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“Faith
is the assurance of things hoped for,

the conviction of things not seen.”
Hebrews 11:1

   Life begins again and again.

Taking
a leap of Faith
is just
letting your mind
quietly tell your Heart
to say,
“Yes”.

And
when you do,
when all the trials and sorrows
and suffering and pain
have led you
to this moment,
you will discover,
you were looking for
Home,
and you were Home,
and did not
know it.

       We all live under the same sky.

There is Glorious Splendor
in our quest,
this hunger for Life
that lives within,
this thirst for Love
that will never end,
as each day by day
Dawns anew,
and Life
begins again and again.

“We all live under the same sky,
but we don’t all have
the same Horizon.”
Konrad Adenauer

And,
in the Dawn
of our Faith,
we too
are born anew,
and live again.

Let your mind quietly tell your Heart to say, “Yes”.

My Dear Friends,
we are
more than what we seem,
Oh Child of God,
of Unending Grace.

We will never behold
what can never be told,
never held in the mind
of Man,
never found
in Time or Space.
But,
through our Faith
we are born again
by God’s Everlasting
and Loving Grace.

       In the Dawn of our Faith.

Like
a candle in the wind,
flickering for the
moment,
the Light
of your Life
can become a reflection
of God’s Love.

Have Faith,
my Friend,
and let the Light
of God’s Love
shine from within.

We don’t all have the same Horizon.

Can knowledge
arise
to reassure someone
that Life is not
a singular, lonely journey,
leading to nowhere,
to nothing
but death?

Life is complicated,
vast and filled with conflicting elements.
No one of us can find
all the answers.
Even endless nights
of worry and toil
will not solve
all of Life’s mysteries.
We may stay up all night
and worry all day,
trying to think through and understand
the complicated events
and circumstances of our lives.
But we will never
fully understand.

“When I applied my mind to know Wisdom,
and to see the business that is done on Earth,
how neither day nor night one’s eyes see sleep;
then I saw all the work of God,
that man cannot find out
the work that is done under the sun.
However much man may toil in seeking,
he will not find it out;
even though a wise man claims to know,
he cannot find it out.

Ecclesiastes 8:16-17

These words were penned
by one of the Wisest men
of the ancient World,
a man known for Wisdom
throughout his reign as
the King of Israel.
And yet,
he admitted that mankind
cannot know
all the answers.

Our diligence in thoughtful labor
will not unravel Life’s mysteries:
“However much man may toil in seeking,
he will not find it out.”
We will still be left asking
the Eternal,
Why?

“For as the Heavens are higher than the Earth,
so are My Ways higher than your ways
and My Thoughts than your thoughts,”
Isaiah 55:9

Hebrews 11:1 reassures us
that Faith  is
“being sure of what we hope for
and certain of what we do not see.”

Nothing
is more important than Faith,
our Belief in and Trust
in something without proof.
The Bible
has much to say about Faith
and how important it is.
It is so important
that without Faith,
we have no place with God,
and it is impossible to please Him.
(Hebrews 11:6).

Faith is Belief
in the one, true God,
without actually seeing Him.

“Bad things happen to good people
just about as often as they

happen to bad people.
We have not been given a shield
protecting us from misfortune,
but there is within all of us,
waiting to be discovered,
the strength to deal with adversity,
to overcome it, and learn from it
so we can still find
Love, laughter and joy
despite it.”

Michael Josephson

In this time of fear
When prayer so often
Proved in vain,
Hope seemed like the summer birds
Too swiftly flown away.
Yet now I’m standing here,
With Heart so full I can’t explain,
Seeking Faith and speaking words
I never thought I’d say.
There can be miracles
when you Believe.
Though Hope is frail
It’s hard to kill,
Who knows what miracles
You can achieve
When you believe.
Somehow you will.

You will when
you Believe.”

Stephen Schwartz

By Faith
Abel offered a pleasing sacrifice to the Lord;
by faith Noah prepared the ark in a time when rain was unknown;
by faith Abraham left his home and obeyed God’s command
to go he knew not where, then willingly offered up his only son;
by faith Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt;
by faith Rahab received the spies of Israel and saved her life.

Many heroes of Faith
are mentioned in the Bible
“who through Faith
conquered kingdoms,
administered justice,
gained what was promised;
shut the mouths of Lions,
quenched the fury of flames,
escaped the edge of the sword;
had weakness was turned to strength;
became powerful in battle and routed armies”.
Faith is demonstrated by action.

Let YOUR Faith
be YOUR strength.

Goodnight.

  Able to “move mountains”.

“Faith”,
Jesus says,
“If it were the size of even
the smallest of the seeds,
the mustard bush,
they would be able to
move mountains.”
Matthew 17:20

“Stress, depression, and anxiety
are caused when we are living
to please others.”
Paulo Coehlo

Freeing Your Truest Self
When You’ve Been Anxious
to Please Everyone Else

I came from a broken and very poor family. My father left the house during my teenage years, and it was just my mother, little brother, and I remaining.

Like most single parents going through the hardships of single handedly caring for two children, my mother was often anxious about my well-being. And she overcompensated for her anxiety by being overbearing.

I unfortunately inherited this anxiety.

For the longest time, it was a daily battle for me.

You know the feeling.

Your muscles tense up, you feel an overwhelming sense of fear, and your heart begins to race.

It’s the uncomfortable worries that surface as you play out worst-case scenarios in your head.

Though we can feel anxiety about debt, work pressures, or any number of challenges, for me, it was mostly triggered by the fear of not being good enough and disappointing other people.

Professor Harry Lacey

Professor Lacey teaches Latin, Greek & Epic Literature.

My struggle with anxiety was one of the most crippling experiences, and as a result, I never grew.

So, is it really possible to overcome anxiety?

I realized the answer is yes, but first I needed to understand where my anxiety was coming from.

Anxiety is Your Brain Trying to Protect You

There’s a small, almond-sized part of your brain known as the amygdala whose main job is to look out for your survival. For example, if a mountain lion were chasing you, your amygdala would trigger fear so that it would activate your body to run for your life or grab a weapon to fight.

Your amygdala doesn’t only watch out for your physical survival. You feel the same kind of fear when you are nervous about giving a public speech or going on a first date.

When you experience anxiety in these situations, it’s your brain’s way of trying to help you survive emotionally.

Unfortunately, your amygdala is not the greatest at accurately gauging how dangerous a situation might be. It often blows things way out of proportion.

I remember what it felt like when I was a kid and wouldn’t see my mother the whole day because she was always working late. I’d wait for her to talk about something I was excited about only to have her turn the conversation toward things about myself that I should be improving.

Even though this was her way of trying to make sure I survive in the world, because we were barely getting by, the constant requests to do things better made me feel like I wasn’t good enough.

It felt like no matter what I did, I could never fully please her. If I accomplished something she requested of me, I’d get a quick “thank you,” then she’d move on to talk about what else I should do.

Philippe Arrighi teaches French and French History and Culture.

I found it most hurtful when she would talk about how great someone else was. She’d update me about some amazing thing that one of her client’s children had accomplished and suggest that I should try to follow in that person’s footsteps.

All that did was make me think that something was wrong with me.

I ended up with low self-esteem, and because I thought I was worthless, nothing was scarier than the thought of making mistakes and failing, because that would confirm that I was not good enough.

This was why I never took too many risks and searched only for options that seemed to have a guarantee for success.

My anxiety made me develop a behavior of perfectionism, and it was ruining my life. The more I let it make my decisions for me, or lack of decisions for that matter, the further I felt from who I wanted to become.

Ironically, becoming a perfectionist was my brain’s solution to helping me feel good enough.

“Perfectionism
is the belief that if we live perfect,
look perfect, and act perfect,
we can minimize or avoid the pain
of blame, judgement, and shame.
It’s a shield.”

