Chapel of Optimal Life

A traditional Bible-based Christian church
A Bible-based Christian church for the modern age
A church based on the teachings of all the great thinkers
A new age church for the inquiring mind

SERMON: Getting Balance Into Your Life, Part 1

We live in a culture which is overstimulated with messages and demands. How do we sort through all these and find balance in our lives? How do you handle the pressure of what the boss is telling you to do, what your spouse is asking you to do, what the kids want you to do, what the school is requiring of you, what your spirituality is calling for you to do, the expectations of friends, extended family, and community?

There are several approaches. Some people try to do it all. When someone asks them to do something, they try to do it even if they don't have time or don't want to do it. They are people pleasers. They cannot say, "No." More...

EDITORIAL: Benefits Of Yoga

If you've never tried it, we suggest you give it a whirl. What do you have to lose other than an hour of your day (that you will ultimately thank yourself for 'losing' anyways)? You may think that yoga is for the insanely flexible people who like to contort their bodies into pretzels while chanting "OM". Yes, yoga undoubtedly will bring you closer to being able to twist your body into positions you never imagined, but far more important is the fact that yoga heals.

Yoga is a powerful practice with health benefits across the spectrum of your health needs. We know very flexible sixty and seventy year olds who practice Yoga regularly. More...

OPINION: Moral Perfection

If we may suggest reincarnation as a possibility (the idea that souls might inhabit various bodies, over time, and thereby prolong their quest for redemption), we may get to a more reasonable explanation for our existence while visiting here on earth.

Specifically, that we exist for the purpose of resolving some fundamental spiritual problem, and that this redemptive process at the heart of human existence can only reasonably terminate with perfection. More...

GOOD NEWS: Villa d'Este

Lake Como is a romantic getaway one hour from Milan, Italy.

Our Good News subject is the luxurious Villa d'Este which is set on the shores of the deep blue lake.

The Hotel is located in one of the most important crossroads between Italy and Northern Europe.

In 1568 the Cardinal of Como, Tolomeo Gallio began to build a palace, which he named Garrovo, as his private residence. He assigned the realization of the building to the famed architect Pellegrino Tibaldi.

However, the building work was not completed until after Cardinal Gallio's death in 1607.

The mansion was left to his nephews, the Dukes of Alvito, but, unhappily, it did not enjoy a life of today's splendor for many more years of near abandonment and neglect.

FICTION: Tails of Aspabibia, Part 106

The orange stripe stared at her and began to laugh. He did not remove his paw from Buddha's neck. "Nice work, girly. Couldn't have done better myself," he said with a deep guffaw. "Reinforcements should be here any second now."

"You're a Rogue Feral," Rue Shadow said moving shoulder to shoulder with Red Pearl. Fawn Doll slithered up and crouched behind them.

"Very observant," something hissed behind them.

The kittens swung their heads in the direction of the voice.

A large, full-furred, black and white cat with huge paws stepped out of the shadows.

ADVICE: Dear Angel

My mother and father were always very close. My brother and I often felt a little on the outside of the family. But my mother did favor, subtlety but surely my brother and, I always felt, because of this not so hidden favoritism, my father tended to favor me.

My mother had cancer for almost five years before she died and, as a result, my parents became even more closed off from my brother and me. My brother took her death very hard but he was away at college and missed the worst parts: the slow, painful death; my father's complete collapse.


"When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers."

Oscar Wilde

"Disorder in the society is the result of disorder in the family."

Elizabeth Ann Seton

"The smallest actual good is better than the most magnificent promises of impossibilities."

Thomas P. Macaulay

"Benevolence is a natural instinct of the human mind; when A sees B in distress, his conscience always urges him to entreat C to help him."

Sydney Smith

"Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes."

Marcus Annaeus Seneca

"It's hard for me to get used to these changing times. I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty."

George Burns

"It is often better not to see an insult than to avenge it."

Marcus Annaeus Seneca

"The less you talk, the more you're listened to."

Abigail Van Buren

"I slept and dreamed that life was happiness. I awoke and saw that life was service. I served and found that in service happiness is found."

Rabindranath Tagore

"The nation's honor is dearer than the nation's comfort; yes, than the nation's life itself."

Woodrow T. Wilson

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