Happy New Year! Reflections and the Journey at Hand

(Some people) have a wonderful capacity to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder, and even ecstasy.

— A.H. Maslow

IMG_2912Welcome 2013!

As we continue to reflect upon this year’s topic, Mindfulness: Living with Intention in Chaos and Calm, the new year offers a rich opportunity for furthering our exploration. No meeting January 3, and we look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on January 17 at 9:30!

December 20th Meeting Revisited

At our December 20 meeting, Bev spoke eloquently on the topics of Gratitude and Generosity. We enjoyed discussing what it means to develop attitudes of gratitude in our daily lives and how contemplation can help us see more clearly.

Bev read this poem by Mary Jo Leddy from the book Radical Gratitude:

It is our ingratitude that blinds us.
Our failure to see what we have
on the way to getting more
Our disregard for what we step over
on the way to somewhere else
Our lack of attention to the person
by our side
on the way to someone else
Our dismissal of the good that we do
on the way to something greater.
All that we take for granted
falls through our hands
and disappears from sight.
And we too fall away
from ourselves and from You.
We walk by ourselves
by the wayside
and do not recognize You
on the way to something better.

IMG_3076Bev offered these Thoughts, Questions and Wonderings for further personal reflection:

      •  Is there one thing from today’s talk that will help you cultivate a grateful and generous heart?
      • Mary Jo Leddy’s poem that we discussed today: what in this poem stands out for you? What are some of the blocks that stop you from living with a grateful heart?
      • What is one practice that you can begin this week, to help you notice, savor and express gratitude?
      • How might you help your children begin to cultivate a grateful and generous heart?

Here’s to a bright, joy-filled and mindful 2013!