Chiang Mai FeMail  by Elena Edwards
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Good news – a prediction for our city!

World Peace Card Meditation

It’s good to be bad!

Chiang Mai Friends at the Gymkhana Club

 

Good news – a prediction for our city!

Ofer Cohen
Famous astrologer Ofer Cohen offers this cheerful prediction for Chiang Mai’s next few years - we do so hope it comes true!
For the remainder of 2009 into 2010, Chiang Mai will prosper in spite of political tensions. With its ‘hill station’ feeling of peace and its active night-life, it will still attract both Thai and foreign visitors.
By the end of the next decade it will become one of the classiest and most prosperous cities in the kingdom, with both farmers and investors in property doing well. Tourism will recover and will provide an important revenue stream for the city’s businesses, with, in 2010-11, numbers of visitors from countries not previously known for Thai tourism will increase, as will visitors from 1st world countries looking to spend several months each year in residence. There will also be an increase in the number of foreign retirees.
Spiritual and new-age events in the city will increase, as will new tourist attractions, organic farming and farmer markets and events, bringing Northern Thai workers to the city in search of jobs.
In the real estate market, now is the time to buy, as prices will be stable for some time, but will increase considerably after 4 years. From 2011 onwards, new luxury developments will create a higher price standard, ending at a similar level to Bangkok prices. Land not more than 7 km from the city will increase in value considerably. The cost of renting a property, however, in spite of the stabilisation in property prices, will continue to increase.
Environmentally, a new idea will be formed regarding public transportation, which will make travelling in the city easier. A growth of awareness about the health-giving qualities of organic food will encourage farmers to turn away from chemical fertilisers, a welcome development. Climate change will continue to impact on the rainy season, making it longer, and, in some years, extreme. For the next 3 years, there will be a danger of severe forest wildfires. The expected rapid growth of the city will increase petrol consumption, with the hope that the Thai government will learn from the experience of cities in India and continue to encourage the use of LPG gas in vehicles.

 

World Peace Card Meditation

On Thursday September 17, hundreds of thousands of people around the world will begin a brief meditation session focused on peace in our increasingly violent world.
As each successive time zone’s group meditators join in, the energy for peace generated will form a wave which sweeps the world, becoming stronger as it progresses. This wave will be transmitted for 24 hours, with its vibrations continuing long after the meditation session has ended. For those of us here in Thailand, the time selected is 7.30 p.m.
Reports from those who took part in the 8 previous World Peace Card group meditations indicate many had powerful spiritual experiences. As they united with others taking part, a feeling of peace developed that remained with each meditator for a long time. Some saw beautiful golden light surrounding the planet and others felt that a web of fear was dissipating and being replaced with trust in others and in the future of our world.
The suggested meditation period is 15 minutes, (although it can be longer); meditators should allow themselves to become a ‘beacon of peace’. World Peace Cards hold the vibration of the World Peace Grids placed at spiritually significant locations, and are relay stations for higher consciousness. The inscription on the World Peace Crystal Grids reads, ‘May the followers of all religions and spiritual paths work together to create peace among all people on earth’. By simply opening to the cards’ energy, meditators will become a channel for love and peace flowing to all the people on Earth. The cards can be held or placed within sight; the meditation is simply on peace.
Copies of the World Peace Cards can be downloaded from the Reiki Healing site at http://www.reiki.org/wpcm.html and printed out. Cards are also being distributed through the Reiki News magazine. Many of us here in Chiang Mai are meditators, and many more are concerned about the direction our precious planet seems to be taking. 15 minutes of our time, sitting quietly and focusing on a new, positive direction of peace for all can do no harm and, potentially, whatever one’s beliefs, a great deal of good.
For more information about World Peace Cards and Reiki, please visit www.reiki.org.


It’s good to be bad!

