Partha Nandi nearly died when he was six years old of rheumatic fever. But his parents and doctors helped him to come to realizations about his own strength and goodness. It saved his life and set him on a path of becoming a doctor of internal medicine.
“God created (evolved) the world in the beginning and declared that ‘it was good.’ Being good, the Universe must inevitably be complete, harmonious, and perfect so that, instead of pleading for good, our prayer becomes the realization of the omnipresence of good.” – Joel Goldsmith, The Infinite Way
Affirmative Prayer: Infinite Presence, today I see goodness everywhere I look. This is a day that the Lord has made, and everyone in this spiritual arena is filled with the substance and love of pure Spirit. I live today in this truth, this Divine energy. The love of God is made visible in my thoughts, desires, and action. Thank you, Infinite Creator, forever. Amen.
When Hans Öqvist bought a beat-up violin in a thrift store in Uppsala, Sweden, he discovered a name etched in the instrument's surface: Hakon Lundström. After searching public records, he learned that the violin had belonged to Lundström, a Swedish journalist, in 1881. He located Lundstrom’s great-granddaughter and is looking forward to reuniting the violin with Lundström's family.
“Each of us leaves a legacy. What we have been will be stamped on the hearts of those who survive us for years to come. What are we leaving behind?”
– Joan Chittister, The Gif of Years. Growing Older Gracefully
Affirmative prayer: Infinite Presence, I touch the lives of the people in my orbit and those who follow after me. I share my treasure, good works, and prayers with kindred spirits, and I devote the music of my life to the great chorus of all beloved souls. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
A paper in Current Biology reports that a pond-dwelling, microscopic organism can make complex decisions to escape harm. “What this confirms is that a single cell can have different possible responses and then choose among them to avoid harm,” says Wallace Marshall, Biochemist at the University of California.
“In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
- Theodore Roosevelt
Affirmative prayer: I become quiet and know that the ‘I Amness’ of God is my home, my reality, my beingness. I trust the still, small voice within, and confidently move in the direction of fulfillment, service, and joy. My decisions are inspired from On High. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
Coffee prices have increased by 20 percent, and demand is up. It’s ironic. People want coffee more than ever, but coffee production is down due to droughts as a result of climate change caused by...people. And coffee beans are sitting on foreign docks because of supply chain problems and a shortage of people to carry out the work.
“The great thing about irony is that it splits things apart, gets up above them so we can see the flaws and hypocrisies.” - David Foster Wallace, American novelist
Affirmative prayer: Infinite Presence, I’m thankful for spiritual irony, that the love I’m seeking is seeking me; the joy and peace I’ve been pursuing in the world is within me. With spiritual insight, I wake up and smell the coffee. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
A traveler, visiting a monastery in the Himalayas, is having dinner with the monks. Suddenly, one of the monks stands up and says loudly, "24!" The other monks chuckle and nod their heads in agreement. Another monk stands up and says, "37," which brings more laughter. The Abbot explains to the traveler, “We have told the same jokes so often, that we numbered them. It’s easier to just say the number." With that, the traveler stands and shouts, "112!" There was a moment of shocked silence, and then a deafening roar as every monk laughed raucously. The Abbot said, "Good one! They haven't heard that one before!"
Laughter, song, and dance create emotional and spiritual connection; they remind us of the one thing that truly matters when we are searching for comfort, celebration, inspiration, or healing: We are not alone.”
– Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection
Affirmative prayer: Today, I lighten up, following the divine tenet, ‘If thine eye have a twinkle in it, thy whole body is filled with light.’ I do not take myself so seriously, knowing that my frisky outlook aligns me with God’s delight. Fun, laughter, and brilliance are before me. I am at ease with life, centered in divine play. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
The largest comet ever discovered will pass by our Sun in 2031, getting close enough to Earth that amateur astronomers will be able to see it. Comet Bernardinelli-Bernstein, which has been traveling for millions of years, is about 100 miles across and is from the outskirts of our solar system. It was detected by the Dark Energy Camera in Chile, which is mapping 300 million galaxies across the sky.
“Every atom in the Universe thrills with the glory of God’s radiant presence.”
– Christian Larson, The Pathway of Roses
Affirmative prayer: Infinite Presence, I am in awe of the grandeur, peculiarity, and intimacy of the Universe. I give thanks for the pattern of perfection that runs through all things, through all life, and through me. Thank you, God, for this grand design of which I am a part. Amen.
