Practical Steps To Greater      Peace, Hope, Love                  And Joy    
   
 
 
 
 
 


November 24
, 2005

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Welcome to Conscious Living, our newsletter designed to share our current activities and growth, along with articles and information that we hope will be supportive and encouraging in your efforts to live each moment with more joy and satisfaction.

As we're entering the holiday season, we want to encourage everyone to consider giving more thoughtful gifts this year.  We have so much to be grateful for.  Yet, so often we settle for something cute or easy to purchase when we buy gifts for our family and friends.  However, we have the choice to buy gifts this year that will encourage, inspire and elevate our loved ones - hopefully expanding their realization of all the gifts for which they could feel grateful. 

In order to support your efforts at giving gifts that have a positive effect, we're offering a special discount when you purchase more than one product from our website.  After purchasing your first gift at the usual price, we're offering the second at 1/2 off.  To see the full selection of best selling products on sale, click here.

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News:  New Section of Web Site - First Health Care Products Added To Site -

Due to demand by our regular visitors, we have now begun adding Health Care products to our website.  Our first category of products are for those who want to improve their weight loss during the holiday season and new year. 

Our new weight loss products include a wide range of meal replacement shakes with essential nutrients, multi-vitamins and herb concentrates - all in a delicious selection of flavors.  In addition we're offering protein powders, soup mixes, a cell activator to increase your ability to absorb your vitamins and minerals, protein bars, teas, phytonutrients, Omega 3 fatty acid supplements, fiber powders, and a variety of other healthy additions to your diet.  Take a look Here for complete details.

In the near future we will also be adding Energy Boosters, Skin Care Products, Support for a healthy heart, and cellular nutrition products.  Visit us throughout the month for a continuing evolution of our health care products section.  Please send us an email at clf@!consciouslivingfoundation.org telling us what kind of health products you would like to see next.

News:  Holiday Discounts - Buy 1, Second at 1/2 Price -      

During the holidays, why not select gifts that can genuinely make a difference in the lives of your loved ones?

So often, we make purchases that are just fillers - not really knowing what to buy our friends and family for the holidays.  This year, give books and spoken word CDs that will continue to inspire and encourage throughout the year.

Now CLF makes buying even easier with our "Second 1/2 Price" holiday discounts.  Buy any of our selected products at the usual price and buy another great book or CD at 1/2 price.  Click Here to see our great selection of best sellers and favorites.  They include audio versions of your all time favorites, perfect to listen to while driving or exercising.

Some of our most popular titles include:  As A Man Thinketh by James Allen, Byways To Blessedness by James Allen, The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, The Game of Life by Florence Scovel Shin, Discovering Spirit by William Simpson, The World As I See It by Albert Einstein, and many others!  Deepen your practice of the techniques that bring new joy and hope into your life - and give the gift of a deeper spiritual life and increased personal growth.
 

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Inspiring Quotations On Gratitude -
Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.
— Karl Barth in Joy by Beverly Elaine Eanes

Think of something for which you are grateful today. Say thanks.
I am grateful to You, Giver and Sustainer of life, for having granted me another day of life. Your love and faith in me is truly overwhelming.
— Rabbi Terry Bookman in
The Busy Soul

I think the dying pray at the last not "please," but "thank you," as a guest thanks his host at the door.
— Annie Dillard quoted in Super, Natural Christians by Sallie McFague

Continuous practice, day after day, is the most appropriate way of expressing gratitude. This means that you practice continuously, without wasting a single day of your life, without using it for your own sake. Why is it so? Your life is a fortunate outcome of the continuous practice of the past. You should express your gratitude immediately.
— Zen Master Dogen quoted in Enlightenment Unfolds edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi

Gratitude is the state of mind of thankfulness. As it is cultivated, we experience an increase in our "sympathetic joy," our happiness at another's happiness. Just as in the cultivation of compassion, we may feel the pain of others, so we may begin to feel their joy as well. And it doesn't stop there.
— Stephen Levine in
A Year to Live

Gratitude is the intention to count-your-blessings every day, every minute, while avoiding, whenever possible, the belief that you need or deserve different circumstances.
— Timothy Miller in
How To Want What You Have

