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Old 08-06-2017, 03:13 AM   #221 (permalink)
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Celtic Prayer for the Morning

I will kindle my fire this morning in the presence of the holy angels of heaven; Without malice, without jealousy, without envy, without fear; without terror of any one under the sun, but the Holy Son of God to shield me.

God, kindle thou in my heart within a flame of love to my neighbor, to my foe, to my friend, to my kindred all; To the brave, to the coward, to the man in the street, O Son of the loveliest Mary, from the lowliest thing that lives to the Name that is highest of all. In the name of Christ, I pray.


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In this century and in any century,
Our deepest hope, our most tender prayer,
Is that we learn to listen.
May we listen to one another in openness and mercy
May we listen to plants and animals in wonder and respect
May we listen to our own hearts in love and forgiveness
May we listen to God in quietness and awe.
And in this listening,
Which is boundless in its beauty,
May we find the wisdom to cooperate
With the healing spirit, a divine spirit,
Who beckons us into peace and community and creativity.
We do not ask for perfect world.
But we do ask for a better world.
We ask for deep listening.


~ Jay McDaniel

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Old 08-07-2017, 05:56 PM   #223 (permalink)
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Very timely. HP. For me, learning to listen...to really just listen without allowing my mind to form responses to fire back...was something that took a long time to learn. To listen and then to think how and what the other person must feel...and then to respond to that with kindness...instead of always inflicting MY point of view...became an art that helped ME learn from the person to whom I was listening.

Recovery has taught me so many things that I never even considered before .

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We do not ask for perfect world.
But we do ask for a better world.
We ask for deep listening.
Profound words.
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Old 08-08-2017, 05:13 AM   #224 (permalink)
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Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase "each other" doesn't make any sense.

mevlana jelaluddin rumi - 13th century
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Old 08-08-2017, 08:10 AM   #225 (permalink)
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I've seen the first part, but not the second, of today's reading. Thanks for expanding it for me!
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I have a book of his poems and writings and I cherish it. I can pick it up anytime and read randomly and each time will find something I missed the last time I read it. Rumi and Hafiz are awesome Sufi poets.
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May the sacred stream of amity flow
forever in my heart,
may the universe prosper
such is my cherished desire.

May my heart sing with ecstasy
at the sight of the virtuous,
and may my life be an offering
at their feet.

May my heart bleed at the sight
of the wretched, the cruel, the poor and the irreligious,
and may my tears of compassion
flow from my eyes.

May I always be there to show the path
to the pathless wanderers of life,
but if they should not hearken to me,
may I bide in patiently.

May the spirit of goodwill
enter all our hearts,
may we all sing together in chorus
the immortal song of human concord.

the immortal songs - gurudev shri chitrabhanuji - 1950's
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The sun shines down,
and its image reflects a thousand
different pots filled with water.

The reflections are many,
but they are each reflecting the same sun.

Similarly, when we come to know who we truly are,
we will see ourselves in all people.

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Tagore is a favourite of mine, enjoy.

Where the mind is without fear
and the head is held high;

Where knowledge is free;

Where the world has not been broken up
into fragments by narrow domestic walls;

Where words come out from the depth of truth;

Where tireless striving stretches its arms toward perfection;

Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;

Where the mind is led forward by Thee
into ever-widening thought and action —

Into that heaven of freedom,
my Father, let my country awake.

where the mind is without fear - rabindranath tagore
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Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
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What a great image! Thanks, Ann.
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The Paso Doble is an old favourite that I haven't read for a long time...until today it surfaced when I wasn't looking but needed to see it.


Each day is a blessing
of epic proportions.
I give thanks for
what might seem meager comforts:
real cream in my coffee,
a day without a bill in the mail,
the Paso Doble.
Sometimes life is a dance
a woman has to do backwards
pushing against the wind
and obstacles in the way.
Thank You for being the partner
who always leads.

paso doble - ruth williams


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May a good vision catch me
May a benevolent vision take hold of me, and move me
May a deep and full vision come over me, and burst open around me
May a luminous vision inform me, enfold me.
May I awaken into the story that surrounds,
May I awaken into the beautiful story.
May the wondrous story find me;
May the wildness that makes beauty arise between two lovers
arise beautifully between my body and the body of this land,
between my flesh and the flesh of this earth,
here and now,
on this day,
May I taste something sacred.

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What a beautiful posting, Ann!! Thank you so much.
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Prayer for Nature

God, I thank you for the healing rain that washes the curving hills bright green.

