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Happiness cannot be travelled to

Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed.
Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.
~ Denis Waitley

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House of Heart

When the sun is sinking low

the living gather at the river bank.

A widow wails her mantra out and into

the watery grave.

The Moon plays upon the wake of the burning boat

while at the bank mourners chant and dance

their faces obscured by the glow of the fire.

As the pyre disappears beyond the horizon

the young inhale herbs and chew kava

to make it easier to forget.

 

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photo by Day Schildkret

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Open up to God’s Voice in the morning


Every day when we get up we have to look at it again.
Every morning we can be thankful to God
that we may go on living in this life.
 

* “30  I have chosen the way of faithfulness:
Thine ordinances have I set before me.
31 I cleave unto thy testimonies:
O Jehovah, put me not to shame.”
(Ps 119:30-31 ASV)
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Dear Heavenly Father,
thank You for this morning
when your powerful voice can knock on the door of my mind
to free me from negative thought patterns.

Come, Father,
and give me the courage
to do something wonderful with my life today.

Amen.
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Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: In de ochtend zich openstellen voor Gods Stem

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Dancing, Loving, Singing and Living


“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
― William W. Purkey


Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Dansen, Liefheben, Zingen en leven

Nederlands: Negatief. Mannen dansen en zingen ...

Men dance and sing on the death ritual (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself


“Believe in your infinite potential.
Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart


Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Jouw enige beperkingen zijn diegene die je op jezelf hebt gesteld

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Being alive and living life don’t always go hand in hand

Lots of people are not concerned about the Hashem in their life and live a life where they try to get enough material gain. They totally have forgotten or do not want to know Who is behind their life.

Today there are also many people who do not want to do too much. They are not much interested in the work they do, to gain their living and think it is just okay to have a job and use what ever they can use for their own profit, not matter at what cost for the employer. They use the boss his paid for work time to check their social media and to browse the net, looking for things for their own entertainment or for fun.

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living hand to paw (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Those who want to do their work seriously are mocked at or even bullied by others at work. We should know even when we do not see the profit in these days of our honest work, the Elohim shall His Hand be upon the Ish Yeminecha (the man of His right hand), and upon the Ben Adam or son of man whom He has strengthened for Himself. Those not departing from the Elohim shall be revived by Him whilst we shall call upon His Sacred Name.

It is very easy to go with all those who like to make use of the time paid by their boss and to go with those who are not ashamed to be lazy. Looking around us we can try to show others we want to be under God‘s guidance and living according His Mitzvot.

We do know we have our physical body with its life which is not always like we want it. We, living in this world, do not want to be off it, but want to be living in the world God wants to see. Every day we should work at our spiritual life. Building it up.

So are we asking God not just to give us life biologically, but also spiritually?

To imbue us with an attitude of liveliness?

I hope that’s what we’re each given, and that we can embrace the gift of each day.

Psalms 80:17-19 OJB (18) Let Thy Yad be upon the Ish Yeminecha (the Man of your Right Hand), upon the Ben Adam whom Thou madest strong for Thyself [cf Psalm 110:1; Dan 7:13]. (18) (19) So will we never turn back from Thee; revive us, and we will call upon Thy Shem. (19) (20) Turn us again, Hashem Elohim Tzva’os; cause Thy face to shine that we may be saved.

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Preceding article

The Mountain: Radical Love

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Additional reading

  1. End of the Bottom Line
  2. Looking for a spiritual new life
  3. Humility and the Fear of the Lord
  4. Grow strong in weakness
  5. Better loaves when the heart is joyous
  6. A Tool to shed light over the qualities in our life 1 Inner feelings
  7. The God speaking out providing provings, signs and miracles
  8. The Paradigm of Instinct, Intuition and Intention
  9. Being Religious and Spiritual 2 Religiosity and spiritual life
  10. Being Religious and Spiritual 7 Transcendence to become one
  11. Being Religious and Spiritual 8 Spiritual, Mystic and not or well religious
  12. How long to wait before bringing religiousness and spirituality in practice
  13. Christians, secularism, morals and values
  14. Looking for True Spirituality 1 Intro
  15. Preachers should know and continue the task Jesus has given his followers

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Sometimes the best answer is a question

English: Poet Rainer Maria Rilke, former secre...

Poet Rainer Maria Rilke, former secretary of August Rodin Česky: Básník Rainer Maria Rilke, kdisi tajemník Rodinův (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The poet Rainer Maria Rilke exchanged special letters with a young, doubtful and novice poet.What he then wrote to Kappus , at the beginning of the twentieth century, is still true today.

