“Events that impact our lives, both good and bad, positive and negative, do not have a time limit on them. For me the lesson out of this experience is the opportunity for spiritual growth that exists when we have a deep loss, which often gets lost in the emotion of grief. The reminder that tomorrow is promised to no one (and neither is today) and the moment at hand is really all we have. It may not seem like it, but grief is a wake-up call of the highest order. The never-ending cycle of life that takes us over the same roads again and again to learn from different experiences, at varying levels of consciousness, is to make sure we stay awake, and that we need to pay attention to what is being offered, even if it is disguised as unbearable pain.
We become more aware of the gift of life, every time we are confronted by death, which is a concept that the ego has a hard time with, until it happens to someone close to us. Then, we are laid bare, and at our most vulnerable, but also more alive as grief reveals our hearts when they are most needed-and all that is unnecessary is washed away.”
John St. Augustine, in “Phenomena”
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Compiler’s Note: I just finished reading this book the other night and thought it was excellent. I’ve used numerous passages from this author’s first book because I felt there was a lot of wisdom in it, and, I really appreciated his authenticity. That same genuineness is on display in this book as well. I highly recommend this book for anyone on a spiritual path who also is interested in paranormal/other-worldly tales.
Jeff Maziarek, author of Spirituality Simplified and Codi’s Journey, launched Pondercentral.com in April 2007 as a Web-based forum for “PONDER on THIS,” a series of weekday inspirational email messages he began sending to subscribers in March 1999. A FREE service since its inception, “PONDER on THIS” provides subscribers with meaningful content to assist them on their individual paths of spiritual growth. In addition, it benefits subscribers, authors, and publishers by including links to Amazon.com where subscribers can learn more about the book being quoted, and also purchase it.