Saturday, April 25, 2015

De-Brine Your Mind, Part 5

     In his article "How to Soak in Divine Brine," which appears in the March-April edition of Spirituality and Health, Kevin Anderson offers some wonderful quotes to combat the daily soaking in negativity that we receive on a daily basis.  Here are some final offerings:

     Do you suffer from doubt?  Roll these quotes around in your mind for a while:
If you hear a voice that says you cannot paint, then by all means paint and the voice will be silenced.  (Vincent Van Gogh)
As long as we stand in our own way, everything seems to stand in our way.  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
     What if you sit smugly in your own beliefs?  Try these ideas to combat the illness of absolute certainty:
Doubt is not the opposite of faith, it is an element of faith.  (Paul Tillich)
The infinite transcends every particular content of faith.  (Moses Ben Jacob Cordovero)
     I hope you have enjoyed these little gems of wisdom as much as I have.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

De-Brine Your Mind, Part 4

     Kevin Anderson, in the March-April edition of Spirituality and Health, wrote in his article, "How to Soak in Divine Brine," that an effective way to combat the daily soaking of negativity we receive is with some divinely-inspired quotes.

     Are you plagued by fear?  Try these ideas:
Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.  (Leo Buscaglia)
Fear is the cheapest room in the house.  I would like to see you living in better conditions.  (Hafiz)
     Are you having issues with your relationship?  How about these:
Love find its soul in feelings of incompleteness, impossibility, and imperfection.  (Thomas Moore)
You may call God love, you may call God goodness.  But the best name for God is compassion.  (Meister Eckhart)
     Feeling better?

Saturday, April 11, 2015

De-Brine Your Mind, Part 3

     In the March-April edition of Spirituality and Health, Kevin Anderson writes that one way to combat the brine of constant negativity that we soak in daily is to think more positive thoughts.  Based on different issues that you might struggle with, he offers a series of pithy quotes.  Here is another sampling:

     If your issue is that you feel you cannot go fast enough, do enough, or have enough time, try these on for size:
A mind that is fast is sick.  A mind that is slow is sound.  A mind that is still is divine.  (Meher Baba)
What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.  (Meister Eckhart) 
      What if you struggle with shame?  Try these:
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls, the most massive characters are seared with scars.  (Kahlil Gibran)
I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing Light of your own being.  (Hafiz) 
     Beautiful, no?

Saturday, April 4, 2015

De-Brine Your Mind, Part 2

     In the March-April edition of Spirituality and Health, Kevin Anderson offers a series of helpful and healthful quotes for combatting the constant barrage of negativity that we are soaked in every day. 

     Say you are feeling unhappy, fill your mind with these thoughts:
Happiness is a byproduct of an effort to make someone else happy.  (Gretta Brooker Palmer)
It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, but it is not possible to find it elsewhere.  (Agnes Repplier)
     What if you struggle with materialism?  Try these on for size:
Trying to satisfy one's desires with possessions is like trying to put out fire with straw.  (Confucius)
Attachment brings manifold miseries, non-attachment brings manifold bliss.  (Sivananda Saraswati) 
     Happy de-brining!