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Welcome To The Religion Network!

I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. This site provides inspirational quotes through an
exploration of a new spiritual theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Religion network is offered with the
conviction that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and furthermore, that finding the commonalities
among the world's religions is more healing than pointing up their differences.

Religion as an institution is a precious gift, blessing individuals and uplifting communities. However you choose to
worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.



Carl Boberg, R. j. Hughes, Melody Beattie, Tao Te Ching, Rabbi Lawrence Goldmark, Ralph Waldo Emerson

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O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder, Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

Words & Music by Carl G. Boberg and R.J. Hughes


Learn to let yourself be guided into truth. We will know what we need to know,
when we need to know that. We don't have to feel badly about taking our own time
to reach our insights. We don't have to force insight or awareness before it's time...
The most growth-producing concept we can develop for ourselves and others is to
allow ourselves to have our own process...When we are ready, when the time is
right and when our Higher Power is ready -- we will know what we need to know.

Excerpted from "The Language of Letting Go,"
by Melody Beattie
Hazeldon, 1990

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Therefore the sage holds in his embrace the one thing (of
humility), and manifests it to all the world. He is free from self-
display, and therefore he shines; from self-assertion, and therefore
he is distinguished; from self-boasting, and therefore his merit is
acknowledged; from self-complacency, and therefore he acquires
superiority. It is because he is thus free from striving that
therefore no one in the world is able to strive with him.

Tao Te Ching
Chinese classic text


by Rabbi Lawrence Goldmark
Temple Beth Ohr, La Mirada, CA

Recently there was a story in the Los Angeles Times which dealt
with the benefits of injecting Botox into the frown lines around
the mouth or in the forehead furrows and thereby preventing the
the physical act of frowning. As a result, the study found that  
Botox eliminated depression symptoms in nine of ten women tested.
The upshot of the story, written by Susan Brink, is that, "The study
results fit with a large body of psychological research that has
long shown that the mere act of smiling…makes people feel better.
Frowns make them feel worse.”

The author Kenneth Goode once wrote: “Get out of bed forcing a smile.
You may not smile because you are cheerful; but if you will force
yourself to smile you'll be cheerful because you smile.”

Alcoholics Anonymous has a slogan, “Fake it till you make it,”
implying that acting as if you feel good actually helps you feel
better. Way back in the days of the Talmud, written over 1500 years  
ago, Rabbi Johanan B. Nappaha wrote: “To smile at your neighbor
is more important than to treat him to a drink.”

According to the article by Susan Brink: “So at least try to pretend
that all is well.  Stop doing things that make other people feel un-
comfortable.  A gloomy looks sends other fleeing…” The bottom line:
the results of the Botox study are still not confirmed. Suffice it
to say that the simple smile, one that costs nothing to produce,
can actually positively alter one’s heart rate, skin temperature,
and blood volume.  As Janet Lane has written: "Of all the things
you wear, your expression is the most important.”
So make it a smile and you will actually
(and scientifically) make friends.

from The Beacon, June 2006
Used with permission


The Last Word:

Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.


Do not go where the path may lead...go instead
where there is no path and leave a trail.


Don’t be too timid and squeamish about
your actions. All life is an experiment.

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
















































Have a blessed day.