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Juris Rubenis and Maris Subacs, The Buddha, Irenaeus of Lyons


Dear Readers,

Why is it that walking in nature is so peaceful for humans? I think the
answer goes beyond even the healing aspects of nature's beauty. We are
able to feel renewed by leaning against a tree inhaling jasmine, because
nature fulfills her purpose by just being. Nature lives, heaves, rises and
then falls back sighing, knowing that living the cycle of the seasons is
enough, that God asks no more of her. She just is. So when we allow our-
selves to align our rhythm with nature's, we too, find peace by just being.

It's rejuvenating to pause during the day and just "be" for a minute.
True, we are asked to grow and strive also, but the Divine Creator
has purposefully given us the gift of "being," too. We are
"wonderfully made" because He made us that way.

You are enough. Be.

- Lisa

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There is no one else who can ever fill your role
in the same way, so it's a good idea to perform
it as well as possible.

Humphry Osmond (1917-2004)
British psychiatrist


For you formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother's womb.

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.

My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

Psalm 139:13-15
The Holy Bible
New Kings James Version


The fish in the water is silent,
the animal on the earth is noisy,
the bird in the air is singing,
But man has in him
the silence of the sea,
the noise of the earth
and the music of the air.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Bengali polymath; winner of Nobel Prize in Literature

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You are a child of the Universe, no less than the moon
and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether
or not it is clear to you, no doubt the Universe is
unfolding as it should.

Max Ehrmann (1872-1945)
American spiritual writer


An angel asked God, "Why are there so many human beings?"
"Because each person is called to learn about one
aspect of God," God replied.

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



Go forth in every direction --
for the happiness, the harmony,
the welfare of the many.
Offer your heart,
the seeds of your own understanding
like a lamp overturned
and relit again
illuminating the darkness.

The Buddha (563-483 BC)

The Last Word:

God created man in order to have someone
on whom to shower his love.

Irenaeus of Lyons (3rd century)
Early Church father and bishop

































































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

We are all something, but none of us are everything.

Blaise Pascal  (1623-1662)
French mathematician, physicist, philosopher


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