The Sacred History by Jonathan Black, page 176
“Elijah, the Buddha, Socrates and Apollonius brought spiritual awareness and understanding to the world – the knowledge that we are all interconnected, that we should show compassion to every living thing, that we must play our part in the world’s evolving. They all knew on some level what was happening and what had to happen, but it was Jesus Christ who brought the power that made it happen. He had the power to turn history on its hinges. Elijah, Buddha, Pythagoras brought faith and hope, but Jesus Christ brought love.“
The Secret History of the World by Mark Booth, page 21
“To today’s most advanced thinkers, academics like Richard Dawkins, the Charles Simony Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford, and other militant materialists who regulate and maintain the scientific world-view, the mind of God’ is no better than the idea of a white-haired old man up above the clouds. It is the same mistake, they say, that children and primitive tribes make when they assume God must be like them – the anthropomorphic fallacy. Even if we allowed that God might conceivably exist, they say, why on earth should ‘He’ be like us? Why should ‘His’ mind be in any way like ours?
The fact is that they’re right. Of course there is no reason at all … unless it’s the other way round. In other words, the only reason why God’s mind might be like ours is if ours was made to be like His – that is, if God made us in His image.“
Note: My gosh, it’s less than 3 more months now till I’m going to tie the knot. So many last minute stuff to left to do, but I’m pretty excited about the married life <3 This month, becoming more aware about my own carbon footprint has affected me profoundly. Moving into our new home will be a major breakup with most of my material possessions, but I know that minimalism is the way to go because it’s the most sustainable way of living. I’m prepared to put aside my shoes, my accessories, and most of my wardrobe by the end of this year … though not my books. But hey, I’m rambling here. Departing a bit from the previous months, this month’s favorite links cover life-long rules I believe every smart woman should live by. So sit down, brew your favorite cuppa, and read on~
1. How to power dress without the pain of heels. [Career Girl Daily]
Flatten your definition of empowering.
2. 10 easy ways to reduce stress [Kamea World]
Simple strategies you can use now and for life.
3. Create something everyday. [Medium]
Why it should be your #1 rule of living.
4. Marriage isn’t for you. [Seth Adam Smith]
#relationshipgoals #marriagegoals #truelove #agape
5. 5 Ways: From head knowledge to heart application. [Desiring God]
Because a change of heart takes real work.
I find it intriguing to see people’s reactions when they find out I listen to (and love) trance music. Yes, it’s technically rave music, but you’d be surprised how most of these tunes are so chill and *pun-intended* en-trancing. The genre itself is basically a baby, as it only appeared less than 50 years ago, yet it’s evolving quicker than any other genre. Trance today is synonymous with mainstream EDM – it doesn’t even sound the same as it was just 5 years ago, and 5 years ago, it didn’t sound like it did 10 years ago, and so on and so forth. IMO, the golden era was during the whole time Armin van Buuren stayed on top as the world’s #1 DJ (by DJMag‘s annual Top 100 DJ standards) – during those years, the industry’s produced countless records that would go on to become classics. One of the many is OceanLab‘s Satellite, a song no true progressive trance fan will ever get tired of listening.
I was sold the first time I heard the breakdown of the original Above & Beyond Mix (Above & Beyond is the trio DJ who specially collaborated with vocalist Justine Suissa to form OceanLab) – it’s my all-time favorite spins of the tune, but I’m starting to like the Seven Lions Mix over time. Though I’m not a big fan of dubstep, somehow the tranquility of the melody and the breakbeats come together, so much so that these days I keep hitting repeat on my iTunes. It’s such a versatile track sonically, that any DJ can morph it into almost any version he or she likes, hence the many, many remixes out there. This doesn’t mean the original Satellite hasn’t got depth, departing from the famous words of Myon & Shane 54’s Mario Egeto in Not A Lot Left: “If you take away the majority of dance songs, and strip away the dance beat, there’s not a lot left!” So yeah, not a track for the pure movers and shakers, but the Seven Lions Mix is a great tune to have in the background for when you’re trying to seek a little thrill, but also to just chill.
If you’re not yet familiar with OceanLab before this post, I dare you not to obsessively repeat the whole Sirens of the Sea (2008) album wherever you go – it’s perfect for singing, perfect for driving, perfect for when you’re taking a bath, perfect for working out, and perfect for going to sleep as well. And if you must know, yes, I was a huge Above & Beyond fan.