Support Soup

Ingredients:

Community (Family, Friends, Co-Workers, & Classmates)

Faith Structure and/or Church Belief

Knowledge

Perseverance

Trust

Love

Moments (different cuts)

In the pot, we call community, we mix the ingredients.  First, we place faith or beliefs in the pot as they was with us when we were welcomed into our community.  We add knowledge from our different experiences.  Through these experiences called moments, we learn perseverance, trust, and love.

The challenge in mixing the recipe is how it is mixed.  Some mix the ingredients in a way that limit perseverance, trust, and love.  It is the moments that can change the results.  The risk is putting yourself second.  The reward is the healing of both parties.  It is a risk worth taking. 

Serving:

Share the soup.  Let the gift of perseverance, trust, and love grow and takeover.  Enjoy recreating this recipe.

 

Community...

We look at differences and dare not challenge them.  Recently life has put challenges on people from natural to man-made events.  People have had to face the common bonds of humanness.  They have had to rediscover what is valuable...EACH OTHER!

This Sunday evening, I attended my 1st Sukkot.  The coming together of different faiths and viewpoints but with one common theme, which is we are neighbors!  We are all a part of God whether we are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, or otherwise.  The speakers Rabbi Ari Goldstein, Rev. Ryans Sirmons, and Imam Hassan Amim all came to one conclusion.  We need to support each other and embrace the blessing of being in the community of God's Love.  We need to be open to these connections in our daily lives.

This is my position.  The next time, Me included, a new situation or community is present please challenge yourself to go and break your comfort level and find what is different and the same.  It may surprise you, and you may embrace a new adventure never attempted.  I challenge you.

 

Rev. Ryan Sirmons, Rabbi Ari Goldstein, Imam Hassan Amim Temple Beth Shalom Arnold, MD

Rev. Ryan Sirmons, Rabbi Ari Goldstein, Imam Hassan Amim

Temple Beth Shalom Arnold, MD

Warning

Blindness isn't just eyesight

It is also mindlessness, 

Being blind to what

you hear and see.

The lack of concern

for the world around you

How many warnings before

You receive, really receive,

The Cost of not seeing

with your whole being

is too great 

The Warning is happening

Do you hear the bells?

 

 

 

Light Language Workshop

I love a good challenge and I have one today (in writing this).  On Saturday September 9th, I attended my first workshop about Light Language.  I only read about it on Facebook through my niece, Carleigh Kaiser, who was doing it.  I attended it as I'm a believer in what is spiritual.  I believe that God is greater than what I learned in my tradition faith structure.  There are gifts God gives that we have yet to tap into.

What is Light Language?  It is spiritual, internal, balancing, healing, and empowering.  It is language for the soul and the heart speaks Light Language.  There are two important definitions of Light Language.  The first one is Glossolalia is speaking a variety of different languages, unknown sounds, or a non-sense language.  The other is Xenolalia, which is speaking in many real languages or your non-native language.  It is about being authentic and aligned with your inner self.

The presenter, Carleigh Kaiser, did tones or tongues in the tradition faiths.  It ran through us and we could feel the power of the energy travel through us. It was startling as the tones found my arthritis.  I was surprised that my physical discomfort from the condition was reduced.   Next, we did an exercise with two statements.  It was about the tones and the sound.  Carleigh got us into the written format an it was very interesting as there were differences between my right hand and my left hand.  The physical was the movement part and our body knows what movements it needs to make.  

Light language is about the body and inner self connecting.  I connected to my inner self and was able to see within my mind what I needed to see.  My energy was renewed and my belief that God created us to have a higher awareness is established.  How is it helping in my traditional faith structure?  I am more open to ideas outside of my own environment.  I can push my judgments aside better.  I understand the difference between being negative and challenging myself better.  

If you have an interest in the subject, please let me know.   I will gladly get you additional information.

 

 

Can you see the difference in the two hands?  It was amazing to see...

Can you see the difference in the two hands?  It was amazing to see...

