by William Ellery Channing
To live content with small means;
to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion;
to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich;
to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly;
to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart;
to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never;
to let the spiritual, unbidden, and unconscious grow up through the common—
this is to be my symphony.
The more I walk this path the more I realize how completely unique we each are. It's so essential that we each express our uniqueness and not try to be like each other.
When I first moved to Los Angeles it was a real culture shock for me because it seemed like so many people were trying to dress alike and have the same cars, the same phones, the same shoes, the same haircut. It seemed so odd to me after having lived in New York City for 10 years.
With my unique astrology, numerology, ancestry, beliefs and experiences unfolding every single day, it is so evident how completely individual each one of us is. I love and celebrate the differences! Woo hoo!
Howdee all you beautiful souls!
I can't help but tell Karla here that she is loved and adored! I know the guilt and shame you feel, and I am moved to share that little by little, I am being removed of that bondage. My fledgling faith calls me to believe that there is NOTHING in this Universe that can't be transformed by the Power into good. All things serve to expand our understanding, our love, our souls. Peace and love to you
THIS IS MY FIRST TIME ON THIS, I DONT KNOW HOW TO DO ANY OF THIS AND I DONT KNOW IF I AM DOING ANYTHING RIGHT, THE ONLY THING I KNOW IS THAT I NEED HELP, I FEEL GOD HAS FORSAKEN ME AND I FEEL HE IS MAD AND DISAPPOINTED IN ME. I FEEL WORTHLESS AND THAT I AM A HORRIBLE PERSON. I FEEL USELESS AND MY HEART IS EXTREMELY BROKEN RIGHT NOW, ALL I DO IS CRY AND CRY AND I PRAY AND PRAY BUT I FEEL I AM NOT BEING LISTENED TO. I ASK AND ASK FOR HELP BUT I GET NOTHING. I HAVE NO WILL TO DO ANYTHING ANYMORE, NO WILL POWER, NO WILL TO LIVE NO WILL TO DO ANYTHING. PLEASE PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME
I believe the best thing we can do is to give our blessings of LOVE to those in need. By changing our perspective from FEAR to LOVE we create goodness for all mankind.
I agree that we all should pray not only for Haiti but for all mankind..becouse we are going to need it, our Lord Creator is cleaning house..
I pray i ofend no one when saying i feel we need to look at our own backyards and pull to gether the ones that are hungry and have no place to go.Yes i know Hattie has been hit hard with Gods warth,What are we gonna do when it comes here.Do we just look at this as nature are does the Bible tell us all this will come.As we pray for those that have pain and loss,we must repent so we also will not perches.By the windows we will see all things to come!But by the eye we will see Him coming.And there shall be famines,and pestilences,and earthquakes,in divers places.Lets not just pray for them thier but for all.
To Rabidwriter id like to say its awsome that you are seeking your own feeling and looking for a path to take that you will be happy with.Its our inter faith that keeps us moving in the direction to find what is what.May you find what you are seeking and can only say that once you do your husband might follow when he sees your happyness!
THIS HAS BEEN A BLESSED WEEK. I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR ALL MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS . HOPE YOU ALL HAVE AGREAT WEEKEND.
Welcome RabidWriter! And welcome RabidWriter, Rev Dorris (one of our longest standing members, and a consistently positive and constructive leader), and Oddray (who has also been part of this very open minded group as a consistent voice of support, positive reframing, insightful offering, and humorous and loving connection) as our three new moderators! Thankfully, it was very easy to add you by "promoting" you as members. Let's all hope it is a positive thing for everyone concerned, and I look forward so much to being able to visit as a member amongst members here in this delightful group of "being-ers" (the thing that happens when you realize you don't need to seek for anything, it is right here just waiting to be blended with, and celebrated). Thanks above all goes to Dusty and all of you members who have been caring so carefully for this weakened group-- largely weakened by things beyond all of our control, like beliefnet itself changing (and the online groups becoming so ghost-town like as an immediate and obvious result)-- Student of Many Paths has many paths' wisdom to share, and he embraced me and Sara as family, and he called me today to say "we have willing and able volunteers, what a gift for you Ty, you can receive support, respite" (can't honestly remember the exact words, but they felt so right and validating Dusty. Thanks man) Well, so anyways, I'm so thankful to this group, and for Dusty contacting me to tell me their was new life, like an ancient bonsai with a new limb growing, and waiting to be modelled and cared for with wire and clippers... in other words, get folks who want to help on board as moderators to keep the group atmosphere clean and pure... full of love and friendship, exploration and so much more. In short, keepin it real. Thanks so much all, Ty