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The Spiritual

"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


Guest Authors

Spirituality - The Missing Link

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When people lived in harmony with the land, cared for it and survived because of it, they had a spiritual connection with it and each other. This is what is missing today, and this is the vital link we need. City life is so draining, our modern routine consumes us, but it does not have to be that way, we can still tap into the spiritual energies within us and all around, if only we would be open to it.

Those who feel this special link are aware of a divine presence which exists in all things. We know we're all related, connected, and our actions affect everyone and everything else. As long as we stay attuned to this spiritual energy, we will feel more respect for ourselves, each other, the earth, and all Creation.

In the folds of time, as we grew separated from each other and the land, we lost this bond. Somehow we grew afraid and planted a seed of illusion that told us we were not one with each other and all things, that we could own the land, conquer nature, be superior to others, own and control them by dividing them into the groups. That seed spread like a malady and severed our consciousness, collectively and individually, deluding us into believing these things were real, forgetting the laws of nature, which are also the laws of the Spirit. Priorities were changed, egos got inflated, and the fear spread throughout the land. Those who believed themselves better than the others under their perceived realities, invented more illusions in forms of status, class, distinction, race and creed and gave power to the crafty persons who could seize it. Their numbers grew and the life was thrown in imbalance by their wrongful deeds that created privileges for a select few when those privileges should have been the rights of all the people. The farcical systems, that benefited a few, and the social norms that were created continue to affect us even today. This pollution is fuelled further by the seed of fear, which breeds insecurity, and disharmony in all it touches.

If we look back in the history, we will find that those greedy for power and false glory declared themselves self righteous and ruled with iron fists. Cultures were destroyed, rebellions were squashed, opposing views were suppressed, and people were forced to live in fear. Perhaps not all but those who had no respect for the human lives, polluted themselves with delusions of greed, power, which gave them a false sense of security and mightiness. They forgot how to look inside their hearts ? they forgot the laws of nature, they didn't want to give up what they had gained, even at the expense of others' lives. They could not feel Spirit inside them anymore for they masked it with their illusions; all this happened because people forgot that we are all One.

If we had even a glimmer of remembrance, we would recall the warm feeling of real love, of the deep bond between us all that still lives in our subconscious and at the deepest level of our being. We would remember a simpler time, not complicated by unnecessary conditions, assumptions and expectations that are not only impossible to live by but also immaterial in our spiritual existence.

We would remember the laws of nature, guided by Spirit, because Spirit lives in all things. We would remember what is really important, real family values, living by example, respect, kindness, compassion, truth, responsibility, sincerity, and most of all, Love. We can return to this way of living, if only we could recognize the Living Spirit within all of us, and all of Creation. We belong to the earth, to each other, and the spiritual energy that holds us all together. We can live as one people again, celebrate diversity, remember our similarities, work together, share, give, help, and love each other for who and what we are. When we remember who we are, where we came from, and why we're here, this will happen. The steps to doing this may look like these suggestions:

1. Remembering Our Origin and Purpose

Recognizing that we are all related, connected, and truly one people. We see each other as equals, respecting ourselves, loving ourselves, and extending this to others, including our connection with the land and the other beings we share it with. Once we realize these things, we'll automatically take
good care of all we have to share, with respect, honouring, protecting, and celebrating the life and gifts we share.

2. Nurturing that Spirit in All We Do

Following the laws of the Nature, living in harmony with everyone and everything, appreciating what we have. Handling concerns, disputes and problems rationally, justly, and peaceably.

3. Recognizing, Encouraging and Developing Our Unique Qualities

Especially our natural abilities. Intuitive skills will be taught alongside the more tangible talents, education will be fun, creative, practical, and reinforce positive life affirming activities. Everyone will have a place to do what they do best, they'll have equal access to what they need, and be treated
equally, with kindness, compassion, and dignity, regardless how different they are. We will focus on our abilities, not weaknesses, though we will recognize then and do our best to work with them.

4. We will Live in Balance

Wellness will be encouraged, natural healthcare will be the standard, focusing on prevention and proper proportions of what we need to stay fit on all levels, using holistic health concepts as our guide. This way of thinking includes spirituality and the realization that all things affect all other things, the mind, body, and spiritual components of each of us, which make us whole, we acknowledge we must be complete by having all these parts working together in balance, just as the earth's ecosystems must be in balance. Inner peace begins within, in our heart, soul, and spirit.

5. Following the Natural Laws

By doing these things, we'll be in sync with the natural laws of Spirit, we'll flow with it. We know we have free will and will use it wisely. Wisdom is knowledge used properly. We'll understand how all we think, feel, say and do affect everyone and everything, our collective consciousness will be in
harmony. Just like links in a chain, each one must be strong, and do its part to complete it. When even one link is broken or missing, the entire structure is affected.

Many people are today beginning to realize the importance of spiritual harmoney, as they feel pinned down by the false social norms and search for the meaning of life. The New Age is really just a return to an old way of life that has worked for many ages. The real New Age will come, when we
realize that we are all One, and spirituality will no longer be the missing link.

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