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  • Joan Winifred

    A…lex…the Great??

    A…Las…rule review:…”Ancient Greek” repeat, repeat, report throughout history: recycled over and over again through centuries of evidence… so-called upgraded, downgraded, pretty much same results…GREAT? nah, poor rulership! When we will get it?! (understand aka humbly acknowledge or ask) Does man/woman/human have the necessary skill-set to compassionately self-rule??

    Alexander’s conquests did not bring about a peaceful, secure world. After reviewing the ancient Greek period of rule, one scholar observed: “The essential condition of the common people . . . had changed little.This situation is often repeated throughout history and confirms yet again the Bible statement that “man has dominated man to his injury.”—Ecclesiastes 8:9.

    Poor rulership, however, will not continue indefinitely, for God has established a government that is far superior to any conceived by man. Called the Kingdom of God, it will replace all human rulerships, and its subjects will enjoy true and lasting peace and security.—Isaiah 25:6; 65:21, 22; Daniel 2:35, 44; Revelation 11:15. [AWAKE! 2011 excerpted article read]

    Imagine…what exquisiteness could be accomplished for all life–every breathing thing– on the planet with Authentic/Everlasting Peace & Security?!:)

    Who of us doesn’t desire “real” peace & security??

    10/19/17 @ 11:42 a.m.

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  • Joan Winifred

    Feeding Hungry, Honest, Humble Minds Digestible Food

    When we learn, we change… some minute (seemingly imperceptible) changes… in similar processes, but change, nevertheless, has to occur/is occurring IF we are actually learning.

    Forward progress (making advancement) is healthy… it’s a mind moving in movement/transition/transformation–exercised regularly and vigorously (and hopefully!) constantly and consistently!…not a sedentary mind-life-style. It’s a mind that i-n-i-t-i-a-t-e-s-…(unafraid).

    It’s curious…(to me), how some of us, bodies, may be sedentary with active minds and how some of us, active bodies, have sedentary/stagnant minds. To be healthy, in my POV, wellness must encompass mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual movement/exercise/application (work)…not festering stagnation. (That’s partly why ritualistic religion with centuries-old patterns of rigid-traditional practices (producing plateau results if any)…don’t move me!! False doctrine/lies/rotten food is indigestible… aka produces no real energy, force, and makes sick. May be, You would agree? There are some sick minds out there feeding off of sick food and a lot of sick doing and done in the name of sick religion, etc. It makes sense, to me, that “false” “fiction” religion would cause friction and…

    wood burn down/extinguish…aka “would”/will come to an end/be destroyed. Just like any restaurant causing food poisoning eventually gets shut down. Word of mouth spreads…(a feast or famine) gas or vomit.

    Do these so-called Christian religious masses indeed help the masses?!…and individually? And say on (a) street level?  Jesus walked/went to the cast-offs of society, the lame, the lepers, the prostitutes, the tax collectors, the outsiders, the so-called unlettered/common/ordinary people, those rejected and dejected and broken-hearted by the high & mighty religious leaders of his day: the Pharisees* and Sadducees*. Jesus didn’t spread hate or violence as solutions or fake food as medicine. Jesus spread love & compassion in action (i.e. spiritually satisfying bread, physically satisfying bread & fish)! Jesus spoke and taught truth! He healed people physically and he healed them emotionally; mentally, and spiritually. Think about it: Do doctors make house calls anymore?? (And for free??) As far as my life experience: no doctor, priest, or monk ever woke me up on a Saturday morning offering some comfort, cure, care or to share spiritual food letting me know: they were just a fellow-suffering-fragile-life/neighbor reaching out in the community (and individually) to help me and for free!!) You’ll never read secular account nor gospel…of Jesus, the helpful/homeless/happy dude, having (rich) stuffed pockets or passing out (money) collection plates.

    Healthy faith/is an on-going work in progress, a journey, a walk…of applying the scientific method to build evidence-based “accurate” knowledge of spiritual truth! Takes time, patience, effort, action, application…humility, honesty and hunger!!!

    I’ve come to believe/understand…in order to gain/acquire…”accurate” knowledge… especially of a “spiritual” naturemind has to be in a humble, hungry, and honest state.