Brené Brown

This toxic behavior put me in an endless cycle of working hard to achieve all sorts of cool things so that one day, I might feel good about myself. In reality, every accomplishment felt anti-climactic. I was always dissatisfied and constantly looking for the next big accomplishment to chase.

No matter how much I succeeded, it was never enough for me, just like I never felt like I was enough for other people.

It wasn’t until I met someone who could see the real me that I finally figured out how to overcome my anxiety.

The Power of a Safe Space

When I was a teenager, a man named Anthony saved my life. If it weren’t for him, I would’ve gone down a much more self-destructive path.

He never questioned the mistakes I’d made unless I wanted to talk about them. And when I didn’t want to talk about them, he’d openly share his own horrible mistakes.

I never once felt judged by him, nor did I feel like he had a set of expectations for me.

Anthony helped me feel safe.

People touched by you will not be ordinary anymore.

People touched by
you will not be
ordinary anymore.

I realized for the first time that for most of my life, I didn’t feel safe to be who I was.

I was almost always in survival mode, shielding myself emotionally. All my behavior was in reaction to the anxiety of not feeling good enough for other people.

Being in a safe space finally helped me put my guard down and look at myself objectively. It was in these moments that I became deeply aware that being a perfectionist wasn’t the answer to my anxiety, and that I was heading down a path toward depression.

I didn’t come to this realization sooner because the pre-frontal cortex, the thinking part of the brain, is turned off when the brain’s in survival mode. This pre-frontal cortex is what’s capable of rational behavior, critical thinking, and emotional regulation.

The only way to calm down the survival mode of your brain is to place yourself in environments where you feel safe.

The thinking part of your brain will help you understand where your anxiety comes from and figure out an effective way to handle it.

It was in this safe space that I finally realized that I had the power and responsibility to stay true to myself.

How I Overcame My Anxiety

Deep down, I hated myself for constantly giving in to other people’s expectations of me and for letting their standards determine my self-worth.

But the reality is that I let this happen.

And here’s the even harsher truth.

I let it happen because it’s much easier to live a life that someone else wants you to live.

The scariest part is that once you take ownership of the one life you have, you have no one to blame if things go wrong. At least following someone else’s path gave me the right to blame him or her.

My brain would rather me let others’ standards dictate my life and sacrifice my mental health than do anything that might make me experience the emotional pain of looking like a failure and falling short of someone’s standards.

Now that I knew all my anxiety was coming from my brain being in survival mode, I needed to figure out a way to regularly calm it down.

          A beautiful sunset at the Anderson School.

This was when I discovered meditation. 

I learned that brain scans in studies have revealed that meditation calms the amygdala and activates the thinking part of your brain.

I started using the free version of an app called Head space, and I learned how effective it can be to simply be present and enter a state of awareness.

For most of my life, I’d been tossed left and right by my circumstances and was a slave to my emotional reactions. Meditation helped me become more aware of why I was behaving the way I did, especially in these reactive moments.

I finally saw that almost all my anxiety led to irrational thoughts and behaviors.

For example, I remember when I decided to start my business, it was hard to build my audience. Nobody was reading any of my articles, and I wasn’t getting any traffic on my website.

I’ve given up on other ventures plenty of times before, and I was ready to give up on this one too. I took it personally and started telling myself the familiar narrative that I didn’t have what it takes. I just wasn’t good enough. Then I recognized that I was reacting to my anxiety as I’d always done, and I could choose a different way.

I was able to be aware and think to myself, “I’m feeling anxious right now because this moment feels similar to a couple of painful experiences I had in the past.”

The moment I became aware of this I gave myself the power to make a choice rather than to habitually react.

So I told myself, “The old you would put yourself down and give up, but the new you can try to assess the situation objectively and see what is really setting you back.”

After doing this, I was finally able to grasp that I didn’t have business challenges because of my character, but most likely because of the strategies and tactics I was using to market myself. Once I used different strategies, I got different results.

Your Best Life Starting Now

In order to live our best life, we have to calm our anxiety about disappointing other people and not being good enough, and find the courage to be true to ourselves.

It is one of the hardest decisions you will ever make, but it will also be one of the best.

The first step to changing my life for the better was having awareness. The next key step was focus.

What you focus on is usually what you will gravitate toward.

The key to living your best life is not to run away from who you were, but to run toward who you want to become.

As I meditated, my anxiety calmed down and I started to have such a clear idea of the person I wanted to be.

I no longer wanted to be the anxious person who thought he was worthless. I wanted to become a great husband, father, and leader. Rather than worrying about not being able to meet these expectations, I started to engage the thinking part of my brain to figure out what needed to be done.

I didn’t have all the answers, but I knew I could only make this life I wanted a reality if I started making changes and learned as I went.

I wanted to learn what it took to become a better husband, so I started going to marriage counseling.

I wanted to become a better parent, so I researched how children are wired and how to best communicate with them.

I wanted to be a better leader, so I invested in credible leadership and coaching courses.

And I did these things not because I wanted to prove something to myself, but more because it mattered to me deeply and I knew it was a part of who I truly was.

I’ve spent too much time running away from opportunities for growth because I was afraid I might not be good enough. The problem, though, was that I was running away without knowing where I wanted to go. I ended up in destinations where I felt more lost than ever, and my anxiety kept catching up to me in the end.

Now, whenever I experience anxiety, I tell myself, “This is anxiety.” I thank my brain for looking out for me and then I ask myself, “What do I need to focus on in this moment, and how can I get it?”

Then, surprisingly, the anxiety calms down and the thinking part of my brain activates to try and figure out the best way to go about things.

This is what changed everything for me.

And I know it can for you too.

While people might have expectations for you, the world desperately needs the power that comes from you living your most authentic life.

If you are battling anxiety about not being good enough or pleasing other people, take a moment to slow down and acknowledge what you are experiencing. Then, identify what you need to feel safe so you can turn on the thinking part of your brain and start uncovering the answers you most need. That might mean meditating, talking to a close friend, or even just getting out in nature for a walk.

It’s time to take a deep breath, be compassionate with yourself, and decide who it is you want to be.

Stay aware and focused and you’ll be there sooner than you think.

About Eugene Choi

Eugene works with professionals who are frustrated because they’ve made it as far as they can go and start to feel stuck. His unique method of coaching helps them figure out what their next steps can be whether it’s a way to grow within their company or even switch careers.

2018-19 Anderson School Calendar

First Semester

September 4 – December 21   2018

Sept. 4 (Tuesday)                              First Day of First Semester

Oct 8 (Monday)                                 Columbus Day Holiday

Nov. 19 – 23                                       Thanksgiving / Fall Break

T. B. A.                                                 Texas A.G.T. Conference (no school)

Dec. 21 (Friday)                                 Last Day of Fall Semester

Dec. 24 – Jan. 7                                  Winter Break Holidays

Second Semester

January 8 – May 24   2019

Jan. 8 (Tuesday)                                 Second Semester begins

Jan. 21 (Monday)                               Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Holiday

Feb. 18 (Monday)                               President’s Day Holiday

Mar. 11 -15                                         Spring Break Holidays

April 19 & 22 (Fri. & Mon.)             Good Friday & Easter Holidays

May 20                                                Prep. Day for Adventure Trip     (no school)

May 21 – 24                                        Adventure Trip

May 24                                                Last Day of Semester

  Dr. & Mrs. Anderson may schedule 2-5 additional days
(to be announced later) for In-service Training.
Visit our website at
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for updated information.

    The School Calendar is subject to change.
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if school is closed due to
 inclement weather.

Inclement Weather Policy:
the school will close if Fort Worth I. S. D. is closed.

(Calendar 2018-2019 / approved 7-29-18)

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The Brevity of Our Being / Ways to Be Incredibly Happy / Classes Resume Tuesday, Sept. 4

Between the moments the stone touches the water.

