Welcome! – NB all new posts are below

WELCOME to ‘Soul Needs – One Garden’: Holistic Living with the spiritual as ‘realizing Oneness – living inter-spiritually – interfaith for the 21stC”

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Soul Needs – ONE GARDEN as well as the pressing need for today – realizing the Oneness behind the various faith Traditions – the blog includes occasional posts on my other interests – The Arts especially Street Photography, Health matters, Holistic Education, Personal Development, Social Justice matters.

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Photograph ‘The peripatetic piano man Brighton’ by  Roger Prentice

INTRODUCTION – NB – All new posts are below welcome message.

SOUL NEEDS – ONE GARDEN – my main blog-site, a  flow of  life-journey moments building on my PhD  – Roger (Dr R Prentice)  EMAIL: onesummit AT gmail DOT com

INTRO: All new posts are below this welcome message.

PLEASE ‘like’ my other sites;

The FaceBook inter-spiritual page is HERE

My general Facebook is HERE   

FACEBOOK – The inter-spiritual discussion group is HERE

The PhD – is a model of Holistic Education for parents, teachers and managers. Within it is SunWALK, a model of what it is to be fully and positively human – very readable, not technical – & it’s HERE !

Twitter for all 6 projects is HERE      My ‘street photography’ is HERE

I will keep the blogs that I no longer post to e.g. The specialist inter-spirituality site  HERE

THE 6 PROJECTS: My primary focus is now inter-spirituality or  ‘perennial-spirituality’ 21stC interfaith – (the ‘changeless faith’ as Baha’is call it) but within that are  5 other projects  

1) Art-matters,  inc photography – mainly street photography

2) Natural Health matters (inc surviving IPF),

3) Personal Development & Management,

4) Re-humanizing Education (inc. Holistic Education)

5) Social Justice matters.  

All  5 I hope are integrated within

6) ‘Inter-spirituality’ –  I am now realizing it as the context for the other *

Inter-spirituality is “the recovery of the shared mystic heart beating in the center of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions.” – Wayne Teasdale, see HERE 
My definition of inter-spirituality = ‘the state of being, and the living of life, that flows from the realization of the Oneness beyond the various wisdom traditions.’  – as in ‘Namaste’, “I honor the place in you in which the entire Universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of Love, of Integrity, of Wisdom and of Peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are One.”
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RP “Behind every moment, behind every particular, is the enveloping Whole.   We have 2 wings; being as the Whole, from which we emanate and  secondly delight in every particular.” – My heart has come to harbour every form’ ! 
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Mindfulness allows us to spend more time in eternity!”
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My daily Quotations Treasury blog is HERE      Resources for ONE GARDEN groups – i.e interfaith interspirituality is HERE    My photography is HERE – use left & right arrows to view!   EN-JOY – please send in a ‘like’, comment, discussion point or question! – All new posts are below this welcome post – thanks for dropping by – Roger.  
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#inter-spiritual, #one-garden, #interfaith

NB – All new posts are below this welcome message.

Prefer just Facebook just join one of the Facebook pages or groups – * The FaceBook inter-spiritual page is HERE – * FACEBOOK GROUP – the inter-spiritual discussion group is HERE – * My general Facebook is HERE. My one Twitter page is HERE     

#realizing-oneness

On the devastating effects of…

On the devastating effects of the extremes of wealth and poverty and low levels of social justice

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“I grew up thinking that it was a good thing to rob the white man. Everyone fought injustice in their own way. But in my neighborhood, we opposed the government by breaking into houses and robbing people. But in 1994 we were told: ‘Democracy is coming. Apartheid is ending. It’s time to learn a trade.’ So I listened. I did everything I was supposed to do. I’ve worked in construction for the past twenty-five years. I started my own company. I followed all the procedures. But nothing has come of it. The government always talks about empowerment. They make a big show of letting small businesses compete for contracts. But the jobs always get awarded to the same few people. If the government gave me work, it would empower me. Then I could empower other people. I could hire employees and teach them plumbing, and carpentry, and cabinets. I could purchase a brick making machine, and hire women to mix cement. But right now I can’t even afford a printer for my office. Everything is hand to mouth. I had high hopes when apartheid ended. But I’ve been building houses for twenty-five years, and I’m still living in a shack.” (Johannesburg, South Africa)

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How does your mind work?

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How does your mind work? I stumbled across an Arabic poem by Al-Mutanabbi from the 10thC and it made me think of the poem “Digging’ by Seamus Heaney.

The Arabic poem;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=69&v=1C68vc8plVI

Seamus Heaney’s poem ;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNRkPU1LSUg

Which poem most illumines the other?

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More of Mutanabbi’s poems are here https://www.poemhunter.com/abu-at-tayyib-al-mutanabbi/

In Christianity ‘the peace that passeth all understanding’ is Presence which is the Nondual state (until you talk or think about it)

“the peace that surpasses all human understanding.”

It is sometimes called nondual awareness. This is just another term for union with God. It is the experience of mystics in the Christian tradition, and it is echoed in other spiritual traditions. It is the Way, the Truth, and the Life that is Jesus Christ.

Photo is by brilliant young photographer Doug Mountford – double exposures on Flickr – see here
https://www.flickr.com/photos/danmountford/

One of my better photographs: ‘Peripatetic piano-player has Max Miller standing on his ‘joanna’

‘Peripatetic piano-player has Max Miller standing on his ‘joanna’

My rediscovery of Leonard Jacobson

My rediscovery of just how good Leonard Jacobson is as a contemporary teacher of spirituality is bringing me much happiness.

He has many presentation videos on YouTube or Vimeo

I used to think that…

I used to think that paradoxes were unwelcome guests, but now I know that they contain the lesson that all is not knowable and that part of gaining wisdom is to remain content with the mystery of things and the Mystery of No-thing.

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I used to think that paradoxes were unwelcome guests, but now I know that they contain the lesson that all is not knowable and that part of gaining wisdom is to remain content with the mystery of things and the Mystery of No-thing.

I especially love; “We are on a journey of becoming that which we already are. That is the impossible paradox of our lives.” – by Leonard Jacobson

Awareness – A J Heschel

“Awareness of the divine begins with wonder. It is the result of what man does with his higher incomprehension.” – A J Heschel –

Perennial Wisdom from Taoist, Sufi-Islamic, Jewish, Hindu, Christian, Buddhist, Baha’i sources = Realization of the Oneness of all.