And the personal connections you make doing volunteer work can become valuable assets in your professional life. Every July from ninth grade through my sophomore year in college, I traveled north from Kentucky to the Boundary Waters where Ontario straddles the Minnesota border for a canoe trip. My companions were a group of kids led by my high school history teacher, Tom Grunwald. Waking up in Minnesota to the sun filtering through the tall pine trees and the smell of clean, sweet air after driving all night in a van was a welcome escape into the magic of the outdoors. As someone who's always suffered from asthma, these trips were nature's medicine for me. What sticks in my memories the most is the water. Strapping on our backpacks and loading into our canoes and then pushing off into the Finger Lake of the Boundary Waters was like slipping into a new life. Each time we did it, I was able to wash away all the conflicts of home as I dipped my wooden paddle into the smooth surface of a lake. The region we canoed, known as the Quetico, was a spectacular, untouched patch of wilderness with breathtaking vistas and the most pristine waterways I'd ever seen. The lakes were so clear and clean that we were able to take out our tin cups and drink the water from any place on a lake. The water was so pure, like nothing I had ever tasted before! So two (or more) different sounds, like two different stones thrown in the water, will, in a sense, overlap in concentric waveforms. Mutually penetrating water circuits This brings us to an important principle: natural waves penetrate one another without erasing or displacing anything. In nature, one event is never completely identical to another. They can be very similar, but they're never exactly the same. Any natural wave traveling at the same time as other waves in the same space will be different in terms of their strength, including their amplitude (wave height), frequency (the distance from wave peak to wave peak), and their propagation speed in space. A single frequency can be deleted, but not the wave itself, which consists of different individual frequencies. Here we recognize the principle of zero pressure, wherein sound waves propagate almost without pressure and evenly in three-dimensional space, overlapping harmoniously and flowing into one another without displacing one another. Amplitude: The extent of a vibratory movement measured from the mean position to an extreme;

Sound waves can have a wide variety of frequencies, from very low, just over the range of audible (infrasonic), to the human hearing range (from 15 all the way up to 20,000 hertz), to extremely high frequencies (ultrasound). Continually leaning forward robs us of living now and increases dissatisfaction. However our life might be, we can only begin to change it if we are actually present in it and know where we are right now. Notice the chores you don't like doing. Perhaps it's the dishes, cleaning, or something else. We can do these activities reluctantly, even resentfully, often zoning out, or we can acknowledge that by doing them we are serving others: our partners, children, friends, neighbors. What do you notice? How do you usually do chores that you don't enjoy? Is there a sense of reluctance? Perhaps you wait until someone nags you to do it. What happens if you make a conscious choice to do the activity--what do you notice? Now, this didn't get me all the way to where I had to go; I still had to come faceto-face with the situations I told you about at the beginning of this article. But I was starting to get it. I was starting to accept that my current situation didn't have to be my final destination. My current reality didn't have to be my final one. Right around this time, I went back to a Bible my mother had given me. On the cover was an NFL football, though the NFL in this case actually stood for new found life. On the first article of this Bible, my mother had quoted Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord,plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. But now it all made sense to me.

My new found life was not football; One last point for the folks who claim they don't have time to volunteer: a study by Wharton professor Cassie Mogilner found that people who give their time away to help others feel they have more time to spare afterward than those who don't. How to explain this seeming paradox? People who give time feel more capable, confident, and useful, Mogilner tells Harvard Business Review. They feel they've accomplished something and, therefore, that they can accomplish more in the future. That sense of accomplishment makes people more productive, so even if they objectively have less time than the people who haven't volunteered, they're able to accomplish more. Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. Think about what you'd like to do. Do you want to help out your local community? Learn a new skill? Share a skill you already have? One summer in the late 1970s, the forest ranger told us that there were troubles in the water. Pollutants were floating around the edge of the lake, and the fish population had decreased. He explained that wastes from chemical plants had made their way into rivers and streams and that flushing unused medications down the toilets had resulted in low levels of antibiotics, hormones, and steroids polluting the water and harming fish. This news incensed us all. Our fresh, clean drinking water was being polluted! Instead of having the freedom to drink water from wherever we wanted on the lake, we were told we had to gather it from the center of the lake, where it was generally safer. But like most childhood heartbreaks, I pushed it to the recesses of my heart and mind. It wasn't until that lunch with John Adams three decades later that it resurfaced. As I listened to John describe the state of the water and the Earth, I suddenly realized that living and working in cities in my twenties and thirties had made me lose sight of something that at one point had been so near and dear to my life: nature and water.

I told John that water was something I had always felt was sacred and that I wanted to do something to help the clean water movement. Humans can perceive frequencies that are outside the range audible by the ear, meaning that sound is not only perceived by the ear but also by the bones and even through the skin. In fact, humans are able to perceive frequencies with their whole organism, even the frequencies outside their hearing range. Another fundamental quality of natural sound is its ability to penetrate matter, to flow through it and leave an effect. Expressions such as His voice cuts right through me or The music touches my heart describe sensations that are not just metaphorically understood but that also reflect an actual physiological fact. Another aspect of natural sound induction is the separation of the excitation point and the radiator. The example of a violin illustrates this point. There is always a point at which a sound is produced, which is the excitation point, and a surface or body that radiates the generated sound into the environment, which is the radiator. The excitation point is spatially separated from the radiating body, as in the case of the violin. The strings of the violin are vibrated with the stroke of a bow and produce a sound wave. This sound wave, when generated only by the strings, is relatively quiet, just as it would be on a harp, which radiates sound directly from the strings. Choosing to do something or not is very empowering and if we choose to do something we don't want to do, it often gives us a positive feeling about the action, even if the activity is still unpleasant. Try it and see. Notice when you recoil, turn away, resist your experience. Become aware of the moment when you react to something you don't like. There's no need to judge the reaction. Simply notice how it manifests in: Habitually we tune out from the unpleasant, which means we become used to tuning out all our experience--the good as well as the bad. Be curious about what makes up unpleasant but remember to take care of yourself (see article 45). Explore without any agenda of wanting things to be different.

It might be someone cutting in front of you in traffic, a pressing deadline, or a feeling of being overwhelmed. To this day, that scripture fuels my faith more than anything. Taking the First Steps to Winning Your War At this moment, I want you to make a real decision to stop running from your battles. You have to understand that you're one choice away from a new beginning and one commitment away from a new life. This moment can be the first step to changing your life forever. Don't let the How am I going to win this battle? The how isn't as important as the why. I'm living proof that the how will reveal itself during the journey. You simply have to start the journey. Go back and look at the stories in this article. Travel and experience a different culture? Test out a possible career path? Work with a specific population (children, the elderly, animals)? The best way to volunteer is to find a match with your personality and interests, recommends HelpGuide, a mental health and wellness website. Organizations that regularly provide volunteer opportunities include museums, libraries, theaters, youth organizations, historic sites and state parks, animal shelters, senior centers, food banks, and places of worship. You can find a list of online resources below. Find the right fit. Volunteer opportunities are practically limitless, so you may want to explore a few different options to find out what works best for you. You might love an organization's mission but not quite click with its staff.