TODAY'S THEME: THE HEART AND MIND
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I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing inspiration, quotes and religious resources. This Home Page is changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You are warmly
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On Today's Theme:

"I lost my heart!"
It's a saying usually referring to falling in love, yet loving someone is a decision, a choice
involving the mind before invoking the heart. Knowing God with a full heart is no different.

This heart/mind, mind/heart connection is a dance of great beauty, yet often it gets ignored.
Today you are invited to hear the music that makes the heart and mind flow together.
The power to love God comes from focusing the mind on him. When we allow our minds
to endlessly replay our woes, irritations and fears, our hearts are drained of love like a
leaky engine that's losing oil! But when we think thoughts of Him, our hearts begins to fill
with holy trust and love. And guess what - that is when our hearts become filled not only
with thoughts of Him, but actually with His holy presence. You will know your heart is full
when it spills over with gratitude. As Thomas Merton says, "Our knowledge of God
is perfected by gratitude." And there you have it - the mind and heart dancing.

-Lisa Bowman

True, our hearts are not in our hands. But our minds are. We can think
about whatever we decide to think about. And therein lies our power.

The mind rules over the heart -- not just as a rider rules over his horse,
but in a much more intimate sense. For the mind is the father and the
mother, the seed and the womb from which the attitudes of a person
are born and then nurtured. The heart does no more than the reflect
the state of the mind -- its turmoil, its resolution, its shallowness
or its depth, its coarseness or its maturity.

This then must be the focus of the person who wishes to leave this
world with more than he arrive: To engage his mind with all its intensity
in thoughts that elevate and inspire, and push away with equal force
any thought that drags down and holds back.

And to allow all that labor to give birth through the channel
from the mind to the heart to actual deeds.

From the wisdom of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson;
Words and condensation by Tzvi Freeman
Courtesy of Chabad.org

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I am the source of everything,
and everything proceeds from me;
filled with my existence, wise men
realizing this are devoted to me.

Thinking and living deep in me,
they enlighten one another
by constantly telling of me
for their own joy and delight.


From the 10th Teaching of the Bhagavad-Gita
Hindu scriptures
Translated by Barbara Stoler Miller
Bantam Classic, 2004


Blessed is the man who trusts in Hashem, then Hashem will be his
security. He will be like a tree planted near water, which spreads out its
roots along a brook and does not see when heat comes, whose foliage is
ever fresh; it will not worry in a year of drought and will not stop producing
fruit. The heart is the most deceitful of all, and it is fragile -- who can know
it? I, Hashem, plumb the feelings and test the innermost thoughts, to
give to man according to his ways, the fruit of his deeds.

Jeremiah 17: 7-10
The Stone Edition Tanach


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Thou dost keep him in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on thee,
because he trusts in thee.


Isaiah 26:3
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Edition



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And I will raise up for myself a faithful priest,who shall do
according to what is in my heart and in my mind; and I will
build him a sure house, and he shall go in and out before
my anointed forever.

I Samuel 2: 35
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Edition




Our knowledge of God is perfected by gratitude: we are thankful
and rejoice in the experience of the truth that He is love...

To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has
given us -- and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is
a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings
with it immense graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing
for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new
wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful man
knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience.
And that is what makes all the difference.


Excerpted from "Thoughts in Solitude,"
by Thomas Merton
Farrar-Straus-Giroux, 1999



And now, the Last Word:

"Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?"

Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the Lord
your God with all your heart, with all your
soul, and with all your mind.'
This is the
first and great commandment."

Matthew 22: 36-38
The Holy Bible
New King James Version










 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus Quote:

You have put salt in our mouths that we may thirst for you.

St. Augustine (354-430)
Bishop of Hippo, in Algeria

 


On today's
Home Page:


The Rebbe
Schneerson/
Tzvi Freeman;
Bhagavad-Gita;
Book of Jeremiah;
Book of Isaiah;
Book of I Samuel;
Thomas Merton;
Book of Matthew;

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Read
"The Healer:
All Things Well"

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