How to Live in the Mystery of Life and Love It / Coping With The Fear / No School Until May 4

Dedicated
with all my Love
to the precious memory of
Eugene R. Retz.

I have a Family Heritage
I am very Proud of.
.
My Uncle,
Eugene R. Retz,
fought in the Battle of Bulge.
He was captured by German forces
and spent over a year
as a prisoner of war.
He truly suffered from the experience
his entire Life
from coming close to death
by starvation.

He was
as Kind and Loving
and Compassionate
a Man
as I have ever met.

His precious Life
epitomized
Courage
Dedication
and
Love.
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“I recall when Gene was released from prisoner of war.
I believe it was close to Christmas time
and I was a young boy of about 8 years old.
I had just received an electric American Flyer train for Christmas.
On several occasions, Gene would come over to my home
and he and I would play (to my Joy) with the electric train.
At that time, I knew him only
as gentle and seemingly frail.”
Frank (Pinky) Swihel, Jr.
July 24, 2008 | Surprise, AZ

“The great Beauty of Life
is its Mystery,

the inability to know
what course our Life will take,

and diligently work to transmute
into our final form,

based upon a Lifetime of constant discovery
and enterprising effort.
Accepting
the unknown and unknowable

eliminates regret.”
K. J. Oldster

My Dear Friends,
no matter how much we learn
about ourselves and our complexities
and that of other Beautiful Living Creations, 
scientists have not answered
the truly important question

What is Life?

There are times
when we feel as though 
we have lived many Lives,
been to the heights and depths
of Mountains and Valleys,
and never known rest,
never become aware
of the Gifts of so many years,
of the beating Hearts
of so many precious Lives.

My Friends,
we must Live by Faith
to possess all that is truly ours,
ALL
that God has gifted
to us.

“We live by Faith,
not by sight.”
2 Corinthians 5:7

God
controls the whole vastness
of the great Mysteries
of ALL things.

He Abides
with every beat of every Heart,
with every up-lifted cry
of our pleading voice,
with the crash of our fragile emotions,
and with the whirl of the wind
across the shifting sands
of Time.

“Why
do we resist the Mystery
that change brings?

When we get too rigid and inflexible,
rigor mortise of the Soul
sets in.”

Dennis Merritt Jones

      There is so much more to Life, than Living.

If
you find yourself exhausted
from the cares and worries
of this Life,
close your tired eyes,
sit motionless for a few moments

and breathe deeply.
Immerse yourself
in a conversation
with your Heavenly Father,
in Prayer.
Go outside of the artificial constructions
of Human Kind.
Go into the Beautiful Cathedral of God,
into His Natural World
of the Great and Vast
Garden of Living Treasures.

Become intensely aware
of all of the Beautiful Life around you,
the breathing leaves
of His Beautiful whispering Trees,
the singing and chattering of Joyful birds,
of the Vibrant Living Earth,
of the Moment
and the Mystery.

There is
so much more
to Life,
than Living.

Speak
to the Majesty
of this Moment
in the Language of the Heart.

Pray
and give Thanks
for the bountiful and Beautiful
Life
we cannot even define.

The power of awareness
  plows a deep furrow
into the Human Heart.

“To one who has Faith,
no explanation is necessary.
To one without Faith,
no explanation is possible.” 
Thomas Aquinas

As our tears purify the Heart
and give us understanding,
they unite
with Hearts joined
in ever searching
for Love.

                           Garden of Living Treasures

“Who can say when the roads meet
That Love might be in your Heart.
And who can say when the day sleeps
If the night keeps all your Heart.

Who can say if your love grows
As your heart chose
– Only time.
And who can say where the road goes
Where the day flows,
only time.
Who knows?
Only time.”

Enya
.
Your smiles join you
to God’s Ecstasy.
And our tears unite us
with Hearts joined in misery.

Beyond this day
appears the Dawn of
Hope.

The Power
of God’s Everlasting Love
is sown deep
into the Human Heart.
It resides
in the valleys
of our fears.
For we are
His deeply Loved
Children.

“We,
by Nature,
don’t want to have to Trust a God
we cannot see or understand,
we are happiest when,
having Trusted Him,
we have found Him Trustworthy.
Doing so at the time
may have seemed imprudent,
but in retrospect
seems at once sage and courageous.”
Seth Barnes

The River of Life
will flow from this Day
into Tomorrow,
and turn our fears and our sorrow
into Joy and laughter.

Such is the Power

of Love.

This moment
is always given to us
to be a redefining moment,
when we may look more deeply
into the Mystery of Life
  and learn how to become
fully aware
of where we are
and what we are doing.
 
We stand before
an open door
in this and every moment
God grants to us.

Let us open every door
  and step into
a deeper awareness
of God’s Love
for us.

