Saturday, March 28, 2020

March Forth, Part 4

     We are marching forth!  We are building a new future!  Let's keep hope that it can be accomplished.
Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.  (Desmond Tutu)
We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.  (Franklin D. Roosevelt)
Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.  (Martin Luther)
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Saturday, March 21, 2020

March Forth, Part 3

     As we march forth in building a better world, we focus this week on the theme of endurance.
Every calamity is to be overcome by endurance.  (Virgil)
The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.  (Frederick Douglass) 
We all wish to be brave and strong in the face of disaster.  We all wish to be looked up to for our endurance and efforts to help others.  (Clarissa Pinkola Estes)
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Saturday, March 14, 2020

March Forth, Part 2

     Building on the idea of marching forth to build a better future, today's focus is courage.
From caring comes courage.  (Lao Tzu)
You will never do anything in this world without courage.  It is the greatest quality of mind next to honor.  (Aristotle) 
We must be bigger than we have been:  more courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook.  We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community.  (Haile Selassie)
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Saturday, March 7, 2020

March Forth!

     This month I'd like to focus on moving forward.  The way I see it, the only way to get through the current social mess we're in is to go through it with vision, courage, endurance, and hope.  Remember, what you resist persists, so resistance to our current state is only going to prolong it.  Let's build our better tomorrow starting today!  Let's march forth!

     Today's theme is vision.
Where there is no vision, there is no hope.  (George Washington Carver)
Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.  Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.  (Carl Jung)
Anything can be changed.  Anything can be fixed.  Things that are broken can be fixed.  And you don't have to be some billionaire or millionaire to do it.  You just have to be a person with a vision and the passion to do it, and be willing to fight for it every day.  (Dana White)
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Saturday, February 29, 2020

A Terrific Book, Part 2

     Last week I was lauding Carl McColman's book, 108 Mystics: The Essential Guide to Seers, Saints and Sages.  One of the things I liked best about the book is that McColman introduced each mystic in one to three pages, and then provided sources for further study.  His bibliography is packed!  What a wonderful resource!

     I found that, in reading, some of the mystics were well known to me.  But I met a few that were unknown or even overlooked by history.  It made my heart warm, knowing that some of these mystics, working quietly and often alone, described their experiences for a future that they could never imagine would appreciate them.  What a testament to faith and courage.

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

A Terrific Book

     I recently finished a leisurely read through Carl McColman's wonderful book, 108 Mystics: The Essential Guide to Seers, Saints and Sages.  It's a wonderful resource for those interested, like me, in the inner core of religious experience.  By that, I mean the mystical experience.

     McColman is a lay Cistercian, as well as a contemplative writer, speaker, and retreat leader.  He writes with sensitivity and clarity, a rare gift given the difficulty of putting such experiences into words.

     He focuses on mystics from the Christian tradition (oh, that he would write on mystics from other traditions as well!) and divides them into nine categories of twelve mystics each:
  • Visionaries
  • Confessors
  • Lovers
  • Poets
  • Saints
  • Heretics
  • Wisdom Keepers
  • Soul Friends
  • Unitives
     Of course, many of the mystics could fit into more than one category, but he did a wonderful job of explaining how the core of their writings or teachings pertained to that category.  A terrific book.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day!

For all Twin Souls --
Lovers and Beloveds -- 
May this day be a celebration
of deep, unitive love.

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