- 18/12/2016SHOULD IT BE SPENDING MORE THAN $500 MILLION ON A CHURCH BUILDING?
The Romanian People's Salvation Cathedral in Bucharest is scheduled to be completed in 2018. It will be absolutely huge. Its dome will be 120 metres high, making it the tallest Orthodox building in the world. It will seat around 6,000 people, and include a soup kitchen able to feed 1,000 people, two hotels and parking for 500 cars. The building is already called "a pharaonic project".
Comments21/12/2016 #21 Lada 🏡 Prkic#18 Phil, great comment, as always. "And I question why societies are so willing to put edifice before human welfare. Life without art may be significantly diminished. But art without life is fatuous." What I meant to say in my last comment was that my buzz is not anti-religious. I'm always saying, "Live and let live," but I ask questions."20/12/2016 #20 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsWhether you look at it from a religious or economic perspective , this is ridiculous when millions of humans go hungry every day. The art of engineering and architecture can be displayed without such wasteful opulance. There are such buildings already, now let's see how you can do more with less, show. Us how humble can be just as architecturally thrilling!20/12/2016 #18 Phil Friedman#17 Lada, to emphasize your point, my comment was not religious in nature, but about societal choices. I am not completely insensitive to the beauty and grandeur of such structures, but I am also not insensitive to the pain, suffering, and blood that went into building the pyramids and many of the grand churches of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. And I question why societies are so willing to put edifice before human welfare. Life without art may be significantly diminished. But art without life is fatuous. My best to all for the holidays.20/12/2016 #17 Lada 🏡 Prkic#9 #11 Sorry Jared, I accidently deleted my last comment. Like I said in my response to Max, this is not a buzz with the religious content. My intention was to point out the construction of over-sized church facilities.
These mega church buildings we can find everywhere, and in my country, too. At the same time, there is a lack of shelters for the homeless, soup kitchens, nursing homes and even schools and kindergartens.
I think this topic should be viewed in that context.20/12/2016 #16 Lada 🏡 Prkic#2 @Max🐝 J. Carter, thanks for the comment. I almost fell out of my chair when you agreed with Phil. 😃 I’m glad that this discussion did not go any further because this buzz might be understood in a different way from what I intended to say.
The same post on LinkedIn is perceived as an attack upon the Orthodox Church. Once again it has been shown that people cannot rationally discuss any issues concerning religion (and politics as well). beBee has proven to be incomparably more mature on this matter.19/12/2016 #13 Phil Friedman@Lada 🏡 Prkic, my ethnic origins are Romanian. So I find this to be a poignant question. The numbers tell the tale. With approximately 0.4% of the Romanian population determined by world organizations to be undernourished, and about 20 million people in Romania, the $500 million expenditure could feed the undernourished of that nation for more than 30 years. Hubris takes many forms, and the indifference of the privileged to the plight of the poor never fails to be striking. IMHO.19/12/2016 #12 Harvey LloydIf this building is being funded by the church attendees and their donations, then build away.
If it is a state built building then i would say its tourism and not associated within any belief system, build away.
True belief is not about any bricks and mortar. But commerce is.19/12/2016 #11 Jared Wiese adds VALUE & RESULTS#3 Now, that said. I agree there are some amazingly beautiful structures that I hope to visit some day!
Not to be closer to god or Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, etc.
To be closer to those buildings... and to bring my 'christ within' - with me.19/12/2016 #9 Jared Wiese adds VALUE & RESULTSAt the risk of delving into one of the big no-no topics, here I jump.
What about structures like this big fancy church?
Those of you who have read Eckhart Tolle may realize the essence of the 'Christ within" that is not some 'sign' or "big church". He wrote:
"Jesus said 'the kingdom of heaven is within you'
...I think if he lived nowadays, instead of 'kingdom,' he would have said, 'dimension.' And 'heaven' refers to a sense of vastness or spaciousness. So if we retranslate the words of Jesus into modern terms [it would be] 'the dimension of spaciousness is within you.'
... And then Jesus said — when they asked him, 'Where is the kingdom of heaven and when is it going to come?' — he said, 'The kingdom of heaven does not come with signs to be perceived. You cannot say, ah, it's over here or look, it's over there, for I tell you the kingdom of heaven is within you.' "19/12/2016 #7 Lada 🏡 Prkic#4 Thak you for the comment @Ali Anani. When it comes to church expansion projects issue, every question is considered to be difficult, but it shouldn’t be. I think that the approach to any building process, especially of such mega projects, should be realistic and reasonable. A large part of this project will be financed with public money.19/12/2016 #4 Ali AnaniThe fact that you are reporting on this building reflects the interest in it. These buildings become an attractive place to visit. There is so much info going in their design. May be in the long run they are worth it unless they are draining the resources. Thanks @Lada 🏡 Prkic for asking this difficult question that has no easy answer.19/12/2016 #2 Max🐝 J. CarterThat's really a good question.
