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.
ON TODAY'S SITE:
Thich Nhat Hanh, Mahatma Gandhi, Book of Common Prayer, Paramahansa Yogananda
I'm just back from an autumnal walk on a trail in Oklahoma. All around me were transitioning trees:
Persimmon, Cherry, Blackjack Oak, Crabapple, Pine, Willow, and the spectacular, blazing "October
Wonder" Red Maple.
Their leaves dismounted in the breeze, vaulting with twists all the way to the
ground. Already denuded trees, their God-given architecture etched like ink lines against a blue sky
began their seasonal rest.
Tall grasses waved and nodded as I walked by, and I was struck by all the
ongoing rhythms around me.
Like music, there was activity, then a pause; not only the sound of my
footsteps, but the feel of the wind caressing me, then stepping away;
sunlight dancing up and down
the crests of the rippling lake; and the various fragrances of the roses and honeysuckle I stopped
to inhale along the way. All around us are such examples of activity and rest. Life is a symphony;
within its rests, its pauses, lie our prayers.
Since even God paused on the seventh day, we can ex-
perience His Holiness when we pause to pray - even in the silence between footsteps on life's path.
Verdigris River, Kansas Photo by Chuck Bowman All rights reserved
From time to time, to remind ourselves to relax,
to be peaceful, we may wish to set aside some time
for a retreat, a day of mindfulness, when we
walk slowly, smile, drink tea with a friend,
and enjoy being together as if we are
the happiest people on Earth.
Thich Nhat Hanh (1926 - )
Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk and author
Earth our mother, breathe forth life
all night sleeping
in the east
now see the dawn.
Earth our mother, breathe and waken
leaves are stirring
all things moving
new day coming
Source: Circle of Grace
Prayer from the heart can achieve what nothing else can in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
Indian political and spiritual leader
We thank you for this earth, our home; for the wide sky and the blessed sun,
for the ocean and streams, for the towering hills and the whispering wind,
for the trees and green grass.
We thank you for our senses by which we hear the songs of birds,
and see the splendor of fields of golden wheat, and taste autumn's fruit,
rejoice in the feel of snow, and smell the breath of spring flowers.
Grant us a heart opened wide to all this beauty;
and save us from being so blind that we pass unseeing
when even the common thornbush is aflame with your glory.
For each new dawn is filled with infinite possibilities for new beginnings
and new discoveries. Life is constantly changing and renewing itself.
In this new day of new beginnings with God, all things are possible.
We are restored and renewed in a joyous awakening
to the wonder that our lives are and, yet, can be.
O Lord, support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen
and the evening comes, and the busy world lies hushed,
and the fever of life is over, and our work is done.
Then in thy mercy grant us a safe lodging,
and a holy rest, and peace at the last.
From "Book of Common Prayer," 1979
The Last Word:
I feel Him percolating through my heart,
as through all hearts, through the pores of the
earth, through the sky, through all created things.
He is the eternal motion of joy. He is the mirror of
silence in which all creation is reflected.
From " Metaphysical Meditations"
Totally Random Bonus Quote:
Obstacles are those frightening things you see
when you take your eyes off your goal.
Henry Ford (1863-1947)
American founder of Ford Motor Company
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