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A Dog’s Purpose? (from a 6-year-old)

from my good friend Scott Fornaciari

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa , and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.    I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker ‘s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.
Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know why.”

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

He said,”People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The Six-year-old continued,

”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you’re not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

 

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Using the Law of Attraction to Improve Your Life

If you’ve ever heard of “The Secret” that Oprah Winfrey famously talked about on her show, you’ve heard of the law of attraction. The law of attraction isn’t necessarily a “secret,” but rather a popular belief that essentially says the way you think will affect your life. A very simple way of summing up the law of attraction is the saying, “like attracts like.” If you have positive thoughts, positive things will happen in your life. In turn, negative thinking will create negative results. Many people practice the law of attraction in their lives, and it’s easy to use it in yours, too. If you’re looking to improve your life, here are some simple ways to do it using the law of attraction.

Follow Your Heart
Many people use the law of attraction when they want to get certain results, such as earning more money or finding a soul mate. With the law of attraction, it’s believed that if you are a happy person, and you do things that make you happy and live in a positive way, more positive things will be able to come to you. You should do what you love, for example, and success will find you. If you concentrate on a career or relationship that doesn’t make you happy, you’re not giving yourself room to improve. It’s important to first and foremost focus on the things that give you joy, and the rest will follow.

Say Daily Affirmations
Affirmations are an important part of the law of attraction. You have to open yourself up to the possibilities of success and improvement in your life, and affirmations are a way to do it. Think of a very simple phrase that describes the success you hope for. For example, “I have a loving partner,” or “I earn millions of dollars per year.” Then, repeat this affirmation to yourself many times throughout the day, such as when you wake up, when you’re in the car, and before you go to bed. If you truly believe the affirmation, it’s more likely to come true.

Trust Your Instincts
The law of attraction focuses on the pull of the universe. When you’re open to positivity and living a positive life, more good things will come to you. In addition, your instincts are how the universe guides you. For example, if you suddenly get a feeling or an inspiration about something, go with it. Listen to the cues that you can’t explain, because they’re there for a reason.

Be Grateful
It’s also incredibly important to be grateful for the positivity in your life. You shouldn’t take anything for granted, and you should be grateful for even the smallest things. That appreciation will bring even more positivity into your life. Your emotions and mood will set the tone for the results you get in your life, so try to practice being grateful every day. You might want to keep a gratitude journal to remind you of all the good things in life.

As you continue to practice the law of attraction in your life, you should begin to see some improvements. Opening yourself up the possibility of a better life will put you a big step ahead toward getting there. As you try to banish all things negative from your life, especially negative feelings, you’ll notice things begin to turn around for the better.

Stella Brown writes about relationships and wellness with help from her favorite grammar checker. Since it’s cold where she lives, she is looking forward to a long Bahamas vacation.

 

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Mathematical Proof Of Parallel Universes

Parallel universe is not simply the concept of sci-fi. Mathematical discovery made by Oxford scientists avows that multiple universes really exist.  Parallel universe theory was first proposed by an American physicist, Hugh Everett. The theory attempts to solve many of the mysteries of quantum mechanics. Everett claimed that the university splits off, every time a new physical opportunity is explored.  There is a possible alternative outcome in the alternate universe for each event occurred in our own universe. This implication offers plenty of alternative scenarios in everyone’s life, which would be strangely endless. This theory has gained great acceptance from past life regression therapists and quantum physicists.

Many critics dismiss parallel universe theory as scientific fiction, as the idea is bizarre. However, many credible people and researchers are propagating this theory nowadays.  It is gaining new adherents continuously. New research studies will unveil new evidence. For the first time, the Oxford scientists offer a mathematical answer to this controversial theory. This research shows that Dr Hugh Everett was on the correct track, when he publicized his multiverse theory. Many experts believe that this research study is one of the most important developments in the history of science. It opens up new doors to past life regression therapies, which in turn can help individuals to solve uncorrectable problems in their life.

Quantum mechanics specify that not anything can be said to be present at a subatomic scale until it is really observed. Particles occupy probable states until them. They may have simultaneous up and downs and appear to be in various places at the same time.  Simply observing them may help to confirm a particular state of reality. Scientists do not have a right explanation for how it works till now. However, this has not changed the fact that the parallel universe phenomenon is real.  Unobserved particles are termed as wave functions in quantum mechanics. If an observer is able to measure them, he can find out that the particle settles down in any of the multiple options. This can help to explain the parallel universe theory.

The mathematical experts in Oxford University were led by Dr David Deutsch. He revealed that the universe is dividing into similar versions of itself. He added that it can help explicate the nature of quantum results. The work has another bizarre implication. The idea of parallel universe theory would evade the main complaint with time travel. Time travel was first suggested by Kurt Godel in 1949, but it faced numerous controversies. The physicists gave a grandfather example to strengthen their argument. For instance, if a person could go back and kill his grandfather, there is no chance for his birth. If the parallel universes exist, there is a solution to these problematic paradoxes. Dr Deutsch claims that time travel shifts occur between various branches of reality. He adds that any individual can go into another universe. However, he agrees that there will be plenty of work to do before we can influence space time. 

