Epiphany: The Gifts

What gifts of wisdom did you receive over the Holy Nights? Which message, phrase or word seemed to burst in your heart with just what you needed? Which message, phrase or word will you carry in your heart as a practice of kindness, something you want to work with every day? Which message, phrase or […]

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The 12th Holy Night: The Kindness of Enjoying

On this last Holy Night let’s look at the kindness of enjoying. The mood of the Holy Nights is sacred openness to receiving, sacred willingness to wonder and sacred attention to the mysterious, deep and profound. I emphasize “sacred” to make it clear that the activity of the Holy Nights is NOT ordinary.  And during […]

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The 11th Holy Night: The Kindness of Enlivening

What does it mean to be full of life? Can you imagine the fullness of life flowing out in all directions and enlivening everything around it? Enlivening is the opposite of encircling.  Enlivening is the act of kindness that comes from being at the center and seeing yourself as the source of life.  This is […]

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The 10th Holy Night: The Kindness of Encouraging

Encouraging is the act of motivating a heart to flourish and supporting a heart to continue flourishing. Who or what do you encourage? How do you encourage? Who encourages you? How? These are big, serious, Holy Nights’ questions.  They require the time for a noble visioning and a warm listening. We each must see the […]

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The 9th Holy Night: The Kindness of Encircling

Imagine encircling.  What do you experience I see someone, something or some idea, feeling, or deed at a center and at some particular radial distance I am walking the circumference perceiving the object at the center.  What I notice is that with each step I take on the circumference the object at the center changes […]

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The 8th Holy Night: The Kindness of Promising

Today in our calendars the New Year 2016 begins. What is it promising? Everything and nothing. Wrap yourself in the kindness of the promising of everything and nothing and charge into the new year. If the New Year were to promise something specific, too much can get in the way.  We promise something will happen, […]

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The 7th Holy Night: The Kindness of Pointing

There are two types of pointing: directing and observing. We need direction when we are lost and observation when we are blind. Both types of pointing are incredibly kind and keep us from languishing in our souls. We all get lost and need someone to point the way. The first 7 letters of compassion are […]

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The 6th Holy Night: The Kindness of Providing

Tonight I want to think about spontaneity and kindness. Open, sudden, natural, uninhibited kindness that provides something that was unplanned by the provider and/or unexpected by the recipient. So much about providing is about the necessary and expected.  The Latin root of the word provide is “foresee” but an act of kindness is often unforeseen and […]

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The 5th Holy Night: The Kindness of Protecting

How do we protect what needs to flourish? What needs to flourish in you?  Take your time reflecting because you want to be specific.  You might want to ask others what they see in you that needs to flourish. Ask them to be specific. We also need to go through the same process on what […]

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The 4th Holy Night: The Kindness of Containing

Everything and everyone can fall apart or be driven to extremes, which means everything and everyone needs the kindness of containment. When part of me explodes into pieces, other parts of me kindly hold the shattered part of me together, gather up the pieces and sing me back together. I contain myself. When my thoughts […]

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