Elevator168 is the official online conversation between Motel168 Lifestyle and it's resident's. Here you’ll find, intelligently written guest articles, life affirming videos and links. The best of conscious music dedicated to keeping a spring in your step and a song in your heart. We would like to become one of your best digital friends for life affirming 'blankets'. We want you happier, turning your backs on negative self-talk and the despicable behaviour that comes from embracing fear as a crutch to sustain your life. Therefore we find, create and share resources that might have you fostering more hope in your life and self. Bring you if only for a while some comfort and a friendly 'heads up' to assure you that goodness is plentiful in your world. Thank you for popping in.

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  • A good life has good balance so that when upheaval happens you hardly notice it : )

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  • You are as free as you choose to be : )

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  • warm
    adjective
    1. 1.
      of or at a fairly or comfortably high temperature.
      "a warm September evening"
      synonyms:hot, warming;
      informalcomfytoasty
    2. 2.
      having or showing enthusiasm, affection, or kindness.
      "they exchanged warm, friendly smiles"
      synonyms:

      friendly, comradely, affableamiablegenialcordialkindlykind,pleasantsympatheticaffectionatewarm-heartedgood-natured,lovingtenderfond

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  • The intent was not only to fix the water issue, but also to solve a hidden problem that has long been ignored in Songsan. By revealing  the progressive water resource problem, Sun Myung Moon’s Unifcation Church created a building designed by UnSangDong Architects that is more than just a plain structure. Instead of a generic treatment center, faith and tranquility is on display amidst the drab and dry Korean lands.

    In addition to water purification, the water treatment center was built for visitors to take in the beauty of this faith. Architects Jang Yoon Gyoo and Shin Chang Hoon combined their talents and created a contemporary and modern elegance that demands attention. Now stands a design worthy of oohs and aahs.

    The funky exterior of this cylinder masterpiece is built with solid concrete to maintain temperatures, while the underground water plant runs around the clock. Above the water plant is something of visual value. A balance of natural and artificial lighting sets an aura of collected polished artistry within the space. Galleries and classrooms are fully lit and ready to capture all its visitors’ eyes. On top of this one of a kind structure a roof deck is carved out, and continues down into two other intricate sections. A lower deck with amphitheater-style seating continues a descent towards steeper steps that are fenced off to the front entry. This curiously clever design is derived from a classic metaphor of “the mother earth that bears water.”

    Deep inside this curious shaped building, a 7,200 square foot space emphasizes this metaphor with the elusive bobbing and waving topographical water demonstration. Taking a stroll through the “fog box” is a glassed in garden, where mellow moss and other natural water loving plants flourish. The atrium creates a cohesion between the first and second levels, while your focus is directed to a massive aquarium filled with carp. 

    The village of Songsan now has pure water for everyday uses. Daily tours at the center take visitors deep within the soil to learn the path of the 5,500 tons of sewage that comes in daily.

    Photography by UnSangDong Architects

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  • “I can believe things that are true and things that aren’t true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they’re true or not. 

    I can believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and the Beatles and Marilyn Monroe and Elvis and Mister Ed. Listen - I believe that people are perfectable, that knowledge is infinite, that the world is run by secret banking cartels and is visited by aliens on a regular basis, nice ones that look like wrinkled lemurs and bad ones who mutilate cattle and want our water and our women. 

    I believe that the future sucks and I believe that the future rocks and I believe that one day White Buffalo Woman is going to come back and kick everyone’s ass. I believe that all men are just overgrown boys with deep problems communicating and that the decline in good sex in America is coincident with the decline in drive-in movie theaters from state to state. 

    I believe that all politicians are unprincipled crooks and I still believe that they are better than the alternative. I believe that California is going to sink into the sea when the big one comes, while Florida is going to dissolve into madness and alligators and toxic waste. 

    I believe that antibacterial soap is destroying our resistance to dirt and disease so that one day we’ll all be wiped out by the common cold like martians in War of the Worlds. 

    I believe that the greatest poets of the last century were Edith Sitwell and Don Marquis, that jade is dried dragon sperm, and that thousands of years ago in a former life I was a one-armed Siberian shaman. 

    I believe that mankind’s destiny lies in the stars. I believe that candy really did taste better when I was a kid, that it’s aerodynamically impossible for a bumble bee to fly, that light is a wave and a particle, that there’s a cat in a box somewhere who’s alive and dead at the same time (although if they don’t ever open the box to feed it it’ll eventually just be two different kinds of dead), and that there are stars in the universe billions of years older than the universe itself. 