We truly are
Blessed.

We are Truly Loved
by God.
.
Let us share
His Love.

Goodnight.

Coping with the Fear

of COVID-19

by Diana Raab, MFA, Ph.D., author, speaker, educator, and survivor. She’s written nine books of nonfiction and poetry, including the recent Writing for Bliss and Writing for Bliss:  A Companion Journal.
click here to read more

The news has petrified us about the possibilities. Here’s how to cope.

Posted Mar 09, 2020 in Psychology Today

Confronting fear leads to a sense of accomplishment and a sense of empowerment, and allows us to feel a little more control over situations. The point of this blog post is not to provide a rationale for fear, but rather to suggest ways in which we can balance our fear by maintaining a sense of well-being during these types of challenging times. Try these self-care tips in the wake of fear:

 
  • Maintain a calm state of self-awareness and limit the amount of time you watch or listen to the news. It’s important to know what’s going on in the world, but you also need to know when to turn off the TV or stop reading the news and maintain a sense of balance. Tell yourself that being fearful might be causing some chaos in your life.
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  • Connect with others. Try to interact with positive-thinking individuals and those who have a good influence on you. These individuals can be friends or even a therapist. Listen to your heart and determine who resonates with your worldview. Studies have shown that loneliness can lead to the stress response, so try not to isolate yourself. With the most recent orders for “Safety in Place,” and lockdown, connecting via email, phone and letter writing is very important to minimize the chance of loneliness.
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  • Reduce stress. When stressed, cortisol production is increased. Cortisol helps fight inflammation in the body, but when it’s constantly secreted, then it’s less effective in fighting inflammation and disease. To reduce stress in your life, try maintaining a regular meditation practice, practicing yoga, and incorporating proper breathing techniques into your daily routine.
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  • Use humor, which is an excellent way to temper fear. It also helps keep things light and not so intense.
    .
  • Build your immunity. Those with strong immune systems minimize their chances of getting sick, so get proper exercise, eat well, and take the necessary supplements. Also, research has shown that those who get at least seven hours of sleep a night have more resistance to viruses, and thus have fewer side effects.
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  • Eat healthy foods. Try to avoid processed foods and sweeteners. Some foods that can contribute to your overall health include citrus fruits, red bell peppers, broccoli, garlic, ginger, spinach, almonds, yogurt, green tea, papaya, kiwi, poultry, sunflower seeds, and shellfish. Also, remember to stay hydrated and minimize alcohol consumption.
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  • Practice gratitude. When you’re feeling fearful, try replacing that emotion with an appreciation for all the good in your life. Even when under lockdown, it’s important to be grateful for having a roof over your head and some food in your refrigerator.
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  • Maintain a journaling practice. Journaling is a safe place where you can vent about your fears and frustrations. Sometimes writing can help you work through what’s bothering you. It can help you get out of the rabbit hole of negativity about how “awful” everything is. Gratitude journaling is also a powerful practice.
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  • Take up a hobby (or more than one). Think about what brings you peace of mind and also gives you pleasure, whether it’s golf, tennis, crafts, games, art, music, writing, or watching movies. Also, reading a good book can open your mind to new ideas and thought processes – especially inspirational memoirs and novels. There are many things you can do in the solitude of your home.
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  • Consider hypnosis. This can help eliminate negative thought patterns and beliefs. (It’s more successful for some than for others.)
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  • Practice good hygiene. Use hand sanitizers of proper hand washing techniques when in contact with anyone or anything outside your home. Hand washing is critical for disease prevention and spread, especially before eating and during food preparation. It’s important to wash for at least 20 seconds. Cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing, and if you do have to cough or sneeze, do so into the inside of your elbow. In general, viruses can live on surfaces for at least 24 hours, so viruses can be easily passed among family members. Make sure to frequently wipe down surfaces.

In summary,
accept the fact that this strain of coronavirus is part of our existence now and the numbers seem to be increasing by the minute. This virus is very contagious and it’s symptoms more serious than many in the past. While dealing with the difficulties of this time, It’s important to affirm the positive and remember what is good and powerful in our lives. Surrendering can bring about a sense of peace and calm; and in doing so, we’re empowering ourselves and not allowing fear to control us.

                                   Anderson Private School
                                            School Calendar

                                                 2019-2020
.
Second Semester  Jan. 7 – May 22
Until at least May 4                    No school by order of the Governor
May 18 (Monday)                      If School is in session: Preparation Day for Adventure Trip
May 19 – 22                              Adventure Trip
May 22                                      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.

 

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The Eternal Reality / Through Your Child’s Eyes / Friday: At School (Shakespeare Play Preparation) 

To know of the Eternal Reality,
silence your thoughts.

Reality can be perceived
through a clear and peaceful mind.
Deep Meditation and Prayer
enables us
to reveal what is truly
Real.

“. . . when thou Prayest,
enter into thy closet
and when thou has shut thy door,
Pray to thy Father
which is in secret.”

Matthew 6:5-6

Whenever we are thinking,
we are not mentally at the place
where we are thinking.
Our thoughts
take us to another
time and place.

When we confront this
web of illusion
we call Life and living,
we come closer to the boundaries
of Spiritual awareness.
And
we realize more and more
that explanations of the Infinite
cannot be attained using
finite means.

Within the illusion of physical reality,
it is not possible
using its own internal methods and concepts
to fully understand it.
By accessing a higher level of awareness,
beyond the boundaries of
‘physical illusion’,
we escape constraints imposed upon us
by the finite physical World.

           A more complete picture.

You,
like the Infinite from which you came,
are part of an Eternal reality.
And,
like
the Eternal void,
every Child of God
is filled with Infinite Love
and Infinite possibilities.

My Dear Friends,
experience deep meditation
and Prayer
as a profound silence
beyond all words, thoughts, feelings, and sensations
“The still point of the turning World,”
as T. S. Eliot called it.

Philosophers and poets and sages
throughout all of our Human history,
have valued the experience
of being in touch
with the source
of their Consciousness.

        To another time and place.

Those in times passed
gained access to Spiritual Dimensions
by deep meditation and Prayer,
to a perspective beyond the physical.
And,
they attained a more complete picture
of reality.
The Human Being
is an amazing, brilliantly designed
Spiritual Organism,
capable of stunning and amazing feats
of conscious expansion.

Many
attest to the Miracles of Meditation
and Prayer,
and how it has changed
their lives.

“I gotta take a little time,
A little time to think things over.
I better read between the lines
In case I need it when I’m older.
Now this mountain I must climb.
Feels like a World upon my shoulders,
And through the clouds I see Love shine.
It keeps me warm as Life grows colder.
In my Life there’s been heartache and pain.
I don’t know if I can face it again.
Can’t stop now,
I’ve traveled so far.

To change this lonely Life
I wanna know what Love is
I want you to show me.”
Mick Jones
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To perceive this moment,
be a part of the reality
revealed
through your Love.

Walk in Nature
with your Lord.
Look to the Light.
There you are!
Beautiful.
Your Love is so Beautiful.
It is the Light
that shines in your
Heart.

Goodnight.

See the World through your child’s eyes
by

                     in Psychology Today
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When our children talk to us, or present us with challenging behavior, our natural instinct is to dive in and fix problems – or fix our children.

We talk too much, and we become autobiographical.

Everything we say is from our own point of view. Our natural reactions are rarely understanding – yet that is what our children need from us.

If our children are experiencing emotions that are ‘inconvenient’ to us and that may be challenging, the most effective thing we can do is respond to their distress with emotional first-aid.

When we enter a child’s World and empathically reflect their feelings, they regulate their emotions more quickly, they feel safer, and they also understand that what they are experiencing is normal.

In Philosophy
this week:

2018-19 Anderson School Calendar

Second Semester

January 8 – May 24   2019

April 12                                              At School (Shakespeare Production Preparation)

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

April 30, (Tuesday)                            Scarborough Renaissance Festival

May 1                                               Tuition balance due for 2019-2020

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

May 21 – 24                                        Adventure Trip (Austin, Texas)

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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When I Don’t Know, Is Knowing / The Art of Now / Important Dates

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The answers
to many of Life’s questions
have become so evident,
that they became
obscure.

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          How near the Truth is.

Some evenings
find us
staring at a Star,
wondering
who we are,
seeking answers from
Afar,
never knowing
how near the Truth is
to where we are.

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     More than the most beautiful.

Faith
is not just Believing.
It is without a doubt,
knowing.

 Jesus said to them,
Truly I say to you, if you have Faith,
and do not doubt,
you shall not only do what was done to the fig tree,
but even if you say to this mountain,
‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’
it shall happen.
And all things you ask in prayer,
Believing,
you shall receive.”
– Matthew 21:20–22

Faith,
My Dear Friends,
is beyond believing.
It is not just believing,
but,
when I don’t know,
is knowing.

Faith
is more than
the most beautiful
element of Creation,
it is Creation.
Faith
is what Dreams
may Come.

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     A reflection of His Faith.

Faith
is the Miracle
of knowing.
And Faith
is the Miracle of knowing
that everything is
a Gift,
and that every Gift
is from God.

It is knowing that the Life
gifted to us from God,
is an Act of Faith
in us.

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Without Faith
nothing,
and no one,
would exist.

Yes,
your existence
is a powerful statement
of Faith.
For Faith
becomes us.
It is us.

Our Faith in God
is a reflection
of His Faith
in His beautiful Creation.

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Without Faith nothing would exist.

We are so much more,
and in so being,
so much LESS,
than what we perceive ourselves to be.
Philosophers of the past were right,
our senses really do deceive us.

We have been told
our reality is made up of
physical material things
and that our world
is independently existing
and objective.
But quantum physics tell us
is that there is no true
“physicality”
in the Universe.

Atoms are made of focused vorticies
of energy – miniature tornadoes
constantly spinning and vibrating
and popping into and out of existence
billions of times each second.

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You are not alone in your thoughts and feelings.

If you observed
the composition of an atom
with a very powerful microscope,
you would see a small, invisible
tornado like vortex,
with a number of infinitely small energy vortices.
These make up the structure of the
atom.

And if you focused in much closer
on the structure of the atom,
you would see nothing,
you would observe a physical
void.

The atom has no physical structure.
Which means
that we have no physical structure.
What we think of as physical things
do not have any physical structure!

Atoms (and WE)
are made out of invisible energy,
not matter.

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Thought is real, physical is the Illusion.

The Universe
is not an assembly of physical parts.

Instead, our Universe
comes from a holistic entanglement
of immaterial energy waves.
This discovery stems from the work
of Albert Einstein, Max Planck,
and Werner Heisenberg,
and others.

And what does it mean
that our physical material reality
isn’t really physical at all?

It means,
My Dear Friends,
we are Spiritual Beings,
filled with energy.

And,
as observers,
we are involved with
the Creation of our own
reality.
Our minds
create the illusion
of physical reality.

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Everything that exists is Thought.

Physicists now admit
that the Universe is
a “mental” construction
of consciousness.

“The stream of knowledge
is heading toward a non-mechanical reality;
the Universe begins to look
more like a great THOUGHT
than like a great machine.”
Pioneering physicist Sir James Jeans

But we have Faith
in the illusion of our
physical being,
rather than
our real Spiritual selves.

“Mind no longer appears
to be an accidental intruder
into the realm of matter,
we ought rather hail it as the creator
and governor of the realm of matter.”

– R. C. Henry, “The Mental Universe”; Nature

Everything that exists
is Thought
in the mind of God.
Everything that is,
will and has ever existed,
is because of the thoughts
in the mind of our Father
in Heaven Above.

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The Universe is a “mental” construction.

Life is much more complex
than we can ever imagine.
Our thoughts are limited
by being confined in a Human body.
We are unable to see
other realms and dimensions
of reality.
We are Spiritual Beings
in sufferance of having
a Human experience.

Everything
is a thought
from the mind of
God.

You,
My Precious Friend,
are not alone
in your thoughts and feelings.
For God is with you,
always.

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A Flowering Future you have not dreamed of.

My Dear Parents,
place your Faith in God.
And put your Faith
in His Beautiful Creations,
His Blessed Gifts,
His Children
that come through us.

And your Faith
will blossom into the Beauty
of a Flowering Future
you have not dreamed of –
into Children of Faith
empowered by
the Holy Spirit.

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For the greater good of all Mankind.

Yes,
one day your Child grows
and is filled with Faith
and the Love of God,
and yours.

And will your Child
always uphold your Faith?
No.
You had a Human Child.
But remember,
you are Human too.
And Faith and Forgiveness
go hand in hand.
One is the Flower,
the other
the ground
in which it grows.

Without Faith
there is no Vision,
and no common Vision
for the greater good
of all Mankind.

Goodnight

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                One is the Flower

“The function of prayer soren
is not to influence God,
but rather to change the nature
of the one who Prays.”
Søren Kierkegaard

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The Art of Now:
Six Steps to Living in the Moment

by Jay Dixit – Psychology Today
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“We’re living in a world
that contributes in a major way
to mental fragmentation, disintegration,
distraction, decoherence,”
– B. Alan Wallace

1. To improve your performance, stop thinking about it (unselfconsciousness).

2. To avoid worrying about the future, focus on the present (savoring).

3. If you want a future with your significant other, inhabit the present (breathe).

4. To make the most of time, lose track of it (flow).

5. If something is bothering you, move toward it rather than away from it (acceptance).

6. Know that you don’t know (engagement).

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Important Dates 
(subject to change)

Jan. 5 (Thursday)                     Second Semester begins

Jan. 16 (Monday)                      Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Holiday

Jan. 20                                       Fort Worth Stock Show

Feb. 20 (Monday)                      President’s Day Holiday

Mar. 13-17                                  Spring Break Holidays

April 14  & 17 (Fri. & Mon.)      Good Friday & Easter

April 28                                     Scarborough Renaissance Festival

May 22-26                                 Adventure Trip

May 26                                      Last Day of Semester

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