A Song of #Regeneration: A Personal #NationalAnthem

Quotes for your day:

“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.” -Gandhi

and via www.Swedenborg.com/product/regeneration  Regarding Swedenborg’s ideas on regeneration:

We are born with selfish impulses and desires, and while we may learn to act ethically, we don’t start growing as spiritual people until we transform our emotional side. That transformation, he says, happens from the outside in: first we decide intellectually to be more loving, and that decision leads us to choose consciously to act for the good of others. These external thoughts and actions gradually open us to a higher love, one that transforms our desires and ultimately our fundamental being. He calls this process regeneration.

A Song for your Heart:

“I Am Willing”

I am open and I am willing
To be hopeless would seem so strange
It dishonors those who go before us
So lift me up to the light of change
There is hurting in my family
There is sorrow in my town
There is panic in the nation
There is wailing the whole world round
May the children see more clearly
May the elders be more wise
May the winds of change caress us
Even though it burns our eyes
Give me a mighty oak to hold my confusion
Give me a desert to hold my fears
Give me a sunset to hold my wonder
Give me an ocean to hold my tears

~Holly Near, Composer

Performed and Recorded by MUSE, Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir, 2010. Conductor, Dr. Catherine Roma. Soloists, Lois Shegog, Leisan Smith, and Maria Kitsinis. Accompanist, Rachel Kramer.

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