Greg Mortenson is co-author of the best-seller Three Cups of Tea. Learn about his work to educate girls in Pakistan and Afganistan, where you will find a link to donate to counteract the work of the Saudi-Wahabi sect that we need to learn more about. Depending on your courage — guts — Google Wahabi and learn what we are up against. Or read Mortenson's book.











Dr Jill Bolte Taylor:

I define responsibility (response-ability) as the ability to choose how we respond to stimulation coming in through our sensory systems at any moment in time. Although there are certain limbic system* (emotional) programs that can be triggered automatically, it takes less than ninety seconds for one of these programs to be triggered, surge through our body, and then be completely flushed out of our bloodstream. My anger response, for example, is a programmed response that can be set off automatically. Once triggered, the chemical released by my brain surges through my body and I have a physiological experience. Within ninetv seconds from the initial trigger, the chemical component of my anger has completely dissipated from my blood and my automatic response is over. If, however, I remain angry after those ninety seconds have passed, then it is because I have chosen to let that circuit continue to run. Moment by moment I make the choice to either hook into my neurocircultry or move back into the present moment, allowing that reaction to melt away as fleeting physiology.†

The really exciting news about acknowledging my right and left characters is that I always have an alternative way of looking at any situation—is my glass half full or half empty? If you approach me with anger and frustration, then I make the choice to either reflect your anger and engage in argument (left brain), or be empathic and approach you with a compassionate heart (right brain). What most of us don't realize is that we are unconsciously making choices about how we respond all the time. It is so easy to get caught up in the wiring of our pre-programmed reactivity (limbic system) that we live our lives cruising along on automatic pilot. I have learned that the more attention my higher cortical cells pay to what's going on inside my limbic system, the more say I have about what I am thinking and feeling. By paying attention to the choices my automatic circuitry is making, I own my power and make more choices consciously. In the long run, I take responsibility for what I attract into my life.

—Jill Bolte Taylor: My Stroke of Insight, pp. 151-152

*Brain nuclei associated with basic needs and emotions, i.e., hunger, pain, pleasure, satisfaction, sex, and reactive motivation.
†Reminds me of seeing a child trip and fall, brief cry, glance up at mother, then keep crying and getting sympathy. That reminds me that when our kids fell like that with no deeper hurt, we often asked, “Did you hurt the sidewalk/floor?”







Ephesians 5.21 – 33 in usual translations is sexist as Paul was not in his letters (as, Galatians 3.28); here it is in The Inclusive Bible: the first egalitarian translation:

Defer to one another out of reverence for Christ. Those of you who are in committed relationships should yield to each other as if to Christ, because you are inseparable from each other, just as Christ is inseparable from the body — the church — as well as being its Savior. As the church yields to Christ, so you should yield to your partner in everything.

Love one another as Christ loved the church. He gave himself up for it to make it holy, purifying it by washing it with the Gospel’s message, so that Christ might have a glorious church, holy and immaculate, without mark or blemish or anything of that sort. Love one another as you love your own bodies. Those who love their partners love themselves. No one ever hates one's own flesh; one nourishes it and takes care of it as Christ cares for the church — for we are members of Christ's body.

This is why one person leaves home
and clings to another
and the two become one flesh.

This is a great foreshadowing; I mean, it refers to Christ and the church. In any case, each of you should love your partner as yourself, with each showing respect for the other.