“If you deliberately plan to be less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you’ll be deeply unhappy for the rest of your life.” ― Abraham H. Maslow, The Farther Reaches of Human Nature
Affirmative prayer: “Today, I release the negative views that I’ve held. I am God’s living enterprise. I welcome the call to live fully, express authentically, and to simply be happy. This ideal is made real by my prayers, by courting the divine, and by my beliefs in my capabilities, I devote my talents, energy, and spiritual essence to the business before me. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
“We can be so critical while watching the Olympics. I have no idea how it is humanly possible for those divers to jump off a five-story ramp, do three summer saults, seven twists, and hit the water. And what do we look for? A splash. If there is a splash, we yell, ‘Get the bum out of the water!’" If it was me making that jump, if I survived, I'd come out of the water yelling, "‘I’m okay!’" – Jerry Seinfeld
“Maybe the most important teaching is to simply lighten up and relax, to unlock a softness that is in us. We're letting it blur the sharp corners of our criticism and complaints.” – Pema Chodron
Affirmative prayer: Today, I am hanging out in a witness state, mindful of my reactions, judgments, and opinions about the people and situations around me. I see with a clarity that brings light, insight, and appreciation to the storyline of this day. I’m blessed to be grounded in my true life. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
Florence Rigney is opting for early retirement. At the age of 96, she’s hanging up her scrubs after more than 70 years of caring for patients. Florence, whose career started just after penicillin had been introduced, has cared for thousands of lives, and a scholarship fund has been established to inspire future nurses.
“We are quite remarkable creatures, created in the image of God. We are God carriers. Growing in godlikeness, in caring for others.”
– Desmond Tutu, The Book of Joy
Affirmative prayer: I remember that I am made in the image and after the likeness of the One who gives life to all. This testament to my spiritual heritage is made evident in my caring. I give thanks to be an avenue through which the Divine touches others, and I’m grateful for my sister and brother saints who go about the care and love of God. Thank you, Infinite Presence, forever. Amen.
Men have a bigger carbon footprint than women, thanks to their appetite for cars and meat, according to a study published in the Journal for Industrial Ecology. It found that men on average were responsible for 16% more greenhouse gases than women. Researcher Annika Carlsson-Kanyama said that men "could really learn from women's expenditure habits.”
“There is a collective force rising up on the earth today, a time of monumental shift from the male dominance of human consciousness to a balanced relationship between masculine and feminine.” – Marianne Williamson
Affirmative prayer: Infinite Presence, I awaken more fully today to the beauty and wisdom of a balanced feminine-masculine way of being. I affirm that the energy and practices of a whole, spiritually attuned humanity empowers all of us individually and sustains our homes, communities, and the earth. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
A commercial fisherman, Michael Packard, reported that he had a “Jonah and whale” kind of experience. Michael said he was diving off the coast of Provincetown, Massachusetts, when a humpback scooped him up. "I was in his mouth for about 30 seconds before he rose to the surface and spit me out."
“‘Jonah in the whale’ is a mythic story of the hero going into a fish's belly and coming out, transformed. It's a descent into the dark. Metaphorically, the whale represents the power of the unconscious which must be overcome to return to the light of the conscious.” – Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth
Affirmative prayer: Infinite Presence, today I emerge from the dark, unconscious corners of my life. I wake up to my place in the light, fully aware of my spiritual beingness and strengths. I consciously go about my appointed rounds, and simply allow Spirit to be Spirit in me. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
What may be Michelangelo's thumbprint has been found on a small wax statue that he created 500 years ago. Experts at London's Victoria & Albert Museum found the mark pressed onto the dark red figurine. A curator of the museum said the find is very exciting. "Such a mark suggests the physical presence of the artist’s creative process."
