it, let the past go. Instead, focus on what you can change: the future.
4. Lao Tzu (Confucius) once noted, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Make a plan and stick to it when struggling against adversity.
5. When you’re unsure of what to do, be cautious and take small steps. This will help you recover if anything goes wrong.
6. Life has so much to offer, and it’s even better when you share it with people. Find things you and your family like to do to have fun.
7. Persistence and focus are your greatest tools.
8. Life isn’t always easy, so be flexible as you may need to make compromises at times.
9. Some people may not like you. Instead of worrying about them, spend time focusing on the people who do.
10. Friends are powerful allies and great resources, make many of them and enjoy their presence in your life.
11. Pick your battles, as you can’t win every argument.
12. Crying is okay, and it is much better to release pent up emotion than to internalize it.
13. Keep your friends close as they often have the best shoulders to cry on. It’s better than being alone.
14. Treat others as they want to be treated, rather than how you would treat them. Everyone has individual needs, and forcing them into your mold may cause tension.
15. Live your own life, and don’t copy others. The grass isn’t always greener.
16. Remember the old adage, beauty is only skin deep.
17. When you feel like things are out of control, take a minute to breath and focus before entering a task.
18. You control the course to your dreams and goals.
19. Don’t focus on what other people think, instead focus on being you.
20. There is always light at the end of the tunnel, and time will bring happiness and healing.
21. Miracles do happen.
22. Don’t spend time feeling bad about your situation, instead spend time looking at the opportunities around you.
23. No matter what kind of box it comes in, life is a wonderful gift.
24. You control your happiness.
25. Life is something you should celebrate daily.
26. Remember that the best is yet to come.

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Aug 112009
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If you’re looking to live a life of purpose and meaning, continue reading this article. Following are tips for those who want to offer themselves to the world and want to leave their mark of change.
1. Get clear on what you value.  What innate qualities do you value in other people, such as honesty, authenticity, intellect? What are you willing to stand for and defend?
2. Get clear on what you are best at doing and being. Everyone has innate talents and strengths. Identify yours and utilize them to the best of your ability in your everyday life.
3. Take a long hard look at your current situation. Look at your current lifestyle and determine whether or not it includes your values and strengths. Figure out how you can get your current life to change and align with your strengths and values.
4. Build a support network of people who have a positive energy and impact on you. When making significant changes in your life, you will want people who support and believe in you. One valuable strategy in this is working with a life coach or mentor.
5. Devise a way to create space in your life to focus solely on your vision. Any time in your day, from a few minutes to an hour can give you time to plan and act out your life plan.
The most important factor in living your life purpose is uncovering the compelling force within you that will propel you into action. You have to want it badly enough to do something about it. Have confidence in yourself and know that the path you choose was designated especially for you. Follow it bravely and live life to the fullest.
Even with these tips, the most important part is finding what drives you to action. Your desire for this should be great to push you to action, and confidence in what you’ve chosen. Live your life to the fullest and follow your personal path with bravery.

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