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You Are the Universe | 17 Feb 17

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I particularly found the content of [21 Weird Ways the World Changes in Autumn] very interesting, practical and useful. 3 [Live Like a Stoic], 4 [Fall Asleep Instantly with This Breathing Technique], and 5 [Try Any of These 33 Habits of Happy and Successful People] were particularly applicable for my worldview and circumstances.
~ Ian R.

Great read. You touched upon some good topics. Thanks. ~ Matt R.

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Thanks, Maria! I love Brene Brown. Thanks for the suggesting the meditation app. I loaded it on my phone and will try it this weekend. ~ Amy C.

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Thoroughly enjoying the new insights that come with each of your Friday emails. ~ Ian R.

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Happy Friday! Happy Post Valentine’s Day! Here is this week’s 8 Good Things. This is my year-long weekly gift that is meant to be helpful, inspirational, aspirational, and informational. If I miss a Friday, it is because I am somewhere with no access to the internet ;-) Please keep scrolling down to see our upcoming Sojourns!

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Sojourn Explorers

1) Celebrating Valentine’s Day all week long! Here are some daring adventures perfect for Valentine’s Day, well, post-Valentine’s Day: Check them out.

2) Did you know that the very first Valentine’s Day card originated in France in 1415? Learn more, along with how other countries celebrate Valentine’s day.

3) Did you know that Mt. Kenya, the second highest peak in Africa after Kilimanjaro, is an extinct stratovolcano? It’s thought that the original crater was probably over 19,700ft; higher than Kilimanjaro, 19,308ft. Check out Sojourn Explorers Mt. Kenya.

4) For those who love the two SSs, Sun and Skiing, protect your skin! According to the Karen Clifford Skin Cancer Charity, snow can reflect up to 80% of the sun's UV rays. This combined with a higher altitude can make the winter sun every bit as damaging on the slopes as it is on the beach! Try protecting your skin with Elta MD UV Facial Broad Spectrum SPF 30+sunscreen. It’s my favorite sunscreen right now. It makes your skin feel soft, too.

Picture Happiness: Take a Shot

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5) I am so excited to share news of my friend, internationally renowned physicist and best-selling author, Menas Kaftos, Ph.D. His latest book is with Deepak Chopra, You Are the Universe: Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters. The book cover is up in Times Square!! It just officially became a New York Times Best Seller, and is #1 on Amazon in the category of Science and Religion. So cool, both the launch of the book as well as its contents! "You Are the Universe literally means what it says--each of us is a co-creator of reality extending to the vastest reaches of time and space." Seems to me the ‘gap’ between science and spirituality is tightening more and more. An inspired read, click here.

6) Valentine’s Day = Sweet Treats... Here are 44 Valentine’s Day treats to melt your heart.

7) The Millennials have a new definition for Success. It’s called Happiness. Happiness is the new Success, according writer/activist Lisa Curtis. Millennials are no longer measuring success based on the 'job→marriage→house→family' ladder. Instead, millennials are using community and well-being as a measurement of success. This has been my definition of success for the last 10+ years as well, check out why.

8) Mindfulness meditation is replacing the detention room for kids. Elementary schools in Baltimore have started doing daily meditation and yoga sessions in hopes of calming and increasing the focus of their students. Watch this Voice of America news segment.

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Bali, August 1st – 7th. I am doing my 2nd annual Happiness Meditation Retreat in Bali at the award-winning Floating Leaf Eco-Luxury Retreat. If you want more life balance, and less stress, then this retreat is for you. You will leave feeling more centered, and in control of your daily life. Learn how to master happiness, using practical tools that will make your days more joyful and meaningful. Primordial Happiness.

Argentina, December 18th – January 6th. Where can you climb one of the seven summits and drink great wine? Mt. Aconcagua (22,841ft.) and Malbec pair nicely in Argentina (well, pre or post climb!) This year we are doing a climb in support of the Green Beret Foundation. The climb is being led by world-class climbing guides, Willie and Damien Benegas. Here is what they have to say: "We could not be more proud to be working with this great organization, looking forward to sharing this upcoming Aconcagua trip with you all." Details here: Sojourn Explorers Aconcagua.

Happy Weekend! Love, Maria and Team Sojourn Sojourn Explorers l Picture Happiness: Take a Shot

P.S. check out my Happy Friday Messages, bite-sized ideas on bringing in more happiness. This week: What is love?

