We are not trapped or locked up
in these bones.
No, no. We are free to change.
And, love changes us.
And if we can love one another,
we can break open the sky.
– Walter Mosley
Stephan Bauman, in Break Open The Sky encourages readers to choose faith over fear in daily life. Bringing relationship with God to the forefront, as the vehicle, to transform a fearful life to one of liberation, love and risk. He brings his personal experience of working with people from all over the world.
Difficulties and hardships due to health, finances, relationships can all be transformative when courage, indispensable faith, trust and love are put into action. Examples from modern day challenges and stories from the Bible, together provide a perspective on how to live a life that embodies grace.
We cannot be in the past or in the future, while genuinely being in the present. This book is a reminder to let go of fears and worries in exchange for unshakable faith.
“Peace is expensive. It requires risk taking. Its personal. It makes you vulnerable. And peace always involves action. Resistance is part of the calling.” ~ Stephan Bauman
I received this book from blogging for books. The book review is based on my genuine opinion.
The mind does not comprehend
Words cannot explain
Yet deep in our soul
Down to our core
We can feel
Sorrow and pain
Of innocent lives lost in
Sending forth today for all of us and generations to come
Under sunny skies so blue
Prayers for a love so deep that all may know peace
Regardless of color of skin, religion or heritage
No matter gender, age, occupation or location
May each one feel a love so deep that
down to our core we are Peace.
A recent trip to the Japanese Garden with my family. We walked the paths together and separately. Wandered around looking at flowers, Coy, hummingbirds, trees and spent time being in this calm place. There were a lot of people there, yet it felt spacious enough to sit on a bench and meditate. It was nourishing.
Dwelling in Peace
We already have sufficient conditions to be happy today. We have to pray in such a way that we can be in touch with the conditions of happiness that are in us and around us. They are all there, available. ~ Thich Nhat Hahn, “The Energy of Prayer”
“The brain takes its shape from what the mind rests upon” Rick Hanson
Rick Hanson talks about resting the mind on pleasant experiences continually for lasting resilience, inner strength and cultivating a positive outlook.
When we are busy at work, taking care of family, achieving goals, we get caught up in getting it all done. Taking a pause is important. Its being mindful of the work being done and the experience being created.
Whether you decide to do a stretch, a breathing exercise, find an image to gaze upon, bring up a joyful memory, pauses of 1 to 3 minutes can replenish you for long periods of time.
A Moment of Joy
Pauses are not frivolous, instead they are an act of kindness.
Most people, at some point or another have had to revise their personal financial budget. Those who have lived on tight budgets, know how challenging it can be to have nutritious food, shelter, clothing, and healthcare.
Those who have never lived on a tight budget, can learn to have empathy. They can help to create an economy that supports others in their difficult times.
Presently, proposed budget cuts by our current administration look to eliminate funding for meals provided to old adults and young children. At all levels, be it moral, social or ethical, these actions are inherently misguided.
Reducing and eliminating the budget, of larger programs that support local agencies, impact the individuals affected, their community, the nation and the world. When it comes to eliminating access to nutritious meals, the consequences are dire. We cannot choose to ignore the vulnerable.
Compassionate choices support the wellbeing of others.
I can tell you how to hold on
I can tell you how to let go
Its not for me to tell you
Which one is right
And by when you should know
What matters the most
Is you know for sure
What brings you peace
What joy you feel
Is it for love; is it for fear
That you hold on
Or that you let go