How to be Compassionate 9/13/16

 How to be Compassionate

How to be compassionate is the purpose of this blog. What I have found in life is that some people naturally feel compassion for others but others that do not naturally feel it can be taught how to feel compassion. How do we practice being compassionate? First, you start with being authentic. being real. Is it possible to learn to be compassionate and authentic? Imagine what would happen to the world if we all practiced authenticity and compassion every day?

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Are You Grateful? 9/8/16

Are You Grateful?

Are you grateful? Do you practice gratitude? Do you keep a Gratitude Journal or Diary? Practicing gratitude decreases anxiety and depression, improves sleep and even improves your well-being through feeling a connection with others. Gratitude is defined as an attitude of thankfulness about good things and people.

It is a gift from outside ourselves, our life, and requires recognition of this. Expressing our thankfulness daily provides a way to practice this attitude of gratitude. It can be expressed verbally and in writing. Writing is the most concrete and memorable way to practice gratitude.

Buddha said in one of her famous quotes, “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” Thinking about others has to be our focus for gratitude to work. It’s been shown in studies that keeping a diary of at least three blessings works better than recalling three times when a person feels a sense of pride in in their own accomplishments. 

The Bible also speaks about gratitude or thankfulness. In Jonah 4:6 it says, “And the Lord God prepared a plant and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be shade for his head to deliver him from his misery. So Jonah was very grateful for the plant.” And also in Psalm 100:4 it says, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.”

So how can you practice gratitude daily? By writing three things and/or people that you are grateful for each day in your journal. Gratitude is a habit or a practice. It won’t come naturally in the beginning, but you can develop the habit.

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  • Either every night or 1st thing in the morning, remember three good things that happened that day or day before.
  • Write them down in you journal either by hand or online. You can even add a Scripture if you like. I do.
  • Think about why you are grateful for each one and write the reason.
  • Review after a week what you’ve written and note how it makes you feel. 
  • Keep going because it takes about 3 weeks to become a habit.

As you follow the practice of gratitude you will place your focus on positive thoughts rather than negative ones throughout the day. You will be humbled by the things you have to be grateful for and you will become your thoughts. Your life will be one of gratitude and thankfulness.

God Bless,

Susan…

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‘The Way People Look at Us Has Changed’: Muslim Women on Life in Europe – A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice: News and Views

‘The Way People Look at Us Has Changed’: Muslim Women on Life in Europe  9/4/16

Today’s post is a reblog of “The Way People Look at Us Has Changed”: Muslim Women on Life in Europe. The post is from A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice: News and Views.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a Christian minority in a Muslim country? What if you were that minority and the terrorists were white, Anglo-Saxon protestants and everyone looked at you with fear and suspicion?

This is what I thought of as I read this post. People are frequently unable to separate Muslims from terrorists. The two are not the same. We each must learn to recognize this. Just because someone is Muslim does not make them a terrorist. Just because someone is different than I does not make them a terrorist or a threat to me. Cultural diversity is to be celebrated not feared.  Susan… 

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Remember The Beatles? 8/31/16

Remember The Beatles?

Remember The Beatles? I’m in a mood today to remember my music from the 60’s. So that means Remember The Beatles, the sensation of the 60’s. I was 13-years-old when The Beatles came out with their first hit, “She Loves You” and everybody went wild!

And, of course, the hair was radical in those days when you had to get your hair cut every week if you were a boy or man. Parents thought that The Beatles were a bad influence until they were on the Ed Sullivan show which I watched, naturally.

If you are too young to remember that era, I feel sorry for you because it was the era of the rising rock bands like the Stones, etc and Pot smoking, and Woodstock, and the Hippie Movement. It was wild. I’m just telling you. You really missed an experience of a lifetime.

Up until that time, there had only been single singers or small folk groups like Peter, Paul, and Mary or The Everly Brothers or Elvis Presley. Each had their own style, but none were like the rock groups. Here’s some music…

I hope you enjoyed my trip down memory lane today. I did for sure. It was just the thing to lift my spirits. How about you?

 

Susan…

 

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