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Our Group...

Peace Rallies

I will be brief as I do not wish to override the Hurricane.  The Hurricanes have proved that the heart of compassion is greater than hate.  

I have pulled a few quotes from both events I have attended.

(No Room for Hate in 21228, Catonsville, Thursday August 31st)

"WE WERE ASLEEP BUT NOW WE ARE AWAKE"
"NO CHILD SHOULD BE IN FEAR"

(Rise Above Hate, AACC, Thursday September 7th)

"EVERYONE HAS A STORY"
"CHALLENGE OURSELVES TO MEET SOMEONE NEW"
PLEDGE BY ALL PRESENT: "I WILL RISE ABOVE HATE"

Hurricane Harvey Prayer

Let's form a prayer circle for the survivors and victims of Hurricane Harvey...
This is my prayer:
You may have lost what
you called your community;
You may have lost
Your personal world;
Your brain and being are
Processing, Processing, Processing.
But I tell you to "Fear Not"
For we the outer communities
Are holding your hands and hearts
with spirit,
Love, courage, 
and hope.
We will not let you fall.
But reach out to us
And we will be there!!!
AMEN

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The Spirit Song

The funny thing about silence
Is you can hear yourself.
The rain as it falls on the windshield,
Rolling down the car
You can hear your heart beating.
You hear how loud we humans really are.
Our breath makes noise
Our nothingness makes noise.
That silence is so loud
You hear your spirit song.

My spirit song(s) are by Air Supply's
"Making love of something at all"
and "Angel on my shoulder" by Reba.

What is your spiritual song(s)?

Cell Phone

Here I am.  I am your best friend.  You don't need physical conversations as you have me, the cell phone, as the conversation piece!  There are things that can be said that not all parties will know about.  In a way, it is a method of being rude to you.  It is not my fault, as the humans holding me are in control of my use. 

My purpose is to make life easier.  The humans who hold me do not understand that I am an object.  It is not my intention to be a shield from real and pure human connections. I am sorry if I hurt you.  I wish I could let humans know.

Let me try,

"Hello, this is your cell phone.  I want to tell you there are people out there that use me as a cover.  I am an electronic device.  I do not have feelings to share, physical ways to touch in spirit, and I am data.  It disturbs me that humans have come to rely on me so-o-o much. 

I understand the uses of the phone like the camera, apps, and phone calls.  I don't understand why you need me when you have people you can talk to and make connections.  I am replaceable!  People are not, and relationships are fragile and beautiful.  Please put me down and let me charge.  As I am charging, be a friend to the people around you.  They need you.  Man made the cell phone, but God made man.  Please listen to me."

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Balance and Understanding in History

This past weekend an ugly friend as reared its head.  We called that friend racism. There was no need for loss of a life or harm to anyone because of race.  It is the same for gender, orientation, or faith. 

This is where I may be questioned.  I am of the belief that history is important!  My own heritage of being part Jewish only makes my point stronger.  I do not want that to be a reason to remove our history.  It is our history!  

I understand the anger and the need to show that anger. I also believe that ugly behavior is still ugly behavior, no matter which side.  I do respect that President Trump made the statement, "Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans."  I hope he will stand by the statement.  

I hope the people out there who are saying remove the Confederate historical landmarks have an understanding what they are doing.  They are removing the history of our country.  We cannot change the past.  This is the mistake people did in WWII.  They hid the truth until no one could defend the citizens of Germany from themselves.

I have an idea and it may be stupid, but I will say it.  Change the message connected to the words.  Make it clear it is not an opinion but history.  People need to know history!

Violence is wrong against objects of history and Individuals.  God did not create life to watch it be destroyed by HATE.  LOVE is stronger than HATE!  Let our history remain; these people were children of God too!

I say, "BREAK THE HATE; EMBRACE THE LOVE!"

Empathy, Sharing, and Realness!