Notice when you say or someone near you says "Thank you." Think of those two words as a signpost to the spiritual world.
— Lewis Richmond in
Work as a Spiritual Practice

Sanctity has to do with gratitude. To be a saint is to be fueled by gratitude, nothing more and nothing less.
— Ronald Rolheiser in
The Holy Longing

Look closely and you will find that people are happy because they are grateful. The opposite of gratefulness is just taking everything for granted.
— David Steindl-Rast in
The Music of Silence

Any moment that opens us up to the reality that life is good is a parable of the supreme end for which we were made.
— Lewis B. Smedes in
How Can It Be All Right When Everything Is All Wrong?

It is important not only to be grateful to others but also to be grateful for others. We need to cultivate a gratitude for others' giftedness in the same way that we appreciate a beautiful sunset or a smile from a loved one. Others always seem to have been given gifts in life that we desire, and so it's easy to be envious. Riding sidesaddle with envy is a dangerous practice: I would be happy if I had what he or she possesses. By contrast, giving thanks constantly and in all circumstances liberates us from envy.
— Edward Hays in
The Great Escape Manual

Gratitude is here presented as more than a feeling, a virtue, or an experience; gratitude emerges as an attitude we can freely choose in order to create a better life for ourselves and for others. The Nigerian Hausa put it this way: Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.
— David Steindl-Rast quoted in Words of Gratitude by Robert A. Emmons and Joanna Hill

To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us — and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.
— Thomas Merton quoted in Words of Gratitude by Robert A. Emmons and Joanna Hill

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.
— Johannes A. Gaertner quoted in Words of Gratitude by Robert A. Emmons and Joanna Hill

The greatest thing is to give thanks for everything. He who has learned this knows what it means to live. He has penetrated the whole mystery of life: giving thanks for everything.
— Albert Schweitzer quoted in Words of Gratitude by Robert A. Emmons and Joanna Hill

There is a calmness to a life lived in Gratitude, a quiet joy.
— Ralph H. Blum quoted in Words of Gratitude by Robert A. Emmons and Joanna Hill

For a large variety of inspiring quotations, click Here.

This holiday season, let's share the gifts for which we are most grateful:
 joy, wisdom, love and the means to increase them in our lives.  Click Here.

News:  New Section of Web Site - Free Family Classics Audio Selections

Because of the continuing popularity of our free e-book sections, we have now added a free Family Audio Classics section to the site as well.  The audio files, in MP3 format, are a collection of radio programs from the past, and include such selections as:   
Treasure Island, King Lear, A Tale of Two Cities, The Count of Monte Cristo, Abraham Lincoln, Sherlock Holmes, Jane Eyre, Around The World in 80 Days and many others!  Most episodes last approximately 1 hour each.

We will continue to add audio files that we believe provide wholesome entertainment while modeling positive choices and values.  Now you have the opportunity to "gather the family and sit around the radio together" and share in the adventure and fun!  Click Here to visit the Family Audio Classics page.

News:  New Section Added To Site - Free Audio Classics For Children

In addition to the Family Audio Classics Section described above, we have also added a very large collection of free audio files just for children.  Each episode runs approximately 30 minutes and includes such titles as:  The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and His Magic Lamp, Jack and the Bean Stalk, Puss and Boots, Cinderella, Robin Hood, Beauty and the Beast, King Arthur, Hansel and Gretel, King Midas, Sleeping Beauty, The Emperor's New Clothes and many, many more!  Click Here to visit the Audio Classics For Children page.

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A Story - About Gratitude
from The Wisdom of Islam: An Introduction to the Living Experience of Islamic Belief and Practice by Robert Frager

"God is the ultimate source of all life and all good that comes to us. Think about all you have to be grateful for — your life, your loved ones, the roof over your head, your health, and so on.

"My Sufi master used to teach that the best way to express gratitude for a gift is to use it well. For example, if someone were to give you an automobile, it would be extremely ungrateful to let that car sit and rust in a garage, or to drive it without maintaining it until it broke down. To be grateful for the gift of a car means to use it well and maintain it conscientiously.

"To be grateful for the gift of intelligence is to develop your intelligence by ongoing study, to use your intelligence to help others, and to seek to understand God's creation and God's Truth. To be grateful for the gift of material abundance is to share your wealth with those in need.

"Be generous with your other gifts as well. For example, you have been given the gift of time; be generous and spend time with the lonely. You have been given a heart; give compassion to the heartbroken. Make a list of all you have to be grateful for, and then make a second list of all the ways you can express your gratitude."

 

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This holiday season, let's share with our loves ones, the gifts for which we are most grateful:
 joy, wisdom, love and the means to increase them in our lives.  Click Here.

A Story - A Leper's Thanksgiving

Ten men silhouetted along the low ridge called to the leader of a small band below: "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us."

Bartholomew glanced up. Lepers, he thought. Ragged, pitiable lepers. From the time their skin disease was diagnosed, they were cut off from society, forced to live on their own in caves or huts away from towns. A fortunate few had relatives who would leave food for them, but many had no one. They weren't allowed close enough to beg for a living. Ragged, thin, rejected. Lepers. Even the word spoke an icy finality.

"Have mercy on us!"

Their pleading cut through Bart's thoughts. Jesus was cupping his hands now, and calling across the low valley which lay between the road and the ridge where the lepers stood. His voice rang out sharp and compelling in the stillness of the morning.

"Go! Show yourselves to the priests!"

The lepers looked at each other. You only went to the priests if your leprosy was gone. Only the priests could issue a clean bill of health so you could return to your family.

As they held up their decayed limbs, they were asking, "Why go unless we're healed?" They looked over to Jesus again, but he was conversing with Peter and John, and they didn't catch his eyes.

But then Bart heard a shout, a cry of exaltation, a loud eerie call that filled the valley and bounced off the hills: "I'm healed! I'm whole. My leprosy is gone! It's gone!"

Bart looked around in time to catch a smile at the corners of Jesus' mouth. The healing hadn't occurred as the lepers stood looking and wondering. It had taken place as they had begun to obey Jesus' words. "As they went" they were healed.

Suddenly a lone figure broke from the circle of rejoicing ex-lepers. He bounded over the little creek and raced towards them, rags fluttering behind him. He sped toward Jesus and then landed on his knees before the Master in a cloud of fine dust.

He spoke just a phrase -- "Thank you, Master" -- in a sort of broken accent, the accent of Samaria. Then he just knelt there sobbing.

Jesus spoke now, not really to the leper, but beyond him somehow, as if to the whole world. "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?"

Bart's mind spun. He thought of the countless times God had answered his prayers, provided for his family, given him work, healed his sickly daughter. How often had he really said "Thanks"? Too often he had taken these blessings for granted, rejoicing in his good fortune, but seldom racing back to the Giver with a word of heartfelt thanks on his lips.

As the man knelt, Jesus' hand instinctively rested on his head, blessing, and at the same time stroking and smoothing the tangles left from years of sojourn. Jesus wept as he caressed the man's head, tears making rivulets down his cheeks into his beard.

Bart looked up. The leper band was now heading off towards the priests' village. They had received physical healing, indeed, but the man at Jesus' feet had received a healing of his whole person. As Jesus helped him up, he said, "Rise and go. Your faith has made you whole."

The newly-whole Samaritan embraced Jesus. Then they stood there for a moment looking at one another -- smile meeting smile. The gift of healing had sent him the message of God's love, but thanks had brought him home.

This is a fictional retelling of the story found in Luke 17:11-17



More Quotations on Gratitude -

To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.   - Albert Schweitzer

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.  - The Buddha

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.   - Cicero

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.  - John F. Kennedy

           Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.  -   Marcel Proust

 

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice.    Meister Eckhart

You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, and swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing, and grace before I dip the pen in ink. — G. K. Chesterton

 

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A Poem by William Simpson -

Thank You Lord  -

When I walk into my work room
And see my day waiting before me,
I remember, and my mind says,
“Thank You, Lord”.

 When the fleecy clouds of dusk reflect the setting sun
And I am overwhelmed with their beauty,
I remember, and my mind says,
“Thank You, Lord”.

