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Newsletter for Feb. 03 2009
 
     
NEWSLETTER

 

 

NEWSLETTER

 

February 3, 2009

Volume I, Number 9

 

"We must make this journey together. We cannot do it on our own.  The time of the rugged individualist has come to a close."  Valerie Skonie

 

 

Dear Friends of the Winter Feast for the Soul,

 

Today, February 3 is the 20th day of the Winter Feast for the Soul. Many of you report feeling the effects of your daily practice.  Others report having no personal experience, but their friends and family report seeing or feeling something different about them.  More than likely there are others among you who have not written and who are experiencing varying degrees of struggle with their commitment.  Remember that this commitment is not for the faint of heart. 

 

Wherever you are today, know that there is someone else out there that shares your experience.  From where I sit I have heard almost every variety of report in the past week. 

 

For those of you who have taken the time to answer my request for feedback, I thank you for your generosity in doing that.  My reward comes from knowing about your experiences, from working with them to improve our support systems, and from hearing about your successes and the changes in your lives.

 

With that in mind we are exploring the possibility of creating a forum or a blog site where you can exchange ideas and report your experiences to the entire Winter Feast community.

 

I know that some of you have written to our office and not gotten a personal response.  For that I apologize.  There are overwhelming numbers of emails received each day and it is impossible for me to answer them personally.  I do my best to answer as many as I can either directly or indirectly in the newsletters.  Next year I am hoping to have someone who can make that task his or her responsibility.  See below for more on this.

 

With Love and a Joyful Heart,

 

 

Valerie Skonie

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

COMMUNITY CALL

February 7:  Gregg Braden

 

DIVA-YOGA ADDS 650 PEOPLE TO WINTER FEAST COMMUNITY

French-Speaking Community is Richly Served

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2010 WINTER FEAST

You Don’t Have to Move to Idaho to Be of Service

 

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES FOR FEBRUARY 5 – February 11

 

HOW TO CONNECT TO SATURDAY COMMUNITY CALLS

Finding the Winter Feast on Talk Shoe

 

 

COMMUNITY CALL:  Gregg Braden Interview on February 7

 

I’ve been spending some time refreshing myself on the teachings of this amazing man over the past week and I am so excited for you to hear what Gregg will have to say on Saturday.   Gregg is a scientist, a spiritual explorer and a true visionary guide who shares his teaching with the world.  We are fortunate that he has agreed to talk with us on Saturday.  . Please join us at 11am EST on our Talk Shoe site or download the call later. It does take an hour to download the recording onto the site, so be patient if you don’t find it right away.  Instructions for finding the site are found at the end of this newsletter.

 

 

DIVA-YOGA ADDS 650 PEOPLE TO OUR WINTER FEAST COMMUNITY

 

I spoke with Maