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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.


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The Rebbe Schneerson, Simon Jacobson,
Melody Beattie, Marian Wright Edelman


Dear Readers,

What if you gave a dear friend or adult child a precious family heirloom; say, maybe
a delicate Chinese celadon bowl? You place it gently into their outstretched hands
and slowly drawing back your hands, you ensure that it nestles in their possession.
They glance at it momentarily, then flip it in the air and catch it just before it hits the
ground. Next, they bang it a few times on the wall; then they casually spin the now-
cracked bowl a few times before dumping half a jar of salted peanuts into it.

When we abuse our physical bodies, be it with drugs, alcohol, junk food, lack of
exercise or too much stress and too little sleep, we insult the Creator who places
the spark of life into these "wondrously made" bodies He has given us out
an unfathomable love for us, His children, His dear friends.

This is what I was thinking about today as I drove from LA to the San Francisco Bay
Area. In truth, I thought about it while I was driving, concurrently consuming an
entire bag of Crispy Snapeas and several Tootsie Roll Pops. Before stopping
at Burger King. I'm sorry, Lord! I promise to begin practicing what I preach.

- Lisa

Photo by Stephen Bowman  All Rights Reserved

It is important to see that every aspect of your physical fitness
has a spiritual component. When you eat, you should acknowledge
that food is not meant for simple indulgence, but to generate the
vitality necessary to lead a meaningful life. When we go to bed with
a humble recognition of G-d and a serious appraisal of our day's
activities, the soul is allowed to drink from the regenerative
spiritual waters during sleep.

Excerpted from "Toward a Meaningful Life:
The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson,"
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002


Rest when you're tired.

Take a drink of cold water when you're thirsty.

Call a friend when you're lonely.

Ask God to help when you feel overwhelmed...
Many of us are afraid the work won't get done if
we rest when we're tired. The work will get done;
it will be done better than work that emerges from
tiredness of soul and spirit. Nurtured, nourished
people, who love themselves and care for
themselves, are the delight of the Universe.

They are well-timed, efficient, and Divinely led.

Today, I will practice loving self-care.

Excerpted from "The Language of Letting Go,"
by Melody Beattie
Hazeldon, 1990

The truth is that your body is not yours to treat
as you wish. Your body belongs to G-d, who gave it
to you to care for, as a vehicle to carry your soul
through life. Just as you would not harm another per-
son, just as you would not harm anything that G-d has
created, you should not harm your own body. It is your
duty to eat well, to rest, to stay in shape, and to
treat your body with respect in every way. Physical
fitness is not arbitrary or optional; it is part of
your responsibility to G-d...(A) sound body allows
you to concentrate on your soul, enabling you to
fulfill your divine mission in this world
and live a meaningful life.

Excerpted from "Toward a Meaningful Life:
The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson,"
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002

The Last Word:


Lord, unwrinkle my tired soul
unsnarl my garbled thoughts and words
unwind my gnarled nerves
and let me relax in Thee.

Marian Wright Edelman

Excerpted from "Bedside Prayers,"
by June Cotner
HarperSanFrancisco, 1997












































































Totally Random Bonus Quote:

What is troubling us is the tendency to believe
that the mind is like a little man within.

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951)
Austrian, one of the most significant
philosophers of the 20th century




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