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WELCOME! I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing daily inspiration, quotes and religious resources. Faith and religion are precious gifts that bless.
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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.
course, the tighter he hugged it the more it burned
and the more it burned him the tighter he hugged
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. Your will be surprised
how quickly some long-standing wounds will heal.
Emmet Fox (1886-1951)
Irish spiritual leader; had a large influence
on the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous
Excerpted from "Around the Year with Emmet Fox,"
The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound,
body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad,
body will be in darkness. And if the light in you
is darkness, how
great will the darkness be.
Matthew 6: 22
New American Bible
When the day
has been lived
I let it go;
when a cycle
is done, I
I let the past
be no more
than an echo
in this present day,
free to move
toward new joy
and grow toward
a closer oneness
Elizabeth Searle Lamb
From "Bless This Day," by June Cotner
Kodansha International, 1998
Forgetting what lies behind
but straining forward
to what lies ahead, I
continue my pursuit of
the goal, the prize of
God's upward calling,
in Christ Jesus. Let us,
then, who are
"perfectly mature" adopt this
Philippians 3: 13-15
New American Bible
According to Buddhist psychology, our consciousness is divided
into two parts, like a house with two floors. On the ground floor
there is a living room, and we call this "mind consciousness."
Below the ground level, there is a basement, and we call this
"store consciousness." In the store consciousness, everything we
have ever done, experienced, or perceived is stored in the form
of a seed, or a film...Upstairs in the living room, we sit in a chair
watch these films as they are brought up from the basement...
Certain movies, like Anger, Fear, or Despair, seem to have the
ability to come up from the basement all by themselves. They
open up the
door to the living room and pop themselves into
recorder whether we choose them or not... Learning how to stop them
is important for our well-being...
Store consciousness is also described as a storehouse filled
with all our seeds. When a seed manifests in our mind
consciousness, it always returns to the storehouse stronger.
The quality of our life depends on the quality of the seeds in
our store consciousness...
To practice mindfulness means to recognize each seed as it
comes up from the storehouse and to practice watering the
most wholesome seeds whenever possible...The length of
time we water a seed determines the strength of that seed...
If we water our wholesome seeds carefully, we can trust that
our store consciousness will do the work of healing.
Excerpted from "Thich Nhat Hanh: Essential Writings"
Orbis Books, 2004
If you remove from your midst perversion,
finger-pointing, and evil speech, and offer
your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted
soul; then your light will shine (even) in the
darkness, and your deepest gloom will be like
the noon. Then Hashem will guide you always,
sate your soul in times of drought and
your bones; and you will be like a well-watered
garden and a spring whose waters never fail.
Ancient ruins will be rebuilt through you,
and you will restore generations-old foundations;
and they will call you, 'repairer of the breach'
and 'restorer of paths for habitation.'
Isaiah 58: 9-12
The Stone Edition Tanach
Mesorah Publications Ltd.
And now the Last Word:
The Lord answered all my questions and doubts:
'I may make all things well; I can make all things well;
I will make all things well; I shall make all things well;
and you shall see yourself
that all things shall be well.'
Julian of Norwich (1343 - c. 1416)
Why do you hurry to remove anything that hurts
but if something affects your soul you
put off the cure
until next year?
Horace (65-8 BC)
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