December 16th, 2007

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I'm back!

Our modem decided to die, and so well we all know, that is very sad.   Comcast has now arrived and replaced it with a new one. 

Today my book group went to MOMA and viewed the Joseph Cornell exhibit, "Navigating the Imagination."  It was quite a treat and a wonderful entry into how to create boxes and frames that open, close, intrigue, tease, and bring peace to our insides.   We enjoyed lunch at W next door.

Kierkegaard said, "Drink from your own well."

Wise advice indeed.  Yesterday, my solstice group met in Palo Alto and we celebrated the winter solstice.  I am feeling quite celebrated and celebratory.  Someone today questioned the giving of gifts.  I think it is our choice as to what to give and when, but the point of winter is to celebrate the going within and the bringing back the light.

I am feeling quite blessed to have so easily navigated the weather back east.  It seems we slipped out between storms.  They are again covered in snow.  Rain is predicted this evening, and surrounded by candles, I await its coming.  I am quite pleased with life and feeling full ease.

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from the Economist -

This is a part of an article in the Economist.  It seems spam has been a problem for quite a long time.

    "On a May evening in 1864, several British politicians were disturbed by a knock at the door and the delivery of a telegram - a most unusual occurrence at such a late hour.  Had war broken out?  Had the queen been taken ill?  They ripped open the envelopes and were surprised to find a message relating not some national calamity, but to dentistry.  Messrs Gabriel, of 27 Harley Street, advised that their dental practice would be open from 10am to 5pm until October.  Infuriated, some of the recipients of this unsolicited message wrote to the Times."

    Of course, that gave even more publicity to the offending dentists.

    "This was, notes Matthew Sweet, a historian, the first example of what is known today as "spam."

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The Twelve Days of Christmas!

Ode magazine in an article by Jay Walljasper suggests 12 ways to celebrate an inner Christmas.

Lynn Jericho, a counselor in New Jersey, believes we need to explore the "inner dimensions" of the season.   She suggests reflecting a few minutes each day.  Here is a way to begin.

December 25:


       What gifts from the universe have you declined to accept or acknowledge?

December 26:


          Think of three people and what you can give of yourself to them.

December 27:


          Think about how humility can become a great source of strength and power to you.

       (I just read the book The Lakota Way by Joseph M. Marshall III.  It gives wonderful examples of how to use humility for wisdom and strength.)

December 28:


          Make a list of people from whose noble qualities you can learn.

December 29:


          For 12 minutes, simply feel your soul's solidity.

December 30:


             Consider the importance of flow to your well-being and happiness.

December 31:


          Look back at your darkest moments of the last year, and remember what qualities
                in yourself and others lit the way for you.

January 1:


             Let an image from the outer world settle in your mind
                   and write down five thoughts you associate with it.
                   Reflect on it and how you might transform it.

January 2:


          Pick a recent event and review it in light of various possible emotions
                like happiness, anger, and fear.

January 3:


          Celebrate the richness of your imagination.
          Hold this vision and then plan tomorrow's activities.
          Keep it alive during the day.

January 4:


          Think of yourself as an elder who has learned from the trials
                and triumphs of experience.  What are some profound lessons?

January 5:


          What ideas, yearnings, themes or insights have come together for you
                   through the holidays?

Consider all this, and create your own.  Each day open a window or drawer of yourself as with an Advent Calendar.  We are here to explore and enjoy.