Precious memories
are
like a stone
we throw
to skip across the water,
in a moment
we choose
to raise the level
of our awareness.

Between
the moments
the stone touches the water,
thoughts can intervene,
and fly away with
awareness
never before
seen.

The tide washes aplenty our footprints upon the shore.

Between the beats
of a Human Heart,
reality can seem
to be flung far away,
like a dream
within
a dream.

Our smiles
for one another,
our Hearts
compassionate in beating,
our moments
held in Loving greeting,
are like the stones
we throw,
to skip across the water
of our Sacred
Being.

Moments of Joy

The tide
washes aplenty
our footprints
upon the shore,
like so many
moments of Joy
we all too often
ignore.

There is so much
of Life to live,
when we choose
not to take,
but give.

Yes,
a lack of
understanding
has its advantages,
but not many.

There is so much of Life to live.

The Love
we dare
to share,
can inspire each
moment
to move forward
through time and space,
and spiral outward
in a never ending
trajectory
directed toward
the very Heart
of God.

  The journey of Life
cannot truly end
until begins.

And,
My Dear Friends,
the end is near
the beginning.
The exit
is through the
Gift Shop.
And
for the Gift
of God’s Love
the price is
always –
free.

Goodnight.

The Love we dare to share.

Scientifically Proven Ways
to Be Incredibly Happy

by Belle Beth Cooper,
Content Crafter at Buffer
read more

It’s easy to think of happiness as a result, but happiness is also a driver.

One example: While I’m definitely into finding ways to improve personal productivity (whether a one-day burst, or a lifetime, or things you should not do every day), probably the best way to be more productive is to just be happier. Happy people accomplish more.

Easier said than done though, right?

Actually, many changes are easy. Here are 10 science-based ways to be happier from Belle Beth Cooper, Content Crafter at Buffer, the social media management tool that lets you schedule, automate, and analyze social media updates.

Here’s Beth:

1. Exercise: 7 Minutes Could Be Enough

Think exercise is something you don’t have time for? Think again. Check out the  7 minute workout mentioned in The New York Times. That’s a workout any of us can fit into our schedules.

Exercise has such a profound effect on our happiness and well-being that it is an effective strategy for overcoming depression. In a study cited in Shawn Achor’s book The Happiness Advantage, three groups of patients treated their depression with medication, exercise, or a combination of the two. The results of this study are surprising: Although all three groups experienced similar improvements in their happiness levels early on, the follow-up assessments proved to be radically different:

The groups were then tested six months later to assess their relapse rate. Of those who had taken the medication alone, 38 percent had slipped back into depression. Those in the combination group were doing only slightly better, with a 31 percent relapse rate. The biggest shock, though, came from the exercise group: Their relapse rate was only 9 percent.

 

You don’t have to be depressed to benefit from exercise, though. Exercise can help you relax, increase your brain power, and even improve your body image, even if you don’t lose any weight.

We’ve explored exercise in depth before, and looked at what it does to our brains, such as releasing proteins and endorphins that make us feel happier.

A study in the Journal of Health Psychology found that people who exercised felt better about their bodies even when they saw no physical changes:

Body weight, shape and body image were assessed in 16 males and 18 females before and after both 6 × 40 minutes exercising and 6 × 40 minutes reading. Over both conditions, body weight and shape did not change. Various aspects of body image, however, improved after exercise compared to before.

Even if your actual appearance doesn’t change, how you feel about your body does change.

2. Sleep More: You’ll Be Less Sensitive to Negative Emotions

 

We know that sleep helps our body recover from the day and repair itself and that it helps us focus and be more productive. It turns out sleep is also important for happiness. In NutureShock, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman explain how sleep affects positivity:

3. Spend More Time With Friends/Family: Money Can’t Buy You Happiness

 

Staying in touch with friends and family is one of the top five regrets of the dying.

If you want more evidence that time with friends is beneficial for you, research proves it can make you happier right now, too.

Social time is highly valuable when it comes to improving our happiness, even for introverts. Several studies have found that time spent with friends and family makes a big difference to how happy we feel.

I love the way Harvard happiness expert Daniel Gilbert explains it:

We are happy when we have family, we are happy when we have friends and almost all the other things we think make us happy are actually just ways of getting more family and friends.

4. Get Outside More: Happiness is Maximized at 57°

In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor recommends spending time in the fresh air to improve your happiness:

Making time to go outside on a nice day also delivers a huge advantage; one study found that spending 20 minutes outside in good weather not only boosted positive mood, but broadened thinking and improved working memory…

This is pretty good news for those of us who are worried about fitting new habits into our already-busy schedules. Twenty minutes is a short enough time to spend outside that you could fit it into your commute or even your lunch break.

A UK study from the University of Sussex also found that being outdoors made people happier:

Being outdoors, near the sea, on a warm, sunny weekend afternoon is the perfect spot for most. In fact, participants were found to be substantially happier outdoors in all natural environments than they were in urban environments.

The American Meteorological Society published research in 2011 that found current temperature has a bigger effect on our happiness than variables like wind speed and humidity, or even the average temperature over the course of a day. It also found that happiness is maximized at 57 degrees (13.9°C), so keep an eye on the weather forecast before heading outside for your 20 minutes of fresh air.

The connection between productivity and temperature is another topic we’ve talked about more here. It’s fascinating what a small change in temperature can do.
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5. Help Others: 100 Hours a Year is the Magic Number

One of the most counter-intuitive pieces of advice I found is that to make yourself feel happier, you should help others. In fact, 100 hours per year (or two hours per week) is the optimal time we should dedicate to helping others in order to enrich our lives.

If we go back to Shawn Achor’s book again, he says this about helping others:

…when researchers interviewed more than 150 people about their recent purchases, they found that money spent on activities–such as concerts and group dinners out–brought far more pleasure than material purchases like shoes, televisions, or expensive watches. Spending money on other people, called “prosocial spending,” also boosts happiness.

 

The Journal of Happiness Studies published a study that explored this very topic.

6. Practice Smiling: Reduce Pain, Improve Mood, Think Better

 

Smiling can make us feel better, but it’s more effective when we back it up with positive thoughts, according to this study:

A new study led by a Michigan State University business scholar suggests customer-service workers who fake smile throughout the day worsen their mood and withdraw from work, affecting productivity. But workers who smile as a result of cultivating positive thoughts – such as a tropical vacation or a child’s recital – improve their mood and withdraw less.

Of course it’s important to practice “real smiles” where you use your eye sockets. (You’ve seen fake smiles that don’t reach the person’s eyes. Try it. Smile with just your mouth. Then smile naturally; your eyes narrow. There’s a huge difference in a fake smile and a genuine smile.)

According to PsyBlog, smiling can improve our attention and help us perform better on cognitive tasks:

Smiling makes us feel good which also increases our attentional flexibility and our ability to think holistically. When this idea was tested by Johnson et al. (2010), the results showed that participants who smiled performed better on attentional tasks which required seeing the whole forest rather than just the trees.

A smile is also a good way to reduce some of the pain we feel in troubling circumstances:

Smiling is one way to reduce the distress caused by an upsetting situation. Psychologists call this the facial feedback hypothesis. Even forcing a smile when we don’t feel like it is enough to lift our mood slightly (this is one example of embodied cognition).

7. Plan a Trip: It Helps Even if You Don’t Actually Take One.

 

As opposed to actually taking a holiday, simply planning a vacation or break from work can improve our happiness. A study published in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life showed that the highest spike in happiness came during the planning stage of a vacation as people enjoy the sense of anticipation:

In the study, the effect of vacation anticipation boosted happiness for eight weeks. After the vacation, happiness quickly dropped back to baseline levels for most people.

