Monthly Archives: July 2017

a Recipe for Happiness

My dear friend Judy Foster of Women’s Wisdom Master Mind posted this today:

A Recipe for Happiness
Be silent and calm every night for at least half an hour, preferably much longer, before you retire, and again in the morning before starting the day’s activity. This will produce an undaunted, unbreakable inner habit of happiness that will make you able to meet all the trying situations of the everyday battle of life. With that unchangeable happiness within, go about seeking to fulfill the demands of your daily needs. Seek happiness more and more in your mind, and less and less in the desire to acquire things. Be so happy in your mind that nothing that comes can possibly make you unhappy. Then you can get along without things that you have been accustomed to. Be happy because you know that you have acquired the power not to be negative, and because you know, too, that you can acquire at will whatever you need, and that you will never again become so material-minded that you will forget your inner happiness, even though you should become a millionaire.
~Paramahansa Yogananda

Goddess trips to Rockland UU

If you missed seeing these at Twinkle’s Place, these films are worth the trip to First Universalist of Rockland!!

THE GODDESS REMEMBERED: Film Series Monday, July 31, 6:00 to 8:00 pm The Goddess Remembered, the first of Canadian film maker Donna Read’s three acclaimed films on Women and Spirituality will be shown in the Sanctuary on Monday, July 31 at 6:00 pm. The hour-long film examines goddess-based pre-historic societies. Following the film there will be a pot-luck meal and discussion downstairs in the Griffith Room. All are welcome!

The second film in Read’s trilogy, The Burning Times, which addresses the witch hunts of the Middle Ages, will be shown on Wednesday, August 23.

Full Circle, which addresses the continuing popularity of contemporary women’s spirituality movements, will be shown on Wednesday, September 27.

Each hour-long film will begin at 6:00 pm and be followed by a pot-luck meal and discussion downstairs

View First Universalist of Rockland‘s Newsletter HERE

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Vapor – teacher of magic, meaning and life

Vapor is a liturgy by The Liturgists based on the teachings of Kohelet (The Teacher) in Ecclesiastes about the vapor of all things.

Vapor Lyrics:

Oh the vapor of it all
It’s a chasing of the wind
The powers of the earth so pale and thin
We will set our hearts on you again

Heaven taunts the hearts of men 
We can feel it from within 
The beauty of it all
The mystery
The swelling of a voice 
A rising sea

You oh God are Holy
Trees clap their hands for you
Oceans they dance for you
You are holy 

Oh the mystery of it all
I can never peer within 
I’ll never find the words or understand 
The fullness of a God
Become a man

You oh God are Holy
Trees clap their hands for you
Oceans they dance for you

You are holy 
Infinite and holy
A billion suns rise for you
Clouds paint the skies for you
Mountains stand tall for you
Valleys bow down to you
Everything rising to 
Sing all our songs for you

The impossible and holy
Kings become fools for you
Kingdoms to ruins for you
Vapor finds ground in you
Music finds sound for you
Everything rising 
Everything rising 

Come like dawn 
Like waves
Like sunlight 
Bring this world to life 

Come like rain 
Like breath 
Like springtime
Bring this world to life

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she stood there no more

“She Stood There”

In the midst of the shadows

In a darkness that haunted

She stood there still, silent, sorry, sad.

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Plenty of time to think of days gone by

Loves lost, loves gained; her sorrow remembered

She stood there still, silent, sorry.

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The seconds ticked to minutes

The minutes onto hours

She stood there still, silent.

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She realized she could not have it all

So she settled for less; but yet only the best

She stood there still.

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With her eyes wide open, her head held high

With a decision in mind

She stood there no more.

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By: “Twinkle” Marie Manning

Originally penned in 1989 on Prince Edward Island, Canada

First Published in 2009 in Poetry to Feed the Spirit, Poets of Central Florida Anthology

She Stood There

This. This. This!

Regardless of how we personally interpret or experience the Holy.  Regardless of which individual causes we are most inspired to dedicate time to.  Regardless of where we place our priorities on our day-to-day lives.  When any among our human family are adrift in turbulent waters of life, spiritually or physically, we are each Called to form such a chain as this.  Because we are each other’s saviors.  That is why we are here together on this planet.