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Toki Miyashina, the Upanishads, Sir Jacob Astley


Dear Readers,

To-do lists are indispensable for busy people. They organize and prioritize, and
checking off each completed task is a satisfyingly triumphant reward! There's
a truism I've always liked: If you want something done, just ask a busy person.

When we can incorporate a peaceful manner into our busy day, everything we
do becomes much more powerful. Truly, it's not how much we accomplish, it's
how we accomplish it. Serenity does not slow us down: it makes us effective.

- Lisa

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Psalm 23 for Busy People

The Lord is my pace-setter, I shall not rush;

he makes me stop and rest for quiet intervals,

he provides me with images of stillness,

which restore my serenity.

He leads me in the way of efficiency,

through calmness of mind,

and his guidance is peace.

Even though I have a great many things

to accomplish each day,

I will not fret, for his presence is here.

His timelessness, his all-importance

will keep me in balance.

He prepares refreshment and renewal

in the midst of activity,

by anointing my mind with his oils of tranquility

my cup of joyous energy overflows.

Surely harmony and effectiveness shall be

the fruits of my hours

and I shall walk in the pace of my Lord,

and dwell in his house for ever.

Toki Miyashina

Excerpted from "Bless the Day,"
by June Cotner
Kodansha International, 1998


Verily, this whole world is *Brahma. Tranquil, let one
worship It as that from which he came forth,
as that into which he will be dissolved,
as that in which he breathes.

*Hindu god of creation

The Upanishads, Chandogya
One of the oldest Hindu scriptures

The Last Word:

O Lord!
thou knowest how busy
I must be this day:
if I forget thee,
do not forget me.

Sir Jacob Astley





























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

One angel said to another: "The world
is a mask God hides behind."

"He puts it on so that no one will
fear infinity," the other angel agreed.

Excerpted from "Finding God in a Tangled World,"
by Juris Rubenis and Maris Subacs
Paraclete Press, 2007


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