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Abdu’l-Bahá, Rabindranath Tagore, the Dhammapada,
Hazrat Inayat Khan, Teresa of Avila

Dear Readers,

There's nothing like a sleepless night to find out how many little things are weighing on
your mind. I had one of those the other night - nothing was wrong - I'd just been too busy
too late and couldn't unwind. But 'round about 2:30 a.m. I decided to confront the little
things that were jumping up and down in my restless mind, and I was surprised
to discover how many hidden anxieties were living submerged there.

Often we deal with the big emotional traumas but ignore the small ones. Why? Well, "It
was just a small disappointment." (Place a pebble on your shoulder). And. "It was just a
tiny slight" from your friend. (Place another pebble on the other shoulder). And you're
merely "mildly concerned" about paying the credit card off next month (which merits
small stones on both shoulders). Because the added weight is minor and incremental,
for a long time you don't notice that your load is getting heavy and slowing you down.
My advice is to pray for all your little anxieties to be revealed to you so they can be
faced and brushed away. That's easier than waiting for a sleepless night.

- Lisa

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O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit. Purify my heart.
Illumine my powers. I lay all my affairs in Thy hand.
Thou art my Guide and my Refuge.
I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved;
I will be a happy and joyful being.
O God! I will no longer be full of anxiety,
nor will I let trouble harass me.
I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life.
O God! Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself.
I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord.

Abdu’l-Bahá (1844-1921)
Eldest son of Bahá'u'lláh,
founder of the Bahá'í Faith



They throw their shadows before them who carry their lantern on their back.


We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us.


Never be afraid of the moments - thus sings the voice of the everlasting. 

Taken from the poem, "Stray Birds,"
by Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Bengali poet, artist and playwright


What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday,
and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow; our life
is the creation of our mind. If a man speaks or acts with an
impure mind, suffering follows him as the wheel of the cart
follows the beast that draws the cart. "He insulted me, he
hurt me, he defeated me, he robbed me." Those who think
such thoughts will not be free from hate. For hate is not
conquered by hate: hate is conquered by love.
This a law eternal.

Excerpted from the Dhammapada
(Buddhist texts)
Translation by Juan Mascaro

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Send Thy peace O Lord, which is
perfect and everlasting,
that our souls may radiate peace.

Send Thy peace O Lord, that we
may think, act, and speak harmoniously.

Send Thy peace O Lord, that we
may be contented and thankful for
Thy bountiful gifts.

Send Thy peace O Lord, that amidst
our worldly strife, we may enjoy Thy bliss.

Send Thy peace O Lord, that we
may endure all, tolerate all, in the thought of
Thy grace and mercy.

Send Thy peace O Lord, that our lives
may become a Divine vision and in Thy light,
all darkness may vanish.

Send Thy peace O Lord, our Father and Mother,
that we Thy children on Earth may all
unite in one family.

Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927)
Founder Sufi Order International

The Last Word:

Let nothing disturb thee,
Let nothing affright thee;
All things are passing;
God never changeth;
Patient endurance
Attaineth to all things;
Who God possesseth
In nothing is wanting;
Alone God sufficeth.

St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)
Translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow












































































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

I don't believe in the after life, although I am bringing a change of underwear.

Woody Allen (1935 - )
American flim director, writer and actor


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