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Zentraveler on change your self-talk change your life!

Focused Bhutan Monk

Focused Bhutan Monk

Observed this highly evolved Monk at the Bhutan Festival in Washington, DC. Their level of consciousness is partly inherited and also highly developed because of their focus on their work. They don’t even have a word for depression in their language and they don’t have to work on their self-talk because it is all positive.

Volumes have been written on self esteem. How to improve your self-worth. Take stock in yourself. Write down your personal assets. Cowboy up! Stiff upper-lip. Hang in their baby and what you really need is a new outfit and a night out on the town or just a good old fashioned talking session! I could just shake you to get you straightened out. What in the world has come over you? If your self-talk is like listening to an x-rated audio… then it’s time to take corrective action.

As you encounter your daily routine what are you telling yourself? Don’t worry about your enemies. They are mild compared to the damage you are doing to yourself by keeping your negative self-talk on stuck. This is a great discovery about yourself and one that can turn your life around in nanoseconds.

Purchase a notebook and write down everything you can think of about yourself as you go through your daily routine. That blooming idiot cut me off and almost run me off the road. I would like to slam into his car and send him flying through the air. That’s the stupidest waitress I have ever seen— it took her fifteen minutes to make one cup of coffee this morning. (maybe it’s her first day on the job) How could I be so stupid I just drove past a perfect parking place? I knew it… the guy behind me wheeled right in. That dirty so and so came flying out of the parking lot and almost hit me— now he’s blowing his horn at me and the traffic light hasn’t turned green yet. Like my one teacher said: “I’m just a dummy that’s all there is to it.” Could anyone in the Universe mess up more than me? Let’s see on the last count their were about 7.3 billion people on the planet and I can assure that your problem with negative self-talk can be reversed and you can begin to enjoy life again. It’s not you personally …it’s what you have been telling yourself.

Realize that your just a good human being that somehow got pigeonholed into this negative self-talk. It’s now time to turn this around. It won’t be easy! You have been using this broken record for so long that it won’t give up easily. Challenge your self-talk to a dual if that what it takes. But always challenge it and begin to turn it around. Your entire life will turn right with it!

In conclusion change your self-talk one bit at a time until you are no longer creating self-defeating situations as you make your journey through this lifetime. In essence you will be involved with the creation of new neural pathways that will be just as effective in creating positive self-talk as the old pathways were in creating negative pathways. Now that ‘s something worth fighting for isn’t it!

12 step program to reverse negative self-talk!

1. Be aware of negative self-talk and vow to reverse it with positive affirmations

2. Challenge every negative statement that your self-talk creates

3. Replace with it’s OK they probably had a reason for what they are doing

4. Assert positive self-talk… which will begin to track just like a recording

5. Tell every single person you encounter something good

6. Love yourself which is a critical step in healthy relationships

7. Help someone in need

8. Talk to yourself positively as if you mean it this time

9. Don’t be too hard on yourself

10. Become your own best friend

11. Lighten up…Don’t take life too seriously

12. Laugh all the way to the bank (negativity can’t stand a good dose of humor)

QUOTE: “The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world at large.”—Confucius

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: You can get a jump start on learning about positive self-talk by getting the cd The Lifetime Library of Positive Self-Talk by Shad Helmstetter, Ph.D. You play the CD in the background and receive all positive self-talk. By incorporating this CD in your life it moves the life changing process so much faster!!!

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Your new positive self-talk….it’s habit forming!

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Replace negative self-talk with positive self-talk… works wonders.

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! and on and on and on.

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Zentravelers Ultimate Survivors Guide for difficult times!

What can you do to offset these difficult times the world is facing at this moment! The first thing to do is to remain calm during these financial storms. With a level head you will be able to better cope with losing that job, taking a cut in pay or losing your retirement funds. Spend some time and look at the reality of your situation.

After you have cut all of the unnecessary expenses that you can— then you need to develop an attack game plan that will catapult you out of this mess. Purchase a notebook and write on it: My attack game plan. Put down all of your strengths, go to the library and ask for help in writing a super resume that shows your strengths and qualifications. Now that you are ready— adopt the grin and bear it mentality and get out there and network with all of your friends, relatives and business associates to overcome these difficult times. It’s people like you who will survive I guarantee it! Sounds like a used car salesman’s pitch doesn’t it?  Keeping that bit of humor also helps.

As one recent International Banker put it— “we need all of the help we can get!”

Zentravelers Ultimate Survivors Guide for difficult times!

1. Write out your budget so you know exactly where you stand

2. Join Sam’s club so you can have large savings by buying in bulk

3. Purchase all of items you can at a dollar store where a dollar is the limit on any item

4. Purchase your clothes at goodwill stores or get them free at church handouts

5. Clip newspaper and store coupons and go on-line and print them out for name brands

6. Eating out— order the early bird specials and water with a lemon wedge for your no-cost drink

7. Traveling by air —check out Spirit Airlines  they sometimes have seats for $7.00

8. Grow your own herbs and have a vegetable garden

9. Walk, or ride a bicycle when you can to save gas and money

10. Use the barter system and trade for your services

11. Have a garage sale

12. Sell unwanted stuff on eBay

13. Volunteer your services to help someone in need

14. Get a free phone service via your computer

15. Bundle all of your phone, cable, and modem stuff through one carrier for large savings

16. Insulate around all of your windows and doors to save on heat and air costs

17. Set your thermostat at reasonable levels

18. Drive at no more than 65 miles an hour to save gas (remember double nickels under Jimmy Carter)

19. Go back to local colleges and take courses that will help you advance your career

20. Give gratitude for what you do have

Bad times are always followed by good times. Maybe this is the time to get more creative and start your own small business to bring in some extra cash until times get better. Have more family and friends outings where everyone brings a covered dish and Network with everyone that will enhance what you are doing.

By following the easy to use survivors guide you can not only weather the storm, but may surprise yourself as your creative juices take off and you have not only worked yourself out of a sticky situation, but you are enjoying what your are doing. And as hard as it is to believe that the more stuff you give away,

 Always a Bright Spot

Always a Bright Spot

the more stuff comes back to you. It’s almost a cruel Universal law that if you give it—it will come back. Seems counter to everyting you ever knew or were taught. Here you are trying so hard to hold on and like the Buddah once said “let go and go with the flow.”   It will come back and with a vengeance!

QUOTE: “In bad weather, when I couldn’t go outside, I used to sit on those stairs and extract a “Geographic” as carefully as if I were playing pick-up sticks, so I wouldn’t bring the whole attic down on myself. Among the glossy pages of the magazines, I met up with pygmies and Balinese dancers, cities built on water, mountain peaks yet unscaled, desert people and people who lived amid eternal snow, dragonflies and anacondas. On those attic stairs in an old house that seemed always on the verge of collapse, I began to sense huge possibilities.” Paula Fox  source forum. quoteland

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Universal Law! The more you give the more you get!

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Wear and tear on yourself by trying despeately to hold on

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Hang in there and always give gratitude— it’s doesn’t cost a thing!

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! and on and on and on.

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Zentravelers Journey of Self Discovery!

Self Discovery

Self Discovery

Know Thyself! You too can create your own personal journey of self discovery. Have you ever wanted to re-invent yourself and actually change directions for a new lifestyle? This is a great opportunity to do just that. Start out with a notebook and make an outline of how you want to change your life. I would like to get in shape. I would like to change careers. I would like to move to a foreign country, I would like to have a new relationship. I would like to be a volunteer. I would like to be a travel writer. I would like to get a job on a cruise ship. I would like to have my own business. I would like to turn my hobby into a business. I would like to write a blog. I would like to write a novel. I would like to re-invent myself. I would like to live a healthy lifestyle. I would like to go on my own personal journey of self-discovery!

This all sounds great but how do I get started? They interviewed ten of the most successful people in the world and they all said the same thing. You need to follow your passion. Every single person in the world has some unique gifts that only they have. So when you do some soul searching this is the time to dig deep into your own psychic (without fooling yourself) and determine what it is you really want. If it’s inner peace that you are seeking— then do the research in this area and begin your quest. It’s that simple!

No matter what we write it all starts with that first step! So let’s get stepping and see what a little introspection and imagination could do to allow you to achieve anything you want. As the tennis shoe advertisement says: “Just do it!”

Five steps for self discovery that could change your life!

1. Outline the life changes you want

2. Do the necessary research

3. Develop a short list on what you have to do

4. Put your plan in action

5. Make those life changes

So there you have it— five easy steps that can allow you to take that journey of self discovery! You might be surprised at the outcome.

QUOTE: “He who knows others is learned; he who knows himself is wise.—Lao-Tzu

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: “Know Thyself” was an inscription carved on the oracle of Apollo at Delphi in the sixth century B.C.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Have the mindfulness and self knowledge to save the world!

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Know Thyself!—as you take your own personal journey of self discovery.

