Author: Wayne Walder

Compassion II: Inspirational Quotations

“One love, one heart, one destiny.” – Bob Marley “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Teresa “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” – John Holmes  

Compassion II: Movie and Internet Resources

MOVIES: Groundhog Day   (2015) with Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott Groundhog Day (which won four awards) was written by Danny Rubin as a way to make the concepts of Buddhism and spiritual growth through reincarnation more accessible to a mainstream audience. Let’s just say, it is all about learning how to be compassionate and…

Rev. Wayne Walder: Thoughts On Love

by Reverend Wayne Walder Every fall into love involves (to adapt Oscar Wilde) the triumph of hope over self-knowledge. As Alain de Botton wrote: “We fall in love hoping that we will not find in the other what we know is in ourselves – all the cowardice, weakness, laziness, dishonesty, compromise and brute stupidity. We throw…

Love: Spiritual Questions

. We live in a world that allows us a significant amount of freedom. Do you feel free to love? What I mean is, do you feel you have the time and the personal space to practice love? Are you free to love? If not, what stops you from loving? . Can love be a…

Love: Inspirational Quotations

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr. “Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and…

Love: Movie Resources

Human   (2015) a film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand funded by the Foundation Good Planet Project http://tinyurl.com/ospbyyn Twenty real people, both famous and not, tell us about the wisdom and love in their lives. In approximately 10 minute narratives we hear some of the most heartfelt, sincere, vulnerable and affectionate accounts of how to live a loving…

Rev. Wayne Walder: Resilience

by Reverend Wayne Walder When I arrived at the cottage for the holidays and turned the water on, a difficult-to-reach valve on the water filter was leaking … a lot. It was losing about a quart an hour. That was enough to overflow any bucket. I tried to tighten the valve; I put goop on…

Resilience: Spiritual Practices

. The next time you find life differs from your expectations, stop and take a slow breath. Put your disappointment down for a minute. Look more carefully at the situation. How can you adjust to it? How can you plan differently. Can you enjoy the change? . After you have taken a breath, what can…

Resilience: Inspirational Quotations

“A good half of the art of living is resilience.” – Alain de Botton “Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you’ve lost, or you can accept that and try to put together…

Resilience: Movie Resources

The Pursuit Of Happyness   (2006) with Will Smith, Thandie Newton and Jaden Smith Gabriele Muccino’s biographical drama is based on Chris Gardner’s best-selling memoir of the same name. In 1981 San Francisco, he tries his best to support himself and his five-year-old son, Christopher. He loses everything, and slowly, resiliently, comes back to his life….

Rev. Wayne Walder: Peace

by Reverend Wayne Walder Peace does not simply call for the absence of struggle, but requires other things. For example, a hungry person who lashes out is not just denying peace. They are hungry, and peace requires that they not be hungry. When someone is threatened, they may talk tough because they are afraid, because…

Peace: Spiritual Questions to Consider

. Elise Boulding writes, “There is no time for anything but to make peacework a dimension of our every waking activity.” How could you do this? . Have you ever been with someone who makes it easier for you to feel peace? What was it in their behaviour or presence that helped you feel this?…

Peace: Inspirational Quotations

“You don’t make peace with friends. You make it with very unsavory enemies.” – Yitzhak Rabin “Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will…

Peace: Internet and Movie Resources

INTERNET: Iran and Israel: Peace is possible by Trita Parsi, 11 min, on Ted Talks Iran and Israel are two nations with tense relations that seem existentially at odds. But for all their antagonistic rhetoric, there is a recent hidden history of collaboration, even friendship. In an informative talk, Trita Parsi shows how an unlikely…

Rev. Wayne Walder: Common Good

by Reverend Wayne Walder Do you know what the “Common Good” is? I have never heard it discussed at a party. Maybe you’ve heard it spoken about through a poem or some good political policy, but you have to look for that. Few stories appear on the nightly news about it and I have seldom…

Common Good: Spiritual Practices

. An old adage says, “If you want to stay friends, don’t talk about religion or politics”. Can you challenge that ancient idea? Can you speak about meaning and power at your holiday gatherings? Maybe it will be around the table. The next time there is a family dinner, give it a try. Talk about…

Common Good: Inspirational Quotations

“No (political) decisions should ever be made without asking the question, is this for the common good?” – Michael Moore “To become fully human means learning to turn my gratitude for being alive into some concrete common good. It means growing gentler toward human weakness. It means practicing forgiveness of my and everyone else’s hourly…

Common Good: Podcast and Movie Resources

PODCASTS:  Change Our Culture, Change Our World by Nate Garvis, 10 min, on Ted Talks Nate Garvis asks: What can we do to create an environment in which powerful institutions are used for the common good? He reminds us that we are the creators of culture, through our habits. By changing our habits (gratefulness, meditation,…

Rev. Wayne Walder: Gratitude

by Reverend Wayne Walder Are you sometimes at odds with yourself? Do you want to say “Thank you”, or act with generosity but something inside stops you from being gracious? Are you unconscious about why you shy away from giving to others? I certainly have been. I have found it very difficult to adjust my…

Gratitude: Spiritual Experiment

Gratitude Bags: This month we will be putting up small paper bags on the wall, and we will put our names on them. Each week we have the opportunity to put a note of thanks inside the bag for a person we care about. This short and simple practice allows us to experience gratitude from…