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« on: May 16, 2022 01:00 pm »

I got to meditate on the beach with LaurenLoo.We had two very comfortable foldable chairs parked right infront of the ocean. The sounds of the waves, the cool breeze and the lunar eclipse were so magical. We had blankets and just before silencing our minds and entering into prayer I had so much joy and excitement. I'm still fairly energized. Wish I could have stayed out there all night meditating. The stars were easy to behold with little light pollution. Near the end of our meditation we saw a shooting star. The gentle tide stopped just infront of our feet. My thoughts at one point were with Gurunath. As if he was there guiding us in meditation. Then I thought about you Steve. We are able to move through the motions. I thought about others and started feeling so much love and felt so much magic in the vast ocean before me and the sky above me. I started feeling it in my spine and felt healed on some level. God is great. There was a lot of magic in simply being in nature. There were no mosquitos and no critters to crawl on me. The temperature was perfect. It was ideal meditating scenery.
Namaste from Galveston TX.
My camera is broken but tomorrow I'll see if any of the photos managed to come through.


Thanks …. I went back at her posts to review. Let her know we miss her presence here Eric. I’m happy for you … that you have found someone else to meditate with and it does make a difference in our meditations.

Where two or more are gathered together in my name. There I shall be also.~ New Testament

I have thought about you last nite as well and have pondered the importance of our long lasting relationship. Also putting it in relief in the test of time with other friends who have come and gone.

I never pray that you should change or that you should be like me or should understand me but rather usually the most;  that you find your happiness in life. Happiness grows with time and effort.

Happiness is a choice ~ Amma

A sad saint is a bad saint~ unknown

Saints who were depressed but never gave up;

Saint  Augustine….

His mother, St. Monica, supported with almost unbelievable patience the unpredictability of her son, who was brilliant but had a challenging temperament. Augustine searched for the truth and for the meaning of existence with intense sincerity. However, in his disoriented journeys (as he describes them in his own words), he sought them in the appearances of created things, in lust and the pleasures of the senses, far from God and farther and farther from himself. “You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created,” he declared in his Confessions, a masterpiece not just of Christian spirituality, but of universal spiritual literature.

The stubbornness of grace, however, was even more persistent than Augustine’s own. That grace, finding a channel in the indefatigable prayers of his mother and the admirable influence of the great bishop St. Ambrose, carried the rebellious and angst-ridden Augustine to finally surrender to God and choose baptism. And not only that: he consecrated himself to God, and was eventually made a bishop.

After his mother died, and during the more than 40 years that followed, Augustine’s powerful personality would still manifest itself frequently in a propensity to implacable anger and to … severe depression. He lifted himself up from those abysses by means of prayer, sacrifice, and work. Keeping himself busy was a great remedy, both in his many responsibilities as a bishop and in his many hours of reflection, study, and prayer that transformed him….

https://aleteia.org/2018/05/02/8-saints-who-were-depressed-but-never-gave-up/
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« Reply #1 on: Dec 31, 2023 04:58 pm »

Happiness lies in thinking or doing that which one considers beautiful.

    Bowl of Saki, December 31, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
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« Reply #2 on: Jan 01, 2024 03:38 am »

Happiness lies in thinking or doing that which one considers beautiful.

    Bowl of Saki, December 31, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Our appreciation of beauty evolves and changes over our life. So we cannot always depend on our temporary notions of beauty to fulfill us and make us happy.
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 01, 2024 08:34 am »

Happiness lies in thinking or doing that which one considers beautiful.

    Bowl of Saki, December 31, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Our appreciation of beauty evolves and changes over our life. So we cannot always depend on our temporary notions of beauty to fulfill us and make us happy.

Man is always seeking for beauty, and yet he is unaware of the treasure of beauty that is hidden in his own heart. He strives after it throughout his whole life. It is as if he was in pursuit of the horizon: the further he proceeds, the further the horizon seems to have moved away. For there are two aims: the one is real, and the other false. That which is false is momentary, transitory, and unreliable - wealth, power, fame, and position are all snatched from one hand by the other. ... Man wants something in life upon which he can rely; and this shows, whether he believes in a deity or not, that he is constantly seeking for God. He seeks for Him not knowing that he is seeking for God. Nevertheless, every soul is pursuing some reality, something to hold on to; trying to grasp something which will prove dependable, a beauty that cannot change and that one can always look upon as one's own, a beauty that one feels will last forever. And where can one find it? Within one's own heart. And it is the art of finding that beauty, of developing, improving, and spreading that beauty through life, allowing it to manifest before the inner and outer view, which one calls the art of the mystic.

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« Reply #4 on: Jan 08, 2024 03:57 pm »

Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

The (limited) happiness of this world is something we cannot keep; it is just like the horizon - the nearer you go, the farther it goes. As soon as you get it, you see it is not the thing you wanted. That discontent continues its work till we have found and understood the manifestation of God, in which is hidden the Divine Spirit. God cannot be found in temples, for God is Love; and love does not live in temples, but in the heart of man, which is the temple of God. The true religion would be to recognize it is so and to tolerate, to forgive and to love each other.

   ~~~ "Supplementary Papers, Brotherhood I", by Hazrat Inayat Khan (unpublished)
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