In Silence and solitude – John Chuchman


As uncomfortable

as our society seems to be

with silence,

I gain much

from it,

with it,

in it.

In silence,

I gain

a deeper consciousness of  myself.

I often find out what’s really going on

within me

and sometimes even find answers to questions

troubling me.

In solitude,

I gain

a deeper attunement to nature,

discovering an awe and wonder

at the beautiful gift

of creation.

Solitude affords me

 a deeper relationship with the transcendent

(the numinous, the divine, the spiritual)

beyond the noisy man-made limits

of religious doctrine, dogma, rules, regulations, rites, and rituals.


increases my creativity,

providing me nuggets of wisdom

from nowhere,

which inspire and excite me.

In solitude

I find an increased sense of freedom,

not bound by noisy harangues.

I have found that

the correlation

between good ideas

and non-stop talkers

to be

less than zero.

It seems that

life’s stumbling blocks

can only be turned into

stepping stones



Kind permission to share this with you: John Chuchman received Thu, 4 Jan 2018

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A Real Fool – Daily Dose of Wisdom

To live with the truth, you must be a fool. Because the truth is infinite, and before the infinite we are all fools.

Source: A Real Fool – Daily Dose of Wisdom

As a new day begins…Posted by Don Merritt-loaded 4 September 2017



As a new day begins…

Posted by Don Merritt   September 3, 2017

Posted in: Christian Life.

…each of us will face its challenges. There will be circumstances that develop, circumstances over which we may not have any control, circumstances that we simply cannot fix or that are bigger and stronger than we are. Some will surmount those situations and circumstances; others will be swept up by them which will it be for you?

There were two boats sailing in the bay. A stiff wind swept into the area blowing in the direction of the rocks and away from the harbor. The pilot of one of the boats was taken closer and closer to the rocks, its pilot having great difficulty controlling his course as the wind blew him closer and closer to disaster. Yet the pilot of the other boat adjusted his sails and set his course against the wind toward the safe harbor, for he knew that a good sailor can use the wind and sail against it. The minutes went by as one boat approached its end on the rocks and the other approached the safe harbor…

[Source: A New Day Begins ]Posted by Don Merritt   September 3, 2017

Chabad Hosts Thousands of Eclipse-Chased Across America – Centers along its path offered a Jewish perspective on the spectacle in the sky – Chabad-Lubavitch News

A total solar eclipse streaked across the United States Monday, Aug. 21. In its 70-mile-wide path, people saw the sun disappear behind the moon, turning daylight into darkness, with trails of light streaming through the sky around the silhouette of the moon.

Millions of people witnessed the historic spectacle as the eclipse traveled a path from Oregon to South Carolina. Chabad centers along its route hosted informative and inspirational programs to provide a Jewish perspective on the event.

Streamers of light are often visible around the silhouette of the moon during a solar eclipse, which will take place next on Monday, Aug. 21.
From space, the moon’s shadow during a solar eclipse appears as a dark spot moving across Earth. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Chabad of South Carolina in Columbia is planning to mail solar eclipse kits to community members in advance of the natural phenomenon. In it will be special viewing glasses like these. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Source: Chabad Hosts Thousands of Eclipse-Chasers Across America – Centers along its path offer a Jewish perspective on the spectacle in the sky – Chabad-Lubavitch News


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Apocalyptical seasons | Seeing the whisper



0    Apocalyptical seasons   A blood moon frolicked to the astronomic blood dance, positioned in tyranny with humanity’s fading memory of inequity. All the weight on the scale of just…

Source: Apocalyptical seasons | Seeing the whisper

Born of the Spirit | The Life Project

Born of the Spirit

 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’  The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

John 3:6-8

Something to think about.  Beyond that, what can I say?

Source: Born of the Spirit | The Life Project