Shawn Achor has some info for us on this point, as well:

One study found that people who just thought about watching their favorite movie actually raised their endorphin levels by 27 percent.

If you can’t take the time for a vacation right now, or even a night out with friends, put something on the calendar – even if it’s a month or a year down the road. Then, whenever you need a boost of happiness, remind yourself about it.

8. Meditate: Rewire Your Brain for Happiness

Meditation is often touted as an important habit for improving focus, clarity, and attention span, as well as helping to keep you calm. It turns out it’s also useful for improving your happiness😐

In one study, a research team from Massachusetts General Hospital looked at the brain scans of 16 people before and after they participated in an eight-week course in mindfulness meditation. The study, published in the January issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuro-imaging, concluded that after completing the course, parts of the participants’ brains associated with compassion and self-awareness grew, and parts associated with stress shrank.

Meditation literally clears your mind and calms you down, it’s been often proven to be the single most effective way to live a happier life.  According to Achor, meditation can actually make you happier long-term:

Studies show that in the minutes right after meditating, we experience feelings of calm and contentment, as well as heightened awareness and empathy. And, research even shows that regular meditation can permanently rewire the brain to raise levels of happiness.

The fact that we can actually alter our brain structure through mediation is most surprising to me and somewhat reassuring that however we feel and think today isn’t permanent.

9. Move Closer to Work: A Short Commute is Worth More Than a Big House

Our commute to work can have a surprisingly powerful impact on our happiness. The fact that we tend to commute twice a day at least five days a week makes it unsurprising that the effect would build up over time and make us less and less happy.

Having a long commute is something we often fail to realize will affect us so dramatically:

… while many voluntary conditions don’t affect our happiness in the long term because we acclimate to them, people never get accustomed to their daily slog to work because sometimes the traffic is awful and sometimes it’s not.

Or as Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert put it, “Driving in traffic is a different kind of hell every day.”

We tend to try to compensate for this by having a bigger house or a better job, but these compensations just don’t work:

Two Swiss economists who studied the effect of commuting on happiness found that such factors could not make up for the misery created by a long commute.

10. Practice Gratitude: Increase Happiness and Satisfaction

This is a seemingly simple strategy but I’ve personally found it to make a huge difference to my outlook. There are lots of ways to practice gratitude, from keeping a journal of things you’re grateful for, sharing three good things that happen each day with a friend or your partner, and going out of your way to show gratitude when others help you.

In an experiment where participants took note of things they were grateful for each day, their moods were improved just from this simple practice:

The gratitude – outlook groups exhibited heightened well-being across several, though not all, of the outcome measures across the three studies, relative to the comparison groups. The effect on positive affect appeared to be the most robust finding. Results suggest that a conscious focus on blessings may have emotional and interpersonal benefits.

The Journal of Happiness studies published a study that used letters of gratitude to test how being grateful can affect our levels of happiness:

Participants included 219 men and women who wrote three letters of gratitude over a 3 week period. Results indicated that writing letters of gratitude increased participants’ happiness and life satisfaction while decreasing depressive symptoms.

Quick Final Fact: Getting Older Will Actually Make You Happier

As we get older, particularly past middle age, we tend to naturally grow happier. There’s still some debate over why this happens, but scientists have a few ideas:

Researchers, including the authors, have found that older people shown pictures of faces or situations tend to focus on and remember the happier ones more and the negative ones less.

Other studies have discovered that as people age, they seek out situations that will lift their moods – for instance, pruning social circles of friends or acquaintances who might bring them down. Still other work finds that older adults learn to let go of loss and disappointment over unachieved goals, and focus their goals on greater well being.

So if you thought getting old will make you miserable, it’s likely you’ll develop a more positive outlook than you probably have now.

How cool is that?

 

2018-19 Anderson School Calendar

First Semester

September 4 – December 21   2018

Sept. 4 (Tuesday)                              First Day of First Semester

Oct 8 (Monday)                                 Columbus Day Holiday

Nov. 19 – 23                                       Thanksgiving / Fall Break

T. B. A.                                                 Texas A.G.T. Conference (no school)

Dec. 21 (Friday)                                 Last Day of Fall Semester

Dec. 24 – Jan. 7                                  Winter Break Holidays

Second Semester

January 8 – May 24   2019

Jan. 8 (Tuesday)                                 Second Semester begins

Jan. 21 (Monday)                               Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Holiday

Feb. 18 (Monday)                               President’s Day Holiday

Mar. 11 -15                                         Spring Break Holidays

April 19 & 22 (Fri. & Mon.)             Good Friday & Easter Holidays

May 20                                                Prep. Day for Adventure Trip     (no school)

May 21 – 24                                        Adventure Trip

May 24                                                Last Day of Semester

  Dr. & Mrs. Anderson may schedule 2-5 additional days
(to be announced later) for In-service Training.
Visit our website at
http://www.andersonschool.net
for updated information.

    The School Calendar is subject to change.
There are no make-up days
if school is closed due to
 inclement weather.

Inclement Weather Policy:
the school will close if Fort Worth I. S. D. is closed.

(Calendar 2018-2019 / approved 7-29-18)

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The Gift of God’s Love is always – free.

Our Story of No Greater Gift / Be a Honey and Save the Honey Bees / Monday and Tuesday: Julius Caesar Production at School

“In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky.
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead.
Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.”
– John McCrae May 1915

The Story of Mankind,
OUR story,
may end
unlike it began.

  “This is the way the world ends
    Not with a bang but a whimper.”
– T. S. Eliot
The Hollow Men

My Dear Friends,
the precious Gift
of Freedom,
is given to us,
each and every one,
by those who sacrificed
everything:
their Freedom,
their deep longing to Live,
all the Love that Life
could bring,
the Beauty
of every Spring,
yes,
everything.

And now,
thanks to them,
this day begins
everything.

The pathway forward.

The past
permeates through
YOU
and me,
as we cruise
into this Life
with many Sails
unfurled.

The Brave
do not lie quietly
in their Sacred Graves.
They are
alive
in YOU.
With every shout
of Joy,
with every Blessed moment
to remember,
they quietly celebrate
the Life
you live,
that they give
to you.

        Time is not a natural feature of our Universe.

So breathe deeply
and say a quiet
Prayer,
a Prayer of Thanksgiving,
for the most precious Gift
you will ever receive,
the Gift of Freedom
and Life.

“Greater Love
hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his life
for his friends.”
John 15:13

The Oceans
of their deep and abiding
Love
break upon every
shore.

Deep
in the Forest
of our ideals and ideas,
where our Heart glows,
we live
in this day
and in yesterday.

Their Sacred Sacrifice,
a still Living, breathing thing,
is the Freedom
that can be found,
to be more profound,
than any other
thing on Earth

And now,
let us take time
for reflection.

If
in this day
all is ending,
without Tomorrow,
the past never happened.
The sacrifices
never made.
Without Tomorrow,
there is no Today.
And without this day,
Tomorrow shall never
be.

We are
that we are,
and what will be,
or never be.

The Love of your Child is the way.

Our precious children
are the Seeds that spring to Life
in the Sacred soil
of Freedom,
purchased at the price
of so much sorrow,
suffering and death.

The Love
of your Child
is the way
to remember and Honor
all those who suffered and died
in war.

Let us Honor
their sacrifice
and make the darkness bright.
Let us bear the Truth
and the Light.
They are calling
in the night,
like a Candle very bright,
to give our Children
Hearts
for Love
alone.

Jean-Paul Sartre

If existence
precedes essence,
then our essence
precedes
our further existence.
  But the essence of a thing
is far more fundamental,
more immutable than its
existence.
.

The pathway forward
is beneath
our feet.
Let us
search for it
with our minds,
and follow it
with our Hearts.

What leads us
to Tomorrow
is the Light
of Today.
And that Light,
the Light of Love,
must be seen
by everyone.

