Posts tagged Happiness
How to Stay Awake as You Greet 2019

I’m an early to bed, early to rise kind of person. When New Year’s Eve comes around, most of the time I wait until New Year’s Day to greet it with the sunrise. There are years when I am with family and friends who want to stay up and greet the new year at midnight. On those occasions I need a lot of intention and distraction to keep myself awake and even then, it’s no guarantee. Many times, someone is shaking me awake saying “Happy New Year!”.

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Heretics Wanted

When I was first starting out I would have groups meet at my 750 square foot home.  We would sit sometimes knee to knee and share things about our faith journey that we would not tell anyone else for fear of rejection.  Over time my little place was deemed the “the hermitage of heretics.”  It was a safe place for people not only to explore who they were in their faith and beliefs but also practice what it was like to express those beliefs and then go and live them out.

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Waking Up Is Hard To Do

Have you ever heard the lyrics “breaking up is hard to do?” Well, there are many days I would counter those lyrics with “waking up is hard to do.” To stay present to myself, to those around me and the events of the moment requires a myriad of skills and tools that, frankly, I’m still learning and often forget to practice in the moment. And, while volumes of material have been written on the many waking devices available to us, I would like to explore three with you today; self-compassion, a daily practice, and community.

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Celebrate Gratitude

Gratitude is a daily practice and it is also wonderful to have a time of year to CELEBRATE gratitude in the company of others.  I know that sometimes Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with those who are loved and bring joy.  There are other Thanksgivings where the gathering feels obligatory and painful.  Most of the time it is a mix of both.  No matter the circumstances, the practice of gratitude continues. Gratitude is celebrated or used as a practice to be in places that are painful as an anchor of one’s Truth.

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