“We are artists in living. To live by inspiration means to sense the divine touch in everything; to enter into the spirit of things.” Ernest Holmes
Affirmative prayer: I give thanks for my touch on the lives of others, grateful that my acts of service bring joy to their heart. I allow the impress of my prayers and acts of service – the impress of my life – to be the occasion of connection and love revealed. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
“String theory has the potential to show the wondrous happenings in the Universe - from the dance of subatomic quarks to the waltz of orbiting binary stars; from the fireball of the big bang to the majestic swirl of galaxies - all reflections of one, grand physical principle, one master equation.” – Brian Greene, The Elegant Universe
Affirmative prayer: Infinite Presence, I move through this day with a keen awareness of the interconnection of all life; of my Divine union with others on the path. I am at home in this profound unity - enlightened, comforted, and guided. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
At the U.S. Olympic trials, Sean McGorty was running comfortably in the 3,000-meter steeplechase until another runner stepped on the back of his right foot, ripping down the heel of his shoe. He peeled away from the pack, stopped, and put his shoe back on. Then, rather than sprinting hard to catch up, he made up the distance a little every lap, finishing well enough to keep his Olympic hopes alive.
“What we demonstrate today, tomorrow, and the next day, is not as important as the tendency which our thought is taking. If every day things are a little better, a little more harmonious; if each day we are expressing more life, we are going in the right direction.” - Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind
Affirmative prayer: Today and every day, I am steeped in the love and power of God, in the assurance of Oneness, and in the energetic feeling of victory. With each step, every day, I am more aligned with Divine energy. My strength is renewed. I run and not grow weary. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
NASA scientists say a wobble in the moon's orbit, expected in about 15 years, combined with rising sea levels because of climate change, will cause a surge in coastal flooding on most U.S. coastlines. It adds significance to the adage, “There’s a disturbance in the force.”
“There is a system of interdependence – a give and take – everywhere we look. from streams to forests, galaxies to black holes, the moon to oceans.”
– Matthew Fox
Affirmative prayer: Infinite Presence, I am attuned to the formative energy in my life experience. I feel the influence and blessing of life forces: of the power in nature, in consciousness, in love. By the sway of my thought and the grace of my prayers, I work in partnership with the Divine. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
Research suggests that creativity may be key to healthy aging. Studies show that singing, theater performance, artistry, writing, music and other creative endeavors support the well-being of older adults and can lead to greater longevity.
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein
Affirmative prayer: I am transformed by the renewing of my mind, my heart, my soul. I give thanks to the Creative Spirit of this Life that fashioned me in its image and endowed me with the gift of creativity. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
Extremely heavy rainfall in Germany and neighboring lands caused flooding and mudslides, resulting in great loss of life and property, with hundreds of people listed as missing. "In some areas we have not seen this much rainfall in 100 years," said a German weather service spokesperson.
“This is a time for love. When disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes and floods come upon us, how do we respond? With generosity, steadiness, and love.”
– Jack Kornfield
Affirmative prayer: Infinite Presence, in the Spirit of Oneness, I pray for those who are in danger, who have suffered loss, and who are seeking help. I pray that they feel comfort and hope, that they know they are not alone. I pray that responders and medical personnel are guided and sourced by Divine strength and instinct. I pray that resources are provided, and that love is realized in the lives of all. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
Millions of children are being lifted out of poverty as the government makes monthly payments to families under the expanded Child Tax Credit for the remainder of this year. Senator Cory Booker said, “This action means stability for families. It means help is on the way. It means hope is here.” Lawmakers are pushing to make the benefit permanent.
“Where there is darkness in the world; you are its radiant candle. Where there is poverty, you must be the treasury of the Kingdom. Where Divine grace is called for, you must give it spiritual quickening. Cherish each member of humanity.” - Abdu’l-Bahá, leader of the Bahá’í faith
Affirmative prayer: Infinite Presence, today I mindfully live the life abundant. My soul is stirred that I may be a true expression of God’s bountiful life, living with compassion as I pray for those in need and share my good fortune with others. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
Legend has it that Beethoven, after going deaf, sawed the legs off his piano and played it as he laid on the floor, feeling the vibration.