Love your questions
Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart
and try to look at your questions lovingly,
like locked rooms.
Or like books written in a very foreign language.
Do not now seek the answers .
which cannot be given you ,
because you would not be able to live them yet.
It is about “living” everything.

Live your questions now.
And perhaps you will then gradually,
without noticing it
find yourself
one day
in your answer.

Rainer Maria Rilke
from :Letters to a Young Poet
Balans, 2009

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Soms is het beste antwoord een vraag

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Thoughts and reflections taking only a few minutes

How many minutes a day do we not spend on useless things? How many minutes a day are we willing to spend to ourselves and how many minutes are we willing to spend to our Creator?

Many years ago Carl Jung said already

English: Hand-colored photograph of Carl Jung ...

Hand-colored photograph of Carl Jung in USA, published in 1910. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” {Carl Jung}

Today many people are afraid to look into their own heart. Though we should do that more often. Looking at ourselves we also should reflect how we behave in this universe and how we want to relate to others.

Hermann Hesse said

“Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat any time.” {Hermann Hesse}

Not enough people do take time to retreat and to take some time to look at things, wondering how everything is going good or bad and why certain things evolve a certain way.

The master teacher rabbi Jeshua reminded people how they had to look at life and how also king Solomon was aware that we always had to live as if it is the last day of our life. Every act of our life should be done as though it were our last.

We should

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Early picture of Ernest Hemingway with his family. Included in the photograph are Marcelline, Sunny, C. E. Hemingway, Grace Hemingway, Ursula, and Ernest standing at the far right. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Try to learn to breathe deeply, really taste your food when you eat, and when you sleep, really sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will dead soon enough.” {Ernest Hemingway}

and

“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We only have this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake.” {Sir Francis Bacon}

Therefore let us take every moment of the day to make the best out of it.

“You have a treasure within you that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.” {Eckhart Tolle}

“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they bloom like flowers.” {Thich Nhat Hanh}

Helping each other is also made possible by sharing ideas, thoughts of ourselves and others. On “Our World” you may find regularly some thoughts to carry you away or to let your reason or meditate.

From 2016 June 14 some “thoughts“, “meditations” and/or “reflections” shall be published under the tag “reflection text“. With pleasure we recommend you to have regularly a look at those texts.

As such you may find articles like:

  1. Don’t let anyone move you off the foundation of your faith
  2. Light within
  3. Keep positive
  4. A cheerful heart filled of hope good medicine
  5. Love envieth not
  6. Invitation to all who believe

and many others

 

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Find also:

Just One More Minute

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What the Sunrise Reveals in the Work of the Sea

English: Red sunrise over Oostende, Belgium

Red sunrise over Oostende, Belgium (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To remember:

  • sunrise marks beginning of a new day + reveal work of the sea
  • tide swept clean the shoreline
  • we have is today
  • make peace with your past
  • have faith in your future
  • reclaim your now
  • Living is not outrunning yesterday or out manipulating tomorrow
  • discover today that which matters most in the lives around us
  • dare to act upon that which we discover

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Thoughts from the Horizon

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As the sunrise marks the beginning of a new day, may it also reveal the work of the sea. Working diligently all night, the tide has swept clean the shoreline of yesterday’s footprints leaving only behind a new day to discover.

It’s rather fitting.. all we have is today.

So make peace with your past. Have faith in your future. Reclaim your now. Living is not outrunning yesterday or out manipulating tomorrow. It’s knowing that last breath we took was the only guarantee we have today.

How shall we spend that next one?

May we discover today that which matters most in the lives around us. And may we dare to act upon that which we discover. When the tide rolls in later tonight to sweep clean today’s footprints, what stories will be left behind?

Pondering One who makes all things new..

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Positive – Negative being positive, negative or positive

Making Positive Positive: A Song of Hope for PLWHAs

When is positive negative
Or right wrong?
It is when living positive

I am living positive:
Now, more responsibly
I take responsibility for all my actions;
My life in my hands
I choose life over death
Wellness over sickness

I am a living ‘positive’
Now, more rightly, living and doing
Surrounded by all that is positive
I make the best of now
Enjoy this moment, one at a time

I am overcoming positive
With gratitude for everyday mercies
Finding and enjoying beauty and bounties, abound about:
the smile of a child; the chirps of the birds
the swinging music of the street trees;

I am positive; HIV positive
I am a living witness; a survivor of the scourge
I am living, I am positive
Positively positive

I am a HIV survivor
Beyond the put down of virus
Above societal stigma
I am living, I live
Making positive, positive

People living with hiv aids

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Ifedayo Oshin from Ondo, Nigeria,  believes in life and living it well and writes on all issues that affect humanity.

