Your Soul Food for Friday October 22 2021: Thanks For Nothing

“Time and space are not conditions in which we live, but modes by which we think.”

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

The Zen Awards

Insights Inspired by Albert Einstein:

“I didn’t arrive at my understanding of the fundamental laws of the universe through my rational mind.”

“Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses.

Matter is spirit reduced to point of visibility. There is no matter.”

“Time and space are not conditions in which we live, but modes by which we think.”

Physical concepts are free creations of the human mind, and are not, however it may seem, determined by the external world.”

“Time does not exist – we invented it. Time is what the clock says. The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”

“I think 99 times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me.”

“The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why.”

“A human being experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

“Our separation from each other is an optical illusion.”

“When something vibrates, the electrons of the entire universe resonate with it. Everything is connected. The greatest tragedy of human existence is the illusion of separateness.”

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”

“We are souls dressed up in sacred biochemical garments and our bodies are the instruments through which our souls play their music.”

“When you examine the lives of the most influential people who have ever walked among us, you discover one thread that winds through them all.

They have been aligned first with their spiritual nature and only then with their physical selves.”

“The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which s/he has attained liberation from the self.”

“The ancients knew something, which we seem to have forgotten.”

“The more I learn of physics, the more I am drawn to metaphysics.”

“One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike. We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us. It is entirely possible that behind the perception of our senses, worlds are hidden of which we are unaware.”

“I’m not an atheist. The problem involved is too vast for our limited minds. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books.”

“The common idea that I am an atheist is based on a big mistake. Anyone who interprets my scientific theories this way, did not understand them.”

“Everything is determined, every beginning and ending, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for the insect, as well as for the star. Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.”

“The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It will transcend a personal God and avoid dogma and theology.”

“Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.”

“Everything is energy and that is all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”

“I am happy because I want nothing from anyone. I do not care about money. Decorations, titles or distinctions mean nothing to me. I do not crave praise. I claim credit for nothing. A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.”

How to Express Your Gratitude (Without Feeling Awkward)

YOU MAY ALREADY have a regular gratitude practice—mentally savoring sunsets and other everyday wonders, or even journaling about your many blessings. But when it comes to communicating your heartfelt appreciation to others, it can feel, well, kind of awkward. What if they get embarrassed—or they think you’re sucking up? What if you start gushing and come off as insincere?

How I Made Self-Gratitude a Habit (And Stopped Feeling Awkward About It) | Shine (

Joy Harjo on the Inspiration Behind Memoir ‘Poet Warrior’

NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo about her poetic memoir.

Joy Harjo on inspiration behind memoir ‘Poet Warrior’ : NPR

International Credit Union Day 2021: “Building financial health for a brighter tomorrow”:

This week on October 21, Mission Fed joined more than 86,000 credit unions from 118 countries to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of International Credit Union Day. This year’s theme is “Building financial health for a brighter tomorrow” and speaks to how the COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge the financial well-being of credit union members around the globe, and how we as credit unions are helping members rebuild their lives financially.  

ICU Day 2021 is a celebration of the impact we have made—and continue to make for our members. It is also a chance to be thankful for the lives and communities that have been improved by our movement.

In the spirit of this International Credit Union Day, let us look beyond our local community to recognize credit unions and other financial cooperatives for the important role they play in many distressed urban and rural areas worldwide. Many people would not have been able to afford to own homes, start new businesses or attend school without the help of their credit unions. In some areas of the world, people would have no access to financial services at all without their credit unions.

Whether members are affluent or less fortunate, from villages or cities, in communities at peace or in conflict, credit unions are present across cultures and languages, helping members turn hopes and dreams into reality. Here in San Diego, we are working to build a stronger community – one member at a time.

Thank you for joining us to celebrate International Credit Union Day!

Drone Photo Award winners capture a dizzyingly fantastic view of the world
This year’s best pictures include two friends sunbathing on giant shards of ice in Kazakhstan, workers at a red chili factory in Bangladesh and a white mangrove forest in Vietnam.

2021 Drone Photo Award winners capture a dizzyingly fantastic view of the world : Goats and Soda : NPR

Special thanks this week go to Dan C for helping me launch Soul Food Friday more than 13 years ago. Dan is retiring this week.

Thanks also to Marcy M and the Bright Lights, Eric K and the Conscious Leaders for their energy & inspiration and to all my credit union brethren working hard for social justice and equity!

Please pay it forward.



“I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”— Albert Einstein: The father of modern physics

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