Assisi column and steps  

The Religion Network publishes Monday, Wednesday & Friday
line decor
line decor

Welcome To The Religion Network!

I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. This site provides inspirational quotes through an
exploration of a new spiritual theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Religion network is offered with the
conviction that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and furthermore, that finding the commonalities
among the world's religions is more healing than pointing up their differences.

Religion as an institution is a precious gift, blessing individuals and uplifting communities. However you choose to
worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.



Swami Rudrananda, Wayne Teasdale, Eknath Easwaran,
Mrs. Charles Cowman, Thomas a Kempis, Book of Isaiah, Victor Hugo


Dear Readers,

Time was, if I discovered I had a spare half hour, I'd think, "Oh cool, I have time to sew a
quilt, read 'War and Peace' and learn to play the french horn!" Not so much, these days,
between getting older and having MS. I consciously try to optimize energy, which begins
with not squandering it by shot gunning efforts. It's been shown that by multi-tasking, we
merely achieve sub par results at several things, simultaneously! But there's more to it.

Imagine that you've been given $200 to spend on something wonderful. Are you going to
blow it by buying a bunch of yo yo's because you didn't get one as a kid? Well, we've been
given a limited amount of time in this earth. If we waste it by replaying something over
and over in our heads - something that likely happened years ago - we not only waste
precious time, but we dissipate energy, energy that is given to us by God for good.

Spiritual energy is boundless. As Shakespeare wrote about love, the more we give
the more we have to give. Don't squander it by choking its animation with negativity.

- Lisa

      Photo by Chuck Bowman                  All rights reserved

Everything in the universe is energy or a
manifestation of energy, and the purpose of
spiritual work is to become one with that
flow of higher creative energy coming
God through the cosmos.

Swami Rudrananda
Hindu spiritual teacher


...As physics tells us, energy can be neither created nor destroyed.
Energy is always changing form, but as energy itself, it remains the
same. We also know that matter is really frozen light or concentrated
energy. The Divine is this energy, this light that is the ground of every-
thing that is. Becoming attuned to this Divine energy, uniting with it,
and allowing it to transform us into it, is the goal for each of us.

Excerpted from "The Mystic Hours,"
by Wayne Teasdale,
New World Library, 2004


To love, we have to be able to do things for others, even if
it is inconvenient. We have to be able to do things we do not
like even when we seem to have no willpower or energy...
How can we get more energy, so that we can give more love?

Energy drains out when we let the mind go on working, repeating
the same thought over and over...Whatever problems we might
have, dwelling on them is only going to magnify them,
and waste a lot of time and energy in the process...

To put it another way, negative thoughts such as anger,
resentment, greed, and worry are like holes in a tank,
through which vitality drains.

Excerpted from "Love Never Faileth,"
by Eknath Easwaran
Nilgiri Press, 1996

fuschia flowers
Photo by Chuck Bowman    All rights reserved

We look at our burdens and heavy loads
and shrink from them; but as we lift them
and bind them with our hearts, they become
wings; and on them we rise and soar toward God.

Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

From "Whispers of Encouragement,"
Barbour Publishing, 2009


Those who love are borne on wings;
they run and are filled with joy;
they are free and unrestricted...
Beyond all things they rest in the
one highest thing, from Whom
streams all that is good.

Thomas a Kempis (1380-1471)
German Catholic monk and writer


Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
and the young men shall utterly fall: but they
that wait for Jehovah shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary;
they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 40:30-31
The Holy Bible
American Standard Edition


The Last Word:

Be like the bird that,
halting in its flight
Awhile on boughs too slight
Feels them give way beneath her,
and yet sings
Knowing that she hath wings.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
French poet, novelist, statesman







































































Totally Random Bonus Quote:

I'm a visionary. I'm ahead of my time.
Problem is, I'm only about one and a half hours ahead.

George Carlin (1937-2008)
American comedian and author




Rabbi Mentz presents
a wonderful, brief
video, partially shot
on the streets of
on the subject: