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SPENT – SBNR Daily 3-1-11

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Telling the Census You’re Not Religious, You Should Meditate, Spiritual Development Among College Students…

SPENT – SBNR Daily 3-1-11

Today’s Goodness: Over 14 million Americans are unemployed. Now imagine you are one of them. Your savings are gone. You’ve lost your house. And you’re down to your last $1,000. Can you make it through the month? That is the concept behind this interesting game from Urban Ministries of Durham aimed at educating all of us on how quickly we can become homeless. It is quite an eye-opening little game.

Can you make it through the month? Play SPENT.

Sending our love into the world! ~The SBNR Team


Today’s Teaching:

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“Forgiveness honors the heart’s greatest dignity. Whenever we are lost, it brings us back to the ground of love. With forgiveness we become unwilling to attack or wish harm to another. Whenever we forgive, in small ways at home, or in great ways between nations, we free ourselves from the past.”

From: The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace
By Jack Kornfield


Today’s Meditation:

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“The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.”
-Mother Teresa

A short animation based on a real life experience of a bookstore owner and the lesson he learned about changing his perspective.


Spirituality Posts:

1. Andrew Copson: If You’re Not Religious, Tell the Census So
“The leading question on the 2001 census led to policies being made on the basis of an over-counting of religious Britons… Those who take the time to investigate the census results see clearly that they are ridiculous. If we believed them, we would believe that there are more Jedis in England and Wales than Jews, Buddhists or Sikhs.”

2. Philip Goldberg: You Know You Should Meditate, So Why Don’t You?
“…You would think that this stamp of approval would make meditating as common as stopping at Starbucks for a caffeine fix. Instead, for a great many people, it’s more like cutting down on carbs: they know it would be good for them, but they don’t get around to doing it.”

3. Robert Holyer: Spiritual Development Among College Students
“What the study shows is that students’ interest in questions of the meaning and purpose of life and in developing a meaningful philosophy of life increased. So did their sense of gratitude and being at peace with life, even in the face of adversity and suffering.”


Top Spirituality News:

1. The Washington Post: Damaged Cathedral Symbolizes NZ City’s Anguish
“For 130 years, Christchurch Cathedral stood at the center of its city as a graceful monument to its heritage and civic pride. Now, with its spire decapitated by an earthquake, it has become a symbol of the city’s anguish.”

2. The New York Times: Rediscovered, Ancient Color Is Reclaiming Israeli Interest
“One of the mysteries that scholars have puzzled over for centuries is the exact shade of blue represented by “tekhelet,” which the Bible mentions as the color of ceremonial robes donned by high priests and ritual prayer tassels worn by the common Israelite.”

3. Los Angeles Times:
Cardinal Roger Mahony Passes Leadership of L.A. Archdiocese to Jose Gomez

“At two Masses in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, leadership of the largest archdiocese in the U.S. is transferred from Roger Mahony to Jose Gomez.”

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  1. Sylvan Crofte
    March 1, 2011 at 6:10 am #

    It has been my experience during the last 2 or so years, having moved from religious to spiritual, that the ‘process’ of said movement is more a function of releasing the intellectual part of my ‘understanding’ and allowing the ‘spiritual’ part of me to come out of obscurity (dare I refer to it as being ‘born again’} well maybe. In 2002 , I began in ernest to study the psychology of me, even spending the time and money to visit regularly with a psychologist. All of my reading and discussions with ‘psychology’ resulted in an enormous amount of intellectual knowledge. It was not until I experienced the ‘spirit within me’ (probably could also be called ‘the child within’) and released much if not all of the internal protections that had been constructed by my intellect during the privious 55 or so years of ‘life’. A big part of that process was FORGIVENESS. It allowed me to let go of the past, and to begin a new life of spiritual connection. Just saying one is spiritual but not religious, does not make it so. It is a little like ‘positive thinking’. Nothing wrong with it, but one is still mired in the intellect, and never really experiences or recognizes the spiritualness of him/herself and the connection with the Universe or even ‘real love’ with others. Accepting others for who they are and the jorney they are on without judgement is an intergral part of that experience also. I personally had to give up nearly everything my ‘mind’ had learned to find the peaceful spirituality which now ‘runs’ my life. Sylvan
    Lonliness was one of my experiences which I was able to solve in the same manner. As I forgave, stopped judging others and myself, my connection to the universe allowed me to feel the universe, God, the Angels, and even family who had crossed over into the next existence. Since that happened, I have never felt lonely, or even ‘needy’ for that matter.

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