Learn more about Mathematical Proof Of Parallel Universes

 

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Tim Tebow’s 316 yards inspire ‘John 3:16’ searches


Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow prays after the Broncos defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime in the NFL AFC wild-card playoff football game in Denver on Sunday. (MARC PISCOTTY – REUTERS)The Denver Broncos’ playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night was unlikely enough, but Tim Tebow’s passing yardage — the Christian quarterback threw 316 yards — sent commentators over the edge. The Associated Press reported that he also averaged 31.6 yards per completion. The religious connotations to John 3:16, a famous Bible verse, were too much for many to chalk up to chance.

For the true believersit was no coincidence.

 

 

View Photo Gallery: The quarterback for the Denver Broncos has become a polarizing figure in football, in part because of his outward displays of Christian faith.

 

Tebow has said previously that the Bible verse, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life,” is his favorite. When he wore the Scripture verse on his eye black during the National Championship Game in 2009, the term “John 3:16” was reportedly Googled more than 90 million times.

The Bible verse quickly became the most searched Google term Monday.

The Christian athlete has faced repeated criticism during this NFL season for wearing his faith on his sleeve. Bill Maher criticized Tebow (and Jesus) in a controversial Tweet after a Denver loss, and “Saturday Night Live” mocked the quarterback in a skit in which Jesus suggested that the quarterback “take it down a notch.”

Some say that the religious significance of Sunday’s game went deeper than the stats. In a column this weekend for The Washington Post’s Outlook section, David Kuo and Patton Dodd set up the showdown between Tebow and Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger this way:

 

“Tebow and Roethlisberger point to the essential aspects of evangelicalism, the ones that make it persist — its missionary, proclamatory character on the one hand, and its private, searching piety on the other. The former wants to appeal to the whole world, which is why Tebow’s family raised him not only to preach, but to persuade others with a winning demeanor. The latter wants a changed life; Roethlisberger, in evangelical parlance, rededicated his life to Jesus after a period of backsliding, because he knew no other way to break his pattern of misbehavior.”

 

The Broncos’ win Sunday means that, for a week at least, Tebow mania is here to stay.

 

More On Faith and Tebow:

Tebow: God’s plan is for me to be a ‘role model for kids through football’

Sally Jenkins: Bill Maher and Tim Tebow: Why are so many offended by the quarterback’s faith?

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Love is the Decision of an Adult

Love is the Decision of an Adult

I don’t remember where that quote came from, so I thought I’d look it up.  Can’t find it anywhere.  It feels good to know that there are some things that one cannot “Google.”  What does manifest itself is that after 6 brief years with my wife,  we love each other more every day.  Why?

An old and dear friend of mine, although she can be somewhat of a brat at times, taught me a cruel and beautiful lesson:  quit looking for the right person, and BE the right person. Love for another, although part of the general universe and the omnipresent Agape Love of The Creator, comes from within.  I am able to love another in direct proportion to my ability to love myself.

After being dismissed from by my ex-wife after 16 years of marriage because she didn’t “feel like” being married any more, I had the obligatory period of mourning.  Aside from the fact that I had been cast out of the house that I had inhabited for some 22 years, it was the loss of my family.  My girls were left in the care and nurturing of my ex’s new boyfriend, and the family holidays no longer required my presence.  It was a great time of self-pity and morbid reflection, followed by a resolve that it was indeed not all my fault, and that there was a self in there somewhere worth saving.

Figuring out that there was something to offer to the world was half the battle.  The next thing that came to mind was that it was imperative that this wonder be shared with a significant “other.”  What wiring the Universe, “God” if you will, put in us to make us feel that we need a mate is a great mystery, but for many it is irrefutable.  To me, life is at its fullest when being shared.  To this end began my summer of love via Match.com.  I was determined that my life was not going to be lived alone.  It never occurred to me that I was really never alone, and that God, the Universe, and soooooo many wonderful people were all around me, but off I went in search for the “right” person.

Over the course of the summer I met and “dated” probably thirty or forty different ladies.  A couple of times I felt the feelings of infatuation that manifest in the ways of youth:  dizzy dancing way I feel, weak in the knees, etc.  It was the second time that happened that the realization came to me that it was not about the women that I was with, because they were entirely different.  Upon reflection, the women that I have really loved and felt that way about throughout my life have had very few similarities.  That wonderful dizzy dancing way I feel is just that.  It is the dizzy dancing way I feel.

