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Old 01-02-2018, 05:24 AM   #441 (permalink)
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A little Rumi to start the year....

Spirit

Day and night there is movement of foam on the Sea.
You see the foam, but not the Sea. Amazing!
We are dashing against each other like boats:
our eyes are darkened though we are in clear water.
O you who have gone to sleep in the body's boat,
you've seen the water,
but look at the Water of the water.
The water has a Water that is driving it;
the spirit has a Spirit that is calling it.

Time is limited, and the abundant water is flowing away.
Drink, before you fall to pieces.
There is a famous conduit, full of the Water of Life:
draw the Water, in order that verdure may grow up from you.
We are drinking the water of Khidr
from the river of the speech of the saints:
Come, O heedless thirsty man!
Even if you don't see the water, artfully, like the blind,
bring the jug to the river and dip it in.

~Rumi~
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Old 01-02-2018, 07:33 AM   #442 (permalink)
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Thank you Ann....that is so very beautiful. I love Rumi. ♥
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Old 01-02-2018, 09:14 AM   #443 (permalink)
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Come, O heedless thirsty man!
Even if you don't see the water, artfully, like the blind,
bring the jug to the river and dip it in.
This part especially speaks to me! Thanks, Ann.
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Old 01-03-2018, 06:25 AM   #444 (permalink)
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A good thought to begin the year....

Affirmation of Otherness

We love who we love, and that is good,
we all see ourselves in the mirror, differently,
we see our inner nature that is invisible to others,
we come in many hues of the spectrum, many paths,
in our lives, we each of us, walk on multiple paths.

Straight, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirited, Asexual,
Black, Hispanic, Asian, Semitic, White, Indigenous, Disabled,
Catholic, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Bahai,
Pagan, Mormon,Taoist, Humanist, Atheist, Agnostic, Quaker,
simple words we use to describe aspects of ourselves,
just illusions of "otherness" that often separates us.

As people, our true differences are in our ethics,
our compassion for others, our fairness, our loyalty
in our dealings with each other, as we live our lives.

May we come to respect each person we meet,
judging not by their self identity, but by their character.

~Abby Willowroot
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Old 01-04-2018, 06:29 AM   #445 (permalink)
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Let us see one another through eyes
enlightened by understanding and compassion.

Release us from judgment so we can receive the stories
of our sisters and brothers with respect and attention.

Open our hearts to the cries of a suffering world
and the healing melodies of peace and justice for all creation.

Empower us to be instruments of justice
and equality everywhere.

~prayer for everyday for all creation
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Old 01-05-2018, 05:48 AM   #446 (permalink)
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From my Treasures...

WHAT GOD HATH PROMISED

God hath not promised skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.

God hath not promised we shall not know
Toil and temptation, trouble and woe;
He hath not told us we shall not bear
many a burden, many a care.

God hath not promised smooth roads and wide,
Swift, easy travel, needing no guide;
Never a mountain rocky and steep,
Never a river turbid and deep

But God hath promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love


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Old 01-06-2018, 06:39 AM   #447 (permalink)
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My Morning Prayer

Bless this day
keep me safe and whole
kind and compassionate

Bless my path today
Help me to act with wisdom
and live in perpetual gratitude

Bless my human family
who are everywhere & everyone
Bless the creatures and plants
May all life be blessed on this day

~Abby Willowroot
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Old 01-07-2018, 06:13 AM   #448 (permalink)
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At the center of the universe is a
loving heart that continues to beat
and that wants the best for every person.

Anything we can do to help foster
the intellect and spirit and emotional growth
of our fellow human beings, that is our job.

Those of us who have this particular vision
must continue against all odds.

Life is for service.

~mister rogers neighborhood - fred rogers - 1928-2003
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Old 01-07-2018, 06:31 AM   #449 (permalink)
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Old 01-07-2018, 09:46 AM   #450 (permalink)
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Thanks HP and Pattee.



Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime;
therefore, we must be saved by hope.

Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history;
therefore, we must be saved by faith.

Nothing we do, however virtuous, could be accomplished alone;
therefore, we must be saved by love.

No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our own standpoint;
therefore, we must be saved by the final form of love, which is forgiveness.

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On this winterís day
We are thankful for the small things that lift our spirits-
The warmth of another's smile or embrace,
The glimpse of the sun through the clouds,
Freshly brewed coffee,
Newly baked bread,
Hot soup.
Soup pots at church

On this winterís day
We are thankful for glimmers of hope;
For acts of kindness that tell us
We are not alone
In our sorrow,
In our suffering,
In our uncertainty.

On this winterís day
We are thankful for
All that stirs us into life;
For funny stories and laughter,
For music that sets us dancing,
For words and wisdom that inspire us.

On this winterís day
We are warmed
By the beauty of this place in which we live,
By the company of family and friends,
By our passion for justice and peace.

~Down the lane -- winter in Auckland
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With your feet I walk
I walk with your limbs
I carry forth your body
For me your mind thinks
Your voice speaks for me
Beauty is before me
And beauty is behind me
Above and below me hovers the beautiful
I am surrounded by it
I am immersed in it
In my youth I am aware of it
And in old age I shall walk quietly
The beautiful trail.

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I love this, Ann, thanks for posting.
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Begin Again

Remember, every beginning has its ending, and
every ending has a new beginning.

Keep faith in God and you will succeed.
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Courage by Mike S

Courage is defined not by you at your best but how you come back from your worst.
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I like that, Kristin. Thank you for b ringing it here.
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I am always with you,
even when you are not able to feel me in your heart.
I love you always,
I surround you with my protecting love,
even when you occasionally forget me.
I listen to your problems,
if you are sincere and receptive, I give you solutions.
I hear your prayers and answer those which are in the best interest
of everyone in your life including, but not limited to, you.

I am the light and the thoughts in your mind,
I am the sight in your eyes,
I am the life in your body,
I am the feelings you feel in your heart.
I am always at work in your life for your greater good,
although you may not always believe this;
hopefully, your faith in me will grow constant.
you must realize:
"my will is whatever is happening in the present moment".
within this moment you must think and act
with integrity, humility and courage,
you must trust in me,
and surrender your will to mine through acceptance.
if you continue to demonstrate acceptance,
integrity, humility, courage and trust,
you will discover the secret of opening your heart to my love.
the greater your faith in me
the more I am able fill your heart with my love.

it is I, who grants you the serenity to accept
the things you cannot change,
the courage to change the things you can
and the wisdom to know the difference.
eventually you will realize the samplings of love
I bestow on you through others
are purposefully designed to draw you closer to me.
it is only I, who loves you unconditionally,
I am an ever-flowing fountain of love, peace and joy,
I will never disappoint you; I will always be with you.
I mete out to you the exact amount of pain you cause others,
because I want you to be compassionate.
I want you to be able to give love and equally as important,
I want you to be able to receive love.
how else will you learn to love me?
how will you learn to accept my love?
the moment you realize the error of your ways,
the moment you sincerely regret the pain you cause others,
I forgive you; I nourish you with my tender mercies.
remember, I never stop loving you for you are my precious child.

~God's love - paul mastromarino
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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously
give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

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