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teacher who is wise leads you to your threshold Gibran

Then said a teacher, ‘Speak to us of Teaching.’
And he said:
No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.
The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness.
If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.
The astronomer may speak to you of his understanding of space, but he cannot give you his understanding.
The musician may sing to you of the rhythm which is in all space, but he cannot give you the ear which arrests the rhythm nor the voice that echoes it.
And he who is versed in the science of numbers can tell of the regions of weight and measure, but he cannot conduct you thither.
For the vision of one man lends not its wings to another man.
And even as each one of you stands alone in God’s knowledge, so must each one of you be alone in his knowledge of God and in his understanding of the earth.

 

Khalil Gibran self portrait c.1911Lebanese artist, writer and poet Kahlil Gibran‘s novel from 1923 “The Prophet” has been translated to over forty languages, has sold over 100 million copies, and has never been out of print. Click here to view it on Amazon. According to Wikipedia, Kahlil Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, only behind William Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu. [This paragraph to this point was previously shared in my post On Children]

On the right is a self-portrait he painted in 1911. Click image to visit source on Wikipedia.

My own copy of ‘The Prophet’ was given to me as a cherished gift from my brother-in-law nearly thirty years ago. It has since been read repeatedly and is wonderfully worn. I recommend it for every library so that all may read and enjoy its poetic wisdom. Namaste. Gina

[I cannot recall where I found this bright poster-image and give loving thanks to the maker of it. I will immediately add the source if/when I locate it. As always, I welcome any info in my comments.]

Divine Refreshment

05/11/2014


Dehydration has been shown to negatively impact people’s moods. Mild dehydration is “associated with confusion, fatigue, and negative moods.” Moderate dehydration symptoms include “lethargy or extreme sleepiness”. [source]

As with dehydration, an early symptom of a weakened spiritual connection is a feeling of listlessness, making us wonder why our zest for life seems to have evaporated.

Symptoms similar to dehydration surface when I have been negligent with my prayer and meditation practice. The ‘busyness’ of life and the distractions of pain are excuses I’ve used to allow lapses in my prayer practice. It’s terribly ironic that when I need that grounding connection the most is when I often forget to be still and go within.

Let’s remember to refresh our body and our spirit. As I reach for a glass of water, I also reach within. I bring my glass to set on the table beside my small altar. I close the door, light the candle and have a seat. It is time. God patiently waits while I run around distracted and in pain. At last I notice my spiritual dehydration and take a moment, no – I make the time – to sit down and empty my mind. Calm those thoughts. Observe them and let them dissolve. Feel the deep calm and bubbling-up of love that rises to the surface to fill all of my life, if I will but make the time to actively pursue my connection with God. Once I am quiet enough it feels as though the still small voice within seems to whisper ‘there you are’. I like to remember this old poem by an unknown author:

Whoso draws near to God one step,

through doubtings dim,

God will advance a mile in blazing light to him.

(Note: To my women friends and spiritual sisters, we know this is beyond gender. If we will take ‘one step’, God will advance towards us ‘a mile’.)

Today I propose that we maintain proper hydration for our spirits as well as our bodies. As healing as a glass of water is for the dehydrated, actively maintaining our spiritual connection nourishes our soul and refreshes our life. Energy and vitality return, bringing a flush of growth in the form of enriched gratitude and renewed awareness of our vast blessings.

Whether you turn to the scriptures of God or other spiritual texts or turn towards a walk in the woods, whether you sit to pray at an altar or practice meditative yoga, whatever works to help you feel God’s love surrounding you, do that. Let us strengthen our relationship with the One who patiently waits. It is we who must make that first step. We must pick up the glass. God is waiting to fill it to overflowing if we but ask.

Life is a Mirror

08/21/2013

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[With gratitude for the creators of these randomly sourced images off the Internet]

5 simple rulesToday I feel blessed and bursting with joy at being alive! I recently went through an illness that reminded me, again, of how much I have to be thankful for. Pain and illness are temporary conditions for me, which is not so for everyone. Physical mobility is incredibly precious and in remembering others who give thanks for wheelchairs and ramps, I give thanks for my freedom of movement and refuse to forget and take it for granted. In flushing the illness from my body with literally gallons of water over a week, it’s easy to give thanks for the incredible privilege of clean running water supplied to my home and the filtration system to make it even more pure.

a good life The least I can do with my blessings is acknowledge my appreciation and let the love I feel well up and pour out into the world. I shine my light to the wonderful people I share my home with and make them laugh, and with my 4-legged family members and get tail-wags and purrs. Every being around me benefits from my loving light, from clerks in stores to fellow parishioners. I step out for a walk and stop to chat with a senior as she pauses on her daily foray. We express gratitude for kind neighbours keeping sidewalks ice-free and admire the chickadees who’ve come to investigate our visit next to their tree. As we part with smiles I send her more love, knowing her day has been brightened by our interaction, as mine has with her.

I return here to share how thankful I am for this forum, this wonderful place where we bloggers can share our lessons and adventures in learning how to share our inner light ever more brightly in the world. How we can and do transform any stumbling block into a stepping stone. For we know that the truest path to peace on earth is by developing and fostering our own bright inner peace which then radiates out from us in all directions.

smile God blessedThis day is an opportunity given to us to see what a wonderful life we’ve been gifted with. Thank you God, Great Spirit, Universal Intelligence – whatever name you want to use! This universal source for good rejoices as we rejoice. It brightens a grey sky when I choose to see the sun behind the clouds. As I take one step towards God by expressing gratitude, God shines towards me like a thousand suns.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE!

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Sermons We See

06/17/2012

Twenty years ago I memorized this inspiring poem and it means as much to me today. I feel that it’s an excellent example of the adage ‘walk our talk’. To put our beliefs into action through our behavior. With my gratitude to the memory of the wise poet himself, Mr. Guest. I am overjoyed to present it here today, and will be sharing more of my favorite poems in coming posts. I truly hope you enjoy.
Namaste.
Gina

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Sermons We See

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I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day;

I’d rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way.

The eye’s a better pupil and more willing than the ear,

Fine counsel is confusing, but example’s always clear;

And the best of all the preachers are those who live their creeds,

For to see good put in action is what everybody needs.

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I soon can learn to do it if you’ll let me see it done;

I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.

And the lecture you deliver may be very wise and true,

But I’d rather get my lessons by observing what you do;

For I might misunderstand you and the high advice you give,

But there’s no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.

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When I see a deed of kindness, I am eager to be kind.

When a weaker brother stumbles and a strong one stays behind

Just to see if he can help him, then the wish grows strong in me

To become as big and thoughtful as I know that friend to be.

And all travelers can witness that the best of guides today

Is not the one who tells them, but the one who shows the way.

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One good person teaches many, we believe what we behold;

One deed of kindness noticed is worth forty that are told.

Who stands with those of honor learns to hold their honor dear,

For right living speaks a language which to every one is clear.

Though an able speaker charms me with their eloquence, I say,

I’d rather see a sermon than to hear one, any day.

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~ Edgar A. Guest

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Edgar Allen Guest
with one of his beloved dogs

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Edgar Allen Guest, also known as Eddie Guest, was a prolific English-born American poet who was highly popular in the first half of the 20th century. He was born in Birmingham, England in 1881, moving to Michigan USA as a child.

In 1895 Edgar Guest signed on with the Detroit Free Press as a thirteen year old office boy. He stayed for sixty years.

August 20, 1881 ~ August 5, 1959

More about Edgar Guest at Poets.org – http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/731