    I believe in a personal god who cares about me and worries and oversees everything I do. I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion and went off to hang with her girlfriends and doesn’t even know that I’m alive. I believe in an empty and godless universe of causal chaos, background noise, and sheer blind luck. 

    I believe that anyone who says sex is overrated just hasn’t done it properly. I believe that anyone who claims to know what’s going on will lie about the little things too. 

    I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies. I believe in a woman’s right to choose, a baby’s right to live, that while all human life is sacred there’s nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system. 

    I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you’re alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.” 


    ― Neil Gaiman 

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  • Sometimes its fun to share the responsibility of driving things forwards: )

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  • “I am never alone wherever I am. The air itself supplies me with a century of love. When I breathe in, I am breathing in the laughter, tears, victories, passions, thoughts, memories, existence, joys, moments, and the hues of the sunlight on many tones of skin; I am breathing in the same air that was exhaled by many before me. The air that bore them life. And so how can I ever say that I am alone?” 


    ― C. JoyBell C. 

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  • “People today have forgotten they’re really just a part of nature. Yet, they destroy the nature on which our lives depend. They always think they can make something better. Especially scientists. They may be smart, but most don’t understand the heart of nature. They only invent things that, in the end, make people unhappy. Yet they’re so proud of their inventions. What’s worse, most people are, too. They view them as if they were miracles. They worship them. They don’t know it, but they’re losing nature. They don’t see that they’re going to perish. The most important things for human beings are clean air and clean water.” 


    ― Akira Kurosawa

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  •  “The Chair


    I’m writing to you, who made the archaic wooden chair
    look like a throne while you sat on it.

    Amidst your absence, I choose to sit on the floor,
    which is dusty as a dry Kansas day.

    I am stoic as a statue of Buddha,
    not wanting to bother the old wooden chair,

    which has been silent now for months.
    In this sunlit moment I think of you.

    I can still picture you sitting there—
    your forehead wrinkled like an un-ironed shirt,

    the light splashed on your face,
    like holy water from St. Joseph’s.

    The chair, with rounded curves
    like that of a full-figured woman,

    seems as mellow as a monk in prayer.
    The breeze blows from beyond the curtains,

    as if your spirit has come back to rest.
    Now a cloud passes overhead,

    and I hush, waiting to hear what rests
    so heavily on the chair’s lumbering mind.

    Do not interrupt, even if the wind offers to carry
    your raspy voice like a wispy cloud.” 


    ― Jarod Kintz,

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  • “The unusual thing about quiet is that when you seek it, it is almost impossible to achieve. When you strive for quiet, you become impatient, and impatience is itself a noiseless noise. You can block every superficial sound, but, with each new layer extinguished, a next rises up, finer and more entrapping, until you arrive at last in the infinite attitude of your own riotous mind. Inside is where all the memories last like wells, and the unspoken wishes like golden buds, and the pain that you keep, lingering and implicit, staying inside, nesting inside, articulating, articulating, through to the day you die.” 


    ― Hilary Thayer Hamann

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  • “But how?” my students ask. “How do you actually do it?” 
    You sit down, I say. You try to sit down at approximately the same time every day. This is how you train your unconscious to kick in for you creatively. So you sit down at, say, nine every morning, or ten every night. You put a piece of paper in the typewriter, or you turn on the computer and bring up the right file, and then you stare at it for an hour or so. You begin rocking, just a little at first, and then like a huge autistic child. You look at the ceiling, and over at the clock, yawn, and stare at the paper again. Then, with your fingers poised on the keyboard, you squint at an image that is forming in your mind — a scene, a locale, a character, whatever — and you try to quiet your mind so you can hear what that landscape or character has to say above the other voices in your mind.” 


    ― Anne Lamott

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  • “As spiritual searchers we need to become freer and freer of the attachment to our own smallness in which we get occupied with me-me-me. Pondering on large ideas or standing in front of things which remind us of a vast scale can free us from acquisitiveness and competitiveness and from our likes and dislikes. If we sit with an increasing stillness of the body, and attune our mind to the sky or to the ocean or to the myriad stars at night, or any other indicators of vastness, the mind gradually stills and the heart is filled with quiet joy. Also recalling our own experiences in which we acted generously or with compassion for the simple delight of it without expectation of any gain can give us more confidence in the existence of a deeper goodness from which we may deviate.”

    ― Ravi Ravindra

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  • “Just because you don’t say much doesn’t mean people don’t notice you. It’s actually the quiet ones who often draw the most attention. There’s this constant whirlwind of motion and sound all around, and then there’s the quiet one, the eye of the storm.” 


    ― Amy Efaw

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