Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Decay

Detroit, MI Church

Let us always remember that any society of men and women that cannot freely correct its own faults must surely fall into decay if not into collapse. Such is the universal penalty for the failure to go on growing. ... [Just as each individual] must continue to take his moral inventory and act upon it, so must our whole Society if we are to survive and if we are to serve usefully and well.
(As Bill Sees It, p. 65)
9 February 2016

Monday, February 8, 2016

Time


It is possible to make time for anything I want to do 
if I want it badly enough.
(Daily Reflections, 9 November)

Actually, we don't make time. Rather, we exist and time passes
We choose whether to use our time well or to just let it pass.
(Mr. Dickie, 5 May 2015)
8 February 2016

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Spirituality


Spirituality for me is recognizing that I am connect to the energy of all creation, that I am part of it -- and it is always part of me ... Allowing the truth of who you are -- your spiritual self -- to rule your life means you stop the struggle and learn to move with the flow of your life.
(Oprah Winfrey, Words That Matter, by The Editors of The Oprah Magazine, p. 133)
7 February 2016

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Ambitions


Here’s a suggestion from one of our great common sense ancestors, Mark Twain: 

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” 

Your ambitions are of God, so as you communicate with Him, ask for the strength to ignore those around you who’d malign or otherwise disparage what you and your Source have placed in your heart.
(Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Inspiration, p. 212)
6 February 2016

Friday, February 5, 2016

Fear


Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive and to express what we really are. We have learned to live our lives trying to satisfy other people's demands. We have learned to live by other people's points of view because of our fear of not being accepted.
(Don Miguel Ruiz, author, in Words That Matter by the Editors of The Oprah Magazine, p. 128)
5 February 2016

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Meditation


It is best, therefore, to let the psychological conscience alone when we are at prayer. The less we tinker with it the better. The reason why so many religious people believe they cannot meditate is that they think meditation consists in having religious emotions, thoughts, or affections of which one is, oneself, acutely aware. As soon as they start to meditate, they begin to look into the psychological conscience to find out if they are experiencing anything worthwhile. They find little or nothing. They either strain themselves to produce some interior experience, or else they give up in disgust.
(Thomas Merton, No Man Is An Island, p. 32)

4 February 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Reading Psychology Books


Another interesting form of this defense is reading about psychology. Let the reader of this book beware! For some people, soul-work takes the form of reading a chain of psychology books, each one giving a different picture of how life works and what is wrong with the reader. Someone should write a book about the psychology of psychology books; excessive reading of these books is a modern psychological disorder. Frequently I suggest to people in therapy that they take a year off from reading. Reading can serve as a strong distraction from attending to the soul, because someone else's ideas take the place of personal reflection. It might be better if each person had his or her own psychological lexicon, which would be much more effective than borrowing key phrases from an endless supply of self-help manuals.
(Thomas Moore, Soul Mates, p. 40)

3 February 2016