He who has a "why to live', can bear with almost any "how"....
Woe to him who saw no more sense in his life, no aim, no purpose, and therfore no point in carrying on. He will be lost.
I am re-reading Viktor Frankl's book called, Man's search for meaning. If you have time please pick up this book to read. Dr. Fankl endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is HIS SEARCH FOR MEANING.
It's story about a boy and his love of nature and runs away from home to live in the mountains. There, Sam must rely on his own ingenuity and the resources of the great outdoors to survive - and he discovers a side of himself he never knew existed.
Before your children learn to win or lose,
they play at games for fun.
But then they come to believe
that they must win
at games, at business,
and at war.
they even learn to win or lose
But the Tao teaches
that games are for fun,
that business is for the common good,
that no one wins at war,
and that love endures for all.
Tao Te ching
the parents, william martin
Congratulation Sheema! You ARE flying with your words despite the gravity!
So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon.
The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.
The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time.
Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.
What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were God's way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.
Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. If God allowed us to go through our lives without any obstacles, it would cripple us.
We would not be as strong as what we could have been. We could never fly!
A former hockey player who was paralyzed in his first college game told an audience at St. Michael's College that a positive attitude can get them past even the most daunting obstacles. Travis Roy says October 20, 1995 was the best and worst day of his life. The Boston University freshman was living out his childhood dream of playing college hockey. He was paralyzed eleven seconds after taking the ice for the first time.
He said he thought his life was over, but decided he had to find some new dreams.
"The best part about having a positive attitude is that you are far more likely to identify opportunities that exist all around you. That's what life's all about. Recognizing opportunities and taking advantage of them, identifying and creating new experiences that lead to timeless memories," says Roy.
Roy created a foundation to help fellow survivors of spinal cord injuries. He says he's confident he will walk again.
One day the monk met a boy, also called Ananda. The boy walked beside the monk along a winding path. He asked the monk, "Are you a holy man?" The monk smiled, "I am as holy as you are". The boy smiled. "Why do you not own anything?" he asked. "My smile is my own," the monk replied. "But what about money, a home, a horse?" asked the boy. "The world cannot give me my smile - my smile is between me and God," said the monk.The boy and the monk walked along in silence. Eventually the boy asked, "Who are you, monk?" "I am the smile that went around the world," explained the monk, "and my gospel is a gospel of smiles." "Tell me more of your gospel," said the boy."
"I've been thinking," he said, "I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone."
"The Wise Woman's Stone"
What is the meaning of human life, or, for that matter, of the life of any creature? To know an answer to this question means to be religious. You ask: Does it make any sense , then, to pose this question? I answer: The man who regards his own life and that of his fellow creatures as meaningless is not merely unhappy but hardly fit for life.
~Albert Einstein, 1934 in Amsterdam
Eric Butterworth (1916-2003)
Eric Butterworth has often been referred to as a "Twentieth Century Emerson." I learned through him that "You can change your life by altering your thoughts", when I read his book called, "Discover the power within", it all became so clear to me. I wish I had read that book 20 years earlier, but it's never too late. For those of who are looking for a great gift to give during this Holiday season, this Butterworth's book can be an ideal gift.
"Wouldn't it be great if we could buy love for $1 million. But the only way to be loved is to be lovable. You always get back more than you give away. if you don't give any, you won't get any. There's nobody I know who commands the love of others who doesn't fell like a success. And I can't imagine people who aren't
loved feel very successful."
"The fountain of content must spring up in the mind, and he who hath so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition, will waste his life in fruitless efforts and multiply the grief he proposes to remove. "
"It is common to overlook what is near, by keeping the eye fixed upon something remote. In the same manner, present opportunities are neglected, and attainable good is slighted, by minds busied in extensive ranges, and intent upon future advantages. Life, however short, is made still shorter by waste of time; and its progress towards happiness, though naturally slow, is yet retarded by unnecessary labour."
~ Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
When woman recognizes the divine in men and inspires them to express it, she hasLetters of Myrtle Fillmore (1845-1931)
no difficulty living happily with man to who she has been drawn. When men understand women and adore the divine qualities in them they will be endowed with power from on high to live so that perfect harmony results.
Myrtile Fillmore was the co founder of Unity, an important nineteenth-century American religious movement, Myrtle Fillmore (with her husband, Charles) was seeking Christianity's essential oneness in its dozens of often conflicting denominations. The vision they shaped together of that oneness led to the Unity School of Christianity, which, a hundred years later, operates a vast global outreach.
