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12 Days of Winter Meditations: Day 5

Gifts: Appreciation Have you ever had that holiday moment where the presents are all opened and you have a vague sense of disappointment? Bound to happen! There is so much pressure to give others what they really want, to find the perfect presentβ€”and then when we don’t get what we really want, we can feel […]

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12 Days of Winter Meditations: Day 4

Gatherings: Connection It’s Christmas Eve! People around the world are preparing feasts and wrapping gifts and celebrating being together. It’s easy to lose yourself and your joy in the frenzy of it all. Getting the food cooked and the gifts organized can be all consuming. Every family, every religion, every country has different traditions, different […]

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12 Days of Winter Meditations: Day 3

Snow: Silence No matter where you live, winter is generally epitomized by snow. For those of us lucky enough to experience snow, we know that it brings an eerie quiet. There is no pounding rain, no stinging pebbles of ice hitting the ground. Instead, it’s soft and quiet and makes the whole world seem to […]

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12 Days of Winter Meditations: Day 2

Light: Flame of Love With the solstice comes the return of light and the promise that for every dark moment there will be a bright one. Almost every country in the world has a celebration of light to honor the illumination that is given by the sun, moon, and stars. Those lights are external to […]

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12 Days of Winter Meditations: Day 1

Darkness: Introspection Today just happens to be the darkest day of the year, the last day of falling toward darkness (in the Northern Hemisphere, anywayβ€”lucky you to all the Aussies who read my blog!). Darkness tends to keep us indoors and minimize the distractions that light brings to our lives. In the darkness, we can […]

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12 Days of Winter Meditations: An Introduction

This past summer I did a series of blog posts we called My 14 Days of Summer, A Meditation. People seemed to like it, so I thought I’d do a winter version. Even though I don’t love winter nearly as much as I do summer, it does have its own special benefits. And actually, one […]

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Ode to Betty

I knew it was going to happen one day. But it was a day I was dreading. And that day has come. People often ask me how I do it all. After reeling internally from the fact that I don’t think I am doing it all at all, I usually say something like “with lots […]

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The Spirit of Christmas

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger Sometimes I think that I’m actually two people. One of me is relentlessly pragmatic, reasonable, and logical. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, except when it gets in the way of the enchantment of everyday life. The confounding counterpart is a me who is just as relentlessly […]

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