World map of travel and residence restrictions...

World map of travel and residence restrictions against people living with HIV/AIDS. blue: no specific entry and regulation targetting people with HIV/AIDS. orange: information is contradictory, restrictions are possible. red: entry and residency restrictions confirmed. gray: no information on the situation in the country. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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  • Is HIV/AIDS disability? (times.co.zm)
    If we take condition as a point of identification we can safely say may be they are also disabled because people living with HIV/ AIDS are at high risk of becoming disabled permanently or episodic basis as a result of being HIV/AIDS positive.
    However, our society negative attitude against people living with HIV/AIDS may be change of this declaration is made because relatives spent a lot of money in trying to find a cure for the loved one but if the World Health Organization (WHO) publicly declare that the condition for people living with HIV/AIDS is permanent like any other conditions attitudes will change and stigma reduced.
    People living with HIV/AIDS end up using crutches or wheel chairs as the disease prolong the fact that many of us we have seen within our families or communities so calling them disabled would not change anything but open the closed door and remove force hopes created by society that one day the condition will change for better
    This “cross cutting of disability” principle implies the responsibility to integrate disability issues in the main stream of health policies and practice of all Government ministries rather than handling disability as a matter of social welfare sector or charity but as a developmental agenda with focus on promoting inclusive approach.
  • Correlates of Social Exclusion and Negative Labeling and Devaluation of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Rural Settings: Evidence from a General Household Survey in Zambézia Province, Mozambique (plosone.org)
    A 4-point increase in knowledge about HIV transmission was associated with more than a 3 unit decrease in NLD and SoE stigma scores (p<0.001). Given HIV transmission knowledge, a 25-point increase in legal rights certitude was associated with a 4.62 unit drop in NLD stigma (p<0.001); we did not detect an association between legal rights certitude and SoE stigma. Knowing at least one HIV positive person was associated with lower SoE (−3.17, 95% CI: −5.78, −0.56); no association with NLD (p = 0.1) was detected. ART efficacy belief was associated with higher NLD and lower SoE (2.90 increase and 6.94 decrease, respectively; p≤0.001)
  • Guyana not on track to close AIDS resource gap by 2015 – National AIDS Committee (guyanatimesgy.com)

    The National AIDS Committee (NAC) said Guyana is not on track to close the AIDS resource gap by 2015, despite prolonged calls for the government to plan for the scaling down by donors.

    NAC in its World AIDS Day statement said it is still awaiting the release of a report emanating from consultations organised by the Health Ministry, the National AIDS Progamme Secretariat and UNAIDS on this issue.

    The NAC said that such findings or recommendations (in the report) could contribute to innovative thinking, not only around new sources of funding, but on how best to reduce and/or retain the HIV qualified and committed personnel, either on special and/or normal contracts.

     

  • Over 67,000 HIV positive persons receiving free treatment in Benue State (vanguardngr.com)
    Over 67,000 People Living with HIV/AIDS, PLWHAS are currently receiving free treatment and care in designated centers established by the Benue state government.
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    Dr. Abunku stressed that the renewed onslaught includes “increase awarenes of the general public on the benefit of HIV counseling and testing and anti-retroviral therapy as well as the increased intakes of HIV   and AIDS services and products in the communities which has greatly facilitated the achievements that have been recorded sor far.”
  • Africa’s HIV stigma threatens AIDS battle (thestar.com)
    It’s a scene oft repeated across sub-Saharan Africa, where young women account for a quarter of new HIV infections and where AIDS remains a devastating scourge. The problem is especially acute in southern nations like Mozambique, where 7 per cent of all teenage girls are HIV-positive. That number doubles to 15 per cent by age 25, according to a report by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS released last week.
  • AIDS Orgs Commend Gov. Cuomo’s Move to Keep PLWHAs Housed & Fed (fngnutrition.ca)
  • Quality of Life of People Living with HIV/AIDS under the New Epidemic Characteristics in China and the Associated Factors (plosone.org)
    A cross-sectional study was performed in Liaoning Province. Sample size (800) was calculated based on the fatality rate and enlarged with consideration on the loss of response. Participants were sampled by tables of random numbers among all registered PLWHA. Questionnaires pertaining to quality of life (SF-36) and related factors (demographic characteristics, social support and network, HIV/AIDS awareness, and behavior factors) were distributed during December 2010-April 2011. 783 effective responses were obtained.
  • Arky: Oshin is back! (playingwithsid.blogspot.com)
    Did you watch Oshin the Japanese television drama growing up?. The story of seven-year old Oshin from an impoverished farming family sent to work as house maid caught the imagination of audience around the world.

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