“The mission of life is to align our heartbeat with the rhythm of the Universe.” – Joseph Campbell
Affirmative prayer: Infinite Presence, I give thanks to know of my Oneness with all creation. There is only one Life; it is the Life of Pure Spirit everywhere present, and it is my Life now. It is the Life of all beings. I am in sync with the pulse of the Universe, allowing this Divine harmony to guide me in every facet of my living. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
“Let’s have some fun with today’s date, 7-14-21, a mathematical sequence that can inspire us to look at the patterns in our life, to see where we’re headed. Patterns can be found in dates, colors, music - everywhere. And especially in numbers. 7-14-21 points us to the number seven, which is ripe with spiritual teachings. From Sanskrit, we have seven chakras; from Genesis, God rested on the seventh day, signifying completion; from Hinduism, the seven dimensions of consciousness. And, from Colorado, Broncos quarterback John Elway wore the number 7.” – Scott Awbrey
“Mathematics is the alphabet with which God has written the Universe.” - Galileo
Affirmative prayer: Infinite Presence, today I allow the patterns in my life to show me where I’m going. I’m thankful that, with a new thought, I can begin a new pattern, a new direction for my life’s journey. Thank you, God, forever.
Salon owner Pio Imperati took a chance and hired hairstylist Kathy Moura right out of technical high school. Fifteen years later, he sold his New Haven business to her for $1. “It was a dream to turn the salon over to someone worthy," he said. For Kathy, working for Pio and with the salon staff has become a family affair. "Pio has wanted every person who works here to flourish."
“God wants us to live with abundance, to be fully invested in creation, and to partner in bringing God's kingdom to Earth. God is the master planner; we are the workers in the vineyard.” – Andy Harris, Spirituality and Social Action
Affirmative prayer: Infinite Presence, today I cultivate a consciousness of worthiness, knowing that, in belonging to the culture of God’s creative enterprise, I flourish in this life experience. I am endowed with the qualities of the Divine and I humbly, positively accept the tribute: “Well done, thy good and faithful servant.” Thank you, Creator God, forever. Amen.
Members of Generation Z, persons between the ages of 6 and 24, are more racially and ethnically diverse than any generation ever and are on track to be the most well-educated generation yet. “Gen-Zers” are more instinctively progressive, seeing racial diversity as natural.
“The more we bump into folks who are so-called ‘other,’ the more we are stretched, the more we are pulled out of intolerance because we have evidence of the beautiful, powerful creativity of God who made all of this diversity for us to enjoy.” – Jacqui Lewis, Middle Collegiate Church in New York
Affirmative prayer: Infinite Presence, I celebrate the beautiful nuances of humankind. I hold all my brothers and sisters in unity, knowing that each one is the living embodiment of Divine love. I give thanks, dear God, for the multiplicity, sameness, and wealth of our shared life. Amen.
Tia Wimbush and Susan Ellis have been coworkers for years, but they had no idea that both of their husbands were suffering from kidney disease. Then they discovered they were a match to the other’s husband and the four friends underwent successful surgeries. "I'm forever changed. I'm hopeful for humanity and I hope other people will take that away from this story," Tia said. "You can be somebody else's hope."
“In the midst of a problem, believe in the possibilities inherent within the problem. Make yourself available to guidance, inspiration, and serendipity.”
– Roger Teel, This Life is Joy
Affirmative prayer: Infinite Presence, I see the winding journey of my life, the joy and the difficulties, and I behold it all as a gift. All about me is the evidence of Pure Spirit loving Itself. The energy of Divine providence, optimism, and good fortune is everywhere, awaiting my recognition and my full participation. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
Coast to coast weather peril: A tropical storm hit Florida and moved up the East Coast, spawning flooding, strong winds, and tornadoes. In the Southwest and West, extreme, record-breaking heat is raising wildfire concerns. The culprit? Humans, according to an analysis by two dozen climate change scientists. The earth’s warming, particularly caused by fossil fuel emissions.
“If you do nothing to change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”
– Lao Tzu
Affirmative prayer: Infinite Presence, I hold sacred the earth-home in which I live, move, and have my being. I pray that the citizens and leaders of our precious planet are steeped in wisdom, compassion, vision, and courage, that the divine mandate to be good stewards and holy protectors is fulfilled. Thank you, God, forever. Amen.
A master of stained glass taught, in creating a sacred window, an artist must first see the image of life that shapes the window. Next, fill the window with color. And finally, place it in the light. – Mark Nepo
Affirmative prayer: I bask in the radiant light of Infinite Spirit, delighting in God’s brilliance. I let it illuminate my heart and soul so completely that I become a beacon for Spirit’s loving presence. I am luminous. I give off light in the lives of my family, friends and all in my orbit. Thank you, God, for this shining. Thank you forever. Amen.