 When another unexpected occurrence
Reveals Your hidden unearned blessings,
I remember, and my mind says,
“Thank You, Lord”.

 When my daughter interrupts my prayer
And for a moment I am caught in inner disturbance,
I rejoice, and my heart says,
“Thank You, Lord”.

 When I am misunderstood and wrongly accused
And I can not explain our difference,
I rejoice, and my heart says,
“Thank You, Lord”.

 When my intricate plans dissolve in the light of Your unfolding moment,
And my unsurrendered will urges me to push against You again and again
I rejoice, and my heart says,
“Thank You, Lord”.

 When a weathered woman with drawn tight-lipped smile
Shouts at her child and draws back her hand to strike,
I am overcome with the agony of Your presence
And my soul prays,
“Thank You, Lord”.

 When a elderly man sits alone in his wheelchair, staring at a blank wall,
Vaguely remembering that he once had a wife and children,
I am overcome with the agony of Your presence
And my soul prays,
“Thank You, Lord”.

 And as warfare fills thousands of innocent families
With the pain of doubt, confusion, loss, uncertainty and death,
I am overcome with the agony of Your presence
And my soul prays,
“Thank You, Lord”.

 And as this mortal frame shall one day slowly drop to the ground,
And this mouth shall no longer speak,
Perhaps I shall hear Your voice
Echoing throughout my being,
Singing,

“Thank You, Lord”.

(From the collection, "From The Path - Verses On The Mystic Journey" click Here for more)

Copyright 2004 by The Conscious Living Foundation, All Rights Reserved

This holiday season, let's share with our loves ones, the gifts for which we are most grateful:
 joy, wisdom, love and the means to increase them in our lives.  Click Here.

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News:  New Audio CD - Byways To Blessedness by James Allen (4 CD Set)

Many of our members and visitors are familiar with the James Allen's classic book "As A Man Thinketh".  This is Mr. Allen's most popular book and is a wonderful introduction to his view of the power of thoughts, words and actions.  For those who have not read it, it is available in the "E-Books" section of our website at no charge.  We also offer an audio version of the book Here.

However, the most complete expression of his approach to living is contained in his masterwork "Byways To Blessedness".  This book is the most complete, detailed and in-depth expression of James Allen’s inspirational vision of the path to conscious evolution.  As "As A Man Thinketh" was the introductory course to his thoughts and wisdom, "Byways To Blessedness" is James Allen's Master's thesis. 

This four CD unabridged recording contains the keys to personal happiness, prosperity, health and spiritual growth. 

We can understand in a deeper way, James Allen's insightful ideas and encouragement within such chapters as:  
  • Transcending Difficulties and Perplexities

  • Burden Dropping

  • Hidden Sacrifices

  • Sympathy

  • Standing Alone

  • Forgiveness

  • Seeing No Evil

  • Abiding Joy

  • Silentness

  • Solitude

  • Right Beginnings

  • Happy Endings


To hear some sample selections from this new recording, click Here.

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News:  New Audio CD - Discovering Spirit - Informal Talks and Guided Meditation (2 CD Set)

 
Discovering Spirit is an inspirational collection of informal talks and a relaxing guided meditation with the Director of The Conscious Living Foundation, William Simpson.

Topics include: "God Is Within", "What Do We Do When We're Not Meditating?", "Perspective On The Path", "God's Forgiveness and Non-Judgment", "Sitting In The Stillness", "How To Practice Affirmations" and "The Nature of God".

"If we can free ourselves from this conception that God has a measuring tape with him all the time... it limits our understanding of the true nature of God as sweetness, as comfort, as compassion, as love.  God knows every single act we have ever undertaken... every thought we've ever had - every feeling, every emotion.  And yet, with all that awareness, with all that knowledge, God's only response is love.  Because God knows our true nature... And all these mistakes we make, are merely superficial coverings that will be washed away.  Our essence has been, is, and will be, ever unchanging light, love, joy, awareness and bliss."

To hear some sample selections from this new recording, click Here.

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This holiday season, let's share with our loves ones, the gifts for which we are most grateful:
 joy, wisdom, love and the means to increase them in our lives.  Click Here.

