Song of the week

April 30, 2015

This week’s song of the week reminds us to sit in the presence of the Divine when we are going through and just let it be. http://inspiritual.biz/inspiritual-song-of-the-week1/

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

April 30, 2015

Are we serving our purpose?

JUST COME

April 29, 2015

It is nice to finally be healed enough from my most recent surgery that I have the energy to cook and entertain again. Whoo hoo! Just having the energy to cook again and create healthy low fat, low carb meals for my wife and I is such a blessing. Last night, I was chatting with a friend who was having one of those days where she just needed to know she was loved. I suggested she come join us for a very simplistic dinner. It was a chicken stir-fry with brown rice for her and Zoe. She wanted to know what she could bring and I said just come. It was those last two words – just come, that really spoke to her heart and soul.

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LOVE YOUR ENEMY

April 29, 2015

For the last several weeks, our Wednesday night group has been listening to a five-hour workshop by Pema Chodrom about releasing fear and living with courage and compassion. In it, she has talked about how Bodhisattva training encourages us to give up our separateness and act upon our deep connections with others. Over the course of these conversations, we have focused on how similar we are to each other. Yes, we have things about us that are unique, but we have far more in common with each other then we often times realize. As we practice being compassionate, we begin the process of releasing our resentments and cravings, and opening our minds to new relationships, courage, and compassion for others. Chödrön demonstrates ways to practice the four limitless qualities of loving — kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. Last week, we did a meditational practice where we began by breathing in relief for suffering for someone we were close to and exhaling peace and healing in their lives. We could have actually started with ourselves. However, in her workshop she began with those we would want to pray for, then to more neutral parties in our life, and finally with those whom we would resist praying for in our lives.

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

April 28, 2015

What would the world be like if we all mastered the three stringed instrument of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?

Has there ever been a time when your willingness to be compassionate was tested? What do you usually do when you meet someone in need of help? What kinds of questions do you ask yourself? What conditions do you set?

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

April 27, 2015

May we work on releasing the fear so we may be more open to practicing compassion.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

April 26, 2015

Let’s be intentional about focusing on our similarities and building bridges of compassion

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

April 25, 2015

May we all have eyes to see so that we might grow in our ability to practice compassion.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

April 24, 2015

Let;s all work together to build a more humane world