Life SupportMay 1, 2007 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
WHEN THINGS FALL APART (Shambhala Classics, 2000) by Pema Chödrön, an American Buddhist nun, posits the idea that a fundamental opportunity for happiness is always within our reach, yet we usually miss it. By leaning toward painful situations with friendliness and curiosity, says Chödrön, we can discover that truth and love are indestructible. TWINKIE, DECONSTRUCTED (Hudson Street Press, 2007) by Steve Ettlinger is one man's journey to discover how the ingredients found in processed foods are grown, mined and manipulated into what we eat. Hey, did you really think Twinkies were good for you? In TRANSFORMING STRESS (New Harbinger Publications, 2005), longtime stress researchers Doc Childre and Deborah Rozman, Ph.D., show you how to take even the most debilitating kind of stress and transform it into positive energy. The key is to live authentically from the heart, thus gaining control over how you respond to chaos. —M.D.
Q. What do you do to give back?
We posed this question to Joel Warren, celebrity colorist and co-owner of Warren-Tricomi Salons in New York City, Greenwich, CT, and Los Angeles, CA.
"My friend Scott Harrison started a nonprofit called Charity, which seeks to raise global awareness of extreme poverty through various campaigns," says Warren. "Its first campaign is called "charity: water," and it aims to bring clean and safe drinking water to people in the developing world through the construction and rehabilitation of freshwater wells. To fund the building of the wells, the organization sells bottles of water for $20 and donates 100 percent of the proceeds to the effort. We sell the bottles in all Warren-Tricomi salons."
Since it started in August 1996, charity: water has provided drinking water to more than 31,000 people in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Uganda and Liberia, and is currently constructing 65 wells that will give close to 100,000 people clean and safe water. charityis.org —C.W.
CHANGE IS GOOD
Have you ever wondered why certain people are successful at almost everything, while others with similar educational backgrounds, experience and skills never seem to achieve their goals? Arnold Zegarelli, education director at Izzazu International in Pittsburgh, has some suggestions that might help you reach your goals. "Positive achievers are always asking themselves if what they're doing is working," he says. "By constantly asking yourself about your progress, you'll know if your choices and actions are moving you closer to or farther away from your desired outcome." The bottom line: Stop whining, complaining and blaming others for your lack of success. "If you want to see changes in your life, you've got to make changes," says Zegarelli. —M.D.