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Dear Readers,

Michelangelo once explained that when he sculpted, he simply removed the
extraneous marble to reveal a figure that was already there. What a beautiful
way to put it! The less poetic way of saying it is: Lose the junk. Cast off chains
binding you to neuroses, pain, or addictions. Clear out from your mental closet
your ego and all negative thoughts - everything that separates you from God -
and have a garage sale of the "old you" things you no longer wish to wear.

Underneath all that excess marble is a beautiful, timeless you. Let the Divine
Artist remove all that is not really you, revealing the work of art you really are.

- Lisa

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The journey to enlightenment involves shedding,
not collecting. It's a continual process of opening
and surrender, like taking off layer after layer of
clothes, until we're completely naked with nothing
to hide. But we can't just pretend, making a big
display of disrobing, then putting everything
back on when no one's looking. Our
surrender has to be genuine.

Excerpted from "The Pocket Pema Chödrön,"
Boston & London, 2008


Emptiness is the ground of everything.
Thanks to emptiness, everything is possible.

Thich Nhat Hahn (1926 -  )
Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk & author


Emptiness is analogous to the Godhead, especially in its transcendent
state, and in that state all potential exists and comes to be in the
realm of manifestation...Emptiness is the matrix of being, and
everything that is, can be, or will be is present in emptiness.

Brother Wayne Teasdale (1945-2004)
Catholic monk, author and teacher

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But Jesus answered them, saying...
Most assuredly, I say to you, unless
a grain of wheat falls into the ground
and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies,
it produces much grain. He who loves his
life will lose it, and he who hates his life
in this world will keep it for eternal life.

John 12:23-25
The Holy Bible
New King James version


I have been crucified with Christ: it is no
longer I who live, but Christ lives in me;
and the life which I now live in the flesh
I live by faith in the Son of God, who
loved me and gave Himself to me.

Galatians 2:20
The Holy Bible
New King James Version


In the castle of calmness, again and again
cast off identification with earthly titles,
and plunge into deep meditation to
realize your divine kingship.

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship

The Last Word:

In life, as in golf, your grip
determines how you play.

Lama Surya Das (1950 -  )
American lama in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition





























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

It is not because angels are holier than men or devils
that makes them angels, but because they do not
expect holiness from one another,
but from God only.

William Blake (1757-1827)
English poet, painter, printmaker


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