Pastorbob's blog listings. Feed Zend_Feed_Writer 1.10.8 (http://framework.zend.com) http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob Spiritual practice:  Be a Witness Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them –Eckhart Tolle.


Remember you are not your body;

you are not your thoughts,

you are not your feelings,

you are not your ego.


This week practice being “the awareness behind them.”  Like John the Baptist, be a witness.


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Sun, 14 Dec 2014 16:11:05 -0600 http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them –Eckhart Tolle.


Remember you are not your body;

you are not your thoughts,

you are not your feelings,

you are not your ego.


This week practice being “the awareness behind them.”  Like John the Baptist, be a witness.


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Spiritual Practice:  Think a New Thought or Challenge an Old One. According to the National Science Foundation, our brains produce as many as 50,000 thoughts per day.  Ninety-five percent of these thoughts are repeated daily and reflect the mindset or beliefs we hold that lead to those 50,000 thoughts.


Each of us has a story we tell ourselves.  Paying attention to our story may help us become more aware of what is happening inside our head and also to understand how our thoughts are directly linked to how we create our reality.  What happens when you introduce a new thought or dispute a habitual one?  Try it this week as an Advent practice.


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Sun, 07 Dec 2014 16:52:28 -0600 http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob According to the National Science Foundation, our brains produce as many as 50,000 thoughts per day.  Ninety-five percent of these thoughts are repeated daily and reflect the mindset or beliefs we hold that lead to those 50,000 thoughts.


Each of us has a story we tell ourselves.  Paying attention to our story may help us become more aware of what is happening inside our head and also to understand how our thoughts are directly linked to how we create our reality.  What happens when you introduce a new thought or dispute a habitual one?  Try it this week as an Advent practice.


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Spiritual practice: Transform the Present Moment Thich Nhat Hanh encourages people to believe that whatever is happening in and around you, this can be the best moment of your life. You choose. Obviously, this is the only moment.

He encourages everyone: “Open your eyes and enjoy the sunshine, the beautiful sky, and the wonderful children all around you. Breathing in and out consciously helps you become your best-calm, fresh, solid, clear, and free, able to enjoy the present moment as the best moment of your life.”

Take some moments this week to transform the present moment into the best moment.

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Sun, 30 Nov 2014 15:44:40 -0600 http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob/blog/2014/11/30/spiritual_practice:_transform_the_present_moment http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob/blog/2014/11/30/spiritual_practice:_transform_the_present_moment Thich Nhat Hanh encourages people to believe that whatever is happening in and around you, this can be the best moment of your life. You choose. Obviously, this is the only moment.

He encourages everyone: “Open your eyes and enjoy the sunshine, the beautiful sky, and the wonderful children all around you. Breathing in and out consciously helps you become your best-calm, fresh, solid, clear, and free, able to enjoy the present moment as the best moment of your life.”

Take some moments this week to transform the present moment into the best moment.

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Thanksgiving Day Spiritual Practice Can you imagine a national day of spiritual practice?  That is exactly what Thanksgiving Day is. Giving thanks is a spiritual discipline. You can practice saying "thank you" for happy and challenging experiences, for people, animals, things, art, memories, and dreams.  The practice easily reflects the joy of bright days and it can bring a little light into even the darkest time.  This Thanksgiving join with our whole nation to practice this significant spiritual practice.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:52:53 -0600 http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob/blog/2014/11/27/thanksgiving_day_spiritual_practice http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob/blog/2014/11/27/thanksgiving_day_spiritual_practice Can you imagine a national day of spiritual practice?  That is exactly what Thanksgiving Day is. Giving thanks is a spiritual discipline. You can practice saying "thank you" for happy and challenging experiences, for people, animals, things, art, memories, and dreams.  The practice easily reflects the joy of bright days and it can bring a little light into even the darkest time.  This Thanksgiving join with our whole nation to practice this significant spiritual practice.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Spiritual practice: See Jesus “in the least of these” This week's spiritual practice is inspired by Jesus' story of the sheep and goats (Matthew 25:31-46)
For one day, without necessarily changing your routine, intentionally look to see who is there. Do you see any of the people Jesus referred to in this gospel—the sick, the thirsty, the hungry, the imprisoned, the naked? Can you see Jesus in the people you see? How do you respond to them?

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Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:00:10 -0600 http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob This week's spiritual practice is inspired by Jesus' story of the sheep and goats (Matthew 25:31-46)
For one day, without necessarily changing your routine, intentionally look to see who is there. Do you see any of the people Jesus referred to in this gospel—the sick, the thirsty, the hungry, the imprisoned, the naked? Can you see Jesus in the people you see? How do you respond to them?

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