    On-line Bible glossary definitions/descriptions of terms…excerpted:

    *Pharisees: A prominent religious sect of Judaism in the first century C.E. They were not of priestly descent, but they were strict observers of the Law in its smallest detail, and they elevated oral traditions to the same level. (Mt 23:23) They opposed any Greek cultural influence, and as scholars of the Law and the traditions, they had great authority over the people. (Mt 23:2-6) Some were also members of the Sanhedrin. They often opposed Jesus regarding Sabbath observance, traditions, and association with sinners and tax collectors. Some became Christians, including Saul of Tarsus.​—Mt 9:11; 12:14; Mr 7:5; Lu 6:2; Ac 26:5.

    *Sadducees: A prominent religious sect of Judaism made up of wealthy aristocrats and priests who wielded great authority over the activities at the temple. They rejected the many oral traditions observed by the Pharisees as well as other Pharisaic beliefs. They did not believe in the resurrection or in the existence of angels. They opposed Jesus.​—Mt 16:1; Ac 23:8.

    An intriguing read book-of-Luke-the physician, check it out IF You so choose:)

    All of us, whether freckled-faced-girl, physician, priest or monk, etc., etc…. change clothes… but, how many of us actually strip off the old personality (with its practices aka old/unhealthy habits)…and on a regular basis:

     What would you do if you realized that your clothes were dirty and smelly? You would take them off as soon as you could. […]

    1 example read out of countless “change” “changing” “changed”… into fresh, clean clothes:

      Some people get angry very quickly and say cruel and insulting things to others. When this happens, their whole family suffers. A father from Australia named Stephen used to swear a lot and would get very angry over small things. He says: “My wife and I were separated three times and were in the process of getting divorced.” Then, they began to study the Bible with the Witnesses, and Stephen tried to apply what he was learning. He says that before he knew Jehovah God, he would get so angry whenever something annoyed him that he felt like a bomb that could explode. But after Stephen began to follow the Bible’s advice, things got better. He says: “Our family life improved dramatically. With God’s help, I now have an overriding sense of peace and calm.” Today, [..]: “Stephen is a quiet, hardworking […], and he has a humble attitude.” […] have never seen him get angry. Stephen does not take any credit for this change in his personality. He says: “None of these beautiful blessings would be part of my life if I hadn’t accepted Jehovah’s help to give my personality a complete makeover.”

    Another example:

    […] Hans was not always meek. When he was a teenager, he started to drink too much alcohol and became violent. One time when he was drunk, he became so angry that he killed his girlfriend. Hans was sent to prison for 20 years, but life in prison did not change his personality. Then his mother asked a Witness to visit him, and Hans began to study the Bible. He said: “It was a struggle for me to strip off my old personality. Bible texts that encouraged me were Isaiah 55:7, which says: ‘Let the wicked man leave his way,’ and 1 Corinthians 6:11, which says about those who had abandoned sinful ways: ‘And yet that is what some of you were.’ For many years, God patiently helped me by means of his holy spirit to put on the new personality.” […] he was released after being in prison for 17 and a half years. He said: “I am grateful for Jehovah’s overwhelming mercy and forgiveness.”

    We strip off the old personality: The old personality involves the way we used to think, speak, and behave before we knew Jehovah (True God of Agape & Compassion). But because we now know Jehovah, we hate the bad (non-compassionate/hurtful) things we used to do and want to strip off, or get rid of, our old personality. We change things about ourselves that do not please (the Happy) God of Compassion. [excerpted read article: How we strip off and keep off the old personality.]

    May be? those of us who freely forgive and in a large way… have had a lot forgiven!… and may be those of us who forgive little… have been forgiven little?… all i know, right now, is… on a daily basis, working, etc. my clothes do get dirty… and who of us do not need/enjoy a refreshing shower and fresh, clean, new-(er) clothes…(laundry is an essential) mind laundry…for me, personally, the Bible–deep study, and meditation is my mind bath… sometimes, I need a good soak and not a sulk!;)

    May be, a fresh mind is a changed mind, a changed/new personality, huh? 🙂

    10/18/17 @ 1:28 p.m.

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  • Joan Winifred

    You’ve got some NERVE…(joanie!)

    BTW: Would sing/whistle & listen to this song as a kid in 70’s… (my Dad would put record on)… also ironic, driving home from my parents, (Tuesday is Art (Project) Work), surprisingly came on the radio today, Tuesday, October 17, 2017..