This is what Rev. Tom says;
In order to come to terms with peace of mind concerning God and ourselves, the first consideration must be this: God does not punish us for our sins; we are punished by them. You are perfect, as God is perfect, at the spirit level, and our very reason for being is this incarnation is to bring the physical up to the spiritual level of being. With each thought, with each action, our every ideal should include the transformation from the human to the spiritual level.
By your thoughts and actions you create the world in which you live. If you think wisdom, there is wisdom, if you think misunderstanding, there is misunderstanding. The world, the true world, is a wold built on thought.
You are God's temple, and God's spirit dwells in you! Be at peace.
in this complicated world-tangle,
that is really just the single, straight
line down at the begining of allah?
We are emptiness.
This is the last portion of Rumi's poem called EMPTINESS. Jelaluddin Rumi was born in the year 1207 and until the age of 37 was a brilliant scholar and popular teacher. But his life changed forever when he met the powerful wandering dervish, Shams of Tabriz, of whom Rumi said, "What I had thought of before as God, I met today in a human being." From this mysterious and esoteric friendship came a new bright of spiritual enlightenment. In this poem, I think Rumi says exactly what Landmark is teaching, that out of this nothingness that we can create something big for our lives. You can read more about him and his other poetry here:
Here is her poem called:
God speaks Hebrew
He sneezed within me,
God and his kissable mouth,
Smiling with a wide-open heart!
God never cheats,
Sings in Hindi,
Persian and Russian,
Latin, Swahili and Sindi!
Can be understood in Semitic languages,
Arabic and Hebrew!
God walks in kimonos,
Sophisticated and elegant
Smells like iris and talks like English
He is a little Chinese village-man,
Rejecting the ism
He reborn the angels,
As they sing the symphony of cotton fields,
A freedom's journey,
An escape from unformed yellow seeds
Crystal hands, crystal stars,
Crystal green gardens,
And my crystal laughter,
Essentializes the whole poem of life.
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Just finished reading "the birth of Venus" by Sarah Dunant. It is a wonderful novel about a woman's life during Medici's reign in Florence ( around 1480's), and its about her passion for art, her relationship with God and his rebelion toward the menaing of being a Christian at that time. Alessandra Cecchi is a young woman born into the Renaissance world of Florentine, Italy. The plot is full of twists... here are some exerpts:
"Everyone had somthing to sell, and those who had nothing sold their
He shrugged." Man must rules his slaves like a tyrandt, his children like a
king, and his wife like a politician"
Love is bigening of all God's creation together, Plato and Christianity in Joyous union. So the physical act of love of man and woman was the frist rung on a ladder that might lead that might lead to a final estati union with the Godhead.
If I see the eagle soar
If I sense what flowers say
Then this is my Thanksgiving day!
If I catch the rain drop's kiss
If I feel the sunset's bliss
If I blend with natures way
Then, this is my Thanksgiving day!
If I hear you talk to me
If I see what you can be
If I love you on your way
Then, this is my Thanksgiving Day!
Every day is time to give
Every day is time to live
Everyday is time to say
That this is my Thanksgiving Day!
Epilogue to Beaumont and Fletcher's Honest Man's Fortune"Man is his own star; and the soul that canRender an honest and a perfect man,Commands all light, all influence, all fate;Nothing to him falls early or too late.Our acts our angels are, or good or ill,Our fatal shadows that walk by us still."
"no one's happiness but my own is in my power to achieve or to destroy"
Every man builds his world in this own image,; he has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice. If he abdicates his power, he abdicates the status of man, and the grinding chaos of the irrational is what he achieves as his sphere of existence-by his own choice.
What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made through him. Without him was not anything made that has been made.
life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but
by the number of moments that take our breath
God says to me with a kind of smile,
"Hey how would you like to be God awhile
And steer the world?"
"Okay," says I, "I'll give it a try.
Where do I set?
How much do I get?
What time is lunch?
When can I quit?"
"Gimme back that wheel," says God."I don't think you're quite ready yet."
The possibility that I am inventing for myself and my life is the possibility of being a loving, generous and authentic mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend, daughter-law, colleague & boss.
Some of you may ask, "What is this jargon?!!"... Well, it's a new “being” and you will only understand if you participate in the Landmark Education Forum.
November 12th, was my new beginning. I will never forget the day. Thanks to Jeff and Hari for inspiring me for which beyond these words cannot describe.
They helped me finish my spiritual journey and get in touch with my "God" within me.