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TODAY'S THEME: Daily Spiritual Practice
The Weekend Edition

 
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WELCOME! I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing daily inspiration, quotes and religious resources. Faith and religion are precious gifts that bless.
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Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live
a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us
as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 5: 1, 8, 15-20
Holy Bible, New International Version


Daily spiritual practice is the "technology" of inner change. Without it, such change is inconceivable. Devotions alone are insufficient; the practice must be contemplative. Only such intense forms of inner discipline lead to the interior breakthroughs that provide real progress in the spiritual life. This insight is found in all spiritual traditions, and marks the difference between a genuine mystical process and popular religion, or a purely devotional type of spirituality. All spiritual practices are transformative, be they contemplative forms of prayer, meditation, and sacred reading; a restful, active participation and presence in liturgy and ritual; music and chanting; yoga and certain martial arts; hiking and even walking. They change us within and make this inner change consistent with our actions in the world in our daily lives. Seekers and saints of every tradition have cultivated a spiritual practice and have thus cultivated a profound self-knowledge.

Spiritual practice shapes our understanding, character, will, personality, attitudes, and actions by enlarging their scope through the light of compassion and love.

Excerpt from "The Mystic Heart"
by Wayne Teasdale
New World Library, 2001

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Whenever your mind wanders in the maze of myriad worldly thoughts, patiently lead it back to remembrance of the indwelling Lord. In time you will find Him ever with you -- a God who talks with you in your own language, a God whose face peeps at you from every flower and shrub and blade of grass. Then you shall say: "I am free! I am clothed in the gossamer of Spirit; I fly from heaven on wings of light." And what joy will consume your being!

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)

Show me favor, O Lord, for to You do I call all the day.
Gladden the soul of Your servant, for to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul For You, O Lord, are good and forgiving and abundantly kind to all who call upon You.

Teach me, O Hashem, Your way, that I may travel in Your truth, unite my heart to fear Your Name.

Psalm 86: 3-5, 11
The Stone Edition Tanach, Mesorah Publications, ltd.
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People who are honestly trying to follow the spiritual life often make the mistake of being too hard on themselves. Because they do not seem to be progressing as fast as they would naturally like, or because they find themselves repeating some old fault that they thought they had completely overcome, they feel discouraged, and condemn themselves mercilessly.

All this is foolish. If you are doing your best to use what Truth you know, at present, you are doing all that you have a right to expect of yourself.

Don't be impatient with yourself.

Excerpted from 'Around the Year with Emmet Fox'
HarperSanFrancisco, 1950


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From cowardice that dare not face new truth
From the laziness that is contented with half truth
From the arrogance that thinks it knows all truth,
Good Lord, deliver me.

Kenyan Prayer

 


And now, the Last Word:


A monk was anxious to learn Zen and said:
"I have been newly initiated into the Brotherhood.
Will you be gracious enough to show me the way to Zen?"
The Master said:"Do you hear the murmuring
sound of the mountain stream?"
The monk said: "Yes, I do."
The Master said: "Here is the entrance."

Zen mondo

 


 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus quote:
Computers are useless.
They can only give you answers.

Pablo Picasso

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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On today's site:

-Be imitators of God
(Ephesians 5)

-Daily Spiritual Practice
(Wayne Teasdale )

-When your mind wanders... (Paramahansa Yogananda)

-Teach me,
O
Hashem
(Psalm 86)

-Don't be impatient with yourself
(Emmet Fox)

-From cowardice, deliver me
(Kenyan Prayer)


And The Last Word:
is a Buddhist story