Be Thankful Before It Even Comes
Be Thankful Before It Even Comes

Be Thankful Before It Even Comes

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Be Thankful Before It Even Comes …. Praise Life for the break-through before the break-through! … Worship for the blessing before you receive the blessing! I don’t know what difficulties you are facing, but I do know that Life will be faithful to it’s promises to you! In the midst of your challenges and losses, you can praise Life! You can worship, and praise, and believe, and sing the song of life because it is true to it’s word. Life won’t let you down! So go ahead and praise Life for the break-through before the break-through! Go ahead and worship …

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Shakespeare in Shackles: The Transformative Power of Literature

Shakespeare in Shackles: The Transformative Power of Literature

Shakespeare in Shackles: The Transformative Power of Literature: Laura Bates at TEDxUCLA Laura Bates has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Comparative Literature, with a focus on Shakespeare studies. She is a professor of English at Indiana State University, where she has taught courses on Shakespeare for the past fifteen years to students on campus and in prison. For more than 25 years she has worked in prisons as a volunteer and as a professor. She created the world’s first Shakespeare program in supermax—the long-term solitary confinement unit. Her work has been featured in local and national media, including two segments on MSNBC-TV’s Lock Up. She is the …

Buddhism In A Nutshell
Buddhism In A Nutshell

Buddhism In A Nutshell

THE THREE TRAINING PRACTICES Sila: Virtue, good conduct, morality. Samadhi: Concentration, meditation, mental development. Developing one’s mind is the path to wisdom which in turn leads to personal freedom. Mental development also strengthens and controls our mind; this helps us maintain good conduct. Prajna: Discernment, insight, wisdom, enlightenment. This is the real heart of Buddhism. Wisdom will emerge if your mind is pure and calm. THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS Dukkha: Suffering exists:(Suffering is real and almost universal. Suffering has many causes: loss, sickness, pain, failure, the impermanence of pleasure.) Samudaya: There is a cause for suffering.(It is the desire to have and control things. It can take many forms: craving …

Let Us DARE Faith
Let Us DARE Faith

Let Us DARE Faith

Let’s be real. Sometimes, life, happiness, spirituality, can be hard work! Heroes of the faith like Abraham, Moses, and Elijah make it look so easy. Okay, maybe not easy, but certainly predictable. Predictable because we can read a few chapters ahead and know how their story ends. We don’t get the luxury of skipping forward a few chapters in our own lives to see how things will turn out. It doesn’t take much faith to recognize God was at work in someone else’s complete story, BUT it takes a whole lot of trust to believe Jesus is writing you a great ending while still quite a few chapters away from completion. And …

There Is No Win In Comparison

There Is No Win In Comparison

From the first time we complain to Mom at the family dinner table that “it’s not fair” when our sister gets a bigger slice of dessert, we’re constantly looking to our left and to our right to see how we measure up to those around us. Sometimes we come up short—she’s skinnier, funnier, or smarter. Sometimes we come out on top—our house is bigger, fancier, cleaner. But this game of comparison is a game with no winners. When we don’t measure up, envy and jealousy take root. Your kitchen was perfectly fine until you saw your friend’s newly renovated one. When comparison ends up in our favor, pride and arrogance …

LOVE IS NOT A RELATIONSHIP

LOVE IS NOT A RELATIONSHIP

Love relates, but it is not a relationship. A relationship is something finished. A relationship is a noun; the full stop has come, the honeymoon is over. Now there is no joy, no enthusiasm, now all is finished. You can carry it on, just to keep your promises. You can carry it on because it is comfortable, convenient, cozy. You can carry it on because there is nothing else to do. You can carry it on because if you disrupt it, it is going to create much trouble for you… Relationship means something complete, finished, closed. Love is never a relationship; love is relating. It is always a river, flowing, …

the night I went to jail for writing a love poem

The Night I Got Arrested For Writing A Love Poem

More Stories Over At Christopherrivasstorytelling.com Learn to craft and tell your own story here. Interested in Mindfulness, Coaching, A healthier Happier You – Work with me here With mindfulness comes patience, and with patience you will learn the rest.

Your Heart Is Really What You Are

Your Heart Is Really What You Are

“As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart” (Proverbs 27:19) You are not what others think you are or what circumstances force you to be. Your heart is the real you. It determines why you say the things you do, why you feel the way you do, and why you act the way you do. Physically, each of us has a unique heartbeat. Just as we each have unique thumbprints, eye prints, and voiceprints, our hearts beat in slightly different patterns. It’s amazing that out of all the billions of people who’ve ever lived, no one has ever had a heartbeat exactly like yours. Who do I …

You Can't Change

You Can’t Change

Not like that… You may be saying, “I can change.” I hate to say this, but you can’t. Every New Year, you may make a list of resolutions, and by the end of January, that list will be in the dumpster. Why? Because you can’t change with all that stuff that isn’t yours; The truth is if you are honest about it, sometimes you feel like your life is out of control. That’s a pretty common feeling. Welcome to the human race! The apostle Paul felt that way over 2,000 years ago. He says this in the Bible: “I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my …

When You Meet With God In Quiet Time, You Should

When You Meet With God In Quiet Time, You Should Have These Proper Attitudes

• Expectancy: Come before God with anticipation and eagerness. Expect to have a good time of fellowship with him and receive a blessing from your time together. • Reverence: Don’t rush into the presence, but prepare your heart by being still before him and letting the quietness clear away the thoughts of the world. Listen to the prophet Habakkuk: “Life is in the holy temple; let all the earth be silent before it.” Coming into the presence of Life in all it’s splendor is not like going to a football game or some other form of entertainment. • Alertness: Get wide-awake first. Remember that you are meeting all things, oneness, divine presence, …