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Michael Jackson: Smooth Criminal

Michael Jackson: Smooth Criminal

I rolled up the windows and waited in the passenger side of my cousin’s gray beaten down Toyota Corolla in downtown Miami. Since I was alone, I quickly connected my iPod to the car’s power port and selected ‘Play’ on the song I knew by heart, that I had listened to hundreds of times since it first came out in 1995. Soon the wispy notes of a piano, guitar, and his hauntingly beautiful voice wafted all around me, holding me close in a cloud of loss. Spread out on my lap before me was the New York Times dated June 26, 2009, with Michael Jackson’s regal red coat, aviator sunglasses, jet black hair and his effulgent smile looking out at me, barely any distance between us.

“Another day has gone and I’m still all alone, how could this be… you’re not here with me.”

I had known one day this day would come. I remember I even tried to imagine to myself how I would feel, how the world would react to losing the biggest household name and entertainer that ever lived, but I couldn’t do it. It just felt too strange. But here it is, it happened; and it still feels so strange to acknowledge a world without the King of Pop, to listen to his songs and realize that he is gone for good. I grew up with Michael Jackson’s legendary videos constantly on MTV and had sleepless nights because of his Thriller video. I procrastinated with Billie Jean on my headphones and grew a great attachment to his persona and his god-given talents. Unfortunately I never had the chance to see him perform live in person but I was hoping to this year in London. I’m jealous of the people who say “Yes, I’ve been to a Michael Jackson concert” because that fact alone, has so much value. While my sisters were fawning over Michael Jackson with his sequined white glove and his moonwalk during the Bad World Tour in 1988 (the biggest tour by a solo performer that broke multiple records and turnout at venues; he set a new Guinness World Record with seven sold-out concerts), I was left behind at home. Eight years old, wearing a fedora hat, I spun and flipped my arms the way he did it, capping it off with the crotch-grabbing move. Oh, he was incredible.

We all saw it…

The Benefits of Space Clearing

The Benefits of Space Clearing

Space Clearing is a specialized branch of Feng Shui that works at even deeper levels by cleansing and purifying the energy of a building or our space, thus enhancing the quality and nature of the energy in the space. Whenever the energy within an environment becomes inactive it will become reflected on those who live in it, by making them feel constantly tired, depressed or in a bad mood. These effects would affect all the aspects of the person’s life, including his family life, career, and health among many other things. For your life to work well, it is vital to have a good flow of clear, vibrant energy in your home and workplace. Space Clearing teaches us how to enhance the energy flow.

Energy gradually lose its vitality and stagnates so if you don’t do something about it, your life starts to stagnate too. Imagine what your home would look like if you never physically cleaned it… there would be layers of dust and cobwebs everywhere. Well, that’s what most homes are like on an energetic level. Space clearing is the removal of unwanted, lower vibrations from a particular house or space, thus enhancing the quality and nature of the energy in the space.

Breathing Inspiration

Breathing Inspiration

Hello beautiful souls! It’s another issue and yet another topic to discuss. I was racking my brains to get inspired to write. It’s weird – there are times where I can sit and write eight to nine pages in a blink of an eye and yet there are times when putting down words to complete even a single page can be as arduous of a task as pulling out teeth! What is this thing called ‘inspiration’ that gets our juices flowing eh? Well the dictionary defines it as “an inspiring or animating action or influence; something inspired, as an idea; the drawing of air into the lungs; inhalation.”

Right. Well that makes sense. Basically an act as simple as BREATHING in can be ‘inspiring’! It is true – ask a person who’s lungs are collapsing how ‘inspiring’ a breath of fresh air can be! It can make the difference between life and death. Yet, we take it for granted. We get so jaded at times with life around us that we have to search for inspiration. We claim that the things we do everyday just don’t inspire us anymore. Life becomes a drag. Nothing is ‘fresh and new’. The monotony of daily living creeps in and dulls our senses. We sit around and wonder to ourselves – ‘Is this it? Isn’t there anything more to life? I gotta do THIS for how many more years?!’

Wow even writing that down got me into a state of mind for a moment of feeling the worlds weight on my shoulders and this sense of dullness. Imagine living that day in and day out! * shudder* So how come there are people living their lives dragging their feet about as if weighed down with a ball and chain and others that seem to be floating on this magical cloud with angelic smiles on their faces as if they know a secret you don’t know! Do they??? Perhaps. Or perhaps they just realize the ‘magic’ of a simple breath which keeps them in a constant state of ‘inspiration’! Hmm…..

By Dina Sabnani

How to become a World Class Dentist

How to become a World Class Dentist

Times have changed. It used to be that children of Sindhi parents would take over their family business continuing the legacy for future generations. Now we the first and second generation of Sindhi youth find ourselves faced with many options from business management, opera, accounting, stand-up comedy, medicine, manicurist and of course, the most exclusive, dentistry.