As we
open our eyes
and peer into
the Hearts of others,
we see
more clearly.

                         There must be no more War.

The specter of
Hope
resonates throughout
History.
But the History
of all Mankind
is one tragedy
followed
by another.
The chapters
are marked
by
war after war.

But Today,
there must be
no more,
no more
War.

Down the mountain side
we will fall,
into a valley hushed
and white with snow.
No one will be here,
in the bright Light
of the Sun to tell
of our journey upward,
with sweeter songs
that accompanied us.
For what was unknown
became real,
and what then was real
became, with us,
unknown:
a potential existence
that stilled every voice
that sang every song.

“But of the tree of the
knowledge

of good and EVIL,
thou shalt not eat of it:
for in the day that thou eatest thereof,
thou shalt surely
die.”

– Genesis 2:17

Life
without the deep and abiding
reflection of Love,
simply
cannot exist,
cannot prevail.

kawalows

The deep and abiding reflection of Love.

Unknowing
becomes known
because you exist.
But you are here
because of the
Love
that also existed.

Time is not
a natural feature
of our Universe.
It is a concept
invented by us,
we, so Human in being.

There may be no past behind us,
or physical future waiting
in the wings.

Nature
does not defend
the right to cry.
But cry we will
late into our night.
For the reality
of Being
resides within each
Heart.
And so it was,
and always has
been.

Cherish the mind
that has a
Heart.

Goodnight.

                   YOU may not give a Hoot. But I do!

“Little Fly,
Thy summer’s play
My thoughtless hand
Has brushed away.
Am I not like thee?
Or art not thou A man like Me?
For I dance and drink and sing,
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing.”
William Blake

How mowing your lawn less
could help save the B
ees
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By Chaffin Mitchell, AccuWeather staff writer

If you forget to mow your grass for a couple of weeks, it turns out you might be doing a favor for the environment.

New research by the USDA Forest Service and partners funded by the National Science Foundation found that mowing the lawn less frequently can significantly improve pollinator habitat.

Susannah Lerman, a research ecologist with the USDA Forest Service’s Northern Research Station, and her collaborators studied whether different lawn mowing frequencies (one, two or three weeks) influenced bee abundance and diversity in herbicide-free suburban yards in Springfield, Massachusetts.

“Mowing lawns less frequently provides an additional opportunity for householders to support bee conservation,” Lerman said.

Green spaces in urban residential yards could provide suitable habitats for pollinators.

“Mowing less frequently is practical, economical and a time-saving alternative to lawn replacement or even planting pollinator gardens,” Lerman said.

Frequent mowing inhibits the growth of “weedy” species which include dandelions and clover.

Since widespread population declines of bees and other pollinators from habitat loss are a growing concern, spontaneous flowers such as dandelions and clover could provide pollen and nectar sources throughout the growing season.

The team experimentally tested whether different lawn mowing frequencies of one, two or three weeks influenced bee abundance and diversity in 16 suburban western Massachusetts yards by increasing lawn floral resources.

“Lawn-dominated yards, when mowed less frequently and not treated with chemicals, can support surprisingly high numbers of bees and species diversity,” Lerman said.

At the Anderson School, we allow the front 2 acres of our property to blossom into beautiful Wild Flowers each Spring and Summer. This is to assist our resident Honey Bees to survive and thrive. We keep a hive for them at the back of the property – and Thank You Carter and Dad, Travis, for the new Honey Bee Hive! It is beautiful. The word buzzing around is: They Love It!!  Our Honey Bees always Beehave and truly Beelong. We Love them very much and cherish what they do for us.

My Dear Friends, please reserve some space at your home for these very precious Gifts from God. Be a Honey and help a Honey Bee.

IMPORTANT DATES
May 14 & 15                      Shakespeare Theatrical Production at School
May 22- 25                        Adventure Trip
May 25                              Last Day of Semester

Important dates are posted each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.:
William’s Weblog at andersonschool.net

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              Habitats for pollinators.

The Illusions of Life / Everybody Hurts / Friday: At School to Rehearse our Shakespeare Production

“Intellectuals solve problems;
geniuses
prevent them.”

– Albert Einstein (1879-1955),
Physicist and Nobel Laureate

                  Illusions?

There are
any number of problems
that seemingly require
a number
of solutions.

However,
many problems require
no solution.
They
were never problems
to begin with.

“There is always an easy solution
to every Human problem
– neat, plausible, and
wrong.”

– H.L. Mencken (1880 – 1956),
American Journalist, Essayist, and Editor

MANY
things we consider problems
today,
are simply NOT.
They are
illusions.
In fact,
they are added to
what we perceive as
reality.
They become real
to us.

Our perception
of the World around us
is always literal.
We see
what we want
to see.

“As we learn to recognize
our perceptual errors,
we also learn to look past them
or “forgive.”
At the same time we are forgiving ourselves,
looking past our distorted self-concepts
to the Self That God created in us
and as us.”
– from “A Course in Miracles”
click here for more

But,
the illusions of Life
are
fascinating.
They add new
dimensions and depth
to our perception of
reality.
Life can become
not so boring,
but,
also ultimately
unbearable.

The Holy Word of God leads us directly to the answers.

Let us never deny
each other
the real reality
of our
Love.

The good
we fail to do,
far exceeds
the wrong
we do.
Far in excess,
we can prevent
what wrongs we may do
by sharing
the limitless Love
in our Hearts
today.

The illusions of Life are fascinating.

The Truth
is
always stranger
than fiction.
And that fact
has much to do
with the Nature
of Reality.

With all the
complex and fascinating things
that fill our lives,
the MOST mysterious
are the things
we are not privileged
to be aware of.
And being unaware,
does not mean
something does not
exist.

You
may not believe
in God.
But that does not mean
that God
does not believe
in YOU.

“Oh, everything matters
If anything matters at all.
Everything matters
No matter how big,
no matter how small.

Oh, God believes in you.
God believes in you.”
Pierce Pettis

What is to be lived for
is not the illusion
of Life,
but the
Reality of Love.

“Great Miracles
were always proceeded
by Prayer.”

“If a problem has no solution,
it may not be a problem,
but a fact –
not to be solved,
but to be coped with
over time.”
– Shimon Peres
9th President of the State of Israel
Israel’s warrior for Peace was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994

My Friends,
IF
we become aware
of the Infinite power
and potential
of our own God given,
dynamic ability
to alter the very Nature
of what is real,
perhaps we can,
one day,
realize that there is
an Ultimate Reality.

And that
Genuine Reality
permeates beyond and
supersedes
everything we assume
is real.

Yes.
It may be difficult
to realize,
but there is
an Ultimate Reality,
a real Universal Consciousness.
And
the Holy Word of God
leads us directly
to the answers
we seek.

The Ultimate Reality,
the only Reality,
is Love.

“Love is the only reality
and it is not a mere sentiment.
It is the ultimate truth
that lies at the Heart
of Creation.”
– Rabindranath Tagore
Poet, Playwright, and Essayist
Won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913

My Friends,
if you long for
the Truth,
if you want
the answers
to Life’s great, perplexing,
mysterious equations and questions,
the answer is
simple.

Love
is the answer.

And Love,
my Treasured Friends,
is the question,
the question
we need never ask
again.

Love.

Goodnight.

 “The day science begins to study
non-physical phenomena,
it will make more progress in one decade
than in all the previous centuries
of its existence.”

Nikola Tesla

When your day is long
And the night, the night is yours alone,
When you’re sure you’ve had enough
Of this life,
well hang on.

Don’t let yourself go,
‘Cause everybody cries.
And everybody hurts sometimes.

Sometimes everything is wrong.
Now it’s time to sing along.
When your day is night alone (hold on, hold on).
If you feel like letting go (hold on).
If you think you’ve had too much
Of this life,
well hang on.

