If you can handle the language I kind of like this approach to Christianity. I wouldn't have said everything like Pete and I don't agree 100% but still, I think this makes more sense then many traditional explanations.
God is not a man with a beard on a throne in the clouds | Pete Holmes
Why Sweden Takes So Much Vacation
It might sound crazy to non-Europeans but Swedes take 41 vacation days each year. Why do Swedes take so much annual leave and why does it work?
“Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are part of nature and therefore part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.…”
Today we went to an old mine just 30 min from our home. I very beautiful site! #photo
"You have traveled too fast over false ground;
Now your soul has come to take you back.
Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.
Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.
Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of day.
Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you."
This is absolutely beautiful!
Doubting Thomas #doubt #faith #resurrection #wounds https://audioboom.com/posts/758321-doubting-thomas? via @malcolmguite
"The world rests in the night. Trees, mountains, fields, and faces are released from the prison of shape and the burden of exposure. Each thing creeps back into its own nature within the shelter of the dark. Darkness is the ancient womb. Nighttime is womb-time. Our souls come out to play. The darkness absolves everything; the struggle for identity and impression falls away. We rest in the night."
There is a kindness that dwells deep down in things; it presides everywhere, often in the places we least expect. The world can be harsh and negative, but if we remain generous and patient, kindness inevitably reveals itself. Something deep in the human soul seems to depend on the presence of kindness; something instinctive in us expects it, and once we sense it we are able to trust and open ourselves.
This is just heart breaking...
"Both Ole and Pete says the work they do often falls flat - and not through a lack of effort at their end. They once helped a woman get her $1,000 donation back from a ministry, only for her to donate it all over again. "She called us afterwards, asking to get it back again," recalls Pete, saying they had to decline the second time. "My feeling is she was addicted. She just got hooked back on to the TV and believing what they said."
I found this interesting!
I Now Suspect the Vagus Nerve Is the Key to Well-being
“Stimulating” it leads to calmness, but how and why?
Ever since I got my cancer diagnosis I have been returning to this blessing by my favorite poet John O'Donohue.
An exclusive track of John O'Donohue reading his poem "A Blessing for a Friend on the Arrival of Illness" during his interview with Krista Tippett on October 1, 2007 in the studios of APM in St. Paul,
This past Friday the doctors told me that I have a cancer tumor in the middle of my liver. It can't be removed with surgery and now the only thing to do from a medical point of view is chemo to slow the growth. You guys that pray please pray and if you don't pray wish me well. This is tuff for the family. I have five children between 7 and 18. We try to be thankful for every moment together. I have no pain, I'm just a little more tired then usual. Hope to feel this way for as long as possible.
"Only near-sighted people can suppose that Christianity has seen its time. Christianity has only taken its first, I would say timid, steps in human history. To this day many of Christ’s words are incomprehensible because we are still moral and spiritual neanderthal men. The gospel arrow is aimed towards eternity, and that which we call Christian history is in many ways a series of clumsy and unsuccessful attempts to bring Christianity about."
— Father Alexander Men
"If two men in a world of more than 7 billion people can provide €300million to restore Notre Dame, within six hours, then there is enough money in the world to feed every mouth, shelter every family and educate every child. The failure to do so is a matter of will, and a matter of system."
"When I was young, I had to choose between the life of being and the life of doing. And I leapt at the latter like a trout to a fly. But each deed you do, each act, binds you to itself and to its consequences, and makes you act again and yet again. Then very seldom do you come upon a space, a time like this, between act and act, when you may stop and simply be. Or wonder who, after all, you are."
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Farthest Shore
"By contrast, research on gratitude indicates that remembering the role of luck increases generosity. Frank cites a study in which simply asking subjects to recall the external factors (luck, help from others) that had contributed to their successes in life made them much more likely to give to charity than those who were asked to remember the internal factors (effort, skill)."
"Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid."
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