This summer I'm enjoying people watching which is a real hobby.  One of the reasons Wal-mart is so popular after Midnight.  What I'm seeing in general is the lack of empathy, sharing, and realness in a lot of people.  I'm seeing more all about me over all about empathy, sharing, and realness.  Perhaps it's the times we are in, or people so involved in their lives they can't see people breaking down around them.  I don't know the answer, but they know if wish to answer it.

On the other hand, I have seen an increase in empathy, sharing, and realness with people of faith.  I don't just mean people of church.  I mean people that believe God is important and the God has a place in our lives.  These people give, care, and listen.  These people are not blind to human struggle.  These people take time with individuals who are tired, discounted, and fearful and remind them that empathy, sharing, and realness still exist. 

In this process of  trying to get my life back together, I can tell you that I am tired, discounted, and fearful.  I can tell you that some people have left my life because although they claimed to be real and true, they were blind to my struggles.  There are some still present that are blind to my struggles but I remain steadfast as I see their struggles.  A person of empathy, sharing, and realness  stays through the storms.  They stay even when it hurts. 

Empathy, sharing, and realness are important but you get hurt a lot.  You know you are being overlooked and walked on but you know love is real.  A true people watcher isn't watching for entertainment but human need.    

Empathy, Sharing, and Realness looks like this!!!

Empathy, Sharing, and Realness looks like this!!!

Post-It Notes

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  • Stand with friends.
  • Let my own limits not limit your love for others.
  • Be the Best You that You can.
  • Remember we travel together.
  • What makes us real is our faults.
  • What makes us strong is facing our faults.

(These are spiritual ladder's rungs.)

The mirror on the floor
pieces everywhere
getting together
not sure what for.

She stands carefully
reconstructing her life
piece-by-piece.
Some pieces so shattered
there is no reconstruction
only replacing.
The new pieces
become beautiful
and magical additions.

The mirror on the floor
pieces everywhere
some breaks
have reasons, have reasons.

 

The mirror is reconstructed
with some pieces
lost and never to be.
It is easy to say
it is incomplete
or mismatched.
Are we all incomplete and mismatched?
Are we all marked by
what, who, where, how, and why?

The mirror is fixed
and the beauty is
We are art.
We are ourselves.

 

In Memory of a Lost Friend

That cry for help
Over and Over
Met with fear
Fear of what?
Fear of trusting,
support, and guidance.
Fear of judgment,
excuses, and self.

To Overcome-
Means to face Fear!
Means to trust,
accept, and listen.
Fear means challenge,
attempt, and understand.
Strength is within
given by Our Creator!

Let the sunrise
and the sunset
with You
in the picture.
Let Your voice
still speak, laugh,
and sing.
Let it not be
OVER...

Also, if you know someone with depression or just going through a hard time, please do all you can.  Be a support network.  Thank You!

How to measure a year...


There are physical, financial, mental, and spiritual. 
Here is the year 50:

I challenged physical limits and despite many daily setbacks am trying to get a handle on my physical health.   It is daily struggle. I need to not get mad at myself if I slip, but start over again.

I did to the best on my ability maintain my responsibilities and when I look at what I have, I cannot complain about what isn't paid.  I have to improve where I am.

I fought through some battles which I could have never gotten through mental strength.  I know I am strong, but I know the battle is a daily one.

Spiritually, you need to be able to feel the powerful energy of love, guidance, and support   There are times I had almost completely given up on people, but they surprised me by caring and being present in my life.

Photos: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 10th, 11th.  Photo: April 2017, 50

My Spiritual Birthday Wish List

1. More openness with our supportive communities.
2. The ability to say "I need a good bear hug and lots of prayers."
3. Not feel bad because of what you don't have or can't afford to do. Some things money can't buy.
4. The permission to feel emotions and not have them be shutdown.  Emotions are healthy.
5. To love you as you are even with our differences. We could learn from each other and we do.

Could God make this possible???
I pray it can be done...I pray!!!

                                                             "God is still speaking."

                                                             "God is still speaking."