Cause everybody hurts
Take comfort in your friends
Everybody hurts
Don’t throw your hand,
oh no.

Don’t throw your hand.
If you feel like you’re alone
No, no, no, you are not alone.

If you’re on your own in this Life,
The days and nights are long.
When you think you’ve had too much
of this Life to hang on.

Well,
everybody hurts
sometimes.

Everybody cries.
Everybody hurts sometimes.
And everybody hurts sometimes.
So hold on, hold on
Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on,
hold on.

Everybody hurts.”
William T. Berry, John M. Stipe, Peter L. Buck, Michael E. Mills
click here to play song

“Superfluous wealth
can buy superfluities
only.

Money is not required
to buy one necessity
of the Soul.”

– Henry David Thoreau

In Philosophy Class the week:

IMPORTANT DATES
May 14 & 15                      Shakespeare Theatrical Production at School
May 22- 25                        Adventure Trip
May 25                              Last Day of Semester

Important dates are posted each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.:
William’s Weblog at andersonschool.net

Lyrics/songs texts/paintings/articles
are property and copyright of their owners
and provided for educational purposes.

Copyright Disclaimer – Section 107 – Copyright Act 1976,
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© Copyright 1995-2018 The Anderson Private School.
All Rights Reserved

   Fascinating things that fill our lives.

The Spiritual Nature of Reality Through the Lens of Love / Essential Reasons to Eat Organic Food / Friday: At School (Shakespeare Rehearsal)

Through the Lens of Love
we can begin
to truly Live.

           The Spiritual Nature of Reality.

Startling revelations
show our World
as deeply mysterious and very strange,
far stranger
than we can ever
know.

“Not only is the Universe
stranger

than we imagine,
it is stranger
than we can
imagine.”

Sir Arthur Eddington
English astronomer (1882 – 1944)

And thus,
we find our Humanity
at the very Heart

of a Cosmic riddle.

My Dear Friends,
those who seek
to understand

the Spiritual qualities
of Life,

are freed from much
of the misery

other people
live with.

             There is Beauty in Tomorrow.

We can
defy
the prevailing pessimism
of our time

and come to see the World
with a vast Cosmic view,
opening up the Spiritual Wisdom
of the ages,
permitting the Love of God
to enter into our lives,

as we allow ourselves
to rejoice
in the God given
Power of Thought
itself.

Enlarging our perspectives
and searching
for answers to questions
known and new,
can renew our Faith
in fundamental ways
and open up our awareness
to the Spiritual Nature
of Reality.

                The Spiritual Wisdom of the ages.

We are capable
of exploring
the Knowledge of the Ages
in such a manner
that we see Truth
through another lens,
the very powerful lens
of God’s Vibrant and Eternal
Love.

In such Love,
there is

so much more
to see,
than we can ever
envision,
so much more
to know
than we shall
ever be aware of.
With His Love
to guide me,
there is

so much more
to me,
than I imagined
I could ever

be.

                  There is Beauty in Believing.

The clarity 
of thought imparted
by deep reflection
about the Love
of God,
will come alive
as you journey
down the pathway
of Light
and Hope.

There are
Schools of Thought
that lead much of Mankind
to new
Thresholds of Understanding.

In your Mind’s Eye
flow Rivers of reasons
to wonder
why
we can never deny
Human Consciousness
is capable of
Infinite Awareness.
And that Awareness
is one of knowing
there is Beauty in Believing:
Believing in Yourself,
Believing in Tomorrow,
and in the Sacred Promises made
in the Holy Word
of God.

                      There is Beauty.

Paradise
is the place
where God patiently waits
for your restless
Heart
to beat in Time
with His.

The messages we find
in the Beautiful Music of our Lives
and in the Holy Bible
make us aware
of what is missing in Life.
They reveal the God who gives us Life,
the God who waits patiently for us.

Sometimes
we find ourselves
running from God,
like a Child who fears being in trouble
or running to God
like a Child running into the arms
of a Loving parent.
But,
either way,
God waits for us.

For every moment
of doubt
that passes by,
the further away
from Home
you feel.

Goodnight.

Permitting the Love of God to enter into our lives.

17 Essential Reasons to Eat Organic Food
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by

Organic food was the only option for thousands of years.  Now, with pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and genetically-modified foods, organic is still the best option.  Here are 17 reasons to eat organic food:

1.  Genetically-modified foods were unleashed on the environment and the public by corporations like Monsanto without prior testing to determine their safety.  In other words, eating genetically-modified foods (which most people in in large amounts) is participating in a long-term, uncontrolled experiment. Choose organic to avoid participating in this experiment.

2.  More and more research is coming in about the health threat of genetically-modified food.  The results range from intestinal damage, allergies, liver or pancreatic problems, testicular cellular changes, tumors, and even death in the experimental animals. For more information, read the excellent books by Jeffrey M. Smith Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette. I’ll discuss more of the problems linked with GMOs in upcoming blogs. Eating third-party certified organic foods or those that are guaranteed to be grown from organic seed helps protect you from the health consequences of GMOs.

4 Potential Health Risks of Eating GMO Foods

3.  Fruits and vegetables are real food, not pesticide factories. Eighteen percent of all genetically-modified seeds (and therefore foods that grow from them) are engineered to produce their own pesticides.  Research shows that these seeds continue producing pesticides inside your body once you’ve eaten the food grown from them! Foods that are actually pesticide factories…no thanks.

4.  They’re free of neurotoxins – toxins that are damaging to brain and nerve cells. A commonly-used class of pesticides called organophosphates was originally developed as a toxic nerve agent during World War I. When there was no longer a need for them in warfare, industry adapted them to kill pests on foods. Many pesticides are still considered neurotoxins.  Learn more about pesticides in The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan.

5.  They’re supportive of growing children’s brains and bodies.  Children’s growing brains and bodies are far more susceptible to toxins than adults.  Choosing organic helps feed their bodies without the exposure to pesticides and genetically-modified organisms, both of which have a relatively short history of use (and therefore safety).

6.  In study after study, research from independent organizations consistently shows organic food is higher in nutrients than traditional foods.  Research shows that organic produce is higher in vitamin C, antioxidants, and the minerals calcium, iron, chromium, and magnesium. (For more information, check out The Life Force Diet).

Keep reading to learn how organic food is better for the environment…

7.  The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that pesticides pollute the primary drinking source for half the American population. Organic farming is the best solution to the problem. Buying organic helps reduce pollution in our drinking water.

8.  Organic food is earth-supportive (when big business keeps their hands out of it). Organic food production has been around for thousands of years and is the sustainable choice for the future.  Compare that to modern agricultural practices that are destructive of the environment through widespread use of herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, and fertilizers and have resulted in drastic environmental damage in many parts of the world.

9.  Organic food choices grown on small-scale organic farms help ensure independent family farmers can create a livelihood. Consider it the domestic version of fair trade.

10. Most organic food simply tastes better than the pesticide-grown counterparts.

11. Organic food is not exposed to gas-ripening like some non-organic fruits and vegetables (like bananas).

12.  Organic farms are safer for farm workers. Research at the Harvard School of Public Health found a 70% increase in Parkinson’s disease among people exposed to pesticides. Choosing organic foods means that more people will be able to work on farms without incurring the higher potential health risk of Parkinson’s or other illnesses.

13.  Organic food supports wildlife habitats. Even with commonly used amounts of pesticides, wildlife is being harmed by exposure to pesticides.

14.  Eating organic may reduce your cancer risk.  The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers 60% of herbicides, 90% of fungicides, and 30% of insecticides potentially cancer-causing.  It is reasonable to think that the rapidly increasing rates of cancer are at least partly linked to the use of these carcinogenic pesticides.

15.  Choosing organic meat lessens your exposure to antibiotics, synthetic hormones, and drugs that find their way into the animals and ultimately into you.

