Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Card Shower for Audrey!!

Please share this far and wide! Our dear friend and member Eric Williams has a 10 year old daughter walking with brain cancer right now. She is the babe in the old photo above. WE NEED A CARD SHOWER!!  

Audrey is back in the hospital and her 11th birthday is Friday. Will you send her a card and note of encouragement? From all over the world?!  If so, the address follows. Doesn't matter if it's late.  Thank you for offering her encouragement!  

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Bible Belt Buddhism: An Evangelical Christian reveals how Buddhism has helped him weather a crisis of conscience and faith --by Jim Owens

Originally Posted HERE

I live in the heart of the Bible Belt. When this article is published, many of my family and friends will fear I am destined for hell. Some Christians, like many others, misjudge what they do not understand. Some simply scratch their heads when they hear of a Christian examining Buddhism, meditation, or even just alternative experiences and faiths. Other Christians will have much stronger objections than that.

I know this well, for there was a time when I was one of them.

The Great Bell Chant (The End Of Suffering) --by Gary Malkin

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Dharma for Moms and Dads --by Ty Phillips


Ty Phillips looks at the Five Precepts—the ethical code of dedicated Buddhist practitioners—and finds five powerful guidelines every parent could use.

As Brynn and I trudged through the metroparks today, I became enraptured within the welcoming silence and beauty of the snow covered forest.

As I stood in awe I noticed a shared silence. My three-year-old, usually boisterous and always at volume level 10, was silent. I turned to look and to my delight, she was staring in the same wondering manner as I.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

"The Dude" (Jeff Bridges) Has a New Album Out; Pay What You Want; Proceeds go to “No Kid Hungry” Charity

-- Please note that the daughter of our member, Dr. Jim, works for this company!
--ACOF Admin.
Jeff "The Dude" Bridges
Ten wonderfully strange moments from Jeff Bridges’ ‘Sleeping Tapes’ album

If you were confused by the “Dreaming with Jeff” commercial that aired a couple of minutes before the Super Bowl halftime show the other day, you hadn’t already heard about what inspired it. In other words, you slept on the Dude’s Sleeping Tapes album that he’d released online in the days preceding the ad.

Dr. Gary Wulfsberg to Facilitate "Neuroscience and Spirituality" -- Unity of Murfreesboro

Science and Spirituality Group, Monday February 9 and February 23, 6-8 PM, Unity of Murfreesboro, 130 S. Cannon Ave., Murfreesboro, TN.

Book Discussions on Neuroscience and Spirituality, facilitated by Dr. Gary P. Wulfsberg.

Book: How God Changes Your Brain:  Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist --by Andrew Newberg (theist) and Mark Robert Waldman (atheist)
Dr. Gary P. Wulfsberg
Use of fMRI studies at University of Pennsylvania Medical School to study effects of spiritual practices of Buddhists, Unitarians, atheists, Pentecostals, and New Thought people. Do they differ?  
Identifies healthful and life-extending long-term changes in brains of people having positive  spiritual experiences.  What (if any) are the damaging and life-shortening changes in brains of people having negative spiritual experiences? Includes the eight best ways identified by fMRI studies to keep your brain physically, mentally, and spiritually tuned up. Can you guess what these are?

Friday, January 9, 2015

Authentic Communication --by Fred Kofman

Originally Posted HERE

Preparing for the Conversation