For many people, 2016 was a difficult, disheartening, even depressing year. We can look at many events in our world and think that things are going in a negative direction.
But Joseph Campbell had some words of wisdom about this for us. He said:
“The world is perfect. It’s a mess. It has always been a mess. We are not going to change it. Our job is to straighten out our own lives. ”
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In honor of the Leonids, which are supposed to be beautiful this weekend: A Loose Mountain by Robert Frost (Telescopic) Did you stay up last night (the Magi did) To see the star shower known as Leonid That once a year by hand or apparatus Is so mysteriously pelted at us? It is but fiery … More Poetry for a Night of Falling Stars
Shanah Tovah! Tonight at sunset is the first night of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, or the Jewish New Year. That means it is also the start of the Jewish High Holidays. Rosh Hashanah is a celebration, featuring prayer, family gatherings, and special foods, such as apples dipped in honey to ensure the coming … More 10 Questions for a New Year of Possibility
My son and I saw the 9/11 memorial when we visited New York City this summer, and it is quite a lovely and striking monument. Today can be a difficult day for people. It can be a time for grieving. But I hope it is a day of grieving with love instead of hate, … More A Poem for Susan
Man, where did the summer go? We had a great summer, although it seemed really packed with activities and projects and such, which made the time fly by. And here it is, Labor Day week, and just about everyone is back to school––or back to homeschool, in the cases of my students, for whom my … More Song of Summer
Do you know Nia? It is a non-impact aerobic workout program to international music that draws from many different strands of dance, martial arts, yoga, and other wellness practices. But in a Nia routine, participants are supposed to address not only the body component of health, but also of the mind and spirit. At least … More Preparing for the Solar Eclipse with Nia
Several weeks ago, this blog post gave you the link to an app that would show what you would see in the Great American Eclipse of 2017–if you were in the United States. A couple of days ago, this post had suggestions about what to do if you were working (or outside the US) or … More Solar Eclipse Food: Solar Eclipse Soup
Monday, August 21, much of the United States will be transfixed watching the total solar eclipse. But what are your options if you can’t see the eclipse? There are two major reasons why you might now be watching the eclipse: 1. You have to be inside, or 2. You don’t have the appropriate equipment to … More What to Do if You Can’t Watch the Eclipse
I started today as I usually do, with a two-mile meditative walk through our local peaceful and beautiful park-like cemetery. And as has been the case for the past several days, my mind and my heart were reflecting on the sad events at Charlottesville this weekend and the international fall-out of our personal, collective, and … More Lessons on Charlottesville from a Deceased Grandaddy
This morning I started the latest of the free meditation series offered by Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra. It is a 21-day program of free daily meditations, this time on the theme of Desire and Destiny. Deepak explains that while many people think our desires detract from our spiritual pursuits, he believes just the opposite; … More Desire and Destiny
Following up on my last two posts… I love the magical world that J.K. Rowling created in her series of Harry Potter books. I delighted in being with Harry as he viewed Hogwarts for the first time through his Muggle-experienced eyes, and enjoyed all the little familiar-but-with-a-difference touches that Rowling threw in, like staircases that … More Want Some Magic? Have You Tried the Post Office?