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! and on and on and on.

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Zentraveler on the Now during these troubled times!

Zantravelers Now

Zantravelers Now

The one master wrote after studying all of his life that if you wanted to maintain perfect peace and harmony all you had to do was not be concerned with what is happening externally. That’s quite a mouth full with all that is presently happening around the world, but he is absolutely right.

There was a group of Shamans in Ecuador who lost all of their money and possessions during their countries Bank failures. The Shamans bowed their heads, praised the universe and sat around in a circle explaining that this was a good thing —-that good would come from this.

The Present Moment

“A Japanese warrior was captured by his enemies and thrown into prison. That night he was unable to sleep because he feared that the next day he would be interrogated, tortured, and executed. Then the words of his Zen master came to him.

“Tomorrow is not real. It is an illusion. The only reality is now.”

Heeding these words, the warrior became peaceful and fell asleep.” -source geocities

The now is all we have. You can’t go into the past, you can’t go into the future, you can’s go to the moon, (maybe— depends on your budget) but, you can deal with the now. That’s what you have and that’s all everyone has– when you really think about it. Sort of levels the playing field doesn’t it. Daddy Warbucks may have his yachts tied up in the Dubai harbor and Bill Gates is concerned how he can distribute billions of dollars to worthy causes, but when they have dinner, go to sleep, dress in the morning, go to work, just like everyone —-they only have the now.

I know what you are thinking. Yea I wouldn’t mind having a little of their now, now and again. But it’s like the Beggar and the King. Many times the King has to outfit soldiers, make critical strategic decisions and keep constant guard for fear of his life and all the Beggar has to do is hold his hand out to get fed. In their minds each thinks the other guy has it made.

So that’s it for the now.

QUOTE: “With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future.-Ralph Waldo Emerson

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW The Now Is all you have!

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE The now, but you better act quick or it will be gone!

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: It all in zee NOW! That’s all we have —use it well!

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! and on and on and on.

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Zentravelers Venezuelan Travelogue

Cathederal of Merida

Cathedral of Merida

When you hear the name Venezuela what images might this stir up in your brain? I created my own travelogue and recently spent sixty days traveling around Venezuela with my digital camera and backpack. What I learned about the country was both interesting and educational. Anyone who has been following politics would realize their is a big difference between President Bush’s and President Chavez’s policies. That is true!

Fellow travelers mostly from European countries and the small hostel owners all had comments on what they thought the country needed. But what I learned mostly was regardless of their politics they were all people. People with soul, who have the same wants and desires that we have—people who constantly kissed their babies in their homes on travel buses and ferries— and people who love their country almost to a fault.

Venezuela’s natural beauty will draw you in with it’s spectacular waterfalls, colonial towns hidden away high in the Andes, pristine beaches dotted with palm trees, and small fishing villages, where the mountains literally cascade into the sea— leaving you almost spellbound.

That’s the Venezuela I saw through my lens and one that will leave me smiling with lasting memories.

Backpackers Posada


If you bookmark or check back from time to time you can travel along for the ride and see some of the off the beaten path photos, visit a mountain hot spring, hike on an original Spanish trail, discover some hidden beaches, visit colonial and mountain towns that are chocked full of culture and local color, and hopefully of all —to wet your appetite to just keep traveling.

QUOTE: A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” — Lao Tzu

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Could be changed to; Things I Do Not Know Blog! Anyone have any ideas?

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE:Your memories!. Store them on your personal hard drive, fill your basement and den full of cluttered boxes of stuff or come to and start your own blog. It’s free and almost addicting and will preserve your memories for you and the world to see.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: It’s all in zee travel!

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! and on and on and on.

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Zentraveler creates Zentravelers Perfect Salad!

So what if you broke the bank signing up for weight loss programs and sweated with Richard Simmons, danced with Jane Fonda or whoever would have you until the cows came home, exercised with the morning television workout crew on some deserted beach and you still don’t have a clue about the perfect quick salad —which you can make in nanoseconds, costs about as much as a Big Mac and will leave you completely satisfied with excellent food nutrients and losing weight on almost every bite.

If you were told OK I am going to leave you with these ingredients and that’s all you have to eat for a month could you handle it? I know I could and did and lost over twenty pounds by eating as many salads as I could stuff in my face while adding daily walking to the routine. The basics reflect around live enzymes which are included in the fresh spinach.

