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TODAY'S THEME: For the Pessimist in You


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The good news
they do not print.
The good news
we do print.
We have a special edition every moment,
and we need you to read it.
The good news is that you are alive,
that the linden tree is still there,
standing firm in the harsh Winter.
The good news is that you have wonderful eyes
to touch the blue sky.
The good news is that your child is there before you,
and your arms are available:
hugging is possible.
They only print what is wrong.
Look at each of our special editions.
We always offer the things that are not wrong.
We want you to benefit from them
and help protect them.
The dandelion is there by the sidewalk,
smiling its wondrous smile,
singing the song of eternity.
Listen! You have ears that can hear it.
Bow your head.
Listen to it.
Leave behind the world of sorrow
and preoccupation
and get free.
The latest good news
is that you can do it.

Thich Nhat Hanh
Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher and author


No one knows enough to be a pessimist.
--Wayne Dyer

Wayne Dyer truly understands the nature of genuine spirituality. A person of wisdom has to be a consummate optimist. Pessimism and cynicism are psychological distortions, not perceptions of the real. As Dyer suggests, no human being has seen, has experienced enough, or knows enough to embrace pessimism as a mind-set. The world is full of mysteries and possibilities.

Excerpted from "The Mystic Hours," by Wayne Teasdale
New World Library, 2004


I believe in the sun even
when it is not shining.
I believe in love even when
feeling it not.

I believe in God even when
he is silent.

Jewish prayer


Remember, if you don't find God, you are not making enough effort in your meditation. Should you not find the pearl after one or two divings, don't blame the ocean. Blame your diving; you are not going deep enough. If you dive really deep you will find the pearl of His presence.

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Indian Guru and founder of Self-Realization Fellowship


Perhaps you can find your way to prayer by carefully listening to the words
of the angel to Zechariah, Mary, the frightened shepherds, and the women
at the tomb: "Don't be afraid." Don't be afraid of the One who wants to
enter your most intimate space and invite you to let go of what you are
clinging to so anxiously....Don't be afraid to offer your hate, bitterness, disappointment, to the One who is love and only love. Even if you have little
to show, don't be afraid to let it be seen...

Each time you dare to let go and surrender one of those many fears, your hand opens a little and your palms spread out in a gesture of receiving. You must be patient, of course, very patient, until your hands are completely open.

Excerpted from "With Open Hands"
Ballentine Books, 1987
By Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)
Dutch priest and author


And now, the Last Word:

It is our own mental attitude which makes the world what it is for us. Our thoughts make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds. Learn to see things in the proper light. First, believe in this world -- that there is meaning behind everything. Everything in the world is good, is holy and beautiful. If you see something evil, think that you are not understanding it in the right light. Throw the burden on yourselves!

Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)
One of the most famous spiritual leaders of the Hindu philosophies Vedanta and Yoga






































Bonus quote:
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Leonardo da Vinci


































On today's site:

-The Good News
(Thich Nhat Hanh)

-You can't be a pessimist
(Dyer & Teasdale )

-I believe in the sun
(Jewish prayer)

-Dive deeper
(Paramahansa Yogananda)

-Don't be afraid

And The Last Word:
Swami Vivekananda