Sunday, December 17, 2017

Slow Down and Enjoy This Holiday Season

Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas

Happy Hanukkah

Happy Kwanzaa

Celebration of the Winter Solstice

Happy New Year

Just two more weeks left in 2017.  It has been quite the year in my life.  Having now lived for 67 revolutions of this Earth around our Sun, I am grateful for my friends and family and for each new day I experience as I look at the backside of this life of mine.  Lost some good people this year and with each loss, I am reminded of the fragility of our human existence.  No matter your personal beliefs, we can all learn something from the many spiritual celebrations of this season  and find common ground in our practices to find peace and harmony in this world.

Several years ago, I became aquainted with the Buddhist concept of "dukkha" (suffering) and The Four Noble Truths.  I also learned about how we can overcome suffering by following The Eightfold Path.  In keeping with these concepts, I wish to share with you a beautiful practice for guided meditation during this hectic and anxious time.  Please enjoy this beautiful and calming "Awakening the Heart" chant with Zen Master Thich Nhat Han and his Plum Village nuns and monks.  If you can take the time, the next 24 minutes will bring you great inner peace and refresh yourself: