grateful thought towards heaven, is of itself a prayer."
Many people spend a lot of effort seeking spiritual
experiences, as a distraction or elevation from their human condition--which
is, sometimes, messy and/or uncomfortable. The
wise say that is backwards--that what we are is spirit, having a
human experience--which is sometimes messy or uncomfortable, and so
what. But if we are spirit (check it out), then the whole world is a House
of God, and wherever we are is our chapel, because we live in what we
radiate. But it
certainly doesn't hurt to spend a few quiet moments in reflection.
soon, beauty and inspiration from
Rumi, Jesus, more.
"Amen, amen, I say to you, that you shall weep and
lament, but the world shall rejoice; and you shall be sorrowful, but your
sorrow shall be turned into joy." "And you therefore have sorrow now;
but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice and your joy no one
shall take from you." [John, Chapter 17, Verses 20 and 22]
"We will meet again." [Sufi saying.]
Sanity Island is not about being "good" or "better" or
about self-improvement at all--that's certain ideals of theology. It's
about intelligence, which could be defined as "doing what's to my
advantage"--knowing that if it's harmful to anyone else, it's not to my
Rumi, everyone's favorite poet... sent in by John B. (meet him in the
Is there a more magnificent chapel than the night sky? Away from city
lights, can anyone really look up and be aware of the beauty splashed there
and feel their troubles have any significance at all? Or how
about our life-giving sun?
NASA has great