LIFE’S PURPOSE
Although this short quotation has been attributed to a number of authors it is most certainly the work of David Viscott, a psychiatrist who hosted a pioneering radio talk show in the 1980s and 1990s during which he provided counselling to callers. 
In Viscott’s 1993 book, “Finding Your Strength in Difficult Times: A Book of Meditations” the slightly fuller quotation reads:
The purpose of life is to discover your gift.The work of life is to develop it.The meaning of life is to give your gift away.
What techniques and practices do you use to help you unearth your gift?
How do you see the relationship between purpose, work and meaning?
Quote reference | David Viscott,“Finding Your Strength in Difficult Times: A Book of Meditations” (McGraw-Hill, 2003) page 87

LIFE’S PURPOSE

Although this short quotation has been attributed to a number of authors it is most certainly the work of David Viscott, a psychiatrist who hosted a pioneering radio talk show in the 1980s and 1990s during which he provided counselling to callers. 

In Viscott’s 1993 book, Finding Your Strength in Difficult Times: A Book of Meditationsthe slightly fuller quotation reads:

The purpose of life is to discover your gift.
The work of life is to develop it.
The meaning of life is to give your gift away.

  • What techniques and practices do you use to help you unearth your gift?
  • How do you see the relationship between purpose, work and meaning?

Quote reference | David Viscott,Finding Your Strength in Difficult Times: A Book of Meditations (McGraw-Hill, 2003) page 87

AUDIO DIVINA | ONE WAY TO PRAY WITH MUSIC 

Prepare

Find a quiet place. Center down and take a few deep breathes. Sit in a relaxed manner.

Listen

Play the piece of music to get a sense of it. Invite the flow of the melody in. Pay attention to the sounds and the pauses and rests between the notes. Notice any dominant sound, image or feeling elicited by the music. Rest in silence for a short while.

Reflect

Play the music a second time. Allow to the dominant sound, image or feeling from the first hearing to draw you deeper into the experience. Notice how the music moves you … how it touches your heart. Watch for memories, feelings and images that might emerge. Feel the music flowing through you. Rest in silence for a short while.

Respond

Play the music a third time. Focus on how your heart desires to respond. What is the invitation present in the unfolding of sounds, images, memories, and feelings for you today? How is God speaking to your life in this moment through this music?

Rest in the Presence

Linger in silence. Slowly release the words, the sounds, the feelings or images stirring in you.

Closing

Conclude with a gesture or a short prayer. At this point you may choose to listen to the music one last time from the other side, outside the prayer period that is.

LIVING WITH GUSTO
Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto. | Dale Carnegie 
How do you live with gusto? Comedian Ken Davis suggests that we do three things:
Live with nothing to prove
Live with nothing to hide
Live with nothing to lose
And you, what do you suggest?

LIVING WITH GUSTO

Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto. | Dale Carnegie 

How do you live with gusto? Comedian Ken Davis suggests that we do three things:

  • Live with nothing to prove
  • Live with nothing to hide
  • Live with nothing to lose

And you, what do you suggest?

LAUGHING AT YOURSELF

There was nothing pompously about the Master. Wild, hilarious laughter prevailed each time he spoke, to the dismay of those who were solemn about their spirituality, and themselves.

Said one disillusioned visitor, “The man’s a clown!”

“No, no,” said a disciple. “You’ve missed the point: a clown gets you to laugh at him, a Master gets you to laugh at yourself.”

Source | Anthony de Mello, One…

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A POEM TO WALK WITH | AFTERNOON ON A HILL
I will be the gladdest thingUnder the sun!I will touch a hundred flowersAnd not pick one.I will look at cliffs and cloudsWith quiet eyes,Watch the wind bow down the grass,And the grass rise.And when lights begin to showUp from the town,I will mark which must be mine,And then start down!
Poem | Afternoon on a Hill by Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)   in The Selected Poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay, (Modern Library ed edition, 2001) page 23.
Art | The Monongahela, a river flowing through Pennsylvania and West Virginia, white-line woodcut by Blanche Lazelle.

A POEM TO WALK WITH | AFTERNOON ON A HILL

I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.

I will look at cliffs and clouds
With quiet eyes,
Watch the wind bow down the grass,
And the grass rise.

And when lights begin to show
Up from the town,
I will mark which must be mine,
And then start down!

Poem | Afternoon on a Hill by Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)   in The Selected Poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay(Modern Library ed edition, 2001) page 23.

Art | The Monongahela, a river flowing through Pennsylvania and West Virginia, white-line woodcut by Blanche Lazelle.

PRACTICE AND PROGRESS
“Because I think I am making progress” is an awesome line.  I hope I never reach the point where I feel as though there’s nothing more to learn, nothing more to refine and nothing more to correct.
What do you think is the relationship between practice and progress? Is there any other word you would use instead of the word “progress”?
Note: You can find more information about this quotation at Quote Investigator

PRACTICE AND PROGRESS

“Because I think I am making progress” is an awesome line.  I hope I never reach the point where I feel as though there’s nothing more to learn, nothing more to refine and nothing more to correct.

What do you think is the relationship between practice and progress? Is there any other word you would use instead of the word “progress”?

Note: You can find more information about this quotation at Quote Investigator

BARCODE
According to dictionary.com a “barcode” is ”a series of lines of varying width, printed, as on a container or product, that can be read by an optical scanner to determine charges for purchases, destinations for letters, etc.” 
CONSIDER THIS
You are the "optical scanner", you have eyes to see the multitude of natural "barcodes" scattered all over the place, barcodes that if looked at properly will somehow point you and eventually bring you to the Source!
The one beautiful difference here: the price comes in the form of an invitation to linger and enjoy what you see. You do not have to pay a dime!
What are the natural “barcodes” that you notice around you right here, right now?
Photo | Peter Neske 

BARCODE

According to dictionary.com a “barcode” is a series of lines of varying width, printed, as on a container or product, that can be read by an optical scanner to determine charges for purchases, destinations for letters, etc.” 

CONSIDER THIS

You are the "optical scanner", you have eyes to see the multitude of natural "barcodes" scattered all over the place, barcodes that if looked at properly will somehow point you and eventually bring you to the Source!

The one beautiful difference here: the price comes in the form of an invitation to linger and enjoy what you see. You do not have to pay a dime!

What are the natural “barcodes” that you notice around you right here, right now?

Photo | Peter Neske 

THAT’S A HELL OF A DIFFERENCE

Long ago there lived an old woman who had a wish. She wished more than anything to see for herself the difference between heaven and hell. The monks in the temple agreed to grant her request. They put a blindfold around her eyes, and said, “First you shall see hell.”

When the blindfold was removed, the old woman was standing at the entrance to a great dining hall. The hall was full of round…

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NOT JUST FOR LAUGHS
“Technology offers us a unique opportunity, though rarely welcome, to practice patience.” | Allan Lokos, Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living (Tarcher, 2011) page 137.
Computers, printers, iPods, smart phones, tablets, photocopiers, remarkable though they may be, will always have hiccups. They crash, they break down, they “die”.
How do you behave when any of technologies you use on a daily basis breaks down?

NOT JUST FOR LAUGHS

“Technology offers us a unique opportunity, though rarely welcome, to practice patience.”Allan LokosPatience: The Art of Peaceful Living (Tarcher, 2011) page 137.

Computers, printers, iPods, smart phones, tablets, photocopiers, remarkable though they may be, will always have hiccups. They crash, they break down, they “die”.

How do you behave when any of technologies you use on a daily basis breaks down?