Perceived wisdom about personal traits of character tells us that that we should never give in to the temptations of laziness, untidiness and the avoidance of housework, and should never, ever, of we want to stay healthy, get stressed out or, God forbid, angry enough to use the ‘f’ word and other similar expletives! Our personal reputations as perfect little doormats, never mind our blood pressure levels, are at serious risk if we disregard any of these golden rules. Yeah, right!
Wrong! Very wrong, according to recent research carried out by, amongst others, a group of psychiatrists from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University, who have, it seems, debunked the above myths one by one in a series of trials.
The first, and most important, concerns anger – every woman’s natural reaction to the trials and tribulations of being female! By anger, the researchers mean ‘righteous anger’ when confronted with unfairness or irritating, unjust situations, not the type which manifests itself in bad-tempered snarling at the level of a disgruntled 5-year old, often expressed by our ‘nearest and dearest’ after a night in the local bar…
It seems that the expression of proportionate righteous anger does not, as previously understood, raise our blood pressure to a dangerous level; it actually lowers it as less cortisol, (the stress hormone), is secreted. Most importantly, it helps to develop increased feelings of control and optimism. Very good news.
However angry or upset we get, (and however righteous our anger is), the one thing for which we ladies are condemned is the use of swearing to express our frustration and pain. However, another set of researchers at Keele University in the UK have found that swearing is connected to the release of adrenaline, which improves our tolerance of pain. This is perhaps why those of us who have given birth would prefer not to remember our comments at the time…instinct takes over at such times and we do and say what seems necessary! Remember this the next time you catch your fingers in the car door or are expected to perform your usual miracles in spite of a splitting headache, girls, and let it rip! More good news.
Allowing yourself to become stressed also seems to have its benefits, provided it is not a long-term condition, as a short, stressful incident boosts the process of memory due to the way in which cortisol affects those parts of the brain which deal with learning and emotion. Acute stress increases the transmission of glutamate - a substance that passes messages in the brain - and improves working memory, thus increasing performance. Even better news.
Ever had that guilty feeling when you’re just too tired to finish everything on your day’s agenda, especially if you have a full-time job as well? Dump the guilt, it’s no longer necessary as lazing around the place is the perfect antidote to stress, particularly professional stress. A public health expert on the researchers’ team advises that people should waste half their free time in order to live to a ripe old age. We wish, but…pushing ourselves beyond our limits lowers our immune systems and making us more susceptible to disease and less able to fight infection. Good examples of how to get the balance right are priests, nuns and monks, who tend to live quieter and much longer lives than the average workaholic. Good news again…
Avoiding housework is also recommended, as, apart from the obvious fact that it’s repetitive, boring and tiring to keep your home in pristine condition, it may also lead to allergies caused by lack of exposure to normal dirt which has a use in building up resistance in your immune system. Another happy result of the team’s study is that untidiness should no longer be considered a crime, as, for example, an unmade bed will quickly lose its warm, moist overnight attractiveness to mites and other insects which see us humans as lunch on legs. Is this the best news of all?
So, in order to live a long and happy life, get angry when there’s a real reason, swear if you feel you have to, use your stress to reinforce your performance, make laziness and bad housekeeping your best friends and, above all, be your brilliant, caring, balanced, healthy self!


Chiang Mai Friends at the Gymkhana Club

Elena Edwards
The August meeting of the Chiang Mai Friends’ Group was held on the 26th in the comfortable surroundings of the Chiengmai Gymkhana Club. The next meeting of the will also be held at the Gymkhana Club on September 30 – all are welcome. Please note that he guest speaker will be the new Honorary British Consul in Chiang Mai, Ben Svati Thomson, who will introduce himself to the community and talk about his duties and his background. In return, he is more than willing to hear about expats’ lives here in Chiang Mai.

The newly appointed Honorary British Consul in Chiang Mai, Ben Svati Thomson.
The group’s first visit to the club began well…after a meal and a great deal of socialising and networking, members, new members and their guests settled down to be welcomed by Duenpen Chaladlam, the group’s president, who introduced the objectives of the Friends and summarised recent activities, including the Ban Papai tree-planting event and the much-appreciated talk given at the July meeting by highly-regarded Chiang Mai long-term resident John Shaw. A request was made for sponsorship of the joint CMF/FERC cookbook, now ready for printing. Income from sales will be put towards the education of disadvantaged rural children. 3 more business sponsors are also required for the new CMF privilege card, which will enable members to get discounts on a variety of goods and services around the city.
An interesting health presentation was given by Guy Hopkins, founder of The Spa Resort, originally in Phuket, and now also in Chiang Mai, in a beautiful setting outside the city not far from Prem School. Guy is an expert on nutrition-based health, and showed a video explaining the need for good nutrition to fight disease and maintain good health into older age. Raw and organic food and their benefits to health were stressed, as was the fact that modern Western medicine mostly deals with the symptoms rather than with the causes of disease! After his presentation, Guy was kept very busy answering members’ and guests’ questions! For more information, please visit the website at www.thesparesorts.net
Volunteer were requested for Grandma Cares, a Chiang Mai-based non-profit organisation which looks after grandparents bringing up their grandchildren orphaned by HIV/Aids. Since its founding in 2002, Grandma Cares has served more than 200 children through its ‘adopt a child’ support project. For more information, or to gt involved, please visit the website at [email protected] The organisation is supported by Zonta International Chiang Mai, which is holding an October Moon Party fundraiser with dancing and a jazz cabaret at the Centara Duangtawan Hotel on October 10. Tickets will cost 800 baht. For more info please call 053-298-311 or 089-557-7888.

Members and guests of the Chiang Mai Friends group during
the August meeting held in the comfortable surroundings
of the Chiengmai Gymkhana Club