14 Quotes from the 14th Dalai Lama

  Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness. Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized byContinue reading “14 Quotes from the 14th Dalai Lama”

14 Quotes from the 14th Dalai Lama

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” . “There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.” . “Today, more than ever before, life must be characterizedContinue reading “14 Quotes from the 14th Dalai Lama”

A sort of churchy sort of environmental post (but not really, but maybe)

Okay. So if you’ve been to this blog before then you know a few things about me. One, of course, is that I like to ride bikes, a lot. Another is that I like to bake bread. And likely another thing you know about me–though it may not come across quite as overtly–is that myContinue reading “A sort of churchy sort of environmental post (but not really, but maybe)”

A sort of churchy sort of environmental post (but not really, but maybe)

Okay. So if you’ve been to this blog before then you know a few things about me. One, of course, is that I like to ride bikes, a lot. Another is that I like to bake bread. And likely another thing you know about me–though it may not come across quite as overtly–is that myContinue reading “A sort of churchy sort of environmental post (but not really, but maybe)”

Thoughts on prayer (and what it means to me)

This is the second in a series I started a little over a month ago on positive scripture (click here to read the first). But first I have to state a very short disclaimer. I’ve said this before but feel I have to say it again. My personal theology is…um, well. Scratch that. Actually IContinue reading “Thoughts on prayer (and what it means to me)”

Perspective…

per·spec·tive n. a. A view or vista. b. A mental view or outlook This blog, in a way, has always been a sort of emotional medicine for me in the public arena. In what I write but also in the photos I post. Like many, I suppose, I have been a worrier since I wasContinue reading “Perspective…”

The passage of time, on being present, and a quote or two…

Okay. So first off, it is not very often that I post pictures of myself (almost never) but here you have it. This is a photo of my son and I as we (his mom and I) were dropping him off at his first year of college (the color-coordinated shirts were purely coincidence). And asContinue reading “The passage of time, on being present, and a quote or two…”

Where I’m at…

Image Found Here. “Oh no I’ve said too much; I haven’t said enough…” ~Michael Stipe, Losing My Religion This is a bit of personal stuff but I feel like I have to say it. There are a few people that know me that read this blog, and a number that I feel like I know—toContinue reading “Where I’m at…”

Five (or seven) Quotes from Deepak Chopra

Photo Credit. “When you make a choice, you change the future.” “You will be transformed by what you read.”  “The most creative act you will ever undertake is the act of creating yourself.” “The worst curse to befall anyone is stagnation, a banal existence, the quiet desperation that comes out of a need for conformity.Continue reading “Five (or seven) Quotes from Deepak Chopra”

Five Quotes from Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda (né, Narendra Nath Datta) 12 January 1863 – 4 July 1902 To learn more about Swami Vivekananda, visit one of the foundations that bear his name (here or here), or also this wiki.“We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; theyContinue reading “Five Quotes from Swami Vivekananda”

Five Quotes from Henri Nouwen

Henri Jozef Machiel Nouwen (Nouen)  (January 24, 1932 – September 21, 1996) I came across the the above photo recently at Indy Bikehiker (thanks John!) and it reminded me of some of the books I’ve read by this inspirational and prolific author (this one is my favorite). But it also reminded me that even thoughContinue reading “Five Quotes from Henri Nouwen”

Five Parallel Sayings from the Christ and the Buddha

Image found here. I personally have always found the parallels between many (most) of the major religions fascinating, and these few sayings are just a very small example. Many more parallels in the sayings of these great teachers can be found at the World Peace Page. To read more in the five quotes series, clickContinue reading “Five Parallel Sayings from the Christ and the Buddha”

A Few Thoughts on Theology, Car Ownership, and Things That Can be Carried on a Bike (#468)

Yup. That’s me in the above photo. Very rarely do I post pictures of myself on this blog but here’s one. And what’s even more odd is that it shows me getting into a car. My son took the photo of me getting into a Buffalo Car Share car last weekend. But as usual, I’mContinue reading “A Few Thoughts on Theology, Car Ownership, and Things That Can be Carried on a Bike (#468)”

A Pin, a Quote, and a Prayer…a few thoughts on peace

The above image is of a pin that was given to me yesterday by a friend (thanks Jane!). It’s a miniature version of a sign that I’ve had in the front garden for the past years. Actually the sign in front of my house is the second sign…the first was stolen (how’s that for irony).Continue reading “A Pin, a Quote, and a Prayer…a few thoughts on peace”

Five Quotes from Lao Tzu

Sixth century BC depiction of Lao Tzu, found here. Lao Tzu at wikipedia.Tao Te Ching at wikipedia.Read the Tao Te Ching online. “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” “Be content with what you have; rejoice inContinue reading “Five Quotes from Lao Tzu”

Five Quotes from John Muir

Photo Credit: National Park Service John Muir (21 April 1838 – 24 December 1914) “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” “God has cared forContinue reading “Five Quotes from John Muir”

Four Photos of Flowers (and how they inspire me)

It’s interesting. I like many adults have suffered from sleep problems for most of my life. It’s rare for me to sleep more than 6 hours. But every so often I do. My body crashes. Last night was one such instance. I went to bed around 1:00am–which is late for me–and didn’t wake until nearlyContinue reading “Four Photos of Flowers (and how they inspire me)”

Five Quotes from Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Ann Johnson; April 4, 1928 I posted the below quotes nearly two years ago. Often when I re-post quotes I will change them up a bit. But these move me still. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” Continue reading “Five Quotes from Maya Angelou”