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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Dear Friends,

With our nation in our hearts, we are watching the events of this day unfold. For those who see the exercise of the democratic process as a sacred act, this is a day filled with both hope and horror. The sight of damage to the chambers of the highest lawmakers in our land in acts fueled by those who would incite violence is indeed disturbing.   We can, at this time, remember the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. whose presence has been evoked so much in the historical resonances of these last days.  He said, “Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless.” As we all continue to work for the restoration of order in our nation, know that reaching out to one another is an important part of enduring all of this.

With the isolation of holidays just days behind us, exhausted by many years of fear and chaos, and burdened by a vast collective grief that still goes unacknowledged across our nation, the events of today can feel overwhelming. Let us remind ourselves that we are part of a tradition that honors the democratic process as well as the pursuit of truth and let us seek solace with one another.

And as this 2021 continues to unroll, may we be restored to a more peaceful, just, and loving world.

Take good care,

November 27, 2020

On this weekend, often the start of the winter holiday season:

The sadness is there…and the brilliance of the fall is there as well. The strangeness is there…and the beauty of the autumn light. The uncertainty is there…and the gratitude for connections. The loss is there…and the joy that lasting relationships can give. The tiredness is there…and the energy that comes from hearing a beloved voice. The loneliness is there…and the peace of a little time in a known place. The confusion is there…and the certainty that Love can build a bridge. In these times, may we touch Love where we can, in the ways we can, and in the company of those who, even across distance, let us know we are not alone.

The autumn sunlight has the brilliance of something scarce and precious. The last roses stretch towards its warmth. Its warmth touches us with possibility and a promise of a time when we will be in a different season. Our hearts stretch too—towards the connections they can have because we are beings made to connect and to touch and to be warmed in the presence of others. May our stretching and yearning be known and may we honor ourselves for our aspirations and our perseverance. May we honor ourselves for all we do to connect and care during these trying times.

Stay safe out there. Leslie

Nurturing Your Inner Child

In the midst of a pandemic and right after excessive heat, to have the skies turn orange and the sun red has not made the world feel more manageable.

Small wonder we seek comfort in our rational mind, the one that the statistics are all still with us, at least in the short term. And yet how do we listen to those parts of us which are afraid or in need of comfort? How might doing so help us better listen to all of the wisdom within us? This was the subject of today’s meditation.

You can listen to the meditation here:

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