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When you are at your lowest point,

At the lowest point in your life you need the guts and strength to see further than the horizon, but know that deep in you there is often more than you would think. Even when we do not feel like a great change could be coming, you should get out of the pitch trusting that also for you somewhere there (perhaps far away) shall shine the light of a bright morning-star willing to give you new energy and at last opening the doors which seemed so tightly closed.

Purplerays

When you are at the your lowest point, you are open to the greatest change.
Strength doesn’t come from what you can do, it comes from overcoming
the things you thought you couldn’t do.

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Sacred Rhythms – Longing for a deep, fundamental change in your life with God

Sacred Rhythms

Do you long for a deep, fundamental change in your life with God?

Spiritual disciplines are activities that open us to God’s transforming love and the changes that only God can bring about in our lives. Picking up on the monastic tradition of creating a “rule of life” that allows for regular space for the practice of the spiritual disciplines, this book takes you more deeply into understanding seven key disciplines along with practical ideas for weaving them into everyday life.

Each chapter includes exercises to help you begin the practices–individually and in a group context. The final chapter puts it all together in a way that will help you arrange your life for spiritual transformation. The choice to establish your own sacred rhythm is the most important choice you can make with your life.

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Not all Bible reading is created equal.

In Sacred Rhythmsfree this month—Ruth Haley Barton describes the posture we must bring to Scripture for true transformation:

Reading for Relationship

When we engage the Scriptures for spiritual transformation we engage not only our mind but also our heart, our emotions, our body, our curiosity, our imagination, and our will. We open ourselves to a deeper level of understanding and insight that grows out of and leads us deeper into our personal relationship with the One behind the text.

And it is in the context of relational intimacy that real life change takes place.

This is a fundamentally different kind of engagement than what we are normally accustomed to with the things we read. When we engage the Scriptures for spiritual transformation, we make it our top priority to listen to God relationally rather than seeking only to learn more about God cognitively. Our approach is driven by the longing of a lover. We read slowly so that we can savour each word and let its meaning sink in. Rather than rushing on to the next chapter so that we can complete a reading or study assignment, we stay in the place where God is speaking to us, contemplating its meaning for our life and for our relationship. We receive it as it is given without judgment, wanting only to hear the heart of this One we love. Like the little boy Samuel, we approach the Scripture with utter openness and availability to God:

“Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:9).

In this listening stance, Scripture becomes an instrument of God’s control rather than a tool that we control to our own ends. Then, as God speaks to us through Scripture, we respond to what we read with our heart and soul rather that just our intellect.

When we are falling in love with someone, we want to know everything about them. We are fascinated by every detail, every relationship, and every event that shaped them. But the desire for intimacy moves us beyond fact finding to seeking understanding, connecting with that person emotionally and sensing our own response.

Thus when we read Scripture for relationship we pay attention to our own inner dynamics and allow our response to take place in the deeper levels of our beings. We are open to a whole different set of questions—questions that help us to risk greater levels of truth telling with ourselves and with God. In addition to asking,

What does it say? What does it mean? How do I apply it to my life?—all questions that promote primarily cognitive activity and allow us to remain firmly in control of the whole experience—we might ask:

  • How do I feel about what is being said? Where do I find myself resonating deeply? Where do I find myself resisting, pulling back, wrestling with what Scripture might be saying? (Note: It is important to notice these inner dynamics without judging them, because they have much to tell us. You may even notice that you feel resonance and resistance at the same time. For instance, you may have a deep sense of the rightness of what the text is saying but on another level have the feeling, “There is no way I can do that!” This is a particularly important dynamic to notice, because it indicates a place where God is at work beyond your own cognition.)
  • Why do I feel this way? What aspect of my life or my inner being is being touched or spoken to through this Scripture?
  • What do my reactions tell me about myself—my attitudes, my relating patterns, my perspectives, my behaviours? Am I willing to look at that in God’s presence?

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This excerpt is taken from Sacred Rhythms by Ruth Haley Barton, free this month on Faithlife Ebooks. Copyright © 2006 by Ruth Haley Barton. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL., www.ivpress.com.

