How long do we get to wish each other happy new year? I know there are some strong opinions out there about this (just ask Seinfeld). Personally, I think we get to say it all month. If we can't think of the year as new for four weeks, I think we have a problem trying to move on too quickly!
And speaking of moving too quickly...a conversation I had recently made me think about New Year's Resolutions/Intentions/Words in a new and interesting way. I now believe there is an argument to be made for holding off on big New Years intentions and themes for a little longer than we even wish each other happy new year.
I wonder if we need to let the tinsel and confetti settle down before our grand ideas emerge.
Don't get me wrong--I'm a HUGE fan of yearly intentions and themes. I have already chosen a word that will be a guide for me this year, and I usually prompt my classes to do the same. You might recall I typically ponder them here in my...
For the past couple of years I have spent two hours, one Friday per month, in a Spiritual Direction Group. There are four of us in this little band of contemplatives, led by Nancy, our Spiritual Director. Each month we have a short experience, followed by silence, reflection, response, prayer, and more silence. It is one of the most enriching aspects of my life, and it has brought me great joy and insights.
On one of our first gatherings, Nancy gave us the instructions to head out into nature on her beautiful property, find a place that seems to be calling you to come sit, and do just that. Sit, look around, and see what is there for you. Listen, without expectations. It’s called Wilderness Contemplation.
I love an assignment like this because you can’t possibly do it wrong, and it leaves a lot open to interpretation. I get to be as woo-woo and magical as I want, no judgment. So on this day, naturally I had a conversation...