SBNR Daily 12-7-10: Moon Rise


Oil Your Lamp, Christmas Is A Myth, The Blessing Of A Burger…

SBNR Daily 12-7-10: Moon Rise
Today’s Goodness: Should SBNR people study religion? You bet! Understanding religion helps us understand people and their unique views. We must be educated about religion to have any chance of creating more social harmony in this world. We found this little site developed by American Academy of Religion on comparative religion.
Check it out at
We appreciate you. Glad you are here! ~The SBNR Team

Today’s Teaching:


“The mind of love brings peace, joy, and happiness to ourselves and others. Mindful observation is the element which nourishes the tree of understanding, and compassion and love are the most beautiful flowers.”

From: Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha
By Thich Nhat Hanh

Community Updates:

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Today’s Meditation:


The man who has seen the rising moon break out of the clouds at midnight has been present like an archangel at the creation of light and of the world.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

A time lapse of the moon rise in Stevenson Ranch, CA on January 5th, 2010.

Spirituality Posts:

1. BJ Gallagher: Women Who Light Up the World
A beautiful poem by BJ Gallagher inspired by the quote from Mother Teresa “To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it” written for women, but applicable to everyone.

2. Mark Silk: Biblical Themes
“Sure, the usual First Amendment purists think there’s something wrong with Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear’s plan to help solve his state’s unemployment woes by giving big tax breaks to support the construction of a Noah’s Ark Theme Park. Personally, I think he’s on to something.”

3. Rabbi Rami: Christmas is a myth. Thank God.
“The power of Christmas is not that Matthew and Luke were historians (they can’t even agree between themselves), but that they were mythmakers. They used story, just as Jesus did, to convey a truth that science and history could not accommodate. “

Top Spirituality News:

1. USA Today: Were The Three Wise Men From China?
“…a first-ever English translation and detailed analysis of a little-known eighth-century manuscript of a story probably written in the second or third century uncovers a far more substantial version of the wise men story.”

2. Reuters: Israeli Rabbis Tell Jews Not To Sell Homes To Arabs
“Dozens of Israeli rabbis, some of them civil servants, issued an appeal on Tuesday telling locals not to sell or rent property to non-Jews, drawing condemnation from lawmakers and human rights activists.”

3. The New York Times: A Blessing of the Burger to End a Restaurant Jinx
“The operators of a new outpost of New York Burger Company…cooked up the ceremony along with their publicist in the hopes that the blessings — or at least the media attention they would draw — would help the restaurant succeed in a spot where so many had failed.”


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