Stop. Look. Lean. Listen. Depend. Focus. Appreciate.
A reminder to pop up your head and look up at a scenic overview one races right by, a centering reflection on Ramadan that doesn't focus on fasting, and a popular post calling for an Interdependence Day.
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We all travel paths and take routes that become routine by rote. While on my way up north, I was reminded not to take my journey for granted. Forced to the side of the road, I looked up to see this gorgeous scene above. I've driven past this point hundreds of times, but it's a view I never noticed and raced right by. Look up. Lean back. Take in a view anew.
With all the focus on fasting, Rahim Snow from Atlanta tells us that the sustenance of Islam's holiest month lies in focusing on letting God in. His message is something from which we can all draw wisdom:
"When we Muslims say the core principle of our faith, 'There is no god but God,' one way to read this is: 'There is no nourishment except God’s nourishment.' So the principle behind fasting from food is the turning of our hearts and minds away from the false sources of nourishment to the one true source of nourishment. In this way, Ramadan is less about saying no to food and more about saying yes to God."
As many of us Americans celebrated Independence Day on July 4th, Parker Palmer proposes an Interdependence Day to remind us that "we're all in this together."
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