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Published 9-10-10

Pema Chödrön, Barney Hamady, Book of Job, Book of Psalms

Dear Readers,

Rejoice! There is value in "letting it all hang out" when praying or
meditating. Articulating your emotions and thoughts when you're
in distress will help you look your problems squarely in the face.
Let's admit it: life is a series of challenges to our sense of peace.
We're on a ferris wheel. We ride high at the top and it's exhilarating!
But when things in life fall apart, our car starts swinging and our
emotions get shaky. We doubt, we're afraid, we're angry.
We hit bottom and eventually begin circling up again.
And so life goes.

Sharing your honest thoughts with God lets Him enter your
heart and scatter dark emotions with His brilliant, holy Light.
So don't be afraid to open up when you pray or meditate.
Wisdom tells us that challenges aren't going away, but if we
let the Divine in on them, we are lifted beyond our pain.

- Lisa

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Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of
healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to
overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don't
really get solved. They come together and they fall apart.
They come together again and fall apart again.
It's just
like that. The healing comes from letting there be
room for all of this to happen: room for grief,
for relief, for misery, for joy.

Pema Chödrön
American born Buddhist nun



...Extend a personal invitation toward God, inviting him
into your pain. You'll be amazed at how eager God
is to join you in your recovery.

For many people, this isn't easy because they believe that
God has either abandoned them or caused their suffering.
After all, it certainly feels like it. Part of facing it is facing
God. Get face to face with your Father in heaven, and tell
him exactly how you feel. Don't mince words. Reveal your
heart to God by pouring out to him your honest opinions
wrapped up in your honest emotions ... God can handle it.
... God isn't put off by your doubt, anger, fear, grief,
confusion, and questions. But he is put off when we
stubbornly refuse to let him back into our troubled lives.
... Never forget God recognizes how easy it is for us to
get stuck in the mud. The mud's not the problem. It becomes
an obstacle only when we refuse to let God pull us out of it.

Excerpted from "Making Life Work When Life is Working You,"
by Barney Hamady
Tate Publishing and Enterprises, 2009


Therefore I will not restrain my mouth;
I will speak in the anguish of my spirit;
I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

Job 7:11
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Version


The peace of God exists outside the influence
of our thoughts, emotions, and perceptions. It
transcends the content and substance of our minds
and understanding. Real freedom is knowing who we
are beyond the sadness, beyond our thoughts
and perceptions about our predicaments ...

Excerpted from "Making Life Work When Life is Working You,"
by Barney Hamady
Tate Publishing and Enterprises, 2009

The Last Word:

Answer me, Hashem, for Your kindness is good;
according to the abundance of Your mercy turn
toward me. Hide not Your face from Your servant;
because I am distressed, answer me quickly.

Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;
and let those who love Your salvation always
say, "May God be magnified."

Psalms 69:17-18, 70:5
The Stone Edition Tanach




























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Those who mistake the shadow for the substance,
and the substance for the shadow, never arrive at
reality, but follow false aims.

The Dhammapada


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