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Responsible for what we are

More than one writer and philosopher pointed to the fact that we are all ourselves responsible for what we are, have become or what we shall become.


“We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be,
we have the power to make ourselves.
If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions,
it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in future
can be produced by our present actions;
so we have to know how to act.”
~ Swami Vivekananda

Image of Vivekananda, sitting in meditative posture, eyes opened

The Indian Hindu monk Vivekananda sitting in meditative posture in Cossipore 1886

 

Dr Austin Ejaife *(Ugo1)* also looks at this statement which should be a warning for us all. He writes:

It can be easy for us to lose focus of the incredible potential we possess to make ourselves into anything that we wish ourselves to be. All too often we let the little failures in life get us down, or we lock ourselves up into our current situations in life and our same old routines. But it is true what Swami says here:

today, we are a result of our past actions… and it therefore follows that we can come to be whatever we wish, if we so choose to.

The key is that we must choose to make positive changes… and then act upon those changes now. {Take Action To Bring Yourself Closer To Who And What You Wish To Be}

He too is aware that such changes do not have to happen at once. question is first if we are willing to change ourselves. In which way do we want to grow and mould ourselves when we go along the path of life? Question to be posed is on what do we as a person want to focus?

In this world for many the focus is on material things. Not many are interested in the spiritual richness which can be in front of us. We should be aware were we want to position us in this world and how we want to look at ourselves but also would love others to see us.

Dr Austin Ejaife *(Ugo1)*his advice is

We can make slight changes to our routines that help us to become more positive, more productive, and bring us closer to where we desire to be. {Take Action To Bring Yourself Closer To Who And What You Wish To Be}

But also questions

Why is it easy to get caught up in who we are now and lose sight of who we want to be? {Take Action To Bring Yourself Closer To Who And What You Wish To Be}

So many people fall in the trap of their own ego tripping and selfishness, that they miss the opportunity to become part of a greater unit. Lots of people are also afraid to be confronted with their-self and always postpone to change something essential.

For this reason it is not bad to take in consideration the following thought:

 


“Never again clutter your days or nights
with so many menial and unimportant things
that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along.
This applies to play as well as work.

A day merely survived is no cause for celebration.
You are not here to fritter away your precious hours
when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine.
No more busy work. No more hiding from success.
Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow!”
~ Og Mandino

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Preceding

Getting up to bring changes into your life

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Additional reading

  1. Change
  2. Control and change
  3. Only I can change my life
  4. A Living Faith #8 Change
  5. Concerning the Spiritual Body
  6. Control your destiny or somebody else will
  7. Sociological changes to be taken serious by the church
  8. We will all be changed

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Related

  1. The Humans and The Humanity
  2. Isaiah 24-27; Perfect Peace
  3. April 25th 2018 – Our Focus
  4. Maintaining an Upward Focus
  5. Focus; Pt. 2
  6. May 30th 2018 – Seek His Face

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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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Being the change that you wish to see


“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
― Mahatma Gandhi


Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Verandering zijn die je wilt zien

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Picking up suitcases of pride


“Every woman that finally figured out her worth,
has picked up her suitcases of pride
and boarded a flight to freedom,
which landed in the valley of change.”
― Shannon L. Alder


Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Koffers van trots inpakken en wegwezen

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Something different from the original idea


How often do we not start with an idea
and will it become something totally different?

Marcus Ampe

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Iets anders dan oorspronkelijk idee

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A door that closes on a relationship and to let go of someone


“Sometimes the strongest thing you will ever do will be to let go of someone.
It will be painful, you will suffer guilt, and you will second-guess yourself,
but for your own sanity and quality of life,
there will come a time where you hand them to God,
with your love, and trust Him to be who and what He is.
May our Lord comfort you.”

Lee Goff

“Sometimes the door closes on a relationship,
not because we failed but because something bigger than us says this no longer fits our life.
So, lock the door, shed a tear, turn around and look for the door that’s opened.
It’s a sign that you’re no longer that person you were,
it’s time to change into who you are. It’s going to be okay.”

Lee Goff

“Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get.
Life should be touched, not strangled.”

