Today's Theme: Watching Your Thoughts
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Published 1-10-09
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I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multifaith Web site. We provide inspirational
quotes by exploring a new theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This site is offered in 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.

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On Today's Theme:

My mind is an unruly child. He wanders across barren fields,
plays with matches (nearly starting fires!) and gets distracted
by anything shiny or sparkly. I've taken to reciting the Lord's
Prayer, some Hail Mary's and/or Eastern mantras just to get
the undisciplined little fellow to let go of thoughts that block
out the sweet whispers of the angels, sharing their
messages from the Heavenly Will of God.
I say, whatever works...!

- Lisa Bowman

ruins in Budapest, Hungary
Photo by Lisa Bowman             All rights rewerved

Note from Lisa: The following is contributed by one of The Religion Network's subscribers.
Many thanks, Bob, for the valuable insight.


What will I think about today?
Yes, I am the one who gets to make that decision.
I have the choice to place thoughts into my mind
that are angry or happy - selfish or generous -
hateful or loving - full of trash or uplifting -
and to feel mistreated or blessed.

The reason for this contemplation:
I will become the person that I allow
to dominate my thoughts.

- Bob Bailey


Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.

Psalm 19:13
The Holy Bible
New King James Version

brick stairs in Assisi, Italy
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The Little Rule of Master Romuald
(Italian monk, born circa 951; died
circa 1025;
founder of the Camaldolese order)

...Watch your thoughts like a good fisherman watching for fish.

The path you must follow is in the Psalms -- never leave it.

...(Take) every opportunity you can to sing the Psalms in
your heart and to understand them with your mind. And if
your mind wanders as you read, do not give up; hurry back
and apply your mind to the words once more.

Realize above all that you are in God's presence, and stand there
with the attitude of one who stands before the emperor.

Empty yourself completely and sit waiting, content with
the grace of God, like the chick who tastes nothing and
eats nothing but what his mother brings him.


I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, your wonders of old I will remember.
I will recite all your works;
your exploits I will tell.
Your way, O God, is holy;
what god is as great as our God?

Psalm 77:12-14
New American Bible

...and now, The Last Word:

Let your love flow outward through the universe,
To its height, its depth, its broad extent,
A limitless love, without hatred or enmity.
Then as you stand or walk,
Sit or lie down,
As long as you are awake,
Strive for this with a one-pointed mind;
Your life will bring heaven to earth.

The Buddha (c. 563 BC - 483 BC)
























































Random Bonus Quote:

Anything more than the truth would be too much.

Robert Frost (1874-1963)
Winner of four Pulitzer Prizes for poetry


On today's
Home Page:

Bob Bailey;
Book of Psalms;
St. Romuald;
The Buddha


Our previous site:
Letting Go of
Childish Things