Friday, June 23, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Stop. Pray with every cell of your being and allow yourself to experience God's transformative power in the moment.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Song of the Week

This week's song of the week reminds us to trust our instincts and follow the paths we feel called to leap and fly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKK05da4ko4

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

You cannot fly while you are still in the process of changing. When you are strong enough and ready you will burst out and fly and soar

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Accept all of you. The good, the bad, and the ugly. The process of doing so is what will help you to grow and transform. Accept all of you.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

It's Sharing Time!

It's Sharing Time! Healing Stories  http://inspiritual.biz/spiritual-discussion/2017/6/20/healing-stories   come share your healing stories with us and read others

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

If you cannot envision the life you want and see it, then you cannot begin to transform into your vision for yourself. See it. Become it.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What do you do during the challenging times in your life? Do you use them as a springboard for growth or a time to fight or flee?

Saturday, June 17, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Regardless of what faith tradition or belief system you have transformation is possible. You are the one who keeps yourself from growing

Friday, June 16, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

is your heart open or closed? You cannot begin the transformation process with a closed heart? So open it up and begin the journey.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Song of the Week

Some transformations do not happen over night. This week's song ot the week reminds  us that sometimes transformations happen over time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEBlaMOmKV4

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Transformation starts with the simplest of changes and actions and then has a ripple effect. Making a change begins with the a single moment

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Each day is an opportunity to work on our transformation we have been given by the Divine. What are you doing with it?

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Transformation is the action of both spiritual liberation & art. Are you working on your spiritual liberation & art of your spirituality?

Monday, June 12, 2017

EVOLVING OR REVOLVING

 
What a difference an R can make. It made me think about the story I was once told about how the difference between evolving and revolving is an R. When we keep doing or believing the same thing repeatedly, then we are not evolving. It is as if we are trapped in one of those revolving doors, which we have often seen in a department store. We are just revolving through life and not evolving.
It is reassuring to remember we do not have to believe in or agree to the same things for our entire lives. As we grow and evolve, what we believe should also change. What we believe is in our minds. Those beliefs only have power over us as long as we agree that they are true and give them power in our lives. When we realize they no longer need to reside in our mind, then we can say to them, “you are no longer true” and release them from our Book of Law.
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It's Sharing Time!


What is the transformation you want to bring about in your life?

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

To reach the highest level of transformation, we must continue to remove the layers of walls that separate us from the Divine.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY



What is stopping you from letting your light shine. Be like the song and let that little light of yours shine all over the world

Saturday, June 10, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Any transformation happens because we stop talking at each other and start talking with each other, having meaningful conversations

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Friday, June 9, 2017

TRY




Thanks for the slap upside the head. I was listening to Mandy Harvey sing on America’s Got Talent. Her story about losing her hearing and how it erased her dream of being a musician. She sang this song called Try. Her lyrics really spoke to me and the changes in my life due to my back and nerve damage. She wrote, “I don't feel the way I used to The sky is grey much more than it is blue But I know one day I'll get through.”  When I lost the feeling on my right side I did not feel the way I used to, literally. I did not know how I was going to learn how to do things when I did not know where my foot was and had to learn how to think my leg into moving. There were days that I was grieving the loss of my independence. I grieved not being able to drive anymore. I grieved There were mornings I would be so frustrated and cry because I could not even put my sock or shoe on by myself. On those especially tough days I would tell myself I will get through.
Just when I thought things could not get worse, they eliminated my paratransit services, which made it possible for me to go out, have fun, and hang with friends. That bought about one more loss and one more thing to grieve. There were days that the sky was grey, so I found myself being intentional about doing things in my life to keep myself positive and making my home such an amazing place to be that nobody who came here, including myself, would want to leave. I knew this would either be my prison cell or an ashram, so I opted to transform it into an ashram.
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

This is so true. To transform we must wash all that has died to make room for the newness that wants to emerge within us.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

SUSTAINABLE EATING

Although not my wife’s favorite, one of my favorite foods is seafood. I have been intentionally not buying farm fed fish and seafood, choosing wild instead. When I realized that today is World Ocean Day, I found myself being grateful for the intentional choices I have been making about my own purchases of fish and seafood. Normally, when I am at the seafood market, I hear people asking about how much it costs and complaining about the prices. Sometimes I hear them ask about how to prepare something, but usually it is about the price.
One might wonder what this has to do with spirituality. For me, our approach to the environment and the sustainability of those that live in the ocean is part of my responsibility as a human and spiritual being. Like so many other aspects of our environment we tend to consume materials and foods as if there is an unending supply. In doing some research, I learned that we are consuming more seafood and fish then our oceans can produce on their own. To compensate for the demand, companies have created fish farms. These fish farms have a negative impact on the environment. Overfishing can mean that some of the seafood and fish we are able to catch today may cease to exist. Seafood Watch has come out with a list of sustainable fish[1]
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Song of the Week

This week's song of the week reminds us to look at our own lives and remember that the transformation in the world begins with us https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5vz6iwV38U

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The choice to transform means we release our attachment to that which has held us back and kept us from evolving in our lives.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

If you are what you do and you do not like who you are, embrace a new, loving and positive behavior.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

My Bubby used to tell me when you can see the blessing in a situation then you know you will be okay.

thought for the day

Sometimes we need to silence ourselves from the noise around us so that we can see what and who it is we are being called to transform into

THE STRIPPING PROCESS

My wife and I have several restoration projects that have been on our things to do list for a long time, some of them years. It is not that we do not have the dream of restoring them, we just have not begun the work of doing so. As I have been thinking about the process of transformation, it dawned on me it was like getting to those projects we have not tackled yet.
The hardest part is getting started and saying today we ARE going to begin work on this project. Our friends have told us the first thing we need to do is strip all the layers of paint and coatings off of the piece we want to refinish. We need to strip it down to the bare wood. We are going to have to strip away all the years of dirt, layers of pain, varnish and anything else that might be on it. Doing so is a lot of work, so we need to really think about how seriously we want to do this. Once we start, then we have to be intentional about getting rid of all the layers and getting to the solid wood that is underneath all these layers.
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Monday, June 5, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

It doesn't take courage to stay where you are in your journey. It takes courage to grow, evolve, and be transformed

Saturday, June 3, 2017

SUCCESS

It is funny how sometimes it is a comment from a total stranger that opens up a wound we thought had been healed and provides us an opportunity to take our healing to the next level. I am so grateful for those opportunities which inspire me to continue to grow and evolve.
For the most part I am a fairly positive person and remember to affirm myself on a daily basis. However, sometimes I fall off my Four Agreements wagon and take something personally. Then I have to do the work of remembering to not take something personally because it is not about me.
One of the struggles that I work on is remembering that I am not a failure, even if by other people’s standards I am.  I am grateful for the days I remember to affirm myself as I know I cannot depend on anyone other than myself to believe in me.
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Do you have the awareness and the desire to be able to transform?

Friday, June 2, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Sometimes we need to silence ourselves from the noise around us so that we can see what and who it is we are being called to transform into

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

May we each incite a riot of learning and teaching in our lives. Who will join me in inciting this riot?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I know when I am teaching when I see the vitality in my students. How do you know when you are teaching?

Monday, May 29, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I did not know who wrote this quote til i found it again. One of my teachers shared this with me. We are all learners, doers, & teachers

Sunday, May 28, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Children know they have so much to learn and are open to it. May we embrace the desire and wonder of learning and of being taught

Saturday, May 27, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

what you have come to teach can only be taught if you teach it. If you do not teach it, then it cannot be shared

Friday, May 26, 2017

NOT A MATHEMATICAL FORMULA

I am so grateful to have my position as a teacher. At the start of each semester I am reminded what a blessing and privilege it is to be in this position. I have heard way too many professors at my school talk about what they have to teach their students. I talk with my students about how we teach each other. Yes, I know a lot and I am here to share my knowledge with them. However, they have taken classes, experienced things, read things, taken courses, and know things I could not learn if I had not met them.
I am also reminded of how much harm the educational system has done to students. I remember reading a book a while back called A Whack on the Side of the Head by Roger van Oech. He helped me to understand how our system has taught students that there is A right answer, when there is really not. He wrote,
By the time the average person finishes college he or she will have taken over 2,600 tests, quizzes and exams.  The 'right answer' approach becomes deeply ingrained in our thinking.  This may be fine for some mathematical problems, where there is in fact only one right answer.  The difficulty is that most of life isn't that way.  Life is ambiguous; there are many right answers - all depending on what you are looking for.  But if you think there is only one right answer, then you'll stop looking as soon as you find one. 
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Do we value the teachers in our lives and the tradition of teaching? If not, let us begin by revaluing those who have and do.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Song of the Week

I love some of the old Motown recordings like this one that teach us to be there for those we love whenever they need us https://youtu.be/aZavuPOWeJY

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The classroom is just a room. It makes no promises. It offers you only what you are willing to accept and receive.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

SPIRITUAL SOUFFLÉ




For years, I have wanted to make a soufflé and never did because I had always heard how challenging it was. I had even heard professional chefs talk about how hard it is to get the perfect soufflé, so I let my fear keep me from ever trying. What I have learned is that making a soufflé is like a spiritual journey. There are times that it collapses or does not rise, but generally it is when you have not done something. The same without spiritual journeys, generally it is when we are not doing something or we stop working on our journeys that we begin to collapse and we do not rise in the face of a challenge.
The foundation of every soufflé is the base. You make a base, you fold in whipped egg whites and you bake it. You can make your soufflé savory or sweet, but the basics are the same. If you follow some basic tips, your soufflé will always come out light and airy.
The same is true in some sense in our spiritual lives. If we do not have a spiritual base, regardless of what that base is, we will not grow and evolve. We will like a poorly made soufflé collapse and not rise.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I tell my students this all the time. Grades are important, but the best grades come not when working for the grade, but when focused on learning.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

It does not take much to change the world. What are you doing to change your life? What are you doing to change the world?

Monday, May 22, 2017

LIFE LESSONS



One of the quotes I come back to repeatedly in my own journey are the words of Iyanla Vanzant who taught me to give thanks for those who get on my last nerve. Each of them in their own way is helping me to learn something about myself. So often, when we find someone difficult to deal with, we focus our energy on how difficult they are.
One of the things I have come to realize is that it often times it is those people who are here to teach me a lesson. Sometimes they are challenging me to look at when in my life I have been that way. As much as I would like to say I have never been a pain in someone’s life, I am sure I have and will be, albeit intentionally or not. Being able to look at what it is I find so difficult helps me to see how I have done something in my own life. When I work on my own forgiveness for ever having been difficult to interact with, I come to realize the person I am interacting with now is not quite as difficult as I had originally imagined.
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What you think I have taught you is really about me reminding you of something you already know.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Teaching and learning are never ending processes. As we do one we do the other.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

What are you teaching people by how you are? Do we remember that the way we move through life is teaching someone something?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Song of the Week

This 1969 song tempers optimism with reality. If you look hard enough you can find something redeeming in even the worst of situations.

Best words of wisdom from the song:

You can't always get what you want
And if you try sometime, you find
You get what you need.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Do the people who have taught you the most even know they have taught you anything

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Practicing compassion has so much to teach us. It is not about the practice, but what we learn through the process of practicing compassion

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017

MOVIE TEACHERS

So often we think about teachers as people, sometimes experiences, even animals. However, sometimes our teachers can be films. It is one of the reasons that several times I have offered a film and spirituality group. It is amazing the spiritual lessons we can learn from a film. Sometimes what we learn is from the storyline, sometimes it is the setting, sometimes the lighting, sometimes the music, sometimes a character.
When I offered this group it was interesting to be sitting in a room full of people who had all just watched the same film, but we all walked away with different things or characters that spoke to us. It is like going to a restaurant and everybody eats the same meal, but different people like different things about it. What you see and take from it is for you and I see and take from it is for me.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Life is full of lessons to be learned. It is your soul which will tell you what lessons are for you and when. So listen to your soul

Sunday, May 14, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Knowledge is just knowledge, It is not about who brings it to you, but about what you do with it and how you use it in your own journey.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The paths we are on may be different, but we can all see the lessons that are there or nearby.

Friday, May 12, 2017

YOU NEVER KNOW



Sometimes you have a conversation that takes you back in time. Wednesday night, during the Spiritual Discussion on teaching and teachers, a participant talked to me about all I had taught her since she has met me. It was a truly humbling moment. She said there are times there are not words in my heart to express what I am feeling so I do not say anything. She said she thought there were others for whom this was true as well.
I am not sure why, but this brought me back to a powerful lesson one of my students taught me decades ago when I first started teaching. I had a student whose mother had intentionally enrolled in my class. Her mother was a faculty member at our college and said she knew if anyone could help her daughter pass a class it would be me. I was not able to do so. However, it was not for lack of my trying.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

May we remember that each person, each situation, regardless of duration, is a teachable moment in our lives. Don't miss the lesson.