Releasing the old, Embracing the new: A New Year’s Ritual

At a New Year’s Eve gathering earlier tonight, I led a group ritual of reflection, purification and creation that I designed awhile back for the end of one year and the start of another. For this ritual I use rotting fruit, fresh or dried flowers, a trash bucket, and some plastic bags. The purification part…

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Christmas in the Trenches

I recently heard these words, written and sang by John McCutcheon, based on a true story during World War I. Absolutely perfect for today: ‘Twas Christmas in the trenches where the frost so bitter hung,The frozen fields of France were still, no Christmas song was sung,Our families back in England were toasting us that day,Their…

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Guided Meditation for Christmas

From an interspiritual perspective, Christmas can be seen as a celebration of birth on two different but interconnected levels. One is the birth of the Christ child, Jesus, in Bethlehem over 200o years ago, that we all know about. The other birth is happening right now, deep within us. As described by Rev. Diane Berke,…

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