Tag Archives: Submission

Spiritual Rest: Finding Peace in a Restless World

The Quiet Soul at Rest My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken …  Find rest, O my soul, in … Continue reading

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The Clear Mind: Dissolving Regret, Guilt and Shame

The Clear Mind In our members there is a slumbering inclination toward desire, which is both sudden and fierce. With irresistible power desire seizes mastery … a secret, smouldering fire is kindled…. At this moment God is quite unreal to us, … Continue reading

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The Life of Prayer: How to Pray without Ceasing (1/2)

Prayer, Awareness and Remembrance Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances. [1 Thessalonians 5:15-19 (NIRV)]. We often think of prayer as ritual postures, memorized phrases and supplication in times of need. However, praying is also a condition, an attitude, a … Continue reading

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A Rumi Belly: Ruminations on a Fasting Stomach

Rumi’s Fasting Stomach What hidden sweetness is found in this empty stomach! Man is like a lute, neither more nor less. When the lute’s stomach is full, It cannot lament, whether high or low. If your brain and stomach burn … Continue reading

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Fasting: Simulated Adversity in a Spiritual Reality

 Fasting: Simulated Adversity When R. Shesheth kept a fast, on concluding his prayer he added the following: Sovereign of the Universe, Thou knowest full well that in the time when the Temple was standing, if a man sinned he used … Continue reading

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The Fasting Worldview: Seeing Reality on an Empty Stomach

The Fasting Worldview Today, especially in affluent societies, St. Augustine’s warning is more timely than ever: ‘Enter again into yourself.’ Yes, we must enter again into ourselves, if we want to find ourselves. Not only our spiritual life is at … Continue reading

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Fasting for Spiritual Awareness and God-consciousness

Understanding God-consciousness  . . . fasting is useful as atoning for and preventing sin, and as raising the mind to spiritual things. And everyone is bound by the natural dictate of reason to practice fasting as far as it is necessary … Continue reading

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Spiritual Aging: the Good Old Times with God

 Aging With God Even ornamented royal chariots wear out. So too the body reaches old age. But the Dhamma of the Good grows not old. Thus, do the Good reveal it among the Good. [Dhammapada 151]. How different from youth … Continue reading

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Old Age: Autumn of Our Body, Springtime of Our Soul

Old Age Wisdom The abbot Daniel used to say, “Even as the body flourishes, so does the soul become withered: and when the body is withered, then does the soul put forth leaves.” [Sayings of the Desert Fathers]. The autumn of … Continue reading

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Performance Enhancing Thoughts: Patience (5)

Patience: Guardian of Virtues But as for that in the good soil, these are the ones who, when they hear the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patient endurance. [Luke 8:15]. Our capacity … Continue reading

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Gratitude: Praise God and Give Thanks

  Praise God! Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! [Psalm 150:1-2 (ESV)]. We cannot read celestial blueprints or understand Divine strategies. Meters, kilos … Continue reading

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Performance-Enhancing Thoughts (PETs): Reverence (1)

Reverence I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. Great is the Lord and most worthy of … Continue reading

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Transcendence: Climbing beyond Our Mind (2)

Transcendence  . . . transcendence means literally, “to climb across.” It is defined as “exceeding the usual limits.” When we speak of the transcendence of God, we are talking about that sense in which God is above and beyond us. … Continue reading

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Getting into Heaven — Through the Needle’s Eye

Getting into Heaven Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through … Continue reading

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Patience and Perseverance: Enduring Contemporary Tribulation

Patience and Perseverance O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever! [Deuteronomy 5:29]. Our intent … Continue reading

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Spiritual Pain: Trials, Afflictions and Suffering (1/2)

Spiritual Pain: A Measure of Hearts Pain insists on being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience but shouts to us in our pain. It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world. [C. … Continue reading

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Waiting in Line @ the Door of Repentance

The Door of Repentance Oh, it is sad for a poor Christian to stand at the door of the promise, in the dark night of affliction, afraid to draw the latch, whereas he should then come boldly for shelter as … 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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Divine Reality: Consciousness Beyond Perception

Synthetic or Divine Reality? [God] You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down, and You are acquainted with all my ways. [Psalm 139:2-3]. What … Continue reading

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