Archive for the ‘Spirituality’ Category

It is through our blessings to one another, our toasts made special by our celebrations, our measurements in percentages and through the sanctity of our prayers, that we all come together, become unified, and our lives are given their special meaning.


May we spring up like vegetables, have turnip-noses, radish cheeks, and carroty hair, and may our hearts never be hard, like those cabbages, nor may we be rotten to the core.

–          Daniel Webster


It’s around the table that friends enjoy the warmth of being together.

–          Old Italian Saying

“May the saints protect you,

And sorrow neglect you,

And bad luck to the one,

That doesn’t respect you.”  

“Here’s to the health of your enemies’ enemies!”


“May you never make an enemy

when you can make a friend

unless you meet a fox among your chickens.”

“To warm words on a cold day.”

May we part with our troubles to advantage.”

Toasts Uttered in Movies –

Here’s to our friends and… the strength to put up with them.

From “Four Seasons” film –  directed by Alan Alda

Don’t cry because it’s over.”

“Smile Because it Happened!”

Prayers –

 Our Father…. Eternal light, You want all creation to live in harmony, Grace us with the instruments of good works and the desire to use them to build Your kingdom among us. We pray this through Christ, and in the Spirit. Amen.

–          Benedictine Prayer  

 More to Explore on this Topic:

 Charming YouTube Trailer from movie “Four Seasons”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9iAOP_Tddo&feature=related

 Video Slide presentation – Inspirational Quotes  


 Overthinkingit.com – 40 inspirational lines in 2 minutes


 100 Movies, 100 quotes and 100 numbers


 George’s Toast Scene – Funny People Movie


 Quotes from Movies


 Roasting Johnny Carson and Bob Hope


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Two as one Divine


Connected Souls

Fine and pure beings

Kindered Spirits

Lightness of Beings

In Spirit


A force of life

A Divine presence

An Enlightened Being

Essence of the Divine

Blissful Beings


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 “To be of use, an idea needs you to become real in the world.  And, it is this idea, your own original thought that will guide you, empower you, and enable you to take your place as a thought leader and catalyst for creative action.”  Phillips, J. (2006), The Art of Original Thinking, The Making of a Thought Leader.  


To be original we must be able to think for ourselves and not to be influenced by the perceptions or the thoughts of others. We must be able to cast aside any bias and refrain from generalizing or stereotyping.  Many free-thinkers are misrepresented persons who are labeled by society as:

  • Protagonists
  • Defiant
  • Non-conformists
  • Misfits
  • Naysayers
  • A threat to the masses
  • Activists
  • Unbelievers
  • Atheists
  • Troublemakers
  • Mentally ill
  • Skeptics
  • Agnostics
  • Guilty of heresy

But, the truth of the matter is that free-thinkers are capable of great liveliness and originality. Yes, I am proclaiming that “Freethinkers are one-of-a-kind, highly imaginative, intelligent beings that often see well-beyond the physical world, catching occasional glimpses into the mystical and improbable.  

They come in all shapes and sizes, from all occupations and pay grades.  They can be sullen and brooding, happy-go-lucky or just low-key in demeanor but they all share one common characteristic, they are original thinkers.  

Originality is the conundrum of humanness. It is what sets us apart while making us so much alike at the same time.  It is our independent side that rears its little head from time to time and gives us the spunk to protest something that we just cannot go along with and better yet, it gives us the tenacity of spirit to do something about it. 

Some Outstanding Free Thinkers

Giorando Bruno


The Book – The Art of Original Thinking – The Making of a Thought Leader


Original Thinking Applied – making an impact as a major business school


Utube Originality in song – “Thinking of You”


Utube Using Ingenuity


British Council for School Environments



The Originality of Avant-Garde and other Modernists Myths


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To surrender oneself completely does not mean to give up, it does however, involve the voluntary abandonment of frustrations that can make things much worse than what they actually are.   People who recognize the value of surrendering to their resistance know that insistence on having their way in any given situation encourages dissatisfaction and can bring on any number of mental and physical ailments.  

Surrendering of the mind, body and spirit is all about agreeing to live in the moment, good, bad, or indifferent as it may be.  It is all about coming to the realization that we live in an imperfect world.  Surrendering is no more than a moratorium that we decide to take, a departure if you will, of our negative habitual responses, reactions that play havoc with our mind, our body and our spirit. 

When we choose to lay down our arms and stop fighting against the things in life we cannot change, we find that we have more time and energy to enjoy the present. It does not take long to note that an unyielding attitude is a certain prescription for further complications.

To surrender is to take a break, a breather, a second or two of solace from our daily aggravations and to gain for ourselves a greater sense of peaceful repose. It invites us to set our emotional reactions aside and to refuse to be distracted. It is a reminder to reflect on all the things around us that are still and quiet and waiting for us to appreciate them.

See A Tribute to the Author of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, Richard Carlson, PH.D.


A Still and Quite Place


Quotes to Help Us to Slow Down and Breathe


Idaho Scenic Images to Inspire Peace of Mind


Practical Tips for Productive Living  – What Life is all about!


The World’s Best Beaches


The Power of Water to Relax


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In this context, fasting is all about pausing to investigate and work toward the resolution of negative emotions such as resentment and dependence on destructive, as well as, compulsory habits. The person who participates in fasting agrees to also abstain from spontaneous, thoughtless behaviors that inspire reckless impulsivity.  The idea is to strengthen one’s moral character by replacing sinful actions associated with gluttony, harmful indulgences with episodic escapades of reverence, prayer and gratitude.   Fasting involves solidarity unless it involves a spiritual group in which case, the act of fasting is one of alliance in which it is done in combination with others with a shared focus.

