More Than A Dream, More Than A Dreamer

January 18, 2010 by  
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I'm remembering the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Being born in 1969,

I belong to the very first generation of people for whom he's never been a living being — he's always been a larger than life legend, an icon of the rather quaint knowledge that we are all HUMAN first, and skin pigmentation much

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later. In an age where we have an African-American president, an era when blacks had to drink from different water fountains seems like ancient history. By comparison, there's a generation of children coming up now who have no memory of September 11, 2001 — but whose lives have been shaped by it in ways they can't imagine.

The great speaker that Dr. King was, it is so tempting to boil him down into a few soundbytes. That's how he got stuck with the cliche of a moniker “The Dreamer.” I don't want to minimize the power of that dream, or the work he did in striving for racial justice. It's just that the more that I get to know Dr. King through his speeches and writings, the greater I revere him as a profound spiritual teacher — a man whom, like Jesus, I strive to

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If you are struggling with some challenge, you owe it to yourself to read “Strength To Love” by Dr. King. I can't explain what that book has done for me during some of my darkest days. Anyway, as I was driving to visit my mother this weekend, I heard this excerpt from Dr. King's “Drum Major Instinct” speech. It brought me to tears because he describes how I want to live my life, how I want to be remembered.

Not just today, but for the rest of the year, take some time to dig into Dr. King's writings and lesser known speeches. Learn why he teaches us to have a “tough mind and a tender heart” and how he offers a modern perspective on the Jesus principle of loving your enemies.

Prince has a song dedicated to Dr. King on his latest album, LotusFlow3r. As he says in that song, “If it was just a dream . . . then call me a dreamer too . . .”

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If I Can Help Somebody . . .

January 9, 2010 by  
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My mother plays piano. Quite well, in fact. Among the songs she loves to play and that I love to hear is called “If I Can Help Somebody.” Lyrics go like this:

“If I can help somebody, as I pass along . . . then my living shall not be in vain.”

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It sums up a large part of my parents’ life philosophy — consequently, I cherish it as a part of the legacy they left me. And the reason I bring it up here is because of a posting I found on a bulletin board about “A Message From God.”

As much as I love this project and what it’s doing in the world, I actually don’t get a lot of feedback on it. So when I ran across these remars from “Taimour” on a bulletin board at Stresscenter.org . . . well, it meant a whole lot to me. Check it out:

Posted January 01, 2010 08:27 AM
hey everyone,
this link that i’m posting is an e-book/online articles (you can read it online or ask them to email it to you)that really helped find my way again

A message from God

i’ll try to describe my situation to you so before i read it so you know how that book

helped me and how it can help you

well i’m a muslim but i never really feel that i belonged in that religion, i don’t get it why i should be praying 5 times a day always be living in some kind of conservative way and be thinking of religion/good and everything else possible to feel spiritual…i really had problems praying…i felt like i was talking to myself…and especially in

islam..the routine…of reciting some pieces of the quran felt always like a one-sided thing for me…
to put it short.. i was in a relationship with god of me knowing that he exists, that he created the whole world and everything, i wanted and needed to “reconnect with god” and didn’t have a clue HOW

after i read this small book it helped me a lot
it’s very short and very entertaining
took me only an hour or so to read it Big Grin

enjoy
taimour

It touched me for a variety of reasons:
  • I’m always excited to find out that something that The Author brought through me is touching lives, period.
  • This reader is Muslim. This project was never intended to convert anyone to a specific religion and it respects all religious traditions. Instead, it’s meant to help its readers develop a relationship with The Author, regardless of their religious background. It seems to have done that in Taimour’s case, which is both awesome and humbling.
  • This reader is from Giza, Egypt. Although The Author told me this message would touch millions worldwide, watching it actually happen is pretty awesome!
Perhaps most importantly, it comes during a cold season in my personal life. My faith is fundamentally sound, but it’s also just plain tired. So, knowing that I have helped somebody as I pass along . . .
My living has not been in vain. Amen.
PS: If you’ve read “A Message From God” and would like to share your feedback, email me: messenger@amessagefromgod.org
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MOVE On

January 5, 2010 by  
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2010 is here. Time to move on!

2010. The beginning of the second decade of the 21st century.

Time

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moves on. God moves on. So must we.

“Forgetting those things that are behind me, and reaching forth to those things that are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)

How exactly do we move on? First, we repent. This means we commit ourselves to changing our way of thinking. Once our way of thinking changes, our way of doing will also change accordingly. When our thoughts and actions align themselves with the revealed will of God, we will become new beings (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Second, we must release ourselves from whatever and whomever is holding us to our memories of the past. Good, bad, or indifferent, all experiences of the past are mere memories. It’s all right to reflect and learn from the past, but it is NEVER all right to linger in and live with regret over the past. As Jonathan Larson wrote in the hit Broadway musical “RENT,” “No day but Today.”

Third and last, we must reach for those things that are beyond our own limitations in the present moment. Whether it is material, physical, financial, emotional, intellectual, social or spiritual, we must strive to obtain what we have not achieved or received to the present.

As we repent, release and reach, we will MOVE On. With our lives. With time. With God.

Amen.

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Who’s to say? « Journals Of Enreal

December 11, 2009 by  
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It’s been a while since I checked in on Enreal . . . I’ve been cheating myself.

Much like the Tao Te Ching, I read Enreal and

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Who’s to say…

We can not have the glory of day without the darkness of night… yet who is to say the night is not glorious…

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Who’s to say? « Journals Of Enreal.

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Peace in the midst of struggle

December 3, 2009 by  
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Gene Williams is a yoga instructor based in Memphis, TN.

For the last 4-5 years, I carve out some time to indulge in a bit of yoga practice.

Today, while in my yoga class, I was nearing the end of the strength building sequence that the instructor constructed for the class. Right in the midst of near muscle failure from repeated vinyasa flows from upward facing dog to downward facing dog to headstand preparation, the instructor informs us that we will be holding downfacing dog for 2 minutes. “2 MINUTES!!! Are you nuts?!!!” my mind AND body wailed.

“Now, release to child’s pose. Rest

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Elated, I had to resist the urge just to plop down on my mat from exhaustion. As I rested in Child’s Pose, I really allowed myself to go limp, and truly relax, allowing oxygen to perform as a healing balm to rejuvenate my aching muscles. Within 5 breaths, the instructor instructed us to exhale and come to all fours, and come to downward facing dog, where we would be for 2 minutes.

Amazingly enough, the five breaths was more than enough time to endure holding downward facing dog for 2 minutes. At the end of the 2 minutes, I actually felt rejuvenated and like I could do another 2 minutes easily.

In life, sometimes we’re constantly bombarded by thoughts, people, and experiences that cause us to struggle through, often times, everyday activities. From the example I learned on my yoga mat, when life seems to

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be constantly pressing down on you, take a mini-vacation from the person or situation, which could be a walk, a drive to clear your thoughts, or by simply taking the time to focus on breathing deeply and consciously.

When you come back to the situation, you will return with a clear head and a newly found resolve that will help you tackle any situation head on!

Namaste’!

Gene Williams
Certified Personal Trainer/Yoga Instructor/Owner of Nirvana Fitness(www.NirvanaFitnessMemphis.com)

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