Navigating the Dark: Celebrations of Hope and Faith

Navigating the Dark: Celebrations of Hope and Faith

On December 21, the Northern Hemisphere experiences the Winter Solstice: the darkest day of the year. With so few hours of sunlight, there is a natural desire to slow down and move inward, and if we are not careful, a proclivity to despair.

There can be such a fine line between the darkness of the womb and the darkness of the tomb.

I have tried to understand and I can’t.

I have tried to understand and I can’t.

I am really struggling with folks who do not wear masks in public. I have tried to understand the reasons why someone would not want to wear a mask and I can’t.

The primary argument, as far as I can tell, is wearing a mask should be my choice. No one, especially the government, should be able to tell me what to do. Okay, I think. Then my next question is: Why doesn’t a person CHOOSE to wear a mask?

Your Sweet Little Guide to Entering the Winter Season

Your Sweet Little Guide to Entering the Winter Season

We experienced our first snowfall in East Tennessee this week and the white blanket turned the outdoors into a magical wonderland. As my youngest child said, “Today is a cozy day.”

I couldn’t agree more. I have a desire to make hot drinks and warming soups, to read fun books, and to engage in creative projects. I also may indulge in…

Giving is contagious.

Giving is contagious.

As some of you know, there is a Little Free Pantry in front of Shakti in the Mountains. The Little Free Pantry provides non-perishable food and some personal hygiene items to anyone who needs it. This pantry is a free-standing structure which depends SOLELY on volunteers to stock it. I call these people…

Death Layer: What is it and how do we navigate it?

Death Layer: What is it and how do we navigate it?

Living in a pandemic with rising viral cases is not easy. In addition to the pandemic, folks are struggling with work (or lack thereof), school, parenting, colder weather, poor health, addiction, isolation, depression, anxiety, loss, and fear. In other words, I would be surprised if you had not felt Death Layer in the last month.

The question then becomes: What do I do when I feel Death Layer or witness Death Layer in another?

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