|Welcome To The Religion Network!
I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing inspiration, quotes and
religious resources. This Home Page is changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You are warmly
invited to read every quote posted for each theme, or simply to read those that interest you. They are
offered in the belief that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and that finding the commonality
in religions is more important than pointing up the differences. Religion is precious gift that blesses the
individual and uplifts the community. However you worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. Let
us meet regularly and build a spiritual network. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.
On Today's Theme:
What's the first thing that popped into your head today upon awakening?
What information were you chewing on after lunch?
What were you worrying about by dinnertime?
So much worldly information gets shoved into our minds each and every
day, simply because never before in history has there been so much
information sloshing around the globe and into our lives. If we become
negligent in guarding the thoughts we allow ourselves to contemplate,
we are in danger of giving away our divinely bestowed free will, for the
typhoon of information will pull us into its own riptide, dragging our
thoughts, desires, emotions and spirituality into unproductive waters.
Luckily, the great spiritual traditions of the world provide us with a lot
of guidance in channeling our thoughts toward calm and Godly waters.
The course they lay out before us has planted along the way, spiritual
signposts bearing beautiful, holy, peaceful and healing words.
- Lisa Bowman
It does us twice as much good to think about God as it does to think about anyone
or anything else. God wants us to begin and end our prayers thinking of him. The
more we focus up there, the more inspired we are down here.
When you magnify an object, you enlarge it so that you can understand it. When
we magnify God, we do the same .We enlarge our awareness of him so we can
understand him more. This is exactly what happens when we worship--we take
our minds off ourselves and set them on God. The emphasis is on him.
Excerpted from "For These Tough Times,"
by Max Lucado
W Publishing Group, 2006
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious,
if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of
praise, think about these things. Keep on doing what you
have learned and received and heard and seen in me.
Then the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4: 8-9
New American Bible
The word mindfulness is not used in Christian
and Jewish circles because mindfulness is a
Buddhist word. But what is mindfulness? Mind-
fulness is to be aware of everything you do
every day. Mindfulness is a kind of light that
shines upon all your thoughts, all your feelings,
all your actions, and all your words. Mindfulness
is the Buddha. Mindfulness is the equivalent of
the Holy Spirit, the energy of God.
Excerpted from "Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers,"
by Thich Nhat Hanh
The ultimate prayer is the prayer of the small child.
You pray to some lofty concept of The Infinite Light or The Essence of Being or...
But the child doesn't have any concept. Just G-d.
When you open your eyes in the morning, you are a newborn child.
Then and there you meet G-d face to face.
As you awaken and your brain becomes engaged, keep the child with you.
Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson;
words and condensation by Tzvi Freeman
Courtesy of Chabad.org
...and now, The Last Word:
Praise the Lord.
I will extol the Lord with all my heart
in the council of the upright and in the assembly.
Great are the works of the Lord;
they are pondered by all who delight in them.
The Holy Bible
New International Version
Random Bonus Quote:
You don't get much out of passive consumption of pleasure,
compared to enjoyment that is active, creative, and self-directive.
University of Chicago professor and author of:
" Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention"