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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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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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