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Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

Zen Kitty and Gold

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Sometimes I stare at the piano, but other times I listen to Doug and Cheryl when they read books out-loud to one another in the evenings. Last night, Doug was reading The Treasure of the Superstition Mountains, by Gary Jennings. Here are 3 curious facts I heard about gold:

One ounce of gold can be beaten out to the thickness used for gold-leafing statues and domes to cover 183 square feet.
A single gram of gold has been drawn into a fine wire two miles long.
Gold can be hammered to .0001 millimeter in thickness.

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According to The Money Show gold is attractive next to dull interest rates and rising inflationary pressures. (The Surprise Gold Trend for 2012, by Brittney Barrett)

According to the Bible, gold is a temptation to make false images or gods.

According to Zen Kitty, gold is a part of creation, to be respected for what it is and for what it isn’t.

When it comes to “things” it helps to know what the thing is AND what the thing isn’t. This keeps us balanced and focused.

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Examples:

  • The human body is a symbol of an extraordinary individual. But the body is not separate from the universe.
  • Religion is a means of discovering truth. Religion is not truth in and of itself.
  • My fur is soft and soothing to pet, but it isn’t intact, in other words, I leave a lot of cat hair around on the floor.
  • A healthy body is nice, but it isn’t our spirituality.
  • Gold is elegant and durable but it isn’t a source of beauty or happiness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Empty Nest is Okay

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Anne and John Gohorel making bread together

I recently met Anne and John Gohorel. They have circumvented the empty nest syndrome.

Even though they live in a sparsely populated area, the Gohorels discovered a market for homemade organic bread and therefore started the new business of the Breadfellows.

Breadfellows was years in the making, although undetected until last summer when their 2 children were done with college and living on their own.

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Almost 2 decades ago, Anne picked up a short term job working at a restaurant and discovered a taste for baking. She kept experimenting with bread recipes as the kids became more independent.

Last summer, John and Anne acquired used equipment and found a location to set up Breadfellows and together they have fun baking bread to sell to the local family owned businesses and farmer’s markets.

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Chocolate Bread Pudding

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Last weekend turned out to be down time, holy time. Rather than being inspired to write something riveting, I was inspired to cook and clean. And, I found a great recipe:

Chocolate Bread pudding

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
4 eggs
¾ c. packed light brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups of milk
4 cups cubed stale bread

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Melt 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Mix together eggs, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, milk, and melted chocolate in large bowl. Add bread and let stand 30 minutes, occasionally stirring.
Ladle half of the bread mixture into a loaf pan. Spread remaining 1 cup of chocolate chips on top. Ladle the rest of the bread mixture. Bake about 55 minutes. Serve warm with cream. Serves 10.
I halved the recipe and used oatmeal bread and an old leftover scone. I also reduced the amount of chocolate chips. The dessert was FABULOUS!

From Science and Health, “Genesis 2:2. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.

“God rests in action. Imparting has not impoverished and can never impoverish the divine Mind. As understood in divine Science, no exhaustion follows the action of this Mind. The most satisfying and sweetest rest, even from a human standpoint, is in holy work.”

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It’s About Innovation

posted by Cheryl Petersen

“Society, community, and family are all conserving institutions. They try to maintain stability and to prevent, or at least to slow, change. And yet we also know the theories, values, and all the artifacts of human minds do age and rigidify, becoming obsolete, becoming afflictions.” —The Daily Drucker, by Peter F Drucker.

Christian Science reveals that much of the reality before the human perceptions is not actually true, for example the earth isn’t a motionless solid mass but consists of forces in constant motion.

“Mind is perpetual motion.”–Science and Health

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