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Becoming Conscious

To remember

Consciousness = ability to release the old + embrace the new with awareness that all things end at the appropriate time and that all things begin at the appropriate time.

 

Professions for PEACE

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have.” ~Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now

“Consciousness is the ability to release the old and embrace the new with the awareness that all things end at the appropriate time and that all things begin at the appropriate time.

This truth is difficult to learn to live with because human beings seek stability – the absence of change. Therefore becoming conscious means living fully in the present moment, knowing that no situation or person will be exactly the same tomorrow.

As change does occur, we work to interpret it as a natural part of life and strive to ‘flow with it,’ as the Tao Te Ching counsels, and not against it. Trying to make things remain the same is useless as well as impossible.

Our task is to contribute the best of our energy to every situation with the understanding that we…

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Holding certain Truths to be self-evident


We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all human beings, irrespective of race, color, or sex, are born with the equal right to share at the table of life; that to secure this right, there must be established among men economic, social, and political freedom; we hold further that government exists but to maintain special privilege and property rights; that it coerces man into submission and therefore robs him of dignity, self-respect, and life.
– Emma Goldman

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Xenophobia, sexism, and violence mixed together to distract people from the real problems


Throughout history xenophobia, sexism, and violence are mixed together to distract people from the real problems facing their lives. The more things change the more they stay the same. These forces of division are just out of sync.
–  Rabbi Avi Katz Orlow
Purim Today: Xenophobia, Sexism, and Violence

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Bringing words together with pictures

We are always on the look-out for those who can speak with their eyes and can bring in one moment more together than you can say with words in that one ‘still’ moment.

moorezartheadshotToday we are happy to present to you a master with pictures and words, bringing the Art of Quotation were the blogowner, Douglas, quotes Georgia O’Keeffe

“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing.  Making your unknown known is the important thing.”

and says

In a world where artists are pressured to measure their success based on others’ expectations — be it sales, representation, publication etc., I share this remarkable statement by Georgia O’Keeffe. (It definitely speaks to me)

Not closing his eyes for what is going on in our world he writes

In 2017, because of the dramatic increase of threats to the creative and global humanity I choose to believe in, I now include quotations that intend to creatively challenge forces I find destructive.  These quotes are meant to arm you with awareness and thinking to continue being your best artist in challenging times” {About “Art of quotation”}

Wanting to bring daily art inspiration from all manner of artists, both great and unknown, his purpose is to inspire, challenge, provoke and question just what art is, why we make it, how we make it and just what it means to be an artist. He looks at this world with the knowledge that

“You only get one sunrise and one sunset a day, and you only get so many days on the planet. A good photographer does the math and doesn’t waste either.”

Having Ernst Haas in our and his mind we can find him on the net with the results of magic with the camera, not afraid to show limitations in his photography because he probably knows they are in himself and perhaps also in ourself, for what we see is what we are. So have a look at his way of opening the eyes and looking across borders, at:  http://art of quotation.wordpress.com

“The most interesting parts of the natural world are the edges, places where ocean meets land, meadow meets forest, timberline touches the heights.”

 

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Great need of the church today is to feed the flock and get our people into the word of God

Grant R. Osborne, professor emeritus of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, author of numerous books, including The Hermeneutical Spiral: A Comprehensive Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, and multiple commentary volumes, including the Osborne New Testament Commentaries (Lexham Press) says

one of the great needs of the church today is to feed the flock and get our people into the word of God. It seems there is less and less of the Bible in church life. Some pastors even believe down deep that the Bible is somewhat boring, and that expository messages don’t cut it. I want to show in my classroom that this isn’t true, and that God’s word preached correctly is scintillating and meaningful.

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Not Your Own

Redbird's Roost

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It is sharing and caring,
Giving and forgiving,
Loving and being loved,
Walking hand in hand,
Talking heart to heart,
Seeing through each other’s eyes,
Laughing together,
Weeping together,
And always trusting and believing
And thanking God for each other…
For love that is shared
is a beautiful thing —
It enriches the soul
and makes the heart sing.
Helen Steiner Rice – “A Touch of Joy”

Never say: “It is nobody’s business but my own what I do with my life.” It is not true. Your life is put in your hands as a trust, for many others beside yourself. If you use it well, it will make many others happy; if you abuse it, it will harm many others beside yourself.
James M. Pullman

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Striking the balance because Jesus shows us both God and our own wretchedness


Knowing God without knowing our own wretchedness makes for pride.
Knowing our own wretchedness without knowing God makes for despair.
Knowing Jesus Christ strikes the balance because he shows us both God and our own wretchedness.
– Blaise Pascal


Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > De balans vinden omdat Jezus ons zowel God als onze eigen ellende toont

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Relating articles

  1. The Master’s mind
  2. How Well Do You Really Know Jesus Christ?
  3. I Don’t Know Him…
  4. Knowing God is Knowing His Name – Jehovah Nissi!
  5. Silouan the Athonite: “It is one thing to believe that God exists and another to know Him”
  6. Day 128
  7. When God Reveals Himself
  8. What Christianity’s All About: Knowing God (Jeremiah 31:31-34)
  9. Communion with God
  10. 5 ways to Knowing God better for a better year

