Yearly Archive: 2006

Don’t put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket.
– Swami Chinmayananda

…finding a spiritual solution to every problem involves doing the only
thing I can do with my life. That is, giving it away and being
simultaneously grateful for the opportunity to do so.
– Wayne Dyer, There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem

Kindness if the touch of God. If God is love, kindness is the key to
happiness, freedom, and true success. And if God is one, it is
impossible that the practice of love would mean choosing between myself
and another. I am being dishonest when I say that I must put myself
first. I must put love first. Today I will use the most powerful and
transformative of all spiritual practices: I will be kind. I will be
kind to myself, to everyone I encounter, and to everyone who crosses my
mind.
– Hugh Prather, Morning Notes

If we want to be rid of darkness, we must turn on a light. Similarly,
if we want to be rid of fear, we cannot fight it but must replace it
with love.
– Marianne Williamson

Notice the acts of kindness other people do rather than their
wrongdoing. This is how God views you. We are all good, decent, loving
souls who occasionally get lost.
– Wayne Dyer

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.
– Thich Nhat Hanh

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
– Marcel Proust

Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.
– Albert Einstein

Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others, for those
voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face
the truth.
– Katherine Mansfield

It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read.
– Thomas Jefferson

Man made “God” in his own image. The eternal, the infinite, and
unnameable was reduced to a mental idol that you had to believe in and
worship as ‘my god’ or ‘our god’.
– Eckhart Tolle

…a growing number of followers of traditional religions are able to
let go of identification with form, dogma, and rigid belief systems and
discover the original depth that is hidden within their own spiritual
tradition at the same time as they discover the depth within
themselves. They realize that how ‘spiriitual’ you are has nothing to
do with what you believe but everything to do with your state of
consciousness.
– Eckhart Tolle

Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.
– Henry Van Dyke

So how do you know what to commit to? When something resonates in your
heart, when it sings to you, when it affects you deeply, then you know
to commit wholeheartedly to it. It is important not to submit our time
andenergy to things that do not mean anything to us as those things
drain our energy. It is important to clarify whether the motivation to
do something comes from the heart or from the mind… is it a desire or
is it an obligation? If you are committing to something because it
truly appeals to you, then it will bring you pleasure, health,
satisfaction, and abundance.
– Marie T. Russell

If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think another negative thought.
– Peace Pilgrim

The distance doesn’t matter; only the first step is difficult.
– Mme. du Deffand

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Affirmations

“Unforgiveness makes us sick.”

For many of us it’s hard to understand that a dear friend suffering
from a terminal illness has been made sick by her unforgiveness. She
may not even seem angry or resentful, perhaps. Yet the Course tells us
that hanging on to the past hurts and hinders our present health. Could
her acknowledgment of this and willingness to forgive make her well?

Forgiveness might not erase the physical ailment, but her mental state
would reflect a more loving attitude, which is where one’s actual
“wellness” lies. The body embraces what the mind projects. Fully
understanding this principle gives us the capacity to create miraculous
lives.

When we have a headache or suffer from indigestion, we are quick to
look outside for the cause. While the external environment may be harsh
and demanding, it can’t make us sick. It doesn’t determine our
attitude. Taking responsibility for who we are is the most healing
action we can take.

“Am I hanging on to an old hurt?  The condition of my body may give me a clue today.”

– Karen Casey, Daily Meditations for Practicing The Course

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“Mistakes are merely teaching and learning opportunities.”

When the shame and guilt we cultivate because of our errors create more
mistakes they gain momentum. Instead of growing from our mistakes, we
let them diminish us. And so our relationships with others are likewise
diminished.

We can instantly halt the momentum, however. That’s the promise Jesus
has made us. But how do we do it? The decision to look upon every
circumstance through the loving eyes of the inner Spirit helps resist
the knee-jerk response we’ve grown accustomed to making. Until we
experiment with this change, we can’t imagine the results.

The holy Inner Voice has only soft, understanding words to offer in
even the most difficult of times. Being soothed through the minefield
makes us appreciate the opportunities we have for listening anew.

“I will look upon my struggles today as opportunities to hear the Holy Spirit’s message.”

