Here Is Something To Think About. . . .
“In Zen Buddhism, there’s a concept called ‘zen mind,’ or beginner’s mind.’ They say that the mind should be like an empty rice bowl.
If it’s already full, then the universe can’t fill it.
If it’s empty, it has room to receive.
This means that when we think we have things figured out, we’re not teachable. Genuine insight can’t dawn on a mind that’s not open to receive it.
Surrender is a process of emptying the mind.”
~ By Marianne Williamson, “A Return To Love,
Reflections on the Principles of A… Read More
From Southern Maryland to Northern Virginia, everywhere I went this past weekend people were talking about Pope Francis and his recent groundbreaking remarks about the state of the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis, you are a healing breath of fresh air and you arrived on the global scene just when we needed to listen your joyous and merciful outlook on life!!
It was amazing to me that people spontaneously brought it up in conversation no matter what else was previously being talked about. I find religion is sometimes discussed at social events but not very often. And in Washington, DC, rarely… Read More
Good Morning Fantastic Readers!This past weekend was interesting and productive and I hope yours was too! The weekends just fly by wayyyyy too quickly don’t they?
Part of my weekend was spent visiting a family member. In the course of my visit, I could tell we were going to fall into our usual conversational trap of going over the same ground that we have covered many times before. You know what I mean, right? The person brings up a certain subject and you know what they’re going to say and you try to change their mind or at least get… Read More
I am an early riser. I find the morning to be peaceful and so quiet. I use my morning time to collect my thoughts about what I think is going to happen during that particular day and pray for other things that I hope will happen.
So the morning is when a lot happens for me. With my trusty cups of hot tea, I appreciate the solitude of the wee early hours of the day. Quiet allows me to think and to breathe and pull myself together.
I am always writing down blog ideas and collecting different points of view… Read More
Last week a childhood friend of my father’s died. They had known each other since they were in grade school and met each other while playing recess games on the black top when they were about seven or eight years old. They both went on to attend the same high school, playing basketball, and later both went into the insurance business working for different companies.
Over the years, they stayed in touch with each other as best they could. They both worked very hard while trying to raise large Irish Catholic families. My father and mother had six children… Read More
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