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I am loving your newsletter and insightful articles on Self-Care and Self-Awareness. You are doing incredible work. ~ Erahm C.

I enjoy a lot your newsletter. It is one of the few newsletter I normally end up clicking on something. I often show it as well-made newsletter. ~ Jorge P.

Gratitude to Maria Baltazzi for sharing this article [Live Like a Stoic] in her weekly 8 Good Things email. Especially worth signing up for in today's trying times. ~ Morgan R.

I particularly found the content of [21 Weird Ways the World Changes in Autumn] very interesting, practical and useful. 3 [Live Like a Stoic], 4 [Fall Asleep Instantly with This Breathing Technique], and 5 [Try Any of These 33 Habits of Happy and Successful People] were particularly applicable for my worldview and circumstances.
~ Ian R.

Great read. You touched upon some good topics. Thanks. ~ Matt R.

Nice hearing about all your adventures. I love what you are doing.
~ Marci K.

Thanks, Maria! I love Brene Brown. Thanks for the suggesting the meditation app. I loaded it on my phone and will try it this weekend. ~ Amy C.

Hi, Maria. Or should I say hi DOCTOR! Big, big congrats! Always love seeing 8 Good Things and what awesome news along with this latest set. ~ Eric R.

Congratulations on your PhD! You are certainly racking up lifetime achievements. And, thank you for including me on your mailing list. I enjoy your 8 Good Things. ~ John. V

Congratulations, Maria, on your doctorate. Enjoyed your letter and love the 20-secs to courage. ~ Loyelle E.

Great newsletter this week. Fabien’s book looks good. ~ Ethan Z.

Love you. Such great info you share. Xo ~ Brenda L.

My favorite newsletter yet!! Thank you ;-) ~ Allison C.

I enjoy your newsletter. ~ Mary T.

I loved the articles and especially the ones you did for “LightWorkers.” ~ Mark M.

Great article on Thought Trains, Maria! I teach Bible study class to a group of high school kids each Wednesday morning. I’m going to use this! ~ Nathan D.

I always enjoy and learn from your emails, thx. ~ Noelle F.

Maria…I LOVE your newsletter. Your faithful reader. ~ Gary F.

I enjoy your newsletters and end ended up watching both “Before the Flood” and “The Way” as a result of your newsletters. Thanks so much for the recommendations and sharing these meaningful flicks! I look forward to reading more of your musing and inspirations. ~ Diane C.

Thank you, Maria! The sleep info very timely ;-) ~ Sylvia V.

Dear Maria, thank you for all you do, it is wonderful. ~ Dean A.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience. ~ Mike P.

Hey Maria! Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your Friday emails. Lots of great positive energy to the end the week.
~ Randy S.

Hi, Maria. This is just great reading, thank you very much. ~ David M.

Awesome… ~ Matt R.

My husband just forwarded me your email/newsletter. Wow!!! Very impressive. ~ Milica G.

Amazing, amazing. I just love getting these email newsletters.
~ Ursula R.

Good one MB. Love ur work. ~ Kirk W.

Cool! Thx Maria ~ Bob M.

I love these. Thank you for doing them. ~ Carla J.

Really enjoyed this, Maria!! ~ Lynda W.

Maria, such great material in here. It’s awesome. ~ David V.

:)) <3 ~ Steven P.

LOVE LOVE LOVE Maria ~ Jim B.

Thank you Maria. As always, so very good and uplifting. ~ Carla J.

Wonderful!!!!! ~ Steven S.

So glad you send these every week! I always look forward to receiving them. ~ Steve F.

I wish you knew how much I look forward to these Friday emails.  Thank you so much for including me. ~ Maria K.

I LOVE IT!!! ~ Fernando M.

It is a breath of fresh air to see someone working consciously to curate and create opportunities to uplift and inspire others, we need more of that in this world. ~ Kathryn D.

Really enjoy these positive Friday posts. Sorely needed these days. ~ Craig S.

Love your work, Maria. ~ Anthony H.

Thoroughly enjoying the new insights that come with each of your Friday emails. ~ Ian R.

Another great read on a Friday, Maria, thank you.
~ David M.

Thanks for this, Maria!  Keep 'em coming!  Just reading about these ideas and journeys makes me less stressed.  So THANK YOU!!  :-) ~ Meredith F.