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Forget The Long Lines And Crazy Parking: Give Your Loved Ones A Gift Online


 
In the age of the internet, gone are your excuses for not remembering someone special with a gift during the holidays. You need not fight crowds at malls or elbow your way into a post office. You can find the perfect item from the comfort of your own home. However, with the myriad choices to comb through, you might get discouraged. Fear not! Here are six great gift ideas, all available while you shop your pajamas and enjoy your morning coffee.

Netflix Gift SubscriptionWho doesn’t love movies? You can give a Netflix subscription for a month, a year, or anywhere in between. One month costs only $9.99 and a full year is $118.88

iTunes Gift CardGot a teenager or college student on your list? You can’t go wrong with an iTunes gift card. Buy them online in increments of $15 – $100 dollars. They come in a variety of styles, the newest features The Beatles!

Amazon.com Gift CardsLet the lucky recipient choose from a wide variety of options: books, audiobooks, music, toys, housewares, clothing, electronics and more! Gift cards start at $10 but go all the way up to $5,000! Plus, Amazon offers instant email notifications, so even if you wait until the very last minute, you can get it all done.
 

Pandora Internet Radio SubscriptionFor just $36 a year, give the gift of high quality audio, commercial-free, internet radio. Pandora is easily customizable for the most enjoyable radio experience they will ever have!

Harry and David Fruit of the Month Club.  Every moth, Harry and David promises to deliver “top quality fruit, brimming with flavor” to your friends or family members. Monthly selections depend on what is in season, but include delicacies such as tropical pineapple, sweet grapefruit, juicy pears, and more. Prices range from $99 to $299 dollars. Standard shipping delivery charges are included in your gift subscription costs.

 
Audible.com Gift SubscriptionAudio books are wonderful for the busy person who loves to read but spends time stuck commuting or doing other things where reading, either in print or on an e-reader, is impractical. Consider giving them an audible.com certificate. Audible.com’s audio books can be downloaded to a variety of audio players and costs only $7.49 a month.

 

The ‘Avatar’ Effect

CNN and other news agencies have been reporting in recent days about a curious reaction that the sci-fi blockbuster “Avatar” is evoking among some of its viewers: It’s causing them to become depressed and even turn suicidal. Their reason? After witnessing the pristine forested world of Pandora depicted in the film, they long to experience its wonders firsthand, not just as a cinematic phenomenon, but their inability to engage with it as such has left them despondent, especially when they compare this celluloid paradise to the everyday world in which they live.
 
In some ways, this reaction is understandable. The fictional world portrayed in director James Cameron’s high-gloss fantasy is a marvel to behold—lush and beautiful, seductively beckoning all who see it. The film’s 2½-hour runtime, its exceptional special effects (including its optional 3-D format), and its inspiring themes of cooperation, civility and harmony allow viewers to thoroughly immerse themselves in this alternate utopian reality, making their exit from the theater—and their re-engagement with the real world—difficult, to say the least. The letdown can be quite palpable.
 
Such reactions have even spawned comment board threads on Internet movie fan pages with subjects like “Ways to cope with the depression of the dream of Pandora being intangible,” as on the web site “Avatar Forums.” In fact, with over 1,000 responses to this thread, the site’s web master needed to start a second one on the same topic to accommodate the demand for readers looking to place posts.
 
I’d have a hard time believing that director Cameron (or anyone associated with this film for that matter) intentionally set out to depress viewers when creating this picture. Quite the contrary. “Avatar” is one of the most uplifting movies to come along in quite some time, offering a hopeful view of existence as it could be. However, this unintended negative reaction may have its own unintended positive effect: If viewers are coming away from this film upset about the state of their world compared to Pandora, then perhaps the way of life depicted on screen may be just inspirational enough to get them to do something about the reality in which they exist. Instead of lamenting that the picture’s magical world cannot be experienced firsthand, perhaps viewers could channel their energy into imagining what it would be like to transform this world to become more like it. Even though it may not be possible to take viewers to Pandora, it just may be possible to bring Pandora to viewers.
 
This is where the power of conscious creation/law of attraction principles comes into play. If it’s possible to use beliefs to imagine a world like Pandora, then it’s just as possible to use beliefs to create a world like Pandora. Granted, it might not happen overnight (after all, a good many existing beliefs would have to be rewritten on the mass consciousness level), but it would be a goal to strive for, and the more who get behind this effort, the quicker it’s likely to materialize. And getting volunteers on board may not be as difficult as one might think, because a groundswell of support already exists: All those who have posted comments on the fan forums, for example, are a de facto community of supporters who already back the dream of manifesting their own utopia; they’re just stuck in a belief rut that makes them think such a materialization is impossible. If only they’d flip the focus of their beliefs, thinking in terms of what it would take to make the dream a reality rather than dwelling on its alleged impossibility, Pandora might be here before we know it.
 
If the world of “Avatar” has been such an inspiration that audiences long to experience it directly, then perhaps it’s time to take steps to make that happen. This “‘Avatar’ Effect” may be just what we need to bring about a world full of new hope and promise for the future. All we need do is believe that it’s possible.
 
P.S. See my complete online review of “Avatar” in VividLife magazine at www.vividlife.me.
 
Brent Marchant
Author
Get the Picture: Conscious Creation Goes to the Movies
Moment Point Press, Needham, MA, www.momentpoint.com
ISBN 978-1-930491-12-0
 
Featured Contributor, Arts & Entertainment
VividLife magazine, www.vividlife.me
 

Hope & Hunger

My theme today comes from Blog Catalogue’s Bloggers United. They asked bloggers all over the world to write about world hunger. Partnering with Heifer International, the purpose of the event is to draw attention to world hunger. There will be many participants who write about the physically hungry in our world.
 
I think, however, that the greater hunger worldwide is spiritual hunger. People the world over are starving for spiritual meaning in their everyday lives. I truly believe, with Victor Frankl, that humans suffer the most when they live without meaning.
 
We’ve been going along, a lot of us, trying to do just that for a long time and now I think the planet itself and its inhabitants are screeching, “Enough!” No more meaningless anything.
 
In fact, if we just slow down long enough to see it, everything has meaning. Every, little thing. The contribution of each being on Earth changes the rest of the earth, the solar system, the galaxy. Put plainly,
 
You make a difference.
 
Whether you can see it or not. Whether you know it or not. Whether it is acknowledged or not. No matter what.
 
Your existence fills a hunger on this planet.
 
 
 
And here, for me, is where hope arises. Hope, that last gift of the famous Pandora and her infamous Box. Hope is what’s left when she releases all the evils into the world. Interestingly, in none of the versions I read of her story are the “evils” listed. The only named denizen of the box is hope.
 
The word hope carries with it the expectation of good, an expectation of something desired. Would I love to expect that all beings were fed on Earth? Of course. Even more though, for me, I do expect that through time all beings will be spiritually fed.
 
This is why I offer all I encounter, whether I like whatever it is or not, peace. Peace is the emotion at the core of satiation, fullness—both physical and spiritual.
 
Pandora means all gifts. Won’t you pray with me that hunger of all kinds be resolved now through our expectation of true abundance for all in the universe?
 
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