What is the value to society truly inspiring these kind of things?
I think Phil brings up a good comparison.
I realize the sum total of beBee just fell out of their chairs but I think Phil and I are big enough people to put the past behind us and see that even he and I can agree on something at some point.
I am interested to see where this discussion could go and honesty @Phil Friedman do you have any other examples to throw in.
Is the question which historical pieces based on what religion or how do we even begin to decide?
I got no clue on this one.
- Producer24/11/2016Find Your Calm. Achieving Mindfulness in a Demanding WorldYou are on a beach at sunset, walking along the water's edge. The air is crisp and warm, smelling a little salty. The sky is clear with a few clouds. You feel a slight breeze on your face and see the waves coming in from the ocean. You sit down...
Comments24/11/2016 #12 Max🐝 J. Carter#11 I teach a little bit of everything that goes into assisting people to live unified in mind, body and spirit and that encompasses a great variety of topics for mapping ones life to be something one can be unified in mind body and spirit in living.
Enjoy the meditation many have said it has aided in making great leaps in personal realization and self discovery. I myself have been using this particular one for several years after studying many other forms.24/11/2016 #10 Emily🐝 Bee#4 Hi Jared! Thanks for your comment! I am too curious about this Miracle Morning, it sounds wonderful. You should most definitely try to use the App more... at least daily I would suggest, even for 5-10 minutes to start.. I know it sounds like a lot, but you will most likely start to enjoy it so it becomes a pleasure. Like going in and out of a Jacuzzi on a cold day.... soooooooo amazzzzzing. I find that now, I get the urge to meditate more than once a day, but time and daily duties restricts me. In a perfect world, I suppose! ;-)24/11/2016 #6 Emily🐝 Bee#2 Hey Max! Those are awesome mantras, love it! When you say "I use this meditation", do you mean the Calm App specifically? Allowing space for everything that comes up during meditation is so important. Pema Chodron once said, "Sticking with uncertainty, getting the knack of relaxing in the midst of chaos, learning not to panic - this is the spiritual path." Thank you for commenting!!! :-)24/11/2016 #2 Max🐝 J. CarterI use this meditation and have given it to thousands I have worked with.
Say "I let got of everything"
Repeat these words until your body takes over the breathing and then tel yourself.
"I go into the void of my mind to learn what I need to know right now."
This creates a calm space for you to be shown things that will aid you in dealing with life better and in less stressful ways getting the guidance form within.
- Producer22/11/2016If Knowledge is Power than Wisdom is UnderstandingHere’s why.I started my day out with the following quote. I didn’t think about it, I just looked for this exact quote to set the tone of my day. I look back hours later and realize I set the process of my thinking and my doing to be one of...
Comments09/12/2016 #3 Henri GalvãoKind of reminds me of that other sentence: "simplicity is the ultimate sophistication". I also believe that, apart from the reasons you mentioned, we tend to complicate things when we haven't prepared ourselves properly. At least this is what happened to me a few times as a teacher.22/11/2016 #1 Jared Wiese adds VALUE & RESULTSOh so true, Max!
Another of my favorite quotes/mottos - to LOOK for that simpler application:
"We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge." -John Naisbitt
Yet, you are exactly right. How many times have we gone to school or taken a class to "pass"? That goes to your Einstein quote:
"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough."
I agree that practical, maybe daily wisdom is the true test of understanding. Your quote: "If Knowledge is Power than Wisdom is Understanding".
I read once, when you learn from a master, it is not done or real until it becomes part of you and even changed BY you.
- Producer01/11/2016What To Do When You Feel OverwhelmedIf everyone was satisfied with himself, There would be no heroes. --Mark TwainI found myself feeling a little more stressed than normal. I was...
Comments02/11/2016 #20 Pamela 🐝 Williams#8 I walk. When faced with a dilemma of any kind, if I walk, I'll develop a solution. At my different jobs they had to learn that when they see Pam walking down the hall (ignoring anyone she passes) or outside, leave her alone because when she comes back...eureka! :-) One time I never made it out of my office before I did an immediate about face, it was so quick the team's new assistant thought I had lost my mind.02/11/2016 #19 Paul 🐝 Kearley#15 thanks @Sarah Elkins of course that example was from a few years ago pre cancer. Now I do the same thing except it's a brisk walk and I always walk with my border collie by my side. Oh the stories she could tell from what I've told her as we've walked countless kilometres01/11/2016 #16 Franci🐝Eugenia HoffmanI enjoyed this post, Paul. I got home from our trip feeling tired and overwhelmed. Your post helped put me back on track and I am ready to regroup and move forward. I'm not a runner but I like a good vigorous walk. It clears my mind and gives me new energy.01/11/2016 #15 Sarah Elkins#10 That's exactly what I was thinking, @Melissa Hughes. As well as the reminder in your book that sometimes when you get stuck, getting out of your routine will help un-stick you. That's a big part of my next post about #NoLongerVirtual.
@Paul 🐝 Kearley View more#10 That's exactly what I was thinking, @Melissa Hughes. As well as the reminder in your book that sometimes when you get stuck, getting out of your routine will help un-stick you. That's a big part of my next post about #NoLongerVirtual.
@Paul 🐝 Kearley, it sounds like you and @Laura Mikolaitis have a lot in common in terms of running to clear your head. I'm not a runner, but I find that if I take a vigorous hike, I can stop my gerbil-mind from spinning for a little while and figure out my next steps. Of course, sometimes you have to give yourself a little time to be frustrated, sad, angry, before you can move on to action and problem-solving. Great reminder here. Close01/11/2016 #14 Paul 🐝 Kearley#12 we'll @Dawn Kieran as you can see you have come to a good place to find direction!
The thing I have found about finding the right moment is that you sometimes have to stop waiting for them to appear and start making them happen.
I'm so happy you stopped by my article for a little read.
Now the ball is in your court.01/11/2016 #10 AnonymousWow... I love this post, @Paul Kearley! There is a lot of research out there about how nature decreases cortisol production and other ways it impacts the brain. Sometimes, all it takes is a quiet moment with the earth to reset and refresh. Thank you for the reminder.... we've all been there!01/11/2016 #8 Paul 🐝 Kearley#6 @Pamela 🐝 Williams yes, I had heard that. Funny thing, as long as I can remember, whenever I feel out of sorts, I find an old tree (preferably a pine) and I put my whole back against it including the back of my head and I meditate, feeling the strength of the tree and I just listen. I am amazed at some of the ideas I have taken from this meditation/listening time. Yeah, I know. weird. But, for me, it seems to work.01/11/2016 #6 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsPaul, know when to say when was the hardest lesson for me to learn. An interesting note about trees. For a long time scientists believed trees were stand-alone, self reliant. It's only been more recently that they've learned that plants have what you might call an Internet in which the cables are actually a fungus that grows on the roots and through this fungus the trees are communicating with other plants. A literal plant communication network that tells the trees when something is amiss and allows the tree to react accordingly. Nothing lives, works, or just exists in isolation. It's when we think we do that we stop listening to the signals telling us something is amiss. That is when those heavy, hard objects come flying at us! You might say the fungus among us is trying to tell us to chill out!01/11/2016 #5 Jared Wiese adds VALUE & RESULTSAwesome post, Paul!
"I had even put off going for my daily runs, which usually helped me to clear my head and put things in perspective."
See, you KNEW better - and your body finally made you get moving to realize it ;)
So many parallels here. As such, am sharing to the following hives as in the order of your discovery:
- The Miracle morning (https://www.bebee.com/group/themiraclemorning) for the routine of exercising daily to clear yourself in so many ways,
- Eckhart Tolle (Eckhart Tolle) for the Power of Now and using stillness to connect with nature, and
- Habits of Highly Effective People (https://www.bebee.com/group/habits-of-highly-effective-people) for Covey's paradigm shifts of proactivity and "Circle of Influence".
Also check out https://www.bebee.com/producer/@jaredwiese/how-daily-questions-create-a-quality-life for more "pause time" to reflect and recharge - daily.01/11/2016 #3 Paul 🐝 Kearley#1 you're right @Kevin Pashukwe both seem to be blessed with wonderful spouses who just know us sometimes better than we know ourselves.
As for being an introvert, I do it kicking and screaming. I seem to find myself as an incompetent introvert sitting on the fence between two states... introversion and extroversion.01/11/2016 #2 Laura Mikolaitis@Paul 🐝 Kearley, this is a truly inspiring post and one that I can relate to. I've descended into that abyss on more than one occasion and if it not for the nudge of my husband telling me to "go for a run" and the winds of nature accepting me with open arms, it would have been much more difficult to climb out. I've learned (and believe I am a work in progress) that we all need those moments of reassessing where we are at the present moment. I believe that when we fall into that abyss it is so that when we finally climb out, we climb out stronger and with new perspective. Kudos to you for recognizing and accepting the opportunity to start again. We need the reset button from time to time. As for viewing problems as challenges, I couldn't agree more. It makes all the difference in how we approach them.01/11/2016 #1 Kevin PashukI didn't get past the first paragraph Paul before I nailed you as a fellow introvert. I recognize those emotions and thankfully, like yours, my wife knows when I need to recharge the emotional batteries with some alone time. Your epiphany was important... perspective of facts, not emotions, is how you need to frame things.