Ray Bradbury

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Further reading

  1. Divorce and Truth
  2. The heart knows 
  3. Shi…ngles
  4. StaleMate
  5. Post-Divorce Boundaries: Where is the Line?
  6. Divorce Recovery 101: You are not Alone (2 min read)
  7. Relationship Drifts (1 min read)
  8. The Second Male Puberty
  9. Weekend Musings
  10. What is Respect Nowadays? (1 min read)
  11. How much I love you
  12. Happily Divorced – Helping Each Othe
  13. Headed 4 a Divorce – First blog post
  14. XIX. Of All The Souls That Stand Creat
  15. The Bad Luck of The Irish
  16. Why I won’t be just like him
  17. Darth Vader Figure To M
  18. Wife In Law
  19. Natalie
  20. Divorce Sucks
  21. Freezies and summer reruns
  22. Life Goals and other ridiculous thoughts.  Buckle up!
  23. Searching Forever

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What climate activists can learn from Sunday School leaders

Preaching is not so easy as many think. Trying to convince people of certain matters is even more difficult.

Those who believe God created the world do know that they have to take responsibility in a wise way for the creation of the Most High, which we only have in loan. Christians do have no excuse, the should all they can to keep our universe as best as possible, taking care not polluting it and not wasting the precious material we our given by the Most High.

But Christians also do have the task to preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God and to try this world in the meantime a nice good place to live in peace. For that reason they should try to convince others also to take care of this planet.

When we see how our world is evolving it is high time Christians do something for the environment and get as many people involved in the protection of the weaker and those who have no voice humans listen to (animals and plants)

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To remember

Robert White = development economics and planning consultant based in London = considers need for increased public support of emissions mitigation policies + encourages everyone to play their part.

  • We can’t all be ‘young heroes’ => everybody can inspire change
  • To make a difference =/= need to fly to Paris, work for a green start-up, or get teargassed by the Compagnies Républicaines de Sécurité.
  • Charles De Gaulle airport Terminal 2E seems incredibly mundane compared to the energy of the COP21 centre at Le Bourget.
  • influence country’s leader as a voting citizen
  • learned in Copenhagen > leaders may need assistance in details > need to balance ambitious climate policies with citizens’ other demands
  • what is at stake with climate change = much bigger problem > leaders < If short term economy = top of peoples’ priority lists => leaders’ hands are tied.
  • 15% of people think climate change = one of top three issues facing UK in the next twenty years
  • 34% included the economy
  • To seriously mitigate emissions = people to shift from green consumption to less consumption + accept trade-offs => Higher taxes  to discourage high carbon consumption + pay for green infrastructure
  • need to increase public support of emissions reducing policies if we want to see change
  • achieve increased support for low emissions policies = couple of transferable ideas from old Sunday School teachings
  • climate change mitigation.
  • 1: need to get out there + engage.
    Evangelising =/= insular group.
    Church goers + environmental movements > become comfortable > attendance being more about socialising than sharing faith
  • 2:  engaging often better at personal level than a preachy one
    Demonstrations + Facebook posts = not good enough
  • 3: practice what we preach + demonstrate our conviction through our day to day actions
    People more inspired to act <= see similar person to themselves actually living out what they say
    Take the plank out your own eye
  • Winning voters’ minds = difficult = important area that we can all make a difference

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Preceding

The natural beauties of life

First man’s task still counting today

Material wealth, Submission and Heaven on earth

Senator Loren Legarda says climate change not impossible to address

Away with it oh no! – Weg er mee, oh neen

God’s wisdom for the believer brings peace

 

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Additional reading

  1. Taking care of mother earth
  2. Facing disaster fatigue
  3. Self inflicted misery #1 The root by man
  4. Time to consider how to care for our common home
  5. Not holding back and getting out of darkness
  6. First man’s task still counting today
  7. Being fit to take care of a garden
  8. Three pillars of sustainable development, young people and their rights
  9. Pope Francis Raises Hopes for an Ecological Church
  10. Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you

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WE ARE RESTLESS

Robert White is a development economics and planning consultant based in London. In this post he considers the need for increased public support of emissions mitigation policies and encourages everyone to play their part.

