Category Archives: Spirituality

Shavasana

Shavasana by Rosemary Wahtola Trommer Once again, the field rehearses how to die. Some of the grass turns golden first. Some simply fades into brown. Just this morning, I, too, lay in corpse pose, practicing how to let myself be totally held by the earth without striving, how to meet the day without rushing off …

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…with a little compassion

“If we were all perfected beings we wouldn’t be here in the physical world. The fact that we’re all here in these bodies means that we’re not perfected. So having accepted we’re not perfected, we can allow for each others inadequacies or failings with a little compassion.”  ~George Harrison 

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It Doesn’t Matter

“Appreciate and rejoice, without any expectation. It doesn’t matter if people are unkind to you, it doesn’t matter if people betray you, it doesn’t matter if people don’t even say ‘thank you’ to you; by appreciating everything around you, from happy experiences to sad, your life will become meaningful, full of understanding, joy, strength and …

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Justiniani

For A Hermit by Naomi Shihab Nye from Honeybee, ©2008    1. The hermit Justiniani walked across Europe after refusing to take his final vows. He walked across the colonial United States, coming to live in a cave in southern New Mexico. Once he walked from Las Cruces to San Antonio for a little visit. Justiniani …

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Just a Different Way to Be

“Picture a wave in the ocean. You can see it, measure it – its height, the way the sunlight refracts when it passes through – and it’s there, and you can see it, and you know what it is: it’s a wave. And then it crashes on the shore and it’s gone. But the water …

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Yeah…

  ButtPoems is on the web HERE.

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Don’t Be Afraid, Ever

“The world is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. The ride goes up and down, around and around, it has thrills and chills, and it’s very brightly colored, and it’s very loud, and it’s fun …

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Come, come!

Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshipper, lover of living, it doesn’t matter Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come even if you have broken your vow a thousand times, Come, yet again, come, come. WikiQuote has a large collection of sourced Rumi poems and quotes, which is available on the web HERE. Project …

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One

 “I go into the Muslim mosque and the Jewish synagogue and the Christian church and I see one altar.”  ~Rumi

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It’s Always Something

  Pearls Before Swine by Stephen Pastis is on the web HERE. I love it when a comic expands beyond the normal topics of idiots and anvils and explores some tougher issues.  Even something as dark as Death is a little different when it’s coming from the mouths of a talking pig and rat. And  …

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Every Single Thing

  I wished I lived someplace where people wrote things like this then hung it on a wall for everybody to see. In East Texas all we get is profanity and crude drawings of genitalia.

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History

“In the past I have been a cloud, a river, and the air.  And I was a rock.  I was the minerals in the water.  This is not a question of belief in reincarnation.  This is the history of life on earth.”  ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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You Do Not Have To Be A Monk

“Some people think there is a difference between mindfulness and meditation, but this is not correct. The practice of mindfulness is simply to bring awareness into each moment of our lives. Mindful living is an art. You do not have to be a monk or live in a monastery to practice mindfulness. You can practice …

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Not Just

“Spiritual practice is not just sitting and meditating. Practice is looking, thinking, touching, drinking, eating, and talking. Every act, every breath, and every step can be practice and can help us to become more ourselves.”  ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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The Knowing

“Nothing that comes and goes is you. ‘I am bored.’ Who knows this? ‘I am angry, sad, afraid.’ Who knows this? You are the knowing, not the condition that is known.”  ~Eckhart Tolle

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Sacrifice and Destroy

“Each of us has our own idea of happiness. It’s because of this idea that we run after objects we desire. We sacrifice our time and, to a certain extent, destroy our bodies and our minds. According to the Buddha, happiness is simple– if we go home to the present moment, we realize that we …

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Christianity and Capitalism

  There’s a wonderful graphical essay on Christianity and capitalism posted to The Nib, which you can read HERE.

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Well Grounded

“When we recognize that we have a habit of replaying old events and reacting to new events as if they were the old ones, we can begin to notice when that habit energy comes up. We can then gently remind ourselves that we have another choice. We can look at the moment as it is, …

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Right?

  This excerpt from Answers from the Heart by Thich Nhat Hanh, ©2009, illustrates the fundamental difference between Buddhism and Christianity.  Christianity is all about the destination, heaven or hell, while Buddhism is more concerned with the path:  “If you don’t feel that you’re on the right path, happiness isn’t possible. This is true for …

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yet not, but not

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;”  ~2 Corinthians 4:8-9 I don’t know man.  I’m feeling sort of distressed, despairing, forsaken, and destroyed. But I guess that’s something to aspire to.

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