Let’s start with why would you want to go on a salad diet anyway. You surely don’t want to be in the league of left wing veggies or get accused of eating rabbit food. Or do you? A few weeks ago the guy at the ice cream store was trying to entice the server to give him a little larger cone when he said to her: ” You can see I’m a big ole boy— now don’t be stingy on my serving. You could tell he had only about one more notch before he would literally bust out of his blue jean coveralls. He definitely was a big ole boy and by looking around in the malls of America I am seeing more and more big ole boys and big ole girls.

We in America have been super-sized without even knowing it. It’s not your fault, but you can help by learning to eat intelligently.The big food corporations are laughing all the way to the bank with the largest cheering squad in the world looking on The AMA list of so called Doctors. I don’t know about you, but I don’t give a dam how many fancy Ferrari’s my doc has or how many luxurious vacation kickbacks he gets from serving out Merck’s drugs, but if we all changed and ate healthier we could put most of these overpaid Broadway super-gods out of business.

My friend and myself took a weekend drive to Hudson beach on the west coast of Florida where we checked into a canal front old fashioned motel—Ideally situated, where you can fish right off of your dock. The motel was cozy with a kitchen, living room, large bedroom and was moderately priced. The petite oriental lady checked us in and handed us our fresh towels and room key. Almost out the door I asked if she knew of any good restaurants in the area.

She said: “you could walk several blocks and there are a couple of seafood restaurants, but if you really wanted to have good food I will ask my husband the Captain where he would recommend.” Just then he waddled through the door and yes I had a stint as a weight guesser at Ocean City, New Jersey (got canned gave too many teddy bears away) and I would still guess him at just a tad under 500 lbs. This is after driving about five hours and anxious to get settled into our cozy canal motel. He went on to say “you simply get back on the main highway and drive about nine miles and there they have three all you can eat smorgasbord restaurants along the main strip.

We walked a pleasant five blocks or so along the canal front and came to the point where the ocean swept within yards of two spectacular local fisherman restaurants. After having a beverage while watching the boats return and the sun set, we were delighted to find such a quaint spot. The seafood restaurant served the best prepared fresh grouper I have ever eaten in my life and with the hand of a master server (freshly pressed white dinner jacket and all) who enticed us with some cracked fresh snow crab over ice for starters. We were in restaurant heaven and without breaking the travel bank, since we almost always order water with lemon. This was possibly the finest meal I have ever had. Now that’s saying something! Word to the wise be careful what people are telling you and for what reason— including my self.

Now if that isn’t enough to want to eat healthy I wouldn’t know what is. I discovered this salad by accident and will pass this on just in case you are shipwrecked, kidnapped, snowed in or chained to MacDonald’s and this is all you get. YOU WILL BE FINE. Warp speed ahead to learn how fast you can make Zentraveler’s Perfect Salad. Speedy Gonzalez would be jealous!

Zentraveler’s Perfect Salad

One bag of spinach (lots of iron green and leafy good stuff) Popeye’s favorite

One container of fresh mushrooms( Japanese swear by these and have longest longevity

One small container of red cherry tomatoes (Good for prostate)

One three ounce packet of skinless, boneless Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon (five for 4 dollars at our local store) simply delicious and not messy and strong like canned salmon. Brand Pillar Rock with 1000 mg of omega free per serving. (heart healthy on steroids)

One can of three or four bean salad (find the one that includes garbanzo beans)

Toss mix in a wooden salad bowl and dump entire can of three bean salad over the ingredients. By pouring the juice from the three bean salad all over you couldn’t find a more delicious salad dressing. Add fresh jarred Garlic for taste, sprinkle you favorite seasonings and add a squeeze of fresh lime. It’s time to enjoy!

Nano method: six seconds to open spinach bag and toss into salad bowl, 30 seconds to open salmon and tear or scissor cut into pieces, three seconds to add fresh garlic from the jar. 10 seconds to toss in cherry tomatoes, 10 seconds to scatter mushrooms, 30 seconds to open can of four bean salad and throw into wooden salad bowl. 30 seconds more for a perfect toss and you are ready to eat Zentraveler’s Perfect Salad!

So there you have it! If you want to create your own perfect salad in 100 seconds— look how much time and money you will save and best of all it’s chocked full of the best ingredients nature can provide. “Bon Appetit,”

QUOTE: “He that takes Medicine and neglects diet wastes the skill of the physician.” —–Chinese proverb

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Male’s belly pouch is dollars in the bank for heart surgeons.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Petro Dollars—learn to walk more and schedule only necessary trips.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Eat healthy! Let’s cut out the middleman.

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! and on and on and on.

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