We can’t all be ‘young heroes’, but everybody can inspire change. To make a difference you don’t need to fly to Paris, work for a green start-up, or get teargassed by the Compagnies Républicaines de Sécurité.

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Within despair

Once born we are slowly mold in a character. Lots of people start feeling the connection with the self. Some may still feel like they are this being, molded from their ancient ancestors. Many wonder where they are standing between great thinkers, effective workers, and are questioning truths, trying to push limits, to see what the world would give back.

In our incompleteness we shall always encounter moments of doubt and have our heads full of questions. Always looking to see what would be the next step after “being complete”, after crossing the finish line, even after “reaching 100%”.

What would be the feeling and how will it and the person being viewed?
We do not see our break through, through another’s eyes. Many more people should come to see and understand that they may carry a lot with them from the past, but that it is just that from the past that would enable us to create the future.

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Find also to read:

  • Finding Hope & Optimism in the Midst of Despair (omtimes.com)
    I find that sometimes, people get caught up in negative emotions, negative expectations and negative self-talk. They get so caught up in this negativity that they start to lose all their hope and optimism about life. These people may have some reason for their negative thoughts and feelings: some of them suffered through childhood losses or trauma; some had painful or terrifying experiences as adults; some were repeatedly told, while they were growing up, that they were bad, worthless, stupid, useless, a failure. In the face of these terrible experiences, it’s not surprising that people can feel despondent. It gets worse, though, when we unconsciously adopt coping strategies to deal with the feelings we’re left with after the bad experiences. One of the worst coping strategies I’ve encountered is avoidance
  • Despair and Hope (larueneuve.com)
    sitting with the pain is anything that results in the opposite of running away from it but that does not cause you to obsess over it. I know this now because I’ve had to do it.
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    I chose to speak kindly to him the next time I saw him. He sat with me as I prepared a dinner I was hosting. I decided to speak what I didn’t feel–for both of our sake. I told him it was all going to be okay. That we would be okay. He laid his head on my chest and let me cradle him for a few stolen moments of intimacy–moments that are far more precious now given their infrequency in past months. Really, in past years.
  • Motivational Monday: To compare is despair (forthebenefitof.org)
    Free yourself from the mold, society’s standards and what others want you to be. Who are you? What do you want? Where do you want to go? Be a pioneer(go William Paterson!) and breakdown the barriers and stop signs.
  • To the lost game (shaafya.wordpress.com)
    Embrace the truth for now
    The world is volatileYou behave whatever way
    A learned or juvenile
  • It’s the 21st century – why are we working so much? (theguardian.com)
    Conservatives have always loved to pontificate about the moral virtue of hard work and much of the left, focusing on the terrible effects of mass unemployment, understandably gives “more jobs” as its main solution to the crisis. Previous generations would have found this hopelessly disappointing.In almost all cases, utopians, socialists and other futurologists believed that work would come near to being abolished for one reason above all – we could let the machines do it. The socialist thinker Paul Lafargue wrote in his pointedly titled tract The Right To Be Lazy (1883
  • Potential and Despair (curmudgeons.net)
    This self, which, if it had become Caesar, would have been in seventh heaven (a state, incidentally, that in another sense is just as despairing), this self is now utterly intolerable to him. In a deeper sense, it is not his failure to become Caesar that is intolerable, but it is this self that did not become Caesar that is intolerable; or, to put it even more accurately, what is intolerable to him is that he cannot get rid of himself.
  • 268. He’d promised them hope but all they saw in him was despair (300stories.wordpress.com)
    Brought up on a steady diet of old movie serials that showed masked vigilantes beating up bad guys, he had from a young age set himself the goal of becoming one of those heroes that protect the city. Back then, he didn’t even have a clue how much time and gold reaching that goal would take.
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WITHIN DESPAIR

Within despair,
We change,
Back against the wall,
Fallen down,
Hopes lost,
But we must rise,
Me must help,
To get back,
On our feet again,
Whether a friend or family,
A stranger, or anyone,
Share a few words,
Maybe even a smile,
Could help make,
The cloud of despair,
Disappear,
Adios, goodbye.

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