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Welcome To The Religion Network!
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
invited to read every quote posted for each theme, or simply to read those that interest you. They are
offered in the belief that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and that finding the commonality
in religions is more important than pointing up the differences. Religion is precious gift that blesses the
individual and uplifts the community. However you worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. Let
us meet regularly and build a spiritual network. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.

On Today's Theme:


1. Buy Christmas gifts
                                    2. Try and get out some Christmas cards.
                                     3. Bake cookies and eat too many of them
                                          4. Experience a peaceful, spiritual Christmas

Uhhh...what's wrong with this picture? How sad that  item # 4 has to be
put on a list, and yet with all the other demands on our time in this holiday
season, it almost seems like we have to make a mental Post-it note to
make time for the 'reason for the season." On the other hand, there really
is a lot to do, so how to reconcile the fact that few of us will be able to
meditate out in the desert for the rest of December?

There are some wonderful suggestions on today's Home Page.

- Lisa Bowman

...(W)e are apt to begin the contemplative journey by seeking out
spaces where Divine music is more readily accessible and by avoid-
ing the world of noise, which we think of as the mere influx of mean-
ingless material. Eventually, though, we face a significant question:
Can we perceive God in the raucous noise of living, just as we perceive
God in the beautiful music of interior spiritual experience? Can we
meet God in dog-barking and traffic horns and whining children
and the infernal drone of the television?

...Common noises are not always what they appear to be. They
can also be the eloquence of God. It is all in the richness of
listening. If we develop our deeper metaphysical ears, we
may hear the music of divinity in uncommon places.

...There is an integration in the contemplative journey when
dualities collapse, when the noise and the music
become one sound.

Excerpted from "Firstlight,"
by Sue Monk Kidd
GuidepostsBooks, 2006


Lift your eyes and concentrate within.
Behold the astral star of divine wisdom
and let the wise thoughts in you follow
that telescopic star to behold the
Christ everywhere.

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Indian yogi and guru

Advent is the perfect time to clear and prepare the Way.
Advent is a winter training camp for those who desire peace.

Edward Hays
Catholic priest in Kansas City, Kansas


In this place I am peace.
In this place I am light.
In this place I am joy.
In this place I am love.
In this place I am a divine idea in the mind of God,
sharing the peace, light, joy and love of God.
In this place I give.
In this place I share.
In this place I serve.
In this place I give, I share, I serve to the glory
and goodness of God.
In this place I am a vessel.
A vessel of peace, light, joy, and love, giving
and sharing the divine ideas of God.
My task is easy.
My burden is light.
When it is not, I am not in my place.
And so it is!

Affirmation from "One Day My Soul Just Opened Up,"
by Iyanla VanZant
Fireside, 1998

...and now, The Last Word:

Peace is the altar of God,
the condition in which happiness exists.

Paramhansa Yogananda













































































Random Bonus Quote:

If you're here now,
you'll be there then.

Native American aphorism



On today's
Home Page:

Sue Monk Kidd;
Edward Hays;
Iyanla Vanzant


Christmas Music:

is a three-song
album featuring
traditional carols
sung by Lisa
Bowman. It is
available on


Wednesday's site: