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Virtual Pavlov – Conditioning the Salivating Heart (2/2)

Manipulating the Heart Our emotions are constantly being aroused, tantalized and exploited by marketers. Even great works of art and music, originally designed for far nobler purposes, are today used to reach deep into our hearts and manipulate our moods … Continue reading

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Virtual Pavlov – Conditioning the Salivating Heart (1/2)

Conditioning the Heart Lord, teach me to listen. The times are noisy and my ears are weary with the thousand raucous sounds which continuously assault them. Give me the spirit of the boy Samuel when he said to Thee, “Speak, … Continue reading

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Sacred Music: Rhythms of Spiritual Energy (2/2)

Sacred Music — Reverence & Joy Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing unto him a new … Continue reading

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Sacred Music: Rhythms of Spiritual Energy (1/2)

Sacred Music & Spiritual Energy It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, Upon an … Continue reading

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Light, Rest and Prayer: Closing Our Eyes to the World

Light, Rest and Prayer Indeed, man wishes to be happy, even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible. [Saint Augustine]. Modern technology has made light so pervasive in our daily life cycle that resting is no longer natural. As we expose … Continue reading

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Wealth & Charity: Exorcising Possessions of the Soul

Possessions and the Soul The wisdom literature sees almsgiving as  a concrete exercise of mercy towards those in need: “Almsgiving delivers from  death, and it will purge away every sin” (Tob 12:9). The idea is expressed even more graphically by Sirach: … Continue reading

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Principles Beyond Pleasure: The Reality of Divine Joy

Pleasure of God Thou dost show me the path of life; in Thy presence there is fulness of joy, in Thy right hand are pleasures for evermore. [Psalm 16:1]. A gap, perhaps an abyss, exists between our daily life and … Continue reading

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Spiritual Tests: Study Notes for Trials and Tribulations

Tests from God What is mankind that you make so much of them, that you give them so much attention, that you examine them every morning and test them every moment? [Job 7:17-18 (NIV)]. Tests and trials appear to go … Continue reading

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Always Hungry – Never Full: Finding True Satisfaction

Satisfaction from Spiritual Food Do you often feel like parched ground, unable to produce anything worthwhile? I do. When I am in need of refreshment, it isn’t easy to think of the needs of others. But I have found that … Continue reading

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A World of Worries? — Let Nothing Disturb You

In a World of Worries — Let Nothing Disturb You Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing make you afraid. All things are passing. God alone never changes. Patience gains all things. If you have God you will want for nothing. God … Continue reading

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Spiritual Exercises: Managing Negative Thoughts & Emotions

Negative Thoughts: Toxic Intrusions into Our Mind I presuppose that there are three kinds of thoughts in me: that is, one my own, which springs from my mere liberty and will;  and two others, which come from without, one from the … Continue reading

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Culinary Paranoia: Anxiety & Stress of Diet & Nutrition

  Diet, Nutrition, Anxiety & Stress Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? … So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” … Continue reading

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Divine Rest: Relief for the Worried, Troubled and Depressed

  Rest that Awakens the Heart For it is out of His grace that He has made for you the night and the day, so that you might rest therein as well as seek to obtain [what you need] of His bounty: … Continue reading

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Apocalyptic Pettiness — Worries of the Worldly

Be urgent in good; hold your thoughts off evil. When one is slack in doing good the mind delights in evil [The Dhammapada 9:116]. How skillful we are at magnifying our importance. How we excel at making pettiness into apocalyptic crises, so … Continue reading

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Pilgrimage: Spiritual Journey into Sacred Space

  Sacred Space – Fragrance of the Divine Presence To encounter the sacred is to be alive at the deepest center of human existence.  Sacred places are the truest definitions of the earth; they stand for the earth immediately and forever; they … Continue reading

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Fight, Flight or Faith: Spiritual Response to Anxiety & Stress

Controlling Fear with Faith So that with good courage we say, “The Lord is my helper. I will not fear. What can man do to me?” [Hebrews 13:6]. We have a very complex system of hormonal and neurological responses that … Continue reading

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From Phobias to Faith: Coping with Stress, Anxiety & Fear

  Reducing Worry, Anxiety & Fear When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me . . . [Proverbs 1:27]. A phobia (from … Continue reading

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Anxiety, Stress and Worry: Anticipating Threats in a Secular Reality

  Anxiety and Stress: Rotten Floorboards of the Mind “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” [Jeremiah 29:11]. … Continue reading

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Personal Sanctuary: A Sacred Place @ Home & Work

A Sacred Place @ Home & Work A sacred space is a temenos, a Greek word meaning an enclosure that makes it possible to enter into a relationship with a greater reality. Entering into sacred space, one crosses a threshold and … Continue reading

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