The Lotus Flower

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Empathy

In my opinion Empathy is a core spiritual principle. Empathy is kindness and faith in action. It is the ability to really listen to another person, joining them in their feelings and seeing the world through their eyes. Many times in life we listen with good intentions and then want to fix the problem of …

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Too Much Hate in the World

It is the Christmas season and it is a time where we celebrate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. He was a man who taught a message that was basically one of Love and Compassion. I am not one to harp on scripture nor am I a Bible thumper by any stretch of the imagination. …

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Spiritual Blog…the Return!!!

I have not posted in this Blog for TWO YEARS! I have decided that on Wednesday of each week I will make a blog post on various topics relating to spirituality, Buddhism, 12-step recovery, mental health recovery and religion in general. Today I leave you with a poem I have written. Another Way Where is …

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The Music of Michael Tomlinson

No, this is not Spam. This is blog owner Bill Foley here with an important message. Please forgive me for this one indulgence. I would like to take a break for a moment and speak about something important to me. Michael Tomlinson is one of the best singer-songwriters in the business these days. He is …

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Compare & Despair.

My monkey mind and my ego love to compare. Often I end up on the short end of the stick when it comes to comparisons. Oh, don’t get me wrong I have not achieved saint-hood just yet and I sometimes do compare myself to others in order to feel better about myself and even to …

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Patience

Patience can be a hard thing to define and even a more difficult thing to obtain. Lets start with a definition: the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like. Hmmm…I don’t know if that tells me much. In my mind …

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Hope

Hope. It is a very simple word yet it has had many different definitions according to who you talk to. One of the persons I talk to on a daily basis is a friend I have known for 28 years. She helps inspire hope in me. Every morning at 10:30am I pickup the phone and …

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Peace….

I feel it is time to resurrect this blog…pun intended. I will post once a week, every Wednesday, and I will share my spiritual practices and beliefs and talk about issues around mental health and 12-step recovery. I hope, dear reader, that you will benefit from this blog but my main purpose is to use …

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Acceptance

In AA’s Big Book it says that “Acceptance is the answer to all of my problems.” The older I get the more I discover that is true. Now acceptance doesn’t mean that we cannot take action on a problem, acceptance is, however, the first step. Recognizing and acceptance of problems and life as it is in the present …

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What is Success?

I have not been using this blog lately and I have decided to kick-start it once again. On Facebook I get posts by people who are motivational speakers. They often talk about positive attitudes and affirmations to achieve success. I have read the book “The Secret” and other things that speak of creating your life the …

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