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SBNR Daily 12-2-10: Be Happy

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A Growing Religious Chasm, The Spirituality Of The Wizard Of Oz, A Modern Day Noah’s Ark…

SBNR Daily 12-2-10: Be Happy

SPIRITUAL BOOK EXCERPT:

It is no longer a question of having what you want, but of making sure you want what you ask for – for you will get it.

From: Spiritual Growth: Being Your Higher Self
By Sanaya Roman

SPIRITUALITY POSTS:

1. Colleen Carroll Campbell: A Growing Religious Chasm
“Many people are spiritual but not religious. Going to church doesn’t make you a good person; people who don’t go are just as generous and charitable as those who do. And when it comes to religious belief, most Americans are not on the extremes; most are somewhere in the middle.”

2. Laurie McLaughlin: Spirituality And Religious Beliefs In The Wizard Of Oz Movie
“It is well known that L, Frank Baum wrote The Wizard of Oz books for his children. What is not known so well is that Baum, himself was interested in spirituality. In fact, he was a Theosophist. It is probable that his spiritual beliefs colored his creation of The Wizard of Oz and its characters.”

3. Mark Eckhardt: The Small Self: How Your Identity Constrains You
“Imagine for a second what it would be like if you were free from constraints of the small self, identity, just for a few seconds. What would you do? What would you say? Who would you be?”

SPIRITUALITY NEWS:

1. WKYT/AP: Private Investors Look To Build Noah’s Ark In Ky.
” Modern-day investors want to do in three years what took Noah and his sons more than 100 years to do: Build an ark to the dimensions specified in the Bible.”

2. The Huffington Post/RNS: Muslims Say Respect Is Key To Better Relations
“About half of Muslims surveyed worldwide believe the West does not respect them, according to a new Gallup report, and many say not desecrating the Quran and portraying more “accurate” Muslim movie characters could improve a strained relationship.”

3. New York Times: $30 Million Is Awarded Over Abuse By Priest
“A jury in Delaware on Wednesday awarded $30 million in compensatory damages to a man who said he was sexually abused more than 100 times by a Roman Catholic priest — the largest such award granted to a single victim in a clergy abuse case, victims’ advocates said. “

MEDITATION ON WONDER:

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence”
~Aristotle

Happiness Short Film by Michael Lewicki:

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