Two Ways to Reduce Stress + Art & Mindo Ecuador House Bargain

Two ways to reduce stress.

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Distress home sale in Mindo, Ecuador cloud forest. We just finished our Writer’s Camp and looked at three ways to reduce stress (Meditation, L-Theanine and Baroque Music) so we can write better.

On the subject of stress, here’s an article at “Don’t worry, be happy: Understanding Mindfulness Meditation” (1) shows one way to reduce stress.  “In times of stress, we’re often encouraged to pause for a moment and simply be in the ‘now.’ This kind of mindfulness, an essential part of Buddhist and Indian Yoga traditions, has entered the mainstream as people try to find ways to combat stress and improve their quality of life.”

One big way to remove stress is to live in a natural cloud forest.  We’ll look at this house that’s truly away from the maddening crowd in a moment.

First, let’s look at a small way to have more calm in a turbulent world.

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Art by Sandra Strait.

“It only requires a pen and paper, and it’s terrific for helping you stay calm when insanity surrounds you.”  Sandra Strait.

Yesterday’s message “Socially Acceptable Wealth” showed how my baby sister (Sandra Strait) has received over 12 million visits (12,238,939 to be exact) at her website and various social media. There were two links in that message.

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One link was to “a Noteworthy Interview With Sandra Strait” and one to Sandra’s website.  Both links were wrong. Sorry!  This time, however,  the links are right!

Another way to reduce stress is to live in an isolated place in the midst of a rain forest.  In 2009 readers built the first incredible house in a planned, gated community that then failed.  The house sits alone, surrounded by rain forest, in one of the most important birding areas in the world.  A fresh river, overlooked from the front yard, flows by. The small town of Mindo is nearby. Quito is two hours away. There is a distress sale for this Mindo house…

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on the San Antonio River.

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A reader had medical problems shortly after completing construction of this house in Mindo.  They have tried to sell it at their cost for years.  The timing could not have been worse with the 2009 recession.   Finally in desperation, they have dropped the price more than $145,000.  This is an utter bargain for the one right person who wants luxury, but also desires privacy,  jungle richness and pure nature. Merri and I visited this house years ago. The structure and location is totally unique. Imagine a hot tub in the forest.

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This is a perfect juxtaposition of luxury and nature.  There is luxury in every room, from, living room to.

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the bathroom.

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You sleep with the whisper of nature at your headboard.

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Even the office is linked to nature.

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Pramila Tripathi this note:  We are now willing to sell our house for less than $115,000.  Although our total cost of construction was $245,000 we are willing to part with the house and full furnishings for less than half the cost, due to our desperate financial situation.  Shyam had to retire from his Post Office job, due to the continued weakness and pain in his left limbs and body. I have also had to retire as a ‘Carer’ for Shyam, as he sometimes has a tendency to fall over due to a stroke he had two years ago. We are both only on a pension payment which is just enough to pay our rentals and put food on the table. The Architect for this house Mario Arias (tel: 593-9858-329-27), has been very kind to us and taking care of the maintenance of the house and showing the house to potential buyers.. Could you please advertise the house for us on your website. We owe nothing on the house and we have in our possession all the legal documents. Attached is a Powerpoint presentation of the house.

Our current contact info:   Telephone: 61 400 420 622 Email:


Power Point Presentation of this Mindo Home

There you have it, two ways to reduce stress, big and small.   Pick up a pen and paper or move to an Ecuador cloud forest. Whatever works for you, Merri and I hope  these ideas help you live in a more comfortable world.


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(1) Don’t worry, be happy: Understanding mindfulness meditation