|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:
I'm a sentimental kind of person. That means that I assign value to objects according
to the event or person with which I associate them. And that's why my boxes currently
are treasures, while my husband's are simply junk. According to me, anyway.
However, I'm to the age when I'm beginning to recognize that nothing I own is really mine.
I'm going to leave it all behind, and the next person, without the advantage of my senti-
mental associations, is liable to find they can quickly dispatch most of them. As I divest
myself of some of these sentimental treasures, I discover:
a) It hurts when I let go of them
b) It stops hurting about 30 seconds later
c) I suddenly feel lighter
The practice of "nothingness" can make us truly rich.
- Lisa Bowman
Give me understanding
Teach me patience and acceptance.
Whatever happened in the past, happened
for the best.
Whatever is happening now, is also happening
for the best.
I came with nothing and I will leave with nothing.
What belonged to someone else yesterday is mine
What is mine today will belong to someone else
In this ever-changing world
Is an unchanging principle
Which is within my own being.
Contentment and freedom arise from true
The Self is one and the same in all.
Kriya yogi, India
Note from Lisa -
The following email was forwarded to me via a dear friend.
The original email, reprinted below, was written right after the
recent wildfires in Southern California, which caused massive
evacuations and much destruction of personal property.
personally know Rev. Emma...but I must say, I'd like to!
Thank you for inquiring. We are home now, but we had to evacuate
for a few days. The fires were all around us. Mike and I stayed at the
studio and set up a make-shift camp out, but we don't have a shower
there yet. It was an amazing couple of days.
When I heard we had to leave, I was home alone. I asked God, 'What
should I take? Should I take our family photos?' God said, 'Why? Your
kids are all still here!!'
'What do I take?'
(The voice) said, 'NOTHING.'
So I left our house with nothing. As I drove (away), I realized I left everything
behind. I left it all in GOD'S HANDS. I was in a daze until today. But I awaken
to the fact that when I left with nothing, I felt I had everything. I was totally in
Faith and I was alive. So many people called with offering of a place to stay,
to stay, and help poured in, and so it is. We are home and there is
no place like it, even if it's for sale.
Love you all,
In Buddhism, "aimlessness" is taught as a way to help the practitioner stop
pursuing the future and return wholly to the present. To be able to stop pursuing
the future allows us to realize that all the wonderful things we seek are present in
us, in the present moment. Life is not a particular place or a destination. Life is a
path. To practice walking meditation is to go without needing to arrive. Every step
can bring us peace, joy, and liberation. That is why we walk in the spirit of aimless-
ness. There is no way to liberation, peace and joy; peace and joy are themselves the
way. Our appointment with the Buddha, with liberation, and with happiness
is here and now. We should not miss this appointment.
Excerpted from "Essential Writings,"
Thich Nhat Hanh (1926- )
Orbis Books, 2004
The Last Word:
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Random Bonus Quote:
When money speaks, the truth is silent.