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The cold hitting in the northern hemisphere

Dealing with ongoing cardiac problems in their younger son, now an adult, who was born with a rare genetic disorder that includes multiple disabilities, the father fights against Stage IV cancer and the mother finds herself struggling daily with feelings of hopelessness that threaten to defeat her natural optimism.  They see that life is hard, and for most of us, it is likely to get harder in the future. Yet it is also filled with blessings and promise.  {About Defeat Despair}

Julia, the writer of the blog Defeat Despair writes

Our wooded lot feels enchanted in winter. February 2010Many of us who live north of the equator have been enduring record-cold temperatures. Some have been hit with a particularly nasty flu or other seasonal aches and pains. Power outages, weather delays and traffic snarls, along with wind chills below zero, can make wintertime something to dread. So let’s get cozy and enjoy what’s good about this season. {A poet in January}

When it is so cold outside, who doesn’t love to sleep in? For many the aversion to getting up in the morning is much greater in the winter, when the cold weather makes a snug warm bed all the more appealing. {Nonetheless}

While winter brings a lazy streak, it also sparks Julia’s inner drive to get organized, set goals and form good habits. She writes

Those winter resolutions, along with the beauty of the snowfalls such as the one I’m seeing right now, are reasons why I love winter despite the discomfort and inconvenience of inclement weather.

I hope you are enjoying January too, whatever kinds of weather it brings to where you are. If you are in the midst of your summer, or live in a tropical climate, enjoy it! Sip an iced tea for me, and go barefoot in the sand of a seashore whenever you have the chance.

If you, like me, are in “cozy hibernation” mode, keep that kettle on and lots of tea, coffee or cocoa handy. Check out some of the many self-improvement articles that proliferate in January via magazines and websites, and dream of springtime. As I keep reminding myself, it will be here before we know it! {Nonetheless}

Brew a cup of your favorite cold-weather beverage. Pull up a comfy chair, light a crackling fire, or if you don’t have that kind of fireplace (alas, I don’t), try switching on your gas or electric fireplace, or just snuggle up with a warm fuzzy throw. Take out your favorite poetry book, or grab your laptop, tablet or phone and go on a poetry scavenger hunt for some wonderful undiscovered gems, or lifelong favorites you can’t fully remember.

If you find anything lovely, funny, thought-provoking or heartwarming, we’d love to have you share it with us here. For every comment that links us to a poem, I’ll answer with a favorite of my own for us to read. Our high school English teachers would be proud!

Let’s bring our virtual Verandah indoors while it’s too cold to be outside. What we lack in sunshine and warm breezes we can more than make up for in congenial online company and realtime hygge.*  Cookies, pastries and savory snacks optional. {A poet in January}

In any case this is the time to enjoy the small things.

A charming display of teapots greeted us at a Pennsylvania bed & breakfast inn, Jun 2015

A charming display of teapots greeted us at a Pennsylvania bed & breakfast inn, June 2015

Despite the deceptively warm days of this past December, cold weather will be our frequent companion for weeks to come. Time for bundling up– or perhaps I should say settling down? for some cozy comforts to chase away the chill. Whether your day will take you indoors or out, be sure to make time for tea.

Note that I said “make time for tea,” not “have some tea” or “drink tea.” One of the great transforming qualities of becoming a tea lover is the inevitability that it will become a centering ritual, calming our nerves even before we take that first taste. Coffee drinkers also understand this, though that beverage is more often associated with busy days and drinking “on the run” — a shame, really, given the salutary benefits of serene sipping.

This winter morning, I invite you to sit down with me for a few minutes of reflective enjoyment. The kettle is on, and there has never been a better time to appreciate the greatness of small things. What are some of the everyday joys you look forward to this week? {Greatness in small things}

January bliss: a comfy chair, poetry, and tea in a lovely cup given by a dear friend. You’re invited to drop in and tell us your favorites– poets, teas, or both!

 


“When one reads a poet in January, it is as lovely as when one goes to walk in June.”
— Jean Paul Friedrich Richter

 

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Note: Hygge has been called everything from “the art of creating intimacy”, “cosines of the soul”, “the absence of annoyance” to “taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things”, “cosy togetherness” but I think my personal favourite is “the pursuit of everyday pleasures”.

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Attempting to comprehend reality


Our mind, in an attempt to comprehend reality, draws upon our past experiences and integrates them with something new or different to create a new or better understanding. But because that understanding is built on our own unique experiences, it may well differ from that of others who have not shared the same experience, or the same prior experiences, upon which our understanding is based.
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The Worlds Within Our World

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Photographic illustration of a near-death-expe...

Photographic illustration of a near-death-experience. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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You Have Nothing To Prove — Orlando Espinosa

Each person has enough reason to be here on earth and has only to believe in himself

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When people doubt you, you can either work hard to prove them wrong or you can work hard because you want to. In the end you have nothing to prove!

via You Have Nothing To Prove — Orlando Espinosa

“You alone are enough.  You have nothing to prove to anyone.” ~ Maya Angelou

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