A Little Extra – April 2017

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A Little Extra – April 2017

When God Sends You Help, Don’t Ask Questions

She hurried to the pharmacy to get medication, got back to her car and found that she had locked her keys inside.

The woman found an old rusty coat hanger left on the ground. She looked at it and said, “I don’t know how to use this.”

She bowed her head and asked God to send her some help.

Within 5 minutes a beat-up old motorcycle pulled up, Driven by a bearded man who was wearing an old biker skull rag. He got off of his cycle and asked if he could help.

She said: “Yes, my daughter is sick. I’ve locked my keys in my car. I must get home. Please, can you use this hanger to unlock my car?” 

He said, “Sure.”

He walked over to the car, and in less than a minute, the car door was open.

She hugged the man and through tears, softly said, “Thank you, God, for sending me such a very nice man.”

The man heard her little prayer and replied, “Lady, I am not a nice man. I just got out of prison yesterday; I was in prison for car theft.”

The woman hugged the man again, sobbing, “Oh, thank you, God! You even sent me a professional.”

Is God great or what!?!

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Mindfulness

Its definition: Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally.

Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at present with those around you and with what you are doing. We bring our body and mind into harmony while we wash the dishes, drive the car or take pour morning shower. Thich Nhat Hanh

The present moment is the most profound and challenging teacher we will ever meet in our lives. It is a compassionate teacher, it extends to us no judgement, no censure, no measurement of success or failure. The present moment is a mirror, in its reflection we learn to see. Learning how to look into this mirror without deluding ourselves is the source of all wisdom. In this mirror we see what contributes to the confusing and discord in our lives and what contributes to harmony and understanding. We see the relationship between pain and its cause on a moment to moment level; we see the bond between love and its source. We see what connects us and what it is that alienates us. Christina Feldman and Jack Kornfeld

When the future seems overwhelming, remember it only comes one moment at a time.

Skill Focus: Learning to be in control of your own mind, rather than letting your mind be in control of you.

When you touch one thing with deep awareness you touch everything.

In a lighter vein

An Irishman was walking about the local cemetery, reading the epitaphs. He paused before one tombstone on which were carved the words “Here lies Donald McDougal, a pious man and generous father”. “Just like the Scots” mumbled the son of Erin. “Three in one grave.”

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