– Karen Casey, Daily Meditations for Practicing The Course

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Some of us may have made a decision that no one was ever going to hurt
us again. We may automatically go on “feelings freeze mode” when faced
with emotional pain. Or, we may terminate a relationship the first time
we feel hurt. Hurt feelings are a part of life. It is understandable
that we don’t want to feel any more pain. Many of us have had more than
our share, in fact, at some time in our life, we may have been
overwhelmed, crushed, or stopped in our tracks by the amount of pain we
felt. We may not have had the resources to cope with our pain or take
care of ourselves.

That was yesterday. Today, we don’t have to be so frightened of pain.
It does not have to overwhelm us. We are becoming strong enough to deal
with hurt feelings. And we don’t have to become martyrs, claiming that
hurt feelings and suffering are all there is to life. We need only
allow ourselves to feel vulnerable enough to feel hurt, when that’s
appropriate, and take responsibility for our feelings, behaviors, and
what we need to do to take care of ourselves. We don’t have to analyze
or justify our feelings. We need to feel them, and try not to let them
control our behavior.

Maybe our pain is showing us we need to set a boundary; maybe it’s
showing us we’re going in a wrong direction; maybe it’s triggering a
deep healing process.

It’s okay to feel hurt; it’s okay to cry; it’s okay to heal; it’s okay
to move on to the next feeling, when it’s time. Our willingness and
capacity to feel joy will eventually match our willingness and capacity
to feel hurt. Being conscious does not mean immunity from pain; it
means learning to take loving care of ourselves when we are in pain.

“Today, I will not strike out at those
who cause me pain. I will feel my emotions and take responsibility for
them. I will accept hurt feelings as part of being in relationships. l
am willing to surrender to the pain as well as the joy in life.”

– Melody Beattie

Many thanks to all the good people who comment on my blog.  It has
been a quiet weekend, other than my Panthers beating the Giants. 
Should spend more time thinking and meditating…  Anyhow, here
are the daily quotes, hope you need them as much as I do.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Spirituality is from within, the result of recognition, realization, and reverence.
– Wayne Dyer, There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem

If you do not try to emulate me, what is the meaning of your belief in me?
– Paul Ferrini, Reflections of the Christ Mind

If you have not opened to love in your life, your belief in me or in anyone else means very little.
– Paul Ferrini, Reflections of the Christ Mind

The pursuit of external power—the ability to control and manipulate—is
insisting that the  circumstances that you prefer are perfect for
others, too.
– Gary Zukav & Linda Francis, The Heart of the Soul

You reshape the world by reshaping yourself. The question is not how to change others, but how to change yourself.
– Gary Zukav & Linda Francis, The Heart of the Soul

A responsible choice is a choice that takes into account the consequences of each of your choices.
– Gary Zukav, The Seat of the Soul

The unwillingness to actually see
what causes your suffering
is what keeps your mind bound
in cycles of suffering.
– Gangaji

Through morning prayers and meditation, we embark upon the day
spiritually prepared. Without this preparation, we enter the day with
yesterday’s anxieties – our own and those of millions of others.
– Marianne Williamson

Until your knees finally hit the floor, you’re just playing at life,
and on some level you’re scared because you know you’re just playing.
The moment of surrender is not when life is over. It’s when it begins.
– Marianne Williamson

If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears.
– Glenn Clark

Evil, (ignorance) is like a shadow-it has no real substance of its own,
it is simply a lack of light. You cannot cause a shadow to disappear by
trying to fight it, stomp on it, by railing against it, or any other
form of emotional or physical resistance. In order to cause a shadow to
disappear, you must shine light on it.
– Shakti Gawain

Resign yourself to be happy, for that is what you deserve. Resign
yourself to serve, for that is why you are here. Resign yourself to
forgive, for there is nothing to judge in Truth. Resign yourself to
love, for that is what you are, that is all there is, that is “All that
Is”.
– John and Rev. Ananda McIntosh

Cherish your vision; Cherish your ideals; Cherish the music that stirs
in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that
drapes your purest thoughts. If you remain true to them, your world
will at last be built.
– James Allen

We understand that by giving we receive. We grasp that by lighting
others’ candles, we do not lose our own light. The more candles one
lights, the more enlightened the world becomes.
– John Bradshaw

Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your
hands, but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose
them as your guides, and following them, you reach your destiny.
– Carl Schurz

Emotions are the next frontier to be understood and conquered. To
manage our emotions is not to drug them or suppress them, but to
understand them so that we can intelligently direct our emotional
energies and intentions…. It’s time for human beings to grow up
emotionally, to mature into emotionally managed and responsible
citizens. No magic pill will do it.
– Doc Childre