Religious fasting is obligatory to a degree as well as voluntary.  Obligatory “fard” abstinence is expected depending upon the religion. Followers know they must refrain from eating or drinking on certain days and it involves abstaining during specific times. Fasting is also pre-scheduled, marked on the calendar for specific days of the month, with the pre-set dates posted throughout the year.  



Not all religious or spiritually enlightened groups participate in fasting rituals. The monks, for example practice “strict austerity” which entails consuming very little food over a period of six years. For instance, once a week, monks are asked not to eat after noon and up until the next day. In addition, they also have a custom that is based on self-inflicted restrictions surrounding the non-consumption of food and drink for the following day for the purpose of experiencing negative Karma of self and of all others.

Various Christian denominations engage in what is termed an “acceptable fast” as it pertains to Biblical text in the book of Isaiah, chapter 58:3-7 and depending upon the Christian faith involved, except for the Day of Atonement, when everyone is responsible for not ingesting food from sundown on the ninth to the tenth, on the seventh month of the year.  The Eastern Orthodox Church practices longer term fasting to commemorate Christ’s abstinence during his period in the desert. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church has its own ritual that its members observe which demands that they not eat meat or milk for several weeks during specific times of the year.  Roman Catholics have set dictates that relate to restrictions in the intake of food with the emphasis on cutting back on certain meals and on eating meat, as well as, the amount of food consumed. A weekly Eucharistic fast is strictly regulated for all Catholics who participate in the church ritual of communion (with an understanding that no more than water or the intake of medication can be taken into the body) for no less than one hour prior to receiving the blood and the body of Christ at Mass. (2011) Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fasting#Religion)


For More on Dates and Fasting Vigils Visit –

Information on Spiritual Fasting


Fasting a Powerful Spiritual Tool


How to Fast for a Religious Occasion


Christian Fasting


What the Bible says about Fasting –


Do You Fast For Religious –


Diabetes Hands Foundation – recommendations on fasting for religious purposes


Fasting from a Buddhist’s Perspective


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10 Things We Should Never Worry About

  • The weather – because climatic conditions cannot be controlled
  • Getting sick – if we are in good health we should enjoy it
  • Dying – because we are all going to experience it someday anyway
  • Losing our youth – aging is an inevitability
  • Disagreements with friends or loved ones – we cannot always get along with everyone at every moment
  • Making a fool out of ourselves – no one is perfect and all of us have been there!

  • How we will cope if we have a major financial setback – we will do the best we can, with what we have to work with, for as long as we can, and then…we will come up with another solution as needed.
  • Bad or sad moods –negativity and bouts of low self-esteem are just a part of life, if we are patient and / or determined to lift our spirits, we can elevate our state of mind.
  • When someone or something interferes with our goals and lures us off course – setbacks are just that, a few steps backward – no more or no less. 
  • Time – there is enough of it, but if we chose to value it more, and plan for it, we will realize there is more of it, than we think.

More Information on this Topic –

Utube – Recommendations for  Overcoming worry – reprogramming in 3 easy steps


How to Reduce Stress While in College


Why Worry is useless


Singer Jewel – Hands and Lyrics (song about controlling worry) “I am never broken”


Not to Worry Song – Abbey Lincoln (all female band)


Cell phone for radiation worriers


Scene from the Movie Moonstruck – “Snap out of it”


Get Happy in 5 Minutes


The Secret to Happiness


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“Treat people as if they were what they thought they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.” – Goethe


Some people consider kindness to be the greatest of all the virtues. When I think of the word kindness I immediately think of someone who is charitable. There are many ways we can be charitable, but none as important as kindness. In my mind the words kindness and concern are synonymous.

 Although, it  is often the case, kindness should not be interpreted as a sign of weakness. People who work at being pleasant and accommodating to the needs of those they come in contact with are not necessarily pushovers. They have learned to be respectful, using caution and being mindful when they encounter others.

Rarely, do we overhear a kind person being advised to mind his or her manners.  Kind people always put themselves in the other person’s place.  Their understanding of others is generally very profound. They are acutely perceptive about the mood and temperament of strangers and if at first, they are treated rudely, they take it under the chin, and guard against becoming defensive, unlike some individuals who believe in instant reciprocity.  

Socially, kind people are better prepared for rejection, just because someone is rude, they never dismiss them outright. Since they are seldom self-depreciating, if they are mistreated they think flexibly and look at the incident another way by giving the social offender the benefit of the doubt.  

Politeness is reflected in all of their conversations and social endeavors; they pride themselves on being unassuming and courteous. With only a few exceptions, persons who demonstrate kindness are usually low-key and strive to maintain social harmony and avoid the ill effects of conflict. 

Kindness is a very important aspect of humanity; it speaks of generosity and compassion. A lack of kindness can bring untold unhappiness to people who are in a place we may not be aware of both mentally and physically, a dark place where they are very vulnerable to our responses to them.

While doing some research for additional links on this topic I came across a foundation whose mission it is to inspire people to do random acts of kindness http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/ their focus is to encourage people to make kindness an everyday occurrence in their lives and in doings so, to make us all aware of its positive effects in our society.  

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Gandhi “Random Acts of Kindness, 1994”

More on this Topic –

People Care – Take a Look


How Americans Can Support the Troops


What we can do in this world to evoke radical change and reduce conflict


How  One Nurse Showed Kindness


Slide Show – Kindness Revealed


Scene from the Movie Elephant Man – True Story


A tribute to Joseph Merrick – who was a human being


Utube Random Acts of Kindness


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