    Info about song: excerpted: my highlights/italics

    So while “Sukiyaki” may have come out of a failed protest movement in Japan, that same song — with its hummable melody and sweet disposition — became an unlikely hit in an American summer of change: the summer of 1963.

    It really is a song about the sadness of looking back, but also being on the cusp of something being better in the future,” Condry says. “In some ways, that also helps explain the timelessness of that kind of sentiment [Ian Condry, who teaches Japanese culture at MIT, says “Sukiyaki” transcended language because it hit an emotional nerve. The song spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard charts in June 1963 and was already a huge hit in Japan before its American debut. But what most listeners in the U.S. probably didn’t realize was how it symbolized Japan’s return to the world stage….

    [excerpted: http://www.npr.org/2013/06/28/196618792/bittersweet-at-no-1-how-a-japanese-song-topped-the-charts-in-1963]

    10/17/17 @ 5:07 p.m.

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  • hope Joan Winifred never giving up!

    Finite & Infinite & Good Night & Good Light

    worthwhile quest… inexhaustible time

    for the exhausted,

    inhaling

    and

    exhaling

    breathing-(woman)-fellow-fragile-life

    with

    finite abilities

    and

    aspirations/hopes

    of hitting

    the target marked:

    INFINITY

    ……………………………………………………………………………………………….

     

    For a little context check out…target-audience

    Does Living Compassion have infinite prospects…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………? 🙂

     

    10/16/17 @ 10:57 p.m.

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  • Joan Winifred

    Role-Models & Mentors

    Most of us may agree about the “value”…benefit of a good mentor or role-model for success in a given field of study/inquiry….

    (No matter our gender, age or esteem… (low, high, modest/balanced…. aka accurately aware of personal strengths/weaknesses and limits/gifts.)…

    Role in life, job/responsibility, status, education, culture, etc…would benefit by a good role-model to follow/from which to learn/be trained adequately.)

    Most of us may not agree as to whom may be a so-called “good” role-model or mentor, huh?

    Personally, my most favorite role-model…as described by some: “The sage of Peace from Capernaum”

    “The Great Teacher”, “The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived”… “God’s Son”.

    Jesus-The Way, The Truth, The Life… is a great/instructive read… in my studies of the historic/religious/spiritual figure/famous persona…through the years…(in my POV)…men would benefit women and women would benefit men…all fellow-fragile-life would benefit from following His steps closely… peace would be found, pursued, and sustained/maintained.

    Quick excerpt/examples of what I mean from afore-mentioned book:

    Compassionate: […] Jesus did not experience many of the distresses and concerns that other humans did. Yet he showed deep feeling for people. He was willing to go out of his way for them, to do things beyond what might have seemed necessary. Yes, compassion moved him to help others.

    Approachable: People of all ages–young and old–felt that they could approach Jesus because he did not have an air of aloofness or superiority. Sensing Jesus’ personal interest in them, people felt at ease in his presence.

    Unselfish: At times when he could have benefitted from some needed rest and relaxation, Jesus still put himself out for others. He did not have a me-first attitude. In this too, he provided a model that we can follow closely.

    Forgiving: Jesus did more than teach about the need to be forgiving–he demonstrated forgiveness in reality with his disciples, and others.

    Humble: Jesus was superior […] in countless ways, such as in knowledge and wisdom. […]physical and mental abilities beyond what anyone around him had. Yet he humbly served others.

    Patient: He continuously showed patience to others and their weaknesses, failings, etc. {even while being tortured and killed}.

    In a world-filled with horrifying crimes against humanity/the planet/wildlife… (i.e. mass shootings/killings, bombings, rapes, shocking/violent acts in every form possible, as well as terrible damage done to the planet and countless fellow-fragile-life aka animals)…we would all do well (collectively and individually) to learn from the practical, peaceful, humble, unselfish, forgiving, patient example of Jesus… (in my POV).

    10/16/17 @ 3:34 p.m.

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  • Breathing-Fragile-Life healing Joan Winifred mind food spiritual food

    Hello Reader:)

    And how are You?

    (sadly; I wouldn’t know for sure…. cause You don’t explicitly explain Reader. 🙂 i.e. leave a “personal” comment for whatever reason, could be a techy one or something beyond your control.) IDK…

    Your well-being is, at times, a guessing game… though, I am sure You are coping with similar problems (um, I mean “challenges”) common nowadays to most fellow-fragile-life globally…. trying to live compassion in a violent, me-first above-everyone else world/society) filled with many natural and unnatural disasters of varying magnitude and impact both direct and indirect..

