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12 Days of Winter Meditations: Day 12

Happy New Year: Renewal It’s a fresh start to a brand new year. Hopefully, you are starting it feeling rested, refreshed, and with a list—even if it’s just in your head—of dreams for the coming year. Every day is a new day, but there is only one New Year’s Day each year. I wish you […]

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12 Days of Winter Meditations: Day 11

Dreaming: Visualization I’m a believer in the power of dreaming to create the future you want. I think sometimes people look at my life and think maybe it’s been easy or that I’ve been given everything I need. Nothing could be further from the truth. Every single one of us has been given something, and […]

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12 Days of Winter Meditations: Day 10

Reflection: Remembering Our memories of the previous year are like reflections in a window: layered, evocative, imagined, and unsteady. But it’s good to remember. As the year comes to a close, take time to reflect on what you learned this past year. What did you accomplish? Celebrate it! What did you not accomplish? Let it […]

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12 Days of Winter Meditations: Day 9

Music: Singing The holidays are always a time of music, concerts, singing. By now, the Christmas carols have been put away, but the echo of their spirit lingers. The power of song is the power to put emotions into form. What is the song of your soul? Listen to something new. Take time to enjoy […]

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12 Days of Winter Meditations: Day 8

The Winter Woods: Solitude Sometimes you can feel lonely in a crowd full of people. Other times you might actually be alone. Don’t be afraid. Being able to settle pleasantly into solitude is a sign of true spiritual health. It’s a sign that you aren’t afraid of the secrets inside of you, the biggest secret […]

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12 Days of Winter Meditations: Day 7

Ice: Priorities Ice is not soft and peaceful like its sister snow. Ice is loud, stinging, and dangerous. We get a lot of ice in Pennsylvania. And when it comes, if you can, the best thing to do is just stop. Take stock. What is really important? What really matters? Food, warmth, water, family, love; […]

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12 Days of Winter Meditations: Day 6

Rest: Hibernation After Christmas, lethargy takes over. It’s the comedown after all the festivities, the settling in to the notion that there are a few long months of winter ahead, and all we might really want is a long winter’s nap. Well, I say, Do it! The magic of this time of year is that […]

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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 present—and then when we don’t get what we really want, we can feel […]

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