Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Mehmet Basci, Interview #33

Name: Mehmet Basci
Where you live: Basel, Switzerland
What you do as a vocation or avocation? Living peace and remind people of their humanity
Your two favorite books:
World leaders Favourite Poems ;-)
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Your two favorite cd's: Lorena McKennit
Why you are interested in spirituality? Spirituality is essential for humanity. And I believe it is important to have mutual respect with each other and live what we believe in our daily life – a world in peace.
Your favorite quote: Who really wants will achieve (free translation from a sentence from Goethe)
Your favorite web sites:
Your hero? Dalai Lama
A spiritual lesson you hope to learn? Humility
A place in the world where you feel spiritually "connected?" my heart

http://www.parthianbooks.co.uk/WLFP.htm World Leaders' Favourite Poems: A Book of Peace - Compiled by Mehmet is a collection of international poetry featuring world famous names; Jorge Luis Borges, Rudyard Kipling, Rainer Maria Rilke, William Wordsworth, Kahil Gibran and Pär Lagerkvist. The poems have all been chosen by national leaders, prime-ministers and presidents including Tony Blair, Ariel Sharon and Gerhard Schröder. There are also personal contributions from some of these influential world leaders themselves such as AJP Abdul Kalam and Ludwig Scotty with a foreword written by Swiss president, Micheline Calmy-Rey.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Dale Brown, Interview #32

Name: Dale Brown
Where you live: Bristol, TN
What you do as a vocation or avocation?Direct the Buechner Institute, teach American literature, and play racquetball
Your two favorite books:
The Power and the Glory
by Graham Greene
King Lear by William Shakespeare
Your two favorite cd's:
“Wailing Jennys”
“The Time Jumpers”
Why you are interested in spirituality?
Because I can imagine more than I can see.
Your favorite quote:
“What’s lost is nothing to what’s found, and all the death that ever was, set next to life, would scarcely fill a cup.” --Frederick Buechner
Your favorite web sites:Read the Spirit http://www.readthespirit.org/
Your hero?
Frederick Buechner
A spiritual lesson you hope to learn?
A place in the world where you feel spiritually "connected?"Most any river
See Dale's 3 books:
Of Fiction and Faith
The Book of Buechner: A Journey Through His Writings
and Conversations with American Writers


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Imoh Colins Edozie, Interview #31

Name: Imoh Colins Edozie
Where you live: Port Harcourt, Nigeria

What you do as a vocation or avocation? Trainer

Your two favorite books: The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo & Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
Your two favorite cd's: 100 Spiritual Classics & Silence (Jecklin)
Why you are interested in spirituality? We are spirit
Your favorite quote(s):
"The whole world is a door of liberation, but people are unwilling to enter it!" Hui - Wu ( Chinese Buddist Philosopher)
"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when men / women are afraid of the light. "—Plato.
Your favorite web sites: http://www.protectourfuture.org/
Your hero? Nelson Mandela
A spiritual lesson you hope to learn? Patience and Humility
A place in the world where you feel spiritually "connected?" My Village, Nnewi

Dava Money, Interview #30

Name: dava money
Where you live: Northern Virginia, USA
What you do as a vocation or avocation? Shaman, Spiritual Teacher, Spiritual Director, Spiritual Coach, Relationship Coach, Author, Artist
Your two favorite books: Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav, Illusions by Richard Bach
Your two favorite cd's: In Search of Angels, Opening the Heart of Compassion by Anh Huong
Why you are interested in spirituality? I have always sensed that there is more than the 5 senses can pick up. I have had several different stages where my intuition grew and synchronistic experiences abounded. They were and are exciting and affirming. I feel called to share my own personal wisdom accrued from years of living, sometimes well and sometimes not so well, and a universal wisdom that moves through me. I share that essence in writing, speaking and in art. I have been drawn to learn from many masters and recognize the Truth by its resonance. In the Cherokee nation one becomes an adult by the age of 52 (because we are so complex) and then has a responsibility to share the wisdom with the village. I delight in the Spiritual Awakening, the conscious evolution of consciousness and the part we can choose to play in it.