While our situations in life vary, we each have the capacity to alter
the course of our lives. We have the ability to become the person who
controls the transitions in our lives. We can take steps that will
result in restored hope, stimulated motivation, and renewed confidence:
steps that will guarantee a fresh outlook for the future and a new
outcome for our lives. We can attain skills not yet mastered; we can
learn to face our fears; we can set fresh, fulfilling goals and acquire
the means to reach those goals. We do not have to continue being held
captive by the chain of low self-esteem.
– Marilyn J. Sorensen

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
– Rumi

I’m going to open my blog with an article in the local weekly paper about me and one thing I work on.

from Mountain Xpress, January 4, 2006

http://www.mountainx.com/news/2006/0104news.php


Filling in the cracks

The Asheville Homeless Network was literally founded on Moss Bliss’s
couch in April of 2004 by Bliss and Gwen Parr (now McCourry), a
homeless acquaintance of Moss’ whom he was letting sleep there.

As Moss explains it, Parr (who has since left the area) had felt that
the existing local organizations helping the homeless weren’t
coordinating their activities effectively or communicating with the
homeless population they were serving.

“There are a lot of problems dealing with the homeless in this town; a
lot of holes, a lot of cracks,” says Moss. “We didn’t want to be
another agency, but we wanted to help fill in the cracks.”

AHN’s members include the homeless, the formerly homeless and their
allies. Among the organization’s goals are: (a) getting information to
the homeless population about what help is available and where; (b)
making information available about their rights and the local laws that
affect them; (c) lining up organizations and churches to help individuals
directly; (d) changing the public’s perception of who the homeless are;
and (e) educating city and county officials about homeless people’s
needs.

A little more than a year-and-a-half later, AHN (whose tag line is
“Helping the Homeless Help Themselves”) already has more than a few
accomplishments under its belt. The group now boasts 63 members, was
recently certified as a nonprofit corporation, has its own Web site
(www.ashevillehomeless.org) that features a wealth of information, has
endorsed candidates for City Council (all of whom have since been
elected), and is part of the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Coalition.

But those are just baby steps for the group, says Moss. Its longer-term
goals include building or buying a handcart that, once licensed by the
city, would be used to sell handicrafts made by local homeless people;
erecting a “tent city” (with porta-potties and possibly showers) on
surplus city property, to provide low-cost shelter; and encouraging
local shelters to more effectively and humanely meet the needs of the
homeless.

“Some of us have extreme needs [and] some of us have fallen off the
mental-health wagon,” Moss concedes. But “at least half of the homeless
have jobs. They just don’t have good enough jobs to afford housing – to
be able to live anywhere.”

There are a myriad ways people can support the organization, he notes.
Church and civic groups are encouraged to “adopt” a homeless person for
two months through AHN’s Adopt A Homeless Person program. Other needs
include: donations of fabric, yarn, and sewing and knitting supplies
members can use to create handicrafts; camping equipment and bicycles
for a lending library; and storage space for donated items.

Gifts of money can be made directly through the PayPal button on the
Web site or via AHN collection jars (which can be found downtown at the
Grove Corner Market, Vincenzo’s and The Sword & The Grail), and
indirectly by buying items online from one of the group’s affiliated
companies, such as Target, Wal-Mart, Office Depot or Cingular Wireless
(all of which donate a percentage of sales to the organization).

The Asheville Homeless Network holds meetings every Thursday at 2 p.m.,
upstairs in The Perch at the Grove Corner Market in downtown Asheville.
For more information, call 254-7449.

– Lisa Watters

[Note: Only two errors of omission – she spelled Gwenn’s name wrong,
and in the next-to-last paragraph, omitted the fact that you have to go
to our “Our Links” page and click on the Affiliate’s banner there –
which takes you to the Affiliate’s site with a “cookie” – or we don’t
get any credit for the sale.]

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Doing spiritual exercises is not sitting and waiting for God to
obviously come into your field of activity and behavior. It is to go to
God’s activity and field of behavior.  In other words, you make
the effort to reach out. Then that loving, caring, and sharing of
yourself with God in the spiritual form inside, and everywhere you see
it physically, becomes a form of spiritual exercise.
– John-Roger, Walking with the Lord

As a divine being, a Soul, you bring spiritual light and love into this world. You create a space for grace to be in your life.
– John-Roger with Paul Kaye, What’s It Like Being You?

Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion.
Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes.
Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every
breath, is a gift from God.
– Mary Manin Morrissey

… the only time you ever have in which to learn anything or see
anything or feel anything, or express any feeling or emotion, or
respond to an event, or grow, or heal, is this moment, because this is
the only moment any of us ever gets. You’re only here now; you’re only
alive in this moment.
– Jon Kabat-Zinn

We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped
by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them
like a shadow that never leaves them.
– Gautama, called the Buddha

If we had to seek for virtue outside of ourselves, that would assuredly
be difficult; but as it is within us, it suffices to avoid bad thoughts
and to keep our souls turned towards the Lord.
– Philokalia

In the Land of the spirit, you cannot walk by the light of someone
else’s lamp. You want to borrow mine. I’d rather teach you how to make
your own.
– Anthony de Mello

The search for truth is but the honest searching out of everything that
interferes with truth. Truth is. It can neither be lost nor sought nor
found. It is there, wherever you are, being within you. Yet it can be
recognized or unrecognized.
– from A Course In Miracles

Once there is a certain degree of Presence, of still and alert
attention in human beings’perceptions, they can sense the divine life
essence, the one indwelling consciousness or spirit in every creature,
every life-form, recognize it as one with their own essence, and so
love it as themselves.
– Eckhart Tolle

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Today is a day for celebration. Today is a day to be joyful. It is a
day to accomplish great things. It is a day to learn, to love, and to
live the richness that is your life.

Today is a day to rejoice in your good fortune. It is a day to hold
your head up, to stand up straight, to look positively forward and to
smile with such genuine intensity that good and wonderful things are
drawn to you like a magnet.

Today is a day to be confident and purposeful. It is a day to get
things done and to move the whole world forward with your enthusiasm.

What makes this day so special? Today is your day to enjoy, experience
and make the very best of the most precious gift you have — your life.
The possibilities are endless and those possibilities are all yours,
here, now, in this moment.

Celebrate your good fortune. Just think how incredibly blessed you are
to live this precious life and to be in a position, right this very
moment, to make it even better.

– Ralph Marston

New Year’s Highlights

Spent New Year’s Eve with:  Lenny and Theresa, got to play
a lot of music, missed the annual fireworks for the first time I can
remember but no big loss.  Came home for the night.  Hardly
any alcohol, relied on Diet Pepsi.

First Text Message on my cell: What Did You Do On NY from Kayla…

First IM received: HNY from Flamez… nice to get your first IM of the year from a pretty girl…

First Email sent: Article on medical students refusing pharmaceutical
gifts and meals, to Bi-polar_pagans, Alt-therapies4bipolar, and
Asheville Radical Mental Health Collective groups, and posted on
Alternative Health Tips & Tricks forum at CornerBarForums. 
Gotta keep my values .

First phone calls received: Beth and Andrea.  (I called Lenny to
talk football, got his answering machine which is also a female voice.)

Resolutions: 

You may notice that these are fairly closely related…

  1. Break the habit of smoking.  I smoked for years without
    being addicted; the last 2 years or so have not been that way.  I
    don’t have to quit, just have to stop wanting it… smoking once every
    2-3 days is not that bad, and I used to do just that.
  2. Work on debt issues.  Get more paid work and use it to bring
    debt down.  I should be able to kill $4-5,000 of my debt this
    year.  I’ve already ground up several credit cards so I can’t use
    them; only have two left.
  3. STAY SINGLE.  I need to keep this up until at least Summer
    of ’08.  I’m too damned generous, and it gets me deeper in debt
    every time.
  4. Study how I can replace as much as possible of my supplements with better eating habits, and DO IT.
  5. Lose weight.  Headed right direction again, 262 this morning
    (over 280 in October).  Need to cut out fatty, salty foods (lose
    the chips n’ cheese, Moss).  (Starting Dr. Abravanel’s A-type
    diet.)  Should be able to get to and maintain 240, and work for
    225.
  6. Keep up walking program.  (Projected for 2007 – get in regular exercise at the Y or other gym.)

I’ve done really well on my resolutions the past two years.  Hope this year is no exception.

Asheville Homeless Network is about to take off.  Pathways
Sanctuary should get a good running start this month.  All my
other projects are moving forward at the pace I can maintain
them.  Looks like a really good year.

May your year be as wonderful as my last two.

Om Namah Sivaye!

Hugs,
Moss