16.  Organic food is tried and tested. By some estimates genetically-modified food makes up 80% of the average person’s food consumption. Genetic modification of food is still experimental. Avoid being part of this wide scale and uncontrolled experiment.

17.  Organic food supports greater biodiversity.  Diversity is fundamental to life on this planet. Genetically-modified and non-organic food is focused on high yield monoculture and is destroying biodiversity.

Adapted from  The Life Force Diet by Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD.
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We see Truth through another lens.

IMPORTANT DATES
May 1                                    Tuition Balance Due for 2018-19   
May 22- 25                            Adventure Trip
May 25                                  Last Day of Semester

Important dates are posted each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.:
William’s Weblog at andersonschool.net

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© Copyright 1995-2018 The Anderson Private School.
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The Power of Your Love / Is Death an Illusion? / Friday: Japanese and Rose Gardens

Organic
Food for Thought.

There comes a point
in Space and Time,
in a place
that is mine,
where Love
merges with
Reality,
where YOU
are aligned with
the Perfection of
Being.

When
your affection for another
is deep enough,
and your devotion
Treasured
beyond Belief,
the abiding power of your Love
can change
the very nature
of Reality,
and YOU.

                A Pathway is illumined.

Yes,
a profound outpouring
of Love has,
on many occasions,
resulted in Miraculous events
and inexplicable results.

One such Miracle
happens
when two people
fall deeply in
Love,
and Miracle of Miracles:
A Child in Born.

We may not
think of birth
as Miraculous,
but it is widely recognized
as such.

      Miracle of Miracles

When
two people
experience such Love,
a Pathway is illumined
to the Transcendence
of all perception and reason
and even Time itself.

And
the door to this Pathway
may be opened,
and closed,
by YOUR
Heart.

Love
comes
from
within.

            A reflection of God’s desire.

The realm
of Timeless Love
is evidenced by
YOU.
Your Life
is the result
of countless and timeless
phases
of Love’s full Moon,
of God’s strong desire
for Mankind
to march forward
and carry on.

The Power of Love
is the power
over Death.

Love’s
Eternal Quest
to live in a perpetual
state of motion
is indeed
the most powerful thing
in the Universe.

Infinity of Life,
the longing
for Tomorrow,
surpasses all expressions
and all possessions
sheltered in our
desires,
or dreamt of
in our Dreams.

 “Love knows no limit
to its endurance,
no end to its Trust,
no fading of its Hope;
it can outlast anything.
It is, in fact,
the one thing
that still stands
when all else
has fallen.”
1 Corinthians 13 7-8

Our
felt Love
is mirrored in,
and emanates from,
and through
every
act of Compassion,
every
fulfillment of desire
to help others:
the homeless, the sick,
the destitute,
those who feel
lost
and without the Love
needed
to continue Life.
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“Death
leaves a heartache
no one can heal,
Love
leaves a memory
not one can
steal.”
Beethoven

Each act of Caring
is a reflection
of God’s desire
to sustain Life,
to extend His Compassion
and share His
Love.

Let us not
simply Love
those around us.
Give them
permission
to Love.

For they may not
truly understand
how much
Life is in Love
with them.
They may
never know
that Life
is Love,
that Love
is the only reason
to live,
and that Love
is the reason
they are
alive.

My Dear Friends,
God is Love,
and so are
YOU.

“I Love thee with a Love
I seemed to lose with my lost Saints,
I Love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my Life!
and, if God choose,
I shall but Love thee better
after death.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Love begins
in a moment
and ends
in Eternity.
The Love you share
today
can mirror
the Eternal Love
of God.

Life can leave you
with an all-encompassing sense
of Love,
with a true connection
with everything, everywhere.

We exist
in a continuous and infinite
field of inseparability,
and in constant relationship
with everything.

Our mysterious existence
gives rise to a feeling
of Loving curiosity.
Our desire to become one
with this Mystery
is a Spiritual Love
emanating from a Heartfelt need
to unify
all of Life.

Every thought
we have ever had,
in the seeming privacy
of our own mind,
has been shaped in relationship
with the thoughts
of everyone we have ever known,
and everyone they have ever known,
and on and on and on
it goes.

What we think
is influenced by other people,
and by every experience
we have ever had,
with every living
and every non-living thing
on this precious
Earth,
and by God
in Heaven Above.

Nothing
is separate
from anything else.

We are one.

Humanity
is in the process
of trans-formative growth
that can lead us
to deep self-reflection.
Our Humanity
can
grow and Blossom
in profound and empowering
ways.

Joao de Deus (John of God)

“We have all been polished
again and again
by the impact of other people’s
rough edges
colliding with our own,
wearing down the irregularities
of our emotional
and mental surfaces, our egos,
hitting our weak points
and causing the occasional fracture.
Through this process,
humanity collectively moves
blow by blow,
back toward our awareness
of the deeper and gem-like perfection
within each of us.”

“The Book of Miracles: The Healing Work of Joao de Deus”
by Josie RavenWing
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There are
Infinite ways
to discover True Love,
and Infinite days
for Love
to last.

Yes,
True Love
is destined to last
until we realize,
there is no end
of Time,
for Time
does not exist.
But Love
does.

Love
is the only thing
that truly does
exist.

Goodnight.

                   Love truly does exist.

“Love is the only bow of life’s dark cloud.
It is the Morning and Evening Star.
It shines upon the cradle of the babe,
and sheds its radiance upon the quiet tomb.
It is the Mother of Art,
inspirer of poet, patriot, and philosopher.
It is the air and light of every heart,
builder of every home,
kinder of every fire on every hearth.
It was the first dream of immortality.
It fills the world with melody.
Love is the magician,
the enchanter that changes worthless things to Joy,
and makes right royal Kings of common clay.”
Robert Green Ingersol

Is Death an Illusion?
Evidence Suggests Death
Isn’t the End.

Life is an adventure
that transcends our ordinary
linear way of thinking.

By Robert Lanza M.D.

Lanza Named One of TIME Magazines 100 Most Influential People in the WorldDr. Robert Lanza selected for the 2014 TIME 100 list of the hundred most influential people in the world, along with Pope Francis, Robert Redford, and other artists, pioneers, leaders, titans and icons.
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U.S. News & World Report Cover Story

“…his mentors described him [Lanza] as a “genius,”
a “renegade” thinker, even likening him to Einstein.”
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 After the death of his old friend, Albert Einstein said “Now Besso has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me.
That means nothing.  People like us – know that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.

Robert Lanza M.D.

New evidence continues to suggest that Einstein was right, death is an illusion.

Our classical way of thinking is based on the belief that the world has an objective observer-independent existence. But a long list of experiments shows just the opposite. We think life is just the activity of carbon and an admixture of molecules: we live awhile and then rot into the ground.

We believe in death because we’ve been taught we die. Also, of course, because we associate ourselves with our body and we know bodies die. End of story.  But biocentrisma new theory of everything, tells us death may not be the terminal event we think.  Amazingly, if you add life and consciousness to the equation, you can explain some of the biggest puzzles of science. For instance, it becomes clear why space and time – and even the properties of matter itself – depend on the observer. It also becomes clear why the laws, forces, and constants of the universe appear to be exquisitely fine-tuned for the existence of life.

Until we recognize the Universe in our heads, attempts to understand reality will remain a road to nowhere.

Lanza Named One of the Top 50 “World Thinkers”

Lanza Featured in Fortune MagazineDr. Lanza selected as one of Prospect Magazine’s “World Thinkers 2015.” The thinkers were chosen for “engaging in original and profound ways with the central questions of the world today.
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In truth, you can’t see anything through the bone that surrounds your brain. Your eyes are not portals to the world. Everything you see and experience right now‚ even your body, is a whirl of information occurring in your mind. According to biocentrism, space and time aren’t the hard, cold objects we think. Wave your hand through the air – if you take everything away, what’s left? Nothing. The same thing applies for time. Space and time are simply the tools for putting everything together.