Your favorite quote: To not risk anything is to risk everything. Dorothy Baldwin Satten, Ph.D. Your favorite web sites: mine: http://www.authenticityseries.com/, http://www.zaadz.com/, http://www.gaia.com/, http://www.andrewcohen.org/
Your hero? Buddha, Thich Nhat Hanh, Dalai Lama
A spiritual lesson you hope to learn?
1. How to be deeply in a spiritual partnership and able to set aside my ego long enough to be a healing force for my loved one.
2. Unity consciousness.
A place in the world where you feel spiritually "connected?" I feel very spiritually connected to the practitioners that take my classes and attend my workshops and retreats. I feel spiritually connected at most times and it is especially profound and tender in nature: on the lake in my kayak, walking mindfully through the woods, and painting the essence of a flower.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Trish Ryan, Interview #29

Name: Trish Ryan
Where you live: Just outside of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
What you do as a vocation or avocation?I'm a writer, working on my second memoir. I also do some speaking about my spiritual search, and broader questions of relationships and faith. It’s nice to balance out the isolation of writing by connecting with others who have similar questions, but are looking for someone to start the public conversation.
Your two favorite books: It’s a rotating list—I love to read. Right now my favorites are Lottery, a novel by Patricia Wood (such an amazing, fun, surprising story of good emerging in the middle of a disaster), and Redeemed, Heather King’s memoir (she’s just such a great wordsmith that she could write a book about the upholstery on her living room furniture, and I’d stand in line to buy it).
Your two favorite cd's: This Mystery and Woven & Spun, both by Nicole Nordeman. Her songs recalibrate my brain back towards God.
Why you are interested in spirituality? I’m interested in spirituality because it’s the most compelling force in the world around me. So many of us are searching, looking for the right path, the way that will take us from where we are to where we want to be. When we connect with a living God, exciting things happen that change the texture and direction of our lives. I can’t imagine seeing that and not wanting to know more.
Your favorite quote: “What’s impossible with men is possible with God.”
– Jesus.
Your favorite web sites:
This is the church I wandered into when I first decided to check out Jesus - I told myself I'd stay until they said something obnoxious and judgmental...four years later, I'm still there :) The church motto is "Practical. Spiritual. Fun." I like that.
This is the blog of David Kuo, author of Tempting Faith. If your two favorite topics are spirituality and politics and your secret dream is to have a reasonable, sophisticated, nuanced conversation about how these two areas intersect in American life, David is your guy.
Your hero? My husband, Steve. He’s the prince charming I was praying for as I kissed all those other frogs.
A spiritual lesson you hope to learn? That when I trust God with something, I don’t need to check back in every half-hour to see how He’s handling things.
A place in the world where you feel spiritually "connected?" The beach in my hometown in Maine is the big answer. But in terms of day-to-day connectedness, I tend to hear God’s voice most clearly when I’m brushing my teeth. I have no idea what the link is between divinity and dental hygiene, but if God wants to speak to me as I’m standing over the sink debating whether or not to floss, who am I to argue?
Author & Speaker Trish Ryan
Trish’s blogs:

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Mary DeMuth, Interview #28

Name: Mary DeMuth
Where you live: Texas
What you do as a vocation or avocation? I'm a full time writer, writing both fiction and nonfiction books.
Your two favorite books: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
Your two favorite cd's: Any two by U2
Why you are interested in spirituality? Because when I'm quiet enough, I can hear God's voice.
Your favorite quote: "Risk being unliked. Tell the truth as you understand it. If you're a writer, you have a moral obligation to do this. And it is a revolutionary act-truth is always subversive."
- Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Your favorite web sites: http://www.aspire2.com/, http://www.rsingermanson.com/
Your hero? My husband.
A spiritual lesson you hope to learn? To trust in God's provision when I can't see it.
A place in the world where you feel spiritually "connected?" Anywhere in
nature, when the birds are singing and the air is clear.

author & speaker Mary E. DeMuth
Turning Trials to Triumph m a r y d e m u t h . c o mMary's writing blog: wannabepublished.blogspot.com