In the meantime, while you are practicing your newfound wisdom, perhaps you could order one of these shirts. https://www.lookhuman.com/design/57638-sorry-i-cant-right-now-im-busy-introverting?aff_sub=TnL5HPStwNw
- Producer20/10/2016The Hardest Thing To TeachPart of the reason why I write is to force myself to lay out my philosophies on life for my daughter. Not to be morbid, but we are all going to die one day. When that is, no one knows. The more I write, the more she will have for later, (if...
Comments23/10/2016 #2 Jared Wiese adds VALUE & RESULTSJoey, I love this! Thank you so much for the wonderful "begin with the end in mind" essay.
I learned from Brian Tracy that the best thing we can give our kids is self-esteem. That it's the number one goal as a parent. Your story and desires demonstrate its truth.
As for the Ego, sharing in the Eckhart Tolle hive...
- Producer17/10/2016The Mundane, Magic and MetamorphosisThose who have been following my Journey will know that my Story runs much deeper than just a return to Health, They will have followed my Thought Patterns, because I've recorded them all in the Moment, in the Flow as they came. They will know...
Comments20/10/2016 #21 Jared Wiese adds VALUE & RESULTSPoetic, Gary!
Sounds in alignment with The Miracle Morning's "mediocrity" for the Mundane.
For more info, see the hive, http://halelrod.com/ep-27-the-95-reality-check/ View morePoetic, Gary!
Sounds in alignment with The Miracle Morning's "mediocrity" for the Mundane.
For more info, see the hive, http://halelrod.com/ep-27-the-95-reality-check/
Also struck me as relevant to Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now. Close18/10/2016 #20 Praveen Raj GullepalliVery inspiring dear Gary! You truly are mind over matter. Magic is all in the mind. For thoughts become things. Here's something from recent memory that resonates with it all...I was out of town last week with Dad, his childhood friend and my bro in law on some work of my Dad's childhood friend. We travelled to Bangalore and back. I remember him from the time I was 4, almost 45 years ago. 25 years ago, he developed Parkinsons...and has been battling it ever since. Tooth and nail. He is around 74 now. Trembles all the time...can't hold a glass of water or a cuppa by himself. But his mind is razor sharp and he plans meticulously, though he tends to be overbearingly repetitive. Walks 4 kms morning and 5 kms evening everyday...been doing it for years. Invests in properties and sell them to builders and makes enough to add to things. He amazes me with his tenacity and sense of purpose and his self-discipline in his daily routine. Isn't that magic!18/10/2016 #19 Dean OwenI've been thinking hard how to respond to this and have written comments only to delete them. I believe the power comes from within and you have that power. I don't. If I was diagnosed like you were, I would probably sit around and let rigidity take me, and I'd be OK with that mainly because I feel I've had my lifetime share of living life to the fullest. Now obviously this is hypothetical. Who knows. I too might have some semblance of your power. What I do know is that you are an inspiration to all the fighters out there.17/10/2016 #8 Mohammed SultanDear Gary sharpe,Your simplicity is an ultimate sophistication.The magic of words lies in its simplicity,they often provide audiences with a vivid picture of what you are trying to say or do.When you reveal yourself telling your story or telling something about yourself in a simple way'you can easily not only get others acceptance but also can change their perception.Words sometimes become vivid and powerful like metaphors or analogies because you use them in such a big way that create an intimacy between you and the reader.Big long words mean little things and big things often use little words .Look how powerful are names like HP,IBM,GM and recently beBee,People don't like to be locked in by a sugar coated words that hide facts.it's far better to be simple ,honest and direct to stick in people's mind.If you are going to change something ,change your perception and the way your mind and body work.17/10/2016 #7 Ali Anani@Gary Sharpe- you asked me if I believe in the power of words. Now, I have the proof reading your buzz and finding myself acting by the power of your words. I shared, liked and now commenting. You have many similarities with me such as your writing THinking Patterns. I wrote recently a buzz on Patterns ARe the Mirrors of Future. I totally agree with you.
I loved these extracts from your buzz:
What we have is Dogma, Ingrained Thinking, Fear of the Unknown, Myopic Perspectives, Unacceptance, Self-Inflicted Unawareness.
