The Thoughtful Spot – SBNR Daily 1-25-11


Ways to be Spiritual, Embracing a Crisis of Faith, Live Your Best Life Now…

The Thoughtful Spot – SBNR Daily 1-25-11

Today’s Goodness: The Austin Statesman recently ran this article about the quest a mother and her daughters are taking to find their own spirituality. For the next year they will be studying all the major religious traditions on this earth. And to our delight, they will be blogging along the way.

Follow along at The Thoughtful Spot.

Cheers to prospects ahead of you! ~The SBNR Team

Today’s Teaching:


“You have discovered the spiritual universe. Many others have discovered this same world, but each must make the discovery for himself. You are going to have a lot of joy sailing around this world of yours. Don’t fight the opinions of others, or waste your time arguing over these things. Follow the inward gleam of your consciousness and you will arrive.”

From: This Thing Called You
By Ernest Holmes

Today’s Meditation:


The story of a man with a little ingenuity and a lot of persistence. How it all started with just one little red paper clip…

Spirituality Posts:

1. Khadija Allen: Ways to be Spiritual when You’re Not Religious
“On a quest for spiritual guidance, you have longed to be a more well-rounded and devotional person. Rather than seeking out an organized religion for guidance, some people connect to the world and powers around them through other means. Here’s how you can live the spiritual life…”

2. Kent Annan: Embrace Your Crisis of Faith
“A crisis of faith — when you seriously question whether what you believe/how you see/what you’re committed to is actually true — is a good thing. It’s not pleasant. It hurts… But it’s good because we want to be open to truth and what it means for us.”

3. BJ Gallagher: How to Live Your Best Life Now!
“Hope springs eternal in the human heart. Today — any day — is the perfect day to fan that flame of hope – for ourselves, for our loved ones, for our country, and for our world.”

Top Spirituality News:

1. The Washington Post/AP: Hawaii Senate Ends Daily Chamber Prayers
“Fearing a possible court challenge, Hawaii’s state Senate has voted to silence the daily prayer offered before each session began – making it the first state legislative body in the nation to halt the practice.”

2. The Washington Post:
Long Island Muslims Fear Their Congressman’s Hearings Could Flame Islamophobia

“The top issue on everyone’s mind this month at the Islamic Center of Long Island was this: What could be done to stop planned congressional hearings on alleged hidden radicalism among American Muslims and mosques?”

3. Google News/AP: Pope to Catholics Online: It’s Not Just About Hits
“Pope Benedict XVI told Catholic bloggers and Facebook and YouTube users Monday to be respectful of others when spreading the Gospel online and not to see their ultimate goal as getting as many online hits as possible.”


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2 Responses to “The Thoughtful Spot – SBNR Daily 1-25-11”

  1. Sylvan Crofte
    January 25, 2011 at 11:06 pm #

    It is so interesting how much we want to imitate, or even attempt to destroy organized religion and so called great religious teachers, when the solution is so simple. We must clear our brains of all the s–t (crap) that it contains, much of which can be traced to our childhood. Once the brain is (dare I say ) washed, or cleared of all the inaccuracies which we so deepley revere, then we can began a ‘quest’ to connect to God’s universe which is nothing more or less than His love. He sets no conditions on giving His love, it is Unconditional. If we wash it (our brain) properly and completely, and tear down the walls surrounding our own heart, then the connection can be immediate. Why spend all that time looking at the worlds religions, when what we want already exists all around us and throughout the Universe. We just get to connect to it. The Spirit will never lie to us and it will keep us focused upon our own individual path/jorney. We cannot pretend to do this, it must be a real connection. It is the Religions, weather based upon divine intervention or upon some man’s ‘understanding’ of the psyche, or the growth of trees, or bla bla bla, that is only a shallow imitation of the connection of the Love which we seek within the Creators Universe! Thank You, Sylvan

  2. Sylvan Crofte
    January 29, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    I get to call this comment part deux (2) to my previous comment. As we look at the origins of almost all religions, and specificlally to the founder(s) of said religions, they all seem to have something in common. An ephiny, or a spiritual connection was usually had by each of those founders. Case in point would be Saul on the ‘road to Emmaus’. He was not in constant preparation for his encounter with the Universe (or an angel, some say it was in fact the reserructed Jesus). He was actively doing everything in his power to destroy the followers of Christ. So then the question is why was he allowed something that Christians throughout history often spend their lifetimes seeking, and more often than not never find? Scholars have spent hours, sometimes their lives debating the possible answer to this. A complete waste of time, because what is, simply is. No debate, just a total connection to the universe on the part of saul, who we all know was renamed Paul. Now then once the connection is established, the one connected begins his ministry in the usual process of attempting to convincing everyone around him, that they must do this and that and more of this and that in order to connect to the Universe/God/Allah/…..(you insert name of diety), and you can do this maybe after a lifetime of devotion and obedience and payment of tithes bla bla bla. Bottom line of course is what I described in the first comment. In the words of Ronald Reagan: __________(insert your name) and then “TEAR DOWN THIS (your) WALL(S)”. At least the ones that surround your heart. try using Ghandi or Mother Teresa as your example. They never created a church or became famous televangelists, and no one prays to them (well maybe some do). They simply (after) their connection/conversion to the universe, lived their Lives in total Love of God and their fellow beings. Seems as though most want a group of followers, and if they dont, then the people who come after them creat a followership for them, as in the case of Martin Luther. The people who ‘didnt really get it (their own connection)’ created his church. We generally use religion, because we find it easier to belong to some orginization than to re-establish our own unique connection to the Universe ourselves, thereby insuring a life of constant love and service to the Universe. Sylvan

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