Love for another, although part of the general universe and the omnipresent Agape love of The Creator, comes from within.  I am able to love another in direct proportion to my ability to love myself.  The past couple of days have been very satisfying for me professionally:  I have a couple of clients that are really listening to my advice, and empowering me to be really creative and productive.  That is always a great feeling.  When my wife comes home at night there is no insecurity or self-pity to get in the way or our enjoyment of each other.

Giving of one’s self is the most satisfying aspect of a relationship.  Whether it is knowing your children will finally appreciate you when they “grow up” and not clinging to them when they do, or simply knowing when to say “that’s great dear, you go have fun” in general.   My wife is a senior executive in a global corporate travel management enterprise; therefore travel is a major factor in our relationship.  She also has many close friends and a huge family, all of which is very healthy and great.  I am envious, as both of my parents have long since passes, and my only siblings are half sisters that are a great deal older than I.  Mary is gone lots with her friends, and my life has evolved to be more introspective and solitary.  There are many great friends and activities in my life, just not as often as she is gone.  I still take great pride and joy in seeing her thrive and be able to take advantage of her many outside opportunities.  It is never healthy to have all of one’s eggs in one relational basket.  That is why it is so common to see one spouse pass away almost immediately after the other.

I have a deathly fear of heights.  I get dizzy at the top of a step-ladder.  It showed its head a few times in my youth, like at the top of the Eifel Tower, but really didn’t manifest itself totally until I suffered a severe concussion in a snowmobile accident (apparently they are not meant to jump 30 foot double motocross hills).  Mary, not keeping my phobia at the top of her mind at all times, got this wonderful opportunity to spend a couple of nights at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in San Francisco.  Thinking that this would be a wonderful and romantic weekend for us in The City, she never thought to enquire as to the vertical parameters of the event.  Being aware of my own limitations, I made some queries, and found that the Hotel occupies floors 37 through 48 of a tower that looks down on the Transamerica Pyramid in downtown San Francisco.  Needless to say, I had to tell her to have a wonderful time in the five-star accommodations, while my own humble residence for the weekend will be a few blocks (and several hundred feet in elevation) down the street.

The examples could go on and on.  We’re going to visit her parents in Vancouver WA for Thanksgiving, and now were going back again at Christmas because all of her brothers and sisters will be there.  It happens to be a financial burden that was not expected at this time of year, but the joy in her face made it more than worth it.  The list is endless and it couldn’t be any sweeter.  I’m quite sure hers is twice as long with me.  She wakes up every morning before I do and puts a cloth over my eyes so that her reading lamp doesn’t disturb me.  The point is that we made a commitment to love and honor each other, and that is what has made it work.

The more each of us sacrifices and gives, the more we love ourselves.  It is a phenomenon that has existed in fable and fact for eons.  The more we love ourselves, the more we are able to love others, and I love her more every day.

 

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Step Up To The Slight Edge

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson is all about altering your lifestyle. Folks implement “the slight edge” daily whilst not actually realizing it. Basic, daily judgments make up the slight edge. With time, tiny, daily judgments will yield huge outcomes. The outcomes created may either result in positive or negative repercussions, dependent upon the judgments which were made.

This specific publication assists individuals to accomplish their set goals. It’s about getting positive thinking into practice, making much more successful judgments, and also remaining consistent. Usually, achievements along with overall satisfaction won’t take place instantly. To be able to achieve your sought after goal or ideal, tenacity needs to be a part of the picture. By way of example, let’s assume that you need to shed something like 20 pounds; you already know this is simply not something you are able to in a single day. All your other desired goals are actually identical. Regardless of whether your main goal is to begin thinking more favorably, it probably will not be permanently accomplished in just a few hours.

Determination calls for patience, and while practicing patience and determination, you need to stay enthusiastic, or else, you are going to quit. The Slight Edge offers the inspiration necessary to keep moving ahead with all your ambitions.

A lot of people set up goals, and also have hopes for moving ahead with them, yet hardly ever try to make an effort to accomplish this. Jeff Olson highlights that whatever you undertake starts off with a thought and so brings about action. A lot of people only spend their days wondering about what they desire. All that a person needs within their lives (besides money and achievement) happen to be there when needed. You may want to create better associations with your pals, co-workers, and also husband or wife. You may want to captivate that person you have had your eye on for so very long.

The universe will align the elements, making the most perfect setting in which your own wishes can be easily procured providing you are taking basic steps each day to color the image you desire. The actual Slight Edge Philosophy can be employed by anyone. Take into account your own teeth. In the event you choose to not clean them today, it almost certainly is not going to make any difference. Nonetheless, if you decide to not clean them daily for the following two or three years, you are likely to see that you are having a few serious issues. That’s one more illustration showing exactly what the Slight Edge is centered on.

This book is made to help alter the manner in which you think – and not using a difficult approach like the majority of other self-help publications. There is not any “huge breakthrough” and no unrealistic claims – only straightforward common sense. The strategies presented within this book are generally discussed in such a way which will make putting them into practice instantly one of the simplest things any person is ever going to do.

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