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Hello, I'm Cassandra. For the first 5 years of my life, I was hardly a concious being. At age 5 I began swimming and for the next 13 years that was my life. When I wasnt in school or asleep I was in the pool. It possesed me and made me whole and I didn't even realize it. Nuns are the "brides of god." I was a bride to the pool. Then came time for college and I had to decide wether to swim or get a good education, I choose the education and gave up swimming. And I became lost. For two years I struggled with all the ideas about basically every thing, debating wether or not there was a higher power, an especially difficult question for one who was highly scientific and not raised in a religion. Then during this summer, I rediscovered the Beatles and fell fast in love with them especially George, whose who "dark horse" style drew me in. So I went out and bought All Things Must Pass and along with watching the entire Beatles Anthologys I read up on George and his life and spirituality. It hit home. I am still lost but I am no longer afraid (okay I still am at times, but I'm young yet). I am stoaked to see that this community exists, and hope to get insight and achieve further growth by being here so everyone feel free to comment or whatever with me as much or as little as you like. And dont worry about offending me, its impossible, live with 3 evil younger siblings you learn real quick to let silly things like offence slide.

So I end with a quote from the one I aspire to be like, Mr. George Harrison:

"Try to realize it's all within yourself no one else can make you change, and to see you're only very small and life flows on within you and without you."
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Inspirational Quotes...

Because I can! :)

- “Removing the incurable cancer called hatred
Reveals one's undying, undiminishing radiance.

The destruction of hatred, that sorrow of sorrows,
Yields to man the joy of joys.” -Tirukkural 86: 853-54

- “We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in the future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act.” -Swami Vivekananda

-“Do not let your adornment be merely outward-arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel-rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. “- 1 Peter 3:3-4

-"If you want peace do not look for faults in others, see your own faults."- Ma Sharadamani

-“It is not how much we do,
but how much love we put in the doing.
It is not how much we give,
but how much love we put in the giving.”- Mother Theresa

-“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”- Kahlil Gibran

-“Even while striving to improve yourself, learn to stand alone, secure in your own virtues and self-worth. If you want others to believe in you, remember, it isn’t only your words that have an effect, but what you are and what you feel within—what is in your soul. Always strive to be an angel within, no matter how others behave. Be sincere, kind, loving, and understanding.”- Paramahansa Yogananda

- "All we see or seem is but a dream within a dream" ~ Edgar Allan Poe

-“None of us has the power to make someone love us. But we all have the power to give away love, to love other people. And if we do so, we change the kind of people we are and we change the kind of world we live in.”- Rabbi Harold Kushner

- “Smile if you want a smile from another face”- The Dalai Lama

- “The conclusion is always the same: love is the most powerful and still the most unknown energy of the world.”- Pierre Teilhard De Chardin

-“Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty”- Anne Herbert

-“ i thank God for the most amazing day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream sky; and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.”- EE Cummings

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Enjoy...that's the "Best of" my collection!
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Relationship with God

I was wondering how you all feel about 'formal' vs. 'informal' praying. I'm sure in each of our respective religions we pray formally - in temple or church, singing, chanting, reciting prayers. But do you ever just talk to God? Maybe you have a little altar at home, or even just in the car? Do you ever just speak to God as if 'he' were in the room? Expressing fears, doubts, wishes for friends or praise?
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let me say it again...

this is a community about soul searching.

it is not about politics or trying to convince people what YOU believe.

when someone asks you to stop beating a dead horse, please be considerate and do so...

thank you.

Something very beautiful that a friend shared with me...

Beautiful! :) May we always remember this:

From: ‘Yogi Sri Krishnaprem’ by Dilip Kumar Roy

“You say you find it hard to go on. That is a good sign. This path is the hardest in the world and as long as we find it easy we may be sure we are not getting very far but just free-wheeling easily along a level road. Oh yes, we may be happy and peaceful for a time but that happiness or peace is illusory; anything can disturb it and we achieve nothing. His peace is something quite different, something that has its being in the very heart of tremendous winds. Winds which would shatter us to atoms. It is only when the strain begins to tell on us, when the breath comes short, that we can know we are really climbing. Till then, all that we have done at most is to go over rapidly the ground we covered in a previous life. This life begins when the strain comes on – scarcely before. There is no attainment of Him until the egg-shell of self is broken. Why then should we complain when the breaking-strain begins to come on? With pain we are born both physically and spiritually, but it is the inner life we seek and not the self-enwrapped bliss of uterine existence.

Fill yourself with Krishna, occupy your thoughts with Him, and let all your actions be for Him. Surely you will find Him……………………..

…..Why worry over what your fellows around you say or do? Each of us has his or her own egg-shell cracked. Some are cracked in one way, some in another, but all are broken in the end…….

…………..See Krishna, think of Krishna, act for Krishna and, if you believe me, you will find Krishna with the uttermost certainty though the world should crack and open up beneath your feet. This is the truth. All else but Him is nothing, absolutely nothing”.

For Krishna...substitute any name of God (or an Avatar) you like. :)

(x-posted in hindus, satsanga, interspiritual, earthreflections, and srflj)
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ive had an extremely confusing day. i cried so much over something so stupid. the guy i love got drunk in school and he was so out of it, he kept falling and everyone laughed at him. i couldnt help it, its like i was crying for him. i dont know why i like him if he does drugs and drinks at such a young age. but i do and i dont know how to stop. any advice you have for me, id gladly appreciate.


Hi every one I'm new to LJ and your group (which caught my eyes so I joined). I'm in the search for peace and God. For the mean time does anyone know any good chants that I can use when ever I'm feeling down.

Bless you all...
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