A New Year is dawning, the days are getting longer and our intentions for 2015 are coming into view. It's a wonderful time to be alive and ponder the possibilities of what our lives can be. As an affirmation for the New Year, I'd like to share these words with you by Neil Gaiman:
The stories of Jesus birth found in the Bible contain a wealth of symbolism that, when understood, add richness to the holiday season. One of my favorite images is the Star of Bethlehem, found in Matthew 2 (NRSV):
There's a phenomenon I've been aware of since entering the ministry - a seemingly high number of persons make their transitions around the holidays, around the winter solstice, at year end. This year does not appear to be any different. I'm aware of several individuals who have transitioned in the last couple of weeks. Why is that?
Good question. I've come up with a few answers:
Thanksgiving isn't only one day a year - it's a way of life. Meister Eckhart, the 13th century German mystic said, "If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is 'thank you," it will be enough."
I encourage you to commit to saying thank you often. You'll be amazed at how prosperous you are!
Peace be with you and namaste!
I've been away from Unity of Fairfax for nearly ten days - part work, part vacation; and its the vacation portion I want to address here.
There are some people who have mastered the art of relaxation; sorry to say, I'm not one of them. But I'm working on it. In fact, it's an intention we will be exploring in our next round of small group study at Unity of Fairfax. More on that at the end of this blog.
Its no surprise to me that our Veteran's Day holiday falls in November; in fact, it makes perfect sense.
Unity Awakening, our annual small groups/Sunday talk series focusing on a book written by a Unity author, is coming to a close the week of October 26. For me, it has been one of the most mind- and heart-expanding studies I've undertaken in some time. From the feedback I am receiving from Unity friends, it seems I'm not the only one who has had this experience.
On Monday, October 6, I was standing in line waiting for coffee in Front Royal, VA. I had planned to take a morning hike in the Shenandoah Mountains, but I had not planned on a line for coffee at the Apple House. What to do? Naturally, I opened up Facebook on my iPhone. And everything changed.
I realize it has been a few weeks since my last blog entry entitled, "Going on Retreat." It must appear that my retreat lasted longer than anyone else's! Not so, I'm sorry to say. Indeed, the Capon Springs experience was truly remarkable on so many levels. Over 70 Unity of Fairfax friends attended, and I put the Capon staff on notice that we might have a larger group next year!
From September 5 through September 7, about 75 members and friends of Unity of Fairfax will be going on spiritual retreat to Capon Springs, West Virginia. This will be the 40th year for Unity of Fairfax to go to Capon, and my first. I'm very excited about it.
Going on spiritual retreat is a timeless spiritual practice. I'd like to share with you a parable from one of my favorite authors Fr. Edward Hays that speaks to the idea of "how" to go on retreat. My words, not his, go "au naturel!"