Joy! More Joy! This was the blessing for the New Year that arose from the recent winter retreat.
I talk about joy a lot, but even I needed the reminder. I’m starting the year off walking closely with loved ones who are in deep uncertainty and facing loss. We are barraged with news of people in our community and our world who are suffering.
The retreat was a great moment to remember there is a deeper arc that we can choose – to become more loving, more authentic, and more joyful no matter what life throws us.
The core discipline is to keep filling your cup so that you can be generous about how you pour yourself into the world. There are many small things you can do this minute to fill you cup: breathing deeply, appreciating a tree from your window, or unplugging and connecting with your loved ones.
Today I want to share with you the joy that comes from having a consistent practice for connecting with life energy. Jill has been dancing with me in a variety of ways for the past three years and recently wrote a wonderful note about how the practice has changed her. I find her words so inspiring and hope they may also be for you.
I wish you sustaining joy for 2016.
p.s. Here is a quick listing on the ongoing practice groups and special workshops coming up this winter.
An ancient path to joy passion and spirit
Thursdays, 7-8:15 p.m. Drop-in class, no experience necessary
Yoga Sanctuary, Minneapolis
Healing Waters Qigong
Spring Forest Qigong Practice Group – Drop-in class
Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m., September – May
Summer session meets outside in the mornings
Lake Hiawatha Recreation Center, Minneapolis
Embodying the Cosmos Through Contemplative Movement
Saturday, February 13, 2016, 9:00-noon
Plymouth Congregational Church
Breathing Into the Whole of Life: Meditations on Body and Earth
February 25, March 24, April 21, and May 26, 2016
Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality
Juicing up your practice and your life through guided imagery
Saturday, February 27, 2016, 1-2:30 p.m.
For Women By Women
I will be a presenter at this lovely retreat
March 4-6, 2016
Christine Center, WI