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ENCHANTMENT IN AN E-MAIL - JULY 2001
Produced by Dr. Barbara Becker
Welcome to the monthly publication of The
Enchanted Self's e-newsletter! The
following is what you will find in this month's issue.
YOU are the Main Ingredient is This Recipe
Pass it on,
A state of well-being
Experienced inside of ourselves,
Yet always available to be shared
By any and all who care!
Get our your magic saucepan
Put the stove on
Get ready --
All it takes is YOU
Your special gifts,
Your special talents,
Your unique positive filtering of life,
Taken in and given back
Your willingness to share and care!
Let the magic saucepan that contains your
Simmer on the stove this summer.
Stir occasionally and feel free any time of
day to add
A special talent, a lost potential or a
special precious memory that is yours.
Then share as often and
Whenever you can.
For further ideas of ingredients read below:
by Dr. Barbara Becker
Summertime is when most of us yearn to take
a vacation. Some of us have the
opportunity to go away on vacation, while others must be content at home, trying
to commit more time to relaxation and fun activities.
Actually, there are so many ways to replenish our minds, bodies, and
spirits. One of the most powerful
ways, often ignored, is our own capacity to retrieve and re-experience positive
memories. This type of 'vacation'
requires us to 'go fishing' in our minds for those wonderful images that serve
to replenish rather than lower our spirits.
THE ENCHANTED SELF encourages you to give yourself permission to 'go
fishing' in your own memory bank, reeling in pleasant happy images from the
To help do this pleasant type of fishing I
bring you a beautiful list of summer memories to reawaken your senses, created
by Emily Doherty. Her memories, many universal and some unique to her growing up
years, can serve as your personal gateway to summer's enchantment.
Let these wonderful filaments of summer 'light' bring to your mind
sunshine days, both out of your past and days you would love to still
Pick up your mental fishing pole and 'go
fishing' using Emily's list to help your mind wander and roam.
Do this in two stages. First,
mentally relax, drift and respond to Emily's words.
Take at least five minutes three times a day to indulge in the pleasures
of these personal summer snippets.
Later, go back to this list and use it to
brainstorm a list of at least five experiences that you would truly enjoy doing
this summer. They may be as simple
as walking barefoot on your front lawn or as complicated and involved as
traveling to another continent.
Go over the list and choose at least three
items to work on this summer. I
guarantee that your summer will be filled with more positive states of well
being if you permit yourself to enjoy the pleasure of using positive memories to
stimulate again and again what is rightfully yours -- an Enchanted Life with the
wonders of good times enjoyed again and again.
by Emily Doherty
Imagine the following list of words swirling
around and creating the image of a snail-like seashell.
This is how the words were originally intended.
beach bon fires
pink toe nails
merry go rounds
air conditioned matinees
new chintz on old porch wicker
double rainbows ending the storm
hastily charred marshmallows
watching dragonflies parallel park
watermelon seed contests
catching fallen stars
new postcards from old
butter anointing the first fresh corn
bare toes making patterns
in the sand
rivulets of peach juice on your chin
the melting of sweet
the smile on the Kool Aid pitcher
rescued from the bramble
billows of Wyeth-lit curtains
punctuating velvet night
waves tatting lace upon the sandy shore
bands serenading the moon
ruffling long skirt hems
the surf spray
listening to shells retell the oceans tasks
generations strolling new
soft rain drumming a lullaby on the roof
sentries guarding the marsh
the last walls of castles left by the tides
sandpipers turning the morning over to the gulls
taking evening ice cream
mountain peak panoramas
finding the evening star
patrolling the highways
sand book-marking a new novel
beach ballet arabesques
tomatoes awaiting sauce
running through the sprinkler
rolled up ten flaps
garlic and frying peppers
opera under the stars
the hot whine
of the arcade
tin can telephones
the first leaf turned prematurely red
seagulls chasing the tide
choirs of worshipping sunflowers
new straw hats
aloe soothing sunburned
bright plastic visors and jellies
second floor porches
Announcement 1: New Book: RECIPES
FOR ENCHANTMENT, The Secret Ingredient is YOU!
My new book is now available through First
Books Library at www.1stbooks.com.
You can also order the book from me via my web site and receive an
autographed copy, complete with a free copy of my paper newsletter and bookmark.
I have also dropped the price to $9.95 plus $4.00 shipping and handling.
The book will be sent out within six to eight weeks.
Details are now posted on my web site at www.enchantedself.com/ordering1.htm.
For a sneak peak go to my web site at www.enchantedself.com/newbook.htm.
I will be offering two free sessions on
"Creating Your Own RECIPE FOR ENCHANTMENT".
Anyone interested should read a copy of my book, RECIPES FOR ENCHANTMENT,
The Secret Ingredient is YOU! which you can request from your local library, or
order through www.amazon.com, www.1stbooks.com,
or my own web site or your local bookstore.
If you are interested in this free
opportunity please send your name to Rebecca Trelfa at email@example.com.
She will be gathering names of those interested.
Once we have enough people we will be announcing class, dates, times, and
You are invited to become an active
participant in Enchanted Self activities through our e-group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/encself.
Once you sign up and become a member you will have access to The
Enchanted Self on-line calendar, message board, chat room, and much more.
I encourage you to take advantage of this free opportunity to connect
with myself and other Enchanted Self members, as we explore the joys of a
positive and satisfying way of life. Join
us to find out "what's right with you--not what's wrong!"
Announcement 4: Enchanting
Perhaps you read last month's new bi-weekly
publication of The Enchanted Self's e-newsletter!
Each month I will focus on (and respond to) a question about enchantment
and/or a reader's ideas on enchantment. Please give us the
pleasure of sharing your responses. They
may be posted on the web site or in future issues of the newsletter.
Though we must live in the present,
It's important to look back at the past.
To retrieve our enchanted memories
Gives a joy that will always last!
For we are a colorful composite
From our yesterdays as well as our "nows."
Life is filled with magical moments,
With some "Ows" but mostly
-- Felicial Weinberg, June 2001
May your memories always assist you in
enjoying each day to the fullest as you layer your life with your own uniqueness
of action, feelings and other capacities for delight!
Remember, Each day has its own set of thoughts, words and deeds.
Live in tune.'
-- Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
Have an "enchanting" month.
I wish you all many enchanted moments!
FORWARDING & REPRINTING
(C) 2001 Copyright The Enchanted Self - All
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someone who might enjoy it. The
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not changed and attribution is given including:
Dr. Barbara Becker
THE ENCHANTED SELF(R)
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