Heads or Tails ?

soar above painIt’s always a choice, no matter how much pain is happening, whether you’ll attempt to rise above it or wallow in it.

From the Lewiston Sun Journal:The Sweet Sting of Relief

From empowher:You’re In Pain. You Want Relief. Naturally

From the Daily Record, Scotland:I climbed all 284 Munros [mountains] despite suffering from two debilitating conditions

I spent some time yesterday looking back at the first few posts of this blog. I began it in March, just two months before the end of a torturous eleven-month medical drug therapy to rid my liver of a deadly virus (Hepatitis C). The first posts were all about the pain of the treatments, about how debilitating and depressing they were but, also, expressing my determination to soar as far above the physical disorders as I could.

One of the greatest aids to flight above physical suffering was my music. I even offered some of my favorites in a post on March 28th:

My All-Time Favorite Song

My All-Time Favorite Singer

My All-Time Favorite Musical Group

The other great relief from my suffering was opening my mind and heart to spiritual sustenance.

If you’ve visited this blog before, you know I’m dedicated to raising the issues in current events to the level of Principle. Recently, I’ve been working toward my first comprehensive series of posts. The first in the series will be the very next post I write (more than likely posted on Tuesday). The subject will be Inducing the Will to Act. I’m taking the themes for the series from the fourth chapter of a book called, Peace: More Than An End To War.

To help with my thinking and feeling for the series (it will be a major spiritual and emotional effort) I used a really cool application called Wordle–transposing any text (including a blog) into a word-cloud. I used the text of the document, The Search for Values in an Age of Transition, which I’m studying for a future series of posts.

Here’s the word-cloud (click to enlarge):
spiritual word-cloud

Here’s the outline for the series of posts (with the post numbers):

1 Inducing the will to act.
Eliminating barriers to peace.
2 Racism.
3 Extremes of wealth & poverty.
Preventing economic disparity
Fostering altruism & philanthropy

4 Unbridled nationalism.
5 Religious strife.
6 Denial of the equality of women & men.
7 Ignorance & lack of education.
8 Multiplicity of languages.
Evoking Moral Attitudes Conducive to Enduring Peace
9 Material Achievements and Spiritual Perfections
10 Two Wings of Progress
11 The Power of a Moral Character

“Our greatest efforts must be directed towards detachment from the things of the world; we must strive to become more spiritual, more luminous, to follow the counsel of the Divine Teaching, to serve the cause of unity and true equality, to be merciful, to reflect the love of the Highest on all men, so that the light of the Spirit shall be apparent in all our deeds, to the end that all humanity shall be united, the stormy sea thereof calmed, and all rough waves disappear from off the surface of life’s ocean henceforth unruffled and peaceful.”
Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 87

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And, The Winners Are . . .

The winners are…

Everyone who posted a comment about [ what they saw in ] this picture from the post two days ago.

Thing is…

Anyone can do this with any picture I post. Your impressions and feelings are the other half of why I blog…

The winner’s comments below { there’s even a short play down there! }:

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9 Comments »


    Laughter is God’s sunshine, with a Gentle impression of Love from a child of innocence in spirit, mind, and body !

    Comment by Catherine — @ 2:09 pm –> | May 28, 2008

    Thank You Love, for being Here Now!I experience God intimately by embracing ALL of life lovingly!

    Comment by Amarendra<!– @ 3:04 pm –> | May 28, 2008

    Thanks for drawing my bath honey. What would I do without you?

    Comment by Alexys Fairfield<!– @ 4:44 pm –> | May 28, 2008

    Unconditional Love.

    Comment by Paul<!– @ 5:49 pm –> | May 28, 2008


    Mmmmm…. nothing like the smell of wet dog.

    Comment by Sophia | May 28, 2008 <!– @ 8:24 pm –> |


    Man’s best friend is his dog; but a dog’s best friend is his kid!

    <!– @ 3:08 am –Comment by Marilyn Higgins | May 29, 2008


    “Don’t tell mom the water’s still running!” or“When are you coming in? The water’s so cool!”
    <!– @ 11:12 am –Comment by Maggie | May 29, 2008

    Nothing like a bubble bath and the company of your best friend to end the night:~)

    Comment by Brandi<!– @ 2:16 pm –> | May 29, 2008


    NOTE: The dog’s leg creeping into the tub (by the boys hand).

    Little boy: “Ooooh, I love you so much.”

    Dog: Wags tail.

    Little boy: Looks around quickly then says, “Hey, come on in the tub. Quick! Mom’s not looking. Ssshhh, don’t splash so much. Gosh you’re BIG, move over! Ooow, your claws are scratching my leg. Move over some more.

    Little boy: Pushes dog away a bit

    Dog: Looks dejected: (

    Little Boy: Looks at dog and says, “Aaaw, that’s okay. We can both fit in here. I’ll make room for you, ’cause you’re my bestest ever friend in the whole world.”

    Dog: Licks boy’s face and wags his tail, splashes water and suds everywhere.

    Little boy: Giggles and wraps his arms around the dog’s neck.

    “Luv in the Tub.”
    You can’t beat it! )

    RainforestRobin
    http://www.nakedineden.com

    <!– @ 3:38 pm –> Comment by rainforestrobin | May 29, 2008