I thank you for the beams of sunlight that falls softly on a child's face.

I thank you for butterflies and flowers, birds and fish, stars and trees, all of these beautiful things you created for us.

I pray that all of your children see and wonder at these, and that the joy of these follows them through their lives now and forever.

In your name we pray, Amen.
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The Messiah In Disguise
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High in the mountains was a monastery that had once been known throughout the world. Its monks were pious, its students were enthusiastic. The chants from the monastery’s chapel deeply touched the hearts of people who came there to pray and meditate.

But, something had changed. Fewer and fewer young men came to study there; fewer and fewer people came for spiritual nourishment. The monks who remained became disheartened and sad.

Deeply worried, the abbot of the monastery went off in search of an answer. Why had his monastery fallen on such hard times?

The abbot came to a guru, and he asked the master, “Is it because of some sin of ours that the monastery is no longer full of vitality?”

“Yes,” replied the master, “it is the sin of ignorance.”

“The sin of ignorance?” questioned the abbot. “Of what are we ignorant?”

The guru looked at the abbot for a long, long time, and then he said, “One of you is the messiah in disguise. But, you are all ignorant of this.” Then, the guru closed his eyes, and he was silent.

“The messiah?” thought the abbot. “The messiah is one of us? Who could it be? Could it be Brother Cook? Could it be Brother Treasurer? Could it be Brother Bell-Ringer? Could it be Brother Vegetable Grower?

“Which one? Which one? Every one of us has faults, failings, human defects. Isn’t the messiah supposed to be perfect? But, then, perhaps these faults and failings are part of his disguise. Which one? Which one?”

When the abbot returned to the monastery, he gathered all the monks together and told them what the guru had said.

“One of us? The messiah? Impossible!”

But, the master had spoken, and the master was never wrong.

“One of us? The messiah? Incredible! But, it must be so. Which one? Which one? That brother over there? That one? That one?”

Whichever one of the monks was the messiah, he was, surely, in disguise.

Not knowing who amongst them was the messiah, all the monks began treating each other with new respect. “You never know,” they thought, “he might be the one, so I had better deal with him kindly.”

It was not long before the monastery was filled with new found joy. Soon, new students came to learn, and people came from far and wide to be inspired by the chants of the kind, smiling monks.

For once again, the monastery was filled with the spirit of love
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Great story, Ann!
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It gets better.
Stay in between my synapses
tap it out in Morse code
if need be.

It gets better.
Take me outside to look
at the birds flying in unison
taste the salty air
by the boundless ocean
feel the sand between clenched toes.

It gets better.
Take my mind off what I know
is too big for me
this thing I always dance around
and never mention.

That's why there is faith.
It's the bridge between
the impossible and the infinite.
Please get me and mine safely across.

danse macabre - ruth williams
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Thursday 's Message
from the Universe

Good morning fellow adventurer!

It's high time you step forward and claim, DEMAND, WHATEVER it is that you want from life. Remember though, that the gate keeper who will give it to you, is the same gate keeper who has kept it from you... yourself.

The Universe
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Prayer for Understanding Others

Make me willing and able to understand
the many complex differences in people,
differences forged in the fires of our experiences,
beliefs born of culture, faith, education and circumstance.

Make me willing and able to understand
that our hearts hunger for similar things,
that our hopes and fears mirror our life experiences,
possibilities sought after, with our strength and resolve.

Make me willing and able to understand that
each of us have dreams, hopes and aspirations,
to know we each value our families, friends and our lives,
we are more alike, than we are different from each other.

Make me willing and able to understand that
hopes for our children, our dreams, vision, home,
friends, family, work, honor, laughter, and song unite us,
knowing it is only our fears and prejudices that separate us.

May my understanding grow today and be a blessing,
making me closer to everyone I meet, everyone I see.
I value differences forged in the fires of our experience.
Dancing my dance of life, I am growing in understanding,
as I honor and celebrate the diverse life dances of others.

~Abby Willowroot
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I am of the nature to grow old.
There is no way to escape growing old.

I am of the nature to have ill-health.
There is no way to escape having ill-health.

I am of the nature to die.
There is no way to escape death.

All that is dear to me and everyone I love
are of the nature to change.
There is no way to escape being separated from them.

My actions are my only true belongings.
I cannot escape the consequences of my actions.
My actions are the ground on which I stand.

the five remembrances - buddha
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