TODAY'S THEME:Don't Hug Your Difficulties
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I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing inspiration, quotes and
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On Today's Theme:

Perhaps you'd have to know me to really understand what's
coming, but let me try to explain. I'm perversely proud to have a
rather tweaked sense of humor. The other day, with my tongue
firmly planted in my cheek, I began to explain to my husband
that, while I always want to rid myself of any physical pain, I
prefer to hold on to my emotional distresses. That way I can
put them away for awhile then take them out, so that I may
relive their anguish upon whim. Keeping a straight face, I
further explained that living thusly helped keep
the hurts remain acute and the angst fresh.

He just rolled his eyes and proposed that the subject might
be appropriate for my Web site. I decided he was right.

Lisa Bowman

Fa-Yen, a Chinese Zen teacher, overheard four monks arguing about
subjectivity and objectivity. He joined them and said: " There is a big
stone. Do you consider it to be inside or outside your mind?"

One of the monks replied: "From the Buddhist viewpoint everything is an
objectification of mind, so I would say that the stone is inside my mind."

"Your head must feel very heavy," observed Fa-Yen,
"if you are carrying around a stone like that in your mind."

Excerpted from "The Little Zen Companion,"
by David Schiller
Workman Publishing, 1994



There is an anecdote of the Far West that carries a wonderful lesson. It appears
that a party of hunters, being called away from their camp, left the campfire
unattended, with a kettle of water boiling on it.

Presently an old bear crept out of the woods, and, seeing the kettle with its lid
dancing about on top, promptly seized it. The boiling water scalded him badly;
but instead of dropping the kettle instantly, he proceeded to hug it tightly -- this
being a bear's idea of defense. Of course, the tighter he hugged it the more
it burned him; and the more it burned him the tighter he hugged it;
and so on in a vicious circle, to the undoing of the bear.

This illustrates perfectly the way in which many people hug their difficulties
to their bosoms by constantly rehearsing them to themselves and others.

Whenever you catch yourself thinking about your grievances, say to yourself
sternly: "Bear hugs kettle," and think about God instead. You will be
surprised how quickly some long-standing wounds will heal.

Excerpted from "Around the Year With Emmet Fox"
HarperSanFrancisco, 1958

And now,
The Last Word:

Finish each day and be done with it. You
have done what you could. Some blunders
and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget
them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a
new day; begin it well and serenely and
with too high a spirit to be cumbered
with your old nonsense.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
American poet and Transcendentalist
















































































Bonus Quote:

The worst moment for an atheist is when
he is really thankful and has nobody to thank.

Dante Rossetti (1828-1882)
English Pre-Raphaelite painter



On today's
Home Page:

A Zen story;
Emmet Fox;
Ralph Waldo

The Power of
God's Light