Life is an adventure that transcends our ordinary linear way of thinking. When we die, we do so not in the random billiard-ball-matrix but in the inescapable-life-matrix. Life has a non-linear dimensionality;
it’s like a perennial flower that returns to bloom in the multiverse.

“The influences of the senses,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson “has in most men overpowered the mind to the degree that the walls of space and time have come to look solid, real and insurmountable; and to speak with levity of these limits in the world is the sign of insanity.

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Why You Will Always Exist

Photo of a Countryside Cemetery

  There is no death. Only the beginning.                   – Robert Lanza

 You’ve laughed and cried. And you may even fall in love and grow old with someone, only to be ripped apart in the end by death and disease. The universe leaves you dead or grieving with a hole in you as big as infinity.

Can life really be reduced to the laws of physics, or are we part of something more noble and triumphant?

Are we part of a depraved cosmic joke, the product of a vast and ruthless Universe?

Through the eyes of science, you’re a speck of junk spinning around the core of the Milky Way galaxy, which itself is whirling through the unfathomable blackness of space. It’s all in the equations, you know. Nothing to get philosophical about. Nobel physicist Steven Weinberg summed it up best:

The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little bit above the level of a farce and gives it some of the grace of a tragedy.

You can learn more about biocentrism at www.RobertLanzaBiocentrism.com

Image of Dr. Robert Lanza's Beyond Biocentrism Book Cover
Beyond Biocentrism: Rethinking Time, Space,
Consciousness, and the Illusion of Death

Beyond Biocentrism is an enlightening and fascinating journey
that will forever alter your understanding of your own existence.”
 – Deepak Chopra

MORE
Organic Food for Thought:
from
Robert Lanza

Bright light beaming down from sky

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Does Death Exist? Text Graphic

New theory says ‘no.’

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Death is Only the Beginning
  If death doesn’t exist, then what happened to your dog?

Photo of a Seagull soaring over the water

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Why Does Life Exist? Text Graphic

Life sings because it has a song
– the meaning is in the lyrics.

Planet Earth with Moon

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Why Are You Here? Text Graphic
Biocentrism holds the missing piece

Hands holding time piece in sand

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Does The Past Exist Yet? Text Graphic

Experiments suggest your past isn’t set in stone.

Image of hand holding stop watch

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What Happens When You Die? Text Graphic
Evidence suggests time simply reboots.

A Conversation with Dr. Robert Lanza

Photo of Dr. Robert Lanza at Hazy Moon“Sitting on Top of Infinity”
Listen to an excerpt from Dr. Robert Lanza’s recent talk at the Hazy Moon Zen Center.

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Paradigm Shifter: An Interview with Robert Lanza

Paradigm Shifter interview with Dr. Robert Lanza

An interview with the author of Biocentrism, a book that Nyogen Roshi (the last authorized disciple of Taizan Maezumi Roshi, the foremost Zen master of the twentieth century) describes as mirroring his experiences in the practice of zazen as closely as anything he has encountered in a modern writer.

Read More

A New Theory of the Universe

Photo of Green Electric Waves
A New Theory of the Universe: Biocentrism builds on quantum physics by adding life to the equation.

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The River of Life / Supplements for Diabetes / WEDNESDAY trip: Modern Art Museum

 

The River of Life
swiftly flows and evermore
down a slope
that is steep
and seldom yielding
to our desires.
But Blessings deep
are carved into the marrow
of tomorrow.

Thus
we are molded
into that which
survives
and Time will keep.

      Carved into the marrow of tomorrow.

As we borrow Today
from our children,
beautiful moments are forged
into Wonder,
and then
we sleep.

And when
you are wide awake
in the middle of a Dream,
when the Spirit emerges
from the physical Being,
to freely roam
Ethereal space,
the rhythm of Life
is locked in place
with Cosmic Time
that leaves no
trace.

Yes,
when we are
far, far away
in Dreams
that tell us who we really are,
we see
not just the the poetic imagination,
but the Spiritual,
not only the day
in night,
but what may be,
second sight.

The cycle of Dreams
night after night,
like the breathing
of the Oceans,
the swelling of the
Tides,
is much like
our emotions,
and the Seasons
of the Heart.

Do not
depart
from your precious
Dreams.

Goodnight.

             Like the breathing of the Oceans.

On Wednesday, April 18, 2018
we will meet at the

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
817.738.9215
see details below:

                      Café Modern

Herbs and Supplements for Diabetes

Medically reviewed by
George Krucik, MD, MBA
by The Healthline Editorial Team
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Using Supplements for Diabetes Treatment
It is always best to let the foods you eat provide your vitamins and minerals. However, more and more people are turning to alternative medicines and supplements. In fact, according to the American Diabetes Association, diabetics are more likely to use supplements than those without the disease.

Supplements should not be used to replace standard diabetes treatment. Doing so can put your health at risk.

It is important to talk to your doctor before using any supplements. Some of these products can interfere with other treatments and medications. Just because a product is natural does not mean it is safe to use.

A number of supplements have shown promise as diabetes treatments. These include the following:
Cinnamon
Chinese medicine has been using cinnamon for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. It has been the subject of numerous studies to determine its effect on blood glucose levels. A 2011 study has shown that cinnamon, in whole form or extract, helps lower fasting blood glucose levels. More studies are being done, but cinnamon is showing promise for helping to treat diabetes.

Chromium
Chromium is an essential trace element. It is used in the metabolism of carbohydrates. However, research on the use of chromium for diabetes treatment is mixed. Low doses are safe for most people, but there is a risk that chromium could make blood sugar go too low. High doses also have the potential to cause kidney damage.

Vitamin B-1
Vitamin B-1 is also known as thiamine. Many people with diabetes are thiamine deficient. This may contribute to some diabetes complications. Low thiamine has been linked to heart disease and blood vessel damage.

Thiamine is water-soluble. It has difficulty getting into the cells where it’s needed. However, benfotiamine, a supplemental form of thiamine, is lipid-soluble. It more easily penetrates cell membranes. Some research suggests that benfotiamine can prevent diabetic complications. However, other studies have not shown any positive effects.

Alpha-Lipoic Acid
Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is a potent antioxidant.
Some studies suggest it may:
• reduce oxidative stress
• lower fasting blood sugar levels
• decrease insulin resistance
However, more research is needed. Furthermore, ALA needs to be taken with caution, as it has the potential to lower
blood sugar levels to dangerous levels.

Bitter Melon
Bitter melon is used to treat diabetes-related conditions in countries like Asia, South America, and others. There is a lot of data on its effectiveness as a treatment for diabetes in animal and lab studies.
However, there is limited human data on bitter melon. There are not enough clinical studies on human. The human studies currently available are not of high quality.

Green Tea
Green tea contains polyphenols, which are antioxidants.
The main antioxidant in green tea is known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Laboratory studies have suggested that EGCG may have numerous health benefits including:
• lower cardiovascular disease risk
• prevention of type 2 diabetes
• improved glucose control
better insulin activity
Studies on diabetic patients have not shown health benefits. However, green tea is generally considered safe.

Resveratrol
Resveratrol is a chemical found in wine and grapes. In animal models, it helps prevent high blood sugar. Animal studies have also shown that it can reduce oxidative stress. However, human data is limited. It is too soon to know if supplementation helps with diabetes.

Magnesium
Magnesium is an essential nutrient. It helps regulate blood pressure. It also regulates insulin sensitivity. Supplemental magnesium may improve insulin sensitivity in diabetics.
A high magnesium diet may also reduce the risk of diabetes. Researchers have found a link between higher magnesium intake, lower rates of insulin resistance, and diabetes.

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