Friends, us Humans were never, ever meant to Live without Magic in our lives. Trapping ourselves in the Mundane is precisely what is slowly Killing us.
You remind me of a buzz that I intend to write soon on how the flytrap plant taps an insect and how we should trap what is benefit o us and how o do that. Only if we appreciate what we still yet don't know.
Thanks for sharing this beautiful buzz.
- 19/10/2016Speaker - Eckhart Tolle ( )
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https://youtu.be/jtpqJELFDFsEckhart Tolle | Official Site - Spiritual Teachings and Tools For Personal Growth and Happinesswww.eckharttolle.com Official site for the author...
- Producer05/10/2016Appreciate the silence!Imagine you're in a bar with several friends and, coincidentally, everyone stops talking and laughing at the same time. Per second, just silence. The situation would certainly cause some embarrassment and probably someone at the table would say a...
Comments05/10/2016 #2 Flávio Rodrigues Vieira@Jared Wiese adds VALUE & RESULTS rewarding for me to note that you already know the benefits of listening more than talking, when we listen to our inner self, it is easy to face any challenge, thanks for sharing your opinion and this article, thank you very much.05/10/2016 #1 Jared Wiese adds VALUE & RESULTSI love your essence: "In the first moments, it can be difficult. Then it becomes something beautiful and rewarding." @Flávio Rodrigues Vieira
"We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak." Epictetus (http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/e/epictetus106298.html)
"Seek first to understand, then to be understood" Stephen R. Covey
Shared in The Miracle Morning and Eckhart Tolle.
- Producer02/10/2016THE MIND IS THE SOURCE OF ALL SUFFERING AND THE SOURCE OF ALL HAPPINESS“If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgment of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgment now.” Marcos Aurelius“The mind is the source of all suffering, and it is also the source of all...
Comments02/10/2016 #4 Emilia M. LudovinoThank you @David B. Grinberg for reading it and for the kind words. "Mind over matter" always makes me think - Wich comes first - The Mind or the Matter?. Being a naturally curious girl once I made this question to one of my Buddhist masters :), I was 14yo at the time and I'm still looking for the answer :). Glad you liked and shared it. I'm grateful for your support. Have a pleasant evening.
- 28/09/2016Dedicated to the work of @Ali Anani.
"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself." William Blake
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Comments29/09/2016 #3 Jared Wiese adds VALUE & RESULTSI love this pic! Made me initially think of all that holds up a golf course, yet most never notice. Perhaps it is a view of what supports all green. Let's notice more! Makes me think of noticing nature one of the best ways to practice the Power of Now: https://www.bebee.com/producer/hive/eckhart-tolle so sharing this there!
@Ali Anani, such beautiful views and thoughts. I see those too, thanks to you! Have a BEAUTY-FUL day...
- ProducerThe Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle - THE Book SummaryThis post comes from Niklas Goeke on http://fourminutebooks.com/the-power-of-now-summary/. It contains a 1-Sentence and 4-minute summary: May 7, 2016 niklasgoeke Self ImprovementNo excuse NOT to read this... NOW! ;)By Niklasgoeke,...
Comments20/10/2016 #2 Jared Wiese adds VALUE & RESULTS#1 So true Frank!
"The constant stream of consciousness and thoughts in our head, which plays 24/7 in our heads, is mostly preoccupied with 2 things: the past and the future."
It really comes down to the 3 lessons from the summary author:
1. Life is just a series of present moments.
2. All pain is a result of resistance to the things you cannot change.
3. You can free yourself from pain by constantly observing your mind and not judging your thoughts.
"pain is nothing more than the result of you resisting to all the things you cannot change. We think a lot about the future and the past, but can live only in the present and have therefore no means to change many things from the other two that we’re unhappy about."
I have 3 or 4 of his books. One really good one that is short and sweet, and summarizes it well for me: "Stillness Speaks". Are we listening Now... or are we making more drama?20/10/2016 #1 Paul Frank GilbertA very interesting read. Definitely worth a speed read and perhaps another read if it strikes a cord. Out of it all the one driving idea ... NOW is critically important ... plans are great ... but don't spend all your time looking to tomorrow or what is next ... when doing what you are doing this very moment is all you really have and demands your full awareness and focus.
- The Power of Now: A Meditative Approach to Living In the Momentlifehacker.com There is no better time than the present. Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now shows you how to move past pain, stress, and anxiety with the help of ancient teachings and modern thought designed to balance your life by living it moment to...
- Eckhart Tolle - The Power of Nowwww.butler-bowdon.com The Power of Now (1999) Eckhart Tolle A modern masterpiece of spiritual writing , The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment was first published in Canada. Released in the...