In this article I will outline how to position yourself to gain admission into dental school. If you adhere to these simple steps, not only will you get into dental school and become a cool dentist, the editor of this magazine may even consider replacing me with you (although that would not take much).

Consider admission into dental school as a battle between you, the other applicants and the schools admission committee. Any successful battle must have an entry and exit strategy. I will approach this topic in the same manner. We will divide our strategy into 3 sections: Academic approach, Personality building and interview skills.

The battle of Academia
In order to apply to dental school one has to have a college degree, so get into college preferably a good one. While in college between the frat parties and bhangra competitions it is important that you find time to study. Ask friends, dentists and professors which is the best dental school in the country that you intend to attend and visit their website. This school will now be the benchmark against which you position yourself. Complete their courses and excel at them.
When applying to dental school it is not always necessary to complete a science degree, so long as you fulfill the admission requirements feel free to pursue other interests. These elective courses will help raise your grade point average and will allow you open your mind to other aspects of life. Academically, admissions committees are concerned not only with how well you did in basic sciences but what differentiates you from the other 1200 applicants who have completed the exact same courses as you did. Do not be afraid to be different, in fact differentiation is what will get their attention. In a room full of little black dresses it’s the girl in the red one who gets noticed (hopefully it’s because she looks hot)…

By Amit Ganglani

BodyTalk: Tapping the Body to Better Health

BodyTalk: Tapping the Body to Better Health

When I first heard about BodyTalk, I did not really understand what the theory behind it was all about. I met up with Ms. Angie Tourani, an instructor of the BodyTalk System, who kindly took some time off to give me a free session in order for me to experience what it was all about. She explained that BodyTalk could be done by all ages, how and whom it was created by, what the process was, the before and after effects of the system and so on. The talk lasted for 45 minutes which is usually how it is done for those who are newly introduced to the BodyTalk System.
Angie first made me lie down on a sofa so I would be comfortable and started tapping my head and tapping my chest while repeating a few words under her breath. This went on for a couple of minutes. As this was happening, I felt relaxed and calm. Angie then asked me to think about the things that mattered to me most and little did I know, all my past troubles were suddenly cleared up. She happened to know exactly how I felt about a few aspects in my life and she even knew that I eat vegetarian meat (which, by the way, she suggested not to have anymore). Whenever Angie had figured something out, she would tap my head and chest while saying a few words quietly to fix it. After she completed the whole process, I felt like I was tension free and happy. The whole thing took around half an hour for Angie, and I must say it was one heck of a helpful half hour.

The main point that BodyTalk emphasizes on is to forget your medications and therapists; BodyTalk is the most natural way to get rid of your problems.

Angie Tourani explains about the history, purpose and process of the BodyTalk System…
First we start by asking permission from the physical, mental and spiritual levels of a body and once we get that, we move on. We work with five elements which according to Chinese medicine are the elements – fire, air, metal, water, and wood. Each element is of different organs, senses, taste, expansion, contraction and controls literally everything. We also work with the five senses of taste, touch, sight, hearing and smell. Each body part has a consciousness or intelligence, and once these don’t start functioning well then it affects the physiology and the structure.

Sometime in the mid 1990’s, a man named Dr. John Veltheim decided to put the extensive and medicinal information of acupuncture, homeopathy, physics and even Chinese medicine all together and termed it BodyTalk System. The head office is in Florida and since then it has been taught and read worldwide, and has been translated into many different languages as well.

The philosophy behind BodyTalk is that…

Speed Bumps on the Road to Our Desires

Speed Bumps on the Road to Our Desires

The road to attracting and achieving our desires is not always a smooth one. Sometimes we suffer a few obstacles on the path and earn our desire. These obstacles can be painful and scarring ones and at that moment we are unable to comprehend how these tragedies help us to attain that which we desire. The truth is when we set the law of attraction in motion, we aren’t fully aware of the schematics the Universe has laid out in order for us to achieve our goal. Sometimes we must travel down the road less trodden and we unwittingly learn and grow over the journey. This is where implicit faith comes in to play. Faith that there is a bigger picture, a greater plan and during the darkest moments is when we stay strong, positive and focus on our desires and achieving them. Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, so do we prevail through adversity and arrive at our destination, the achievement of our desire.

There is a story about a Zen Master and a boy who on his 14th birthday receives a horse as a gift. The villagers are happy for the boy and are heard saying,

‘How wonderful the boy got a horse.’

The Zen Master simply responds,

‘We’ll see…’

Some time later the boy takes a spill off the horse and breaks his leg. The villagers are saddened for the boy and are heard saying,

‘How terrible!’

The Zen Master once again simply responds,

‘We’ll see…’

Soon after a war breaks out and all the young men from the village are recruited and forced to fight in the war. The only boy that isn’t recruited is the one with the broken leg. At this point the villagers are heard saying,

‘How wonderful!’

The Zen Master simply responds,

‘We’ll see.’

The fact is we don’t always see the Universes grand scheme but we have to believe there is one. To illustrate this point let me share a real life example…