Monthly Archives: September 2016

LOVE PALOOZA!

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L is for the way you LOOK at me!

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Ta Dah!!!

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Nancy was in the house!!!

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Bobby sang to his lady!

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Remember this sweet young woman! Such talent and trust!

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Mark-e-rashee graced us with his presence!

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Mesmerizing Sufi Music

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Is it a wax figure or is it real?

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Trained opera singers preformed …..

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Take us home …..

May Peace Prevail on Earth

May Peace PrePeace Polevail on Earth

Leader: We dedicate now, not only this physical object, this peace pole, this symbol of our great desire, but also ourselves to the cause of peace.  We pledge ourselves as the embodiment of the words here inscribed: May Peace Prevail on Earth.

Leader: If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. (Mother Teresa)

ParticipantsMay we recall and embrace our connection.

 Leader: The single clenched fist lifted and ready, or the open hand held out and waiting. Choose: For we meet by one or the other. (Carl Sandburg)

ParticipantsMay we have the wisdom and the courage to choose the open hand.

 Leader: If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies. (Moshe Dayan)

ParticipantsTogether may we learn to talk to our enemies, and to listen to them.

 Leader: The only alternative to coexistence is co-destruction. (Jawaharlal Nehru)

 ParticipantsMay we choose existence over destruction, curiosity over fear.

 Leader: Peace is not something you wish for; it’s something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away. (Robert Fulghum)

 ParticipantsMay this day mark the beginning anew of our resolve to make peace, do peace, be peace, give peace.

 Leader: Most people think of peace as a state of Nothing Bad Happening, or Nothing Much Happening. Yet if peace is to overtake us and make us the gift of serenity and well-being, it will have to be the state of Something Good Happening. (E. B. White)

 ParticipantsMay the small Something Good that is the installation of this peace pole be but the seed of a more profound Something Good Happening in our hearts, our community, our nation, and our world.

 Leader: Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

 ParticipantsMay we be granted the patience, faith and wisdom that nonviolence demands.

 Leader: The pursuit of peace resembles the building of a great cathedral. It is the work of a generation. In concept it requires a master-architect; in execution, the labors of many. (Hubert Humphrey)

ParticipantsMay an architect of peace emerge sooner rather than later, and may we, each in our way, willingly, hopefully, prayerfully take up the labor of peace.

 All: Let us strive for peace within ourselves and within our world; to actively work in nonviolent ways to abolish war and injustices from our own hearts and from the face of the earth. We pray for our world leaders that they will reject the violence of war and work for conflict resolution and justice through negotiation and diplomacy. May our Peace Pole be a reminder to us and a witness to our community of our commitment to work for a just and peaceful world.

 

And so it is.

Do You Pray?

DO YOU PRAY? Of course you do! 
As we all learned in the Foundation Class of the wonderful Science of Mind Teaching: Every Thought is a Prayer! The question is, are we using our most potent tool for transformation to bring into our lives the Good that we truly desire?10421309_10203548580856051_3551824942113364223_n
Manifestations are a tricky business I found out!  Turns out the universe is matching our vibration. If I am critical of myself guess what shows up in my outer experience?  If I feel scared and see lack in my checkbook, more opportunities for feeling that way surely come my way!
So what to do?
Focused thought, mindful exploration, lots of loving of ourselves in the process, and maybe joining others on a similar journey – all are great ways to practice and master: The Power of Your Word!
We are starting a new class and if you have completed the Foundations Class you are eligible to join this powerful exploration of how to use our creative mind in the most beneficial way for yourself, your loved ones and for the world at large. It all starts in our own minds!
Two month to bravely walk into the direction of our dreams, two month to harness the benefits of mindful praying, two month that will change your Mind (and therefore your LIFE).
Join us!  If you have questions send me an email. Let me know how you are doing!

Come join this wonderful exploration of who you really are!
Warmly,

LOOKING FOR A QUICK AND EASY WAY TO SERVE? DO YOU HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE?

JOIN THE NVC FACEBOOK TEAM 

We’ve been working hard to use our New Vision Center Facebook page to keep you all informed, involved and inspired.  It’s a place to be reminded about spiritual truths, learn about classes and activities and connect with fellow NVC folks.  And now, you can help get the word out about our fabulous community!  Here’s how you can help:

1.  When you are logged on to Facebook, make sure to visit our NVC Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NewVisionCenter/.  Make sure to click “Like” when you’re there.  You will notice that we post many more items on our page than you see in your personal timeline.  This is because Facebook only posts any given item on the timeline of 10-20% of a page’s followers.  So, if you want to see everything we post, you need to visit our page fairly often.
2.  Once you are on our page, please interact with our posts!  First, click “Like.”  Then, comment on the post, if you have something to say about it.  We love to get conversations started this way!
3.  The very best thing you can do is share our posts!  Click the “Share” button beneath the post, and it will open a window to post the item on your own Facebook page.  Be sure to say something about why the item interests you, so your friends know why you’re posting it.  People are more likely to pay attention to something if you share a personal thought about it.

Working together, we can help the community at large learn about our beautiful Center and the fabulous activities we host here.  If you have any questions, you can reach out to Lezli at lezligoodwin@gmail.com.  Thank you so much for joining the team!

I’ll Play…

In response to Rev. Penny’s challenge to respond to selfless action with an email, committing to a life of service has been part of the spiritual journey on which I have embarked since coming to NVC beginning in May.  Rev. Penny and others at NVC have helped me act on the knowledge that making memories is far more satisfying than making money.
Whether giving folding money to panhandlers, going to dinner and a play with a person I had never met, providing tickets to sporting events for kids (and adults) who cannot afford them, donating clothes to Hope’s Closet for victims of domestic violence, giving wheelchairs and other durable medical equipment to Southwest Lending Closet, which lends to those in need, donating time to charities, or just offering advice sought or a kind word to someone who is hurting, I have been living proof that giving of oneself and serving others ALWAYS comes back in abundance – every time.
While I tried to be generous and give before attending NVC, it has now become a central passion of mine. Today’s message was yet again a clarion call to service.  Taking the lead from Rev. Penny, I will cull the clothes in my closet this week.  I will find a way to “carry” my sister who has mental health and substance abuse problems.  Tomorrow I will have an opportunity to carry someone who will have no one else to protect her interests.  I will do it with today’s message in mind.
I have been blessed beyond any reasonable expectation by the love and kindness of others during times of need.  I have always tried to “pay it forward.”  I have found that there is no limit to the ability to serve.  Yes, it leads to questions.  Yes, we are each others’ questions – and answers.  But one question that is always there and will have a different answer each time, is “What else can I do?”  It is a bottomless well of possibilities.
Yesterday, I told a friend that I would be very disappointed if there was a day that passed in which I did not learn something.  I learn something everyday.  It is my goal to make that statement with regard to giving.  I want to give something to someone everyday – whether monetary, in kind, a word of advice or encouragement, or something else.
It has been this Community (especially Rev. Penny through her leadership and my friend, Cindy Solomon, who introduced me to NVC) who have changed my life – even at this rather advanced age.  For this, I am enormously and eternally grateful.  It is this philosophy – Science of Mind – that has provided me with tools to explain positions that have long been consistent with the way I was bought up and what I believe to be true.
This is a long way of saying that in living a service-driven life, I am “all in,” and in the words of Rev. Penny’s call to action, “I’ll play.”  I will endeavor to sacrifice self, to lay down my life for others (without dying!) I will continue to give a portion of my good away and in a more purpose-driven way.
I appreciate the focus Rev. Penny has put on it this month.  It has been a blessing, as this Community continues to be an ongoing blessing in my life.
MTH