“A few years ago, my wife and I were waiting on several important family and career developments. To quell my anxiety, I did a study on waiting in the Scriptures. I was amazed to find that every major figure in the Bible was forced to wait long periods of time before God brought them to a place of success. Abraham waited 25 years before his wife Sarah gave birth to their first child. Joseph slogged through 13 years of betrayal, false imprisonment and abandonment before assuming the leadership of Egypt. Moses spent 40 years tending sheep before God called him as a deliverer of His people. David spent 14 years before he took the throne of Israel that had been promised to him. And in Jesus’ own ministry, He often told His disciples, “My hour has not yet come.” Waiting is not incidental to faith. Waiting is the DNA of faith.”—
We already sawBjörk driving a car whilst listening to her forthcoming single Crystalline, but here is a better quality snippet of that new song. The single should be out later this month (June 30, apparently); can’t wait to hear this in full.
UPDATEAudio replaced with the full song. Björk reclaims whatever throne she used to have.
“We must repent of that, for the world cannot know of its brokenness and hopelessness without a people who show a holistic way of life. The world cannot know that there is an alternative to violence and war without a people of peace making peace. The world cannot know that the weak and the vulnerable are cared for by God without a people practicing an economy centered on sharing and mutual aid.”—My Faith: Why I don’t sing the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs
The Christian mystic path has been described as having three steps. The first step is the loss of egoism. To see God, the mystic must learn to stop seeing with his own eyes, and learn to see with God’s eyes. This involves the loss of selfish or self-centered desires and outlooks. Through prayer and faith, the mystic expands his love from merely himself to all his surroundings, and thus gives up his own desires, and focuses on the larger picture around him and his place within it. The Bible says we must “put to death the deeds of the flesh by the Holy Spirit” (Romans 8:13).
The second step is sensing the Divine. Through contemplation, illumination, and what can only be described weakly as “visions”, the mystic begins to see the workings of God in all his surroundings. God is everywhere, the mystics say, if we are only willing to look. In many cases, this insight comes quite suddenly as the result of some apparently random thing—an experience the Zen refer to as “satori”.
The third and final step is unity with God. In this transendent state, God and individual are no longer separate, but the individual soul, as with everything else in Creation, becomes just another facet of God. “God is love”, says the Bible, “and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him” (John 4:16). This “theosis” is the highest goal of Christian mysticism.
Icaro Doria, a Brazilian man, working for a magazine in Portugal started this campaign using real data from the UN and flag images, he’s created whats known as Meet the World. The colors within the flags from its respective country are used to represent current, geographical relevant issues. Take a look.
Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk. This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.
Myth #2 – Introverts are shy. Shyness has nothing to…
The actions of discipline are simple, but the barriers to discipline are spiritual, rooted in anxiety, despair, and fear. And approaching them as if they’re simple matters of practicality will only result in the failure that most artists already know so well.
It is none of my goddamned business if a random 400-pound (or 150-pound, or 90-pound) woman is healthy or not. Just as it’s none of my business how much money she makes or how her sex life is going. Health is private. Period.
What I do believe – and what I feel perfectly qualified to proclaim from the rooftops - is that every woman at every weight, shape, and size deserves to be treated with respect, deserves to feel loved, deserves to make her own decisions about her own body. Every woman at every weight, shape, and size deserves to have a fabulous time exploring her personal style and honing her unique look. Every woman at every weight, shape, and size can define health for herself. And, above all, every woman at every weight, shape, and size deserves to be happy. Every woman at every weight, shape, and size CAN be happy. And anyone who claims that happiness is contingent on weight is foolish and misguided, prejudiced and small-minded.
I’m not interested in quantifying the health of other women. I’m not qualified to make decrees about the health of other women. But I’m making it my life’s work to make sure that other women are happy. Happy with their lives, their bodies, their very existences.
Because happiness trumps everything, and we all deserve a piece of it. ALL of us. Including you.