Article:  To Give Is To Receive                     by Roger Walsh

 

While forgiveness heals the heart of old hurts, gratitude opens it to present love. Gratitude bestows many benefits. It dissolves negative feelings: anger and jealousy melt in its embrace, fear and defensiveness shrink. Gratitude deflates the barriers to love.

Gratitude also evokes happiness, which is itself a powerfully healing and beneficial emotion. The great Taoist sage Chuang Tzu even went so far as to say that "When one reaches happiness, one is close to perfection." When we are happy, we like to make others happy, and this fosters kindness and generosity.

Gratitude is a gift to everyone. No wonder Saint Paul urged us to "Rejoice always" and to "Give thanks in all circumstances."

Like other attitudes, gratitude can be cultivated. We don't have to wait for our fairy grandmother to shower us with gifts before feeling thankful. We can develop gratitude by reflecting on the gifts that are already ours. This reflections can be done for a minute, a day, or throughout a lifetime. Most people celebrate their birthday and holidays, but those who cultivate gratitude celebrate every day. We can be grateful because we are happy, but we can also be happy because we are grateful.

We tend to forget how very different the laws that govern the mind are from the laws that operate in the physical world. In the world, if we give a physical thing to another person, whether it be a toy or a diamond, we lose it. Yet in the mind, the opposite is true. Whatever we intend for another person we experience ourselves, whatever we give we gain, whatever we offer flowers in our own mind.

If you feel hatred toward someone, that hate boomerangs back and scorches your own mind. On the other hand, if you offer love to someone, that love first fills and heals your mind. Once this is understood, the desire to hate and hurt starts to shrink, while the desire to love and help begins to flourish. The words "As you give so shall you receive" are profound statements about the way our minds work. This is the basis of the prayer of St. Francis, one of the most beloved of Christian saints:

Grant that I may not so much seek
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.

From the book: Essential Spirituality; John Wiley & Sons

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News:  New Audio Book CD - "The World As I See It" by Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein was one of the most influential men of the 20th century.  In addition to his fundamental contributions to physics, he also modeled behaviors and attitudes of humanism and non-violence that continue to inspire at the beginning of the 21st century.
 

Some of his thoughts on spirituality:

"I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts; the rest are details."

"Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind."

"My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind."

"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift."

The topics of his talks include:

"The World As I See It"               "Religion and Science"                  
"Good and Evil"                             "Paradise Lost"
"Education and Educators"            "Society and Personality"
"Impressions of America"              "Wealth and Education"
"Peace"                                         "Students and Disarmament"
"Letter To Sigmund Freud"            "Arnold Berliner's 70th Birthday"

This holiday season, let's share with our loves ones, the gifts for which we are most grateful:
 joy, wisdom, love and the means to increase them in our lives.  Click Here.

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Humor:  Proverbs From The Young

A first-grade teacher with twenty-five students in her class gave each child the first half of a well-known proverb, asking them to come up with the second half. Their insights may surprise you. While reading, keep in mind that these are six and seven year olds.
 
Don't change horses …
…until they stop running.

 Strike while the…
…bug is close.

 It's always darkest before…
…Daylight Saving Time.

Never underestimate the power of…
...termites.

You can lead a horse to water but…
…how?

 Don't bite the hand that…
...looks dirty.

No news…
…impossible.

 A miss is as good as a…
…Mr.

 You can't teach an old dog new…
…math.

If you lie down with dogs, you'll…
…stink in the morning.

Love all, trust…
…me.

The pen is mightier than the…
…pigs.

An idle mind is…
…the best way to relax.

Where there's smoke there's…
…pollution.

Happy the bride who…
…gets all the presents.

A penny saved is…
…not much.

Two's company, three's…
the Musketeers.

Don't put off till tomorrow what…
…you put on to go to bed.

Laugh and the whole world laughs with you; cry and…
…you have to blow your nose.

There are none so blind as…
…Stevie Wonder.

Children should be seen and not…
…spanked or grounded.

If at first you don't succeed…
…get new batteries.

You get out of something only what you…
…see in the picture on the box.

When the blind lead the blind…
…get out of the way.

Better late than…
…pregnant.

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