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Emerging Beauty: Spirituality and quotes

March 27, 2020
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Who doesn’t like a good quote? I’ve compiled a few to make your day.


“Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually. Peace, for example, starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us.” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do. -Eleanor Roosevelt

“Kindness is the mark of faith; and whoever has not kindness has not faith.”– Mohammad

“Language is the laughter of the soul.”-Pablo Neruda 

“Simplicity of living, to retain a true awareness of life.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
“Mankind must remember that peace is not God’s gift to his creatures; it is our gift to each other.– Elie Wiesel

“For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself.” –Galatians 5:14 

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. -Oprah Winfrey

“This outward spring and garden are a reflection of the inward garden.” -Mevlana Rumi

Because of deep love, one is courageous.– Lao Tzu

“Find the good. It’s all around you. Find it. Showcase it and you’ll start believing it.” –Jesse Owens

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” – Maya Angelou

May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day.” Native American Proverb

This is a good time to enhance or start a spiritual practice. If you’re not sure where to begin, here are some ideas. If you already belong to a church or synagogue, consider listening to a global meditation practice as well. We are all in this together.

Links to help grow a spiritual practice: offers a variety of spirituality gurus always insightful information (free ½ day mindfulness home retreat with him and Tara Brach)

-More meditations:

-AltheaTV on YouTube

-A good article:

-And more suggestions!

-Buddhist meditation:

-a wonderful little garden commune in Northern Scotland:

-great article and advice:

Most churches, synagogue, mosques, temples and spiritual centers are now offering online services. IT IS OKAY to try a few!

Stay well. Find emerging beauty.










Emerging Beauty: Find beauty in your world. Day 2: Free Food

March 20, 2020



Do the photos of empty grocery store shelves unnerve you? They do me, but not because of the lack of food. For now, I have what I need, which makes me one of the lucky ones. Empty shelves rattle my nerves because there are folks, many of them, going without food. Elderly, undocumented, homeless, and people waking up without their jobs may not have access to a basic human need: food.

It’s terrifying. And yet, beauty emerges.

Yesterday, an excellent local restaurant, Soupz On, offered free soup for lunch, leaving containers outside on the café’s doorstep. I know Stacey Hill, the owner of Soupz On. Her soups; potato chorizo/jalapeno, Asian silken corn, Mexican meatball, and many others, warm the belly and the soul. Stacey is one of those beautiful people creating good in the world.

Many of the restaurants that have closed due to Coronavirus are offering free food for their communities. Call and ask, then spread the word. My son’s university dining hall gave away food to people in town as well as to students stuck on campus. Disney World donated food to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, and Disneyland donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County in California. Is there a company or college in your area that might have access to free food? Find out and pass it on.

In addition to business, there are local organizations, food banks, churches, and resource centers offering food, but most need help and money. If you are in a position, consider donating. Create beauty. Help, not hoard.

Stay well. Find emerging beauty.