    Yeah, it takes a measure of trust to honestly/openly share and care… here and elsewhere.

    This post is just a little mind appetizer… an indirect inquiry of wellness…THANKS for stopping by this blog!:) Hope You are Well…physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

    IF You are hoping to have Your ears tickled… aka told exactly what You want to hear or IF You are used to hearing people agreeing with You constantly or Yes-sing You all the time aka shallow mind junk food–giving You absolute permission to do whatever your present whim may be…You probably don’t want to read my following posts.

    {Honestly, I don’t set out to please people though attempting to live compassion can be pleasing to people.}

    Then again, You may enJOY benefit by a hearty/healthy spiritual veggie meal with new/old spices…say like some pepper… we all need a good sneeze now and again -lol:)

    Wouldn’t You agree, that a lot of health issues come down to diet… food choices?? Over-eating the not-so- healthy stuff and under-eating the very-healthy stuff? Or a diet that lacks nutritional variety? Hydration/dehydration?? Lack of adequate exercise??

    May be (?) some of us need supplements to boost immunity or a limited palate…or energy for action…

    Do You need a spiritual supplement?!

    IF…. so please read on…. stay alert to/for my next posts.

    (super-busy as usual… a mountain of laundry, etc. calling me to climb… and my brain is cooking up some stuff…i am trying not to burn. 😉 and will try to serve in a timely manner… though, some like their food hot, cold or room temperature?!

    PEACE, Health and Happiness to YOU Reader!… Stay well-fed spiritually🙂

    10/16/17 @ 1:39 p.m.

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  • appreciation humility Joan Winifred never giving up! patience

    Peripheral Project(s) Due-ing Justice

    Never tried to undervalue or underappreciate or turn a blind eye…(to) the peripheral (vision, the outer spots, etc)… or the unintended peripheral (project(s), etc.)…(though, peripherals can de a danger (ous) distraction,

    Hoping
    And praying

    […] not a waste of my time, efforts, etc.???

    Let’s hope–Your/(my) pride is not inoperable/inordinate.

    Cause pride negates/is deadly!!!…makes ANY skill(s) ANY s0-called demo of central compassion…non-functioning/fatal.

    (10/9/17 @ 11:38 p.m…musings of the tired/tried mind)
    (recent edits…editing…10/14/17 @ 6:37 p.m…published)
    An ancient/relevant reminder/a riveting reality check… arrogance v. humility…
    (“bye, bye Saul– Hello David”)

     

     

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  • God Joan Winifred things i learned

    Hallelujah: doxology

    This expression “Hallelujah” shows up in a lot of unexpected places… even in past/recent animations/cartoons…songs.

    The single syllable Jah is usually linked with the more moving emotions of praise and song, prayer and entreaty, and is generally found where the subject theme dwells upon a rejoicing over victory and deliverance, or where there is an acknowledgment of God’s mighty hand and power. Examples of this special usage are abundant. The phrase, “Praise Jah, you people!” (Hallelujah) appears as a doxology, that is, an expression of praise to God, in the Psalms, the first being at Psalm 104:35.

    Jah–A poetic shortened form of Jehovah, the name of the Most High God. (Ex 15:1, 2) This abbreviated form is represented by the first half of the Hebrew Tetragrammaton יהוה (YHWH), that is, the letters yohdh (י) and heʼ (ה), the tenth and fifth letters of the Hebrew alphabet respectively. [excerpted: Insight on Scriptures Volume 1, Jah]

    Thank FULL for the “Breath of Life“…

     Our very existence gives us just cause to praise Jah. David sang: “I shall laud you [Jehovah] because in a fear-inspiring way I am wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, as my soul is very well aware.” (Psalm 139:14) Yes, we are “wonderfully made” and have such precious gifts as sight, hearing, and thinking ability. Should we not, therefore, direct our life in such a way as to praise our Maker? Paul said as much when he wrote: “Whether you are eating or drinking or doing anything else, do all things for God’s glory.”—1 Corinthians 10:31. [excerpted Praise Jah for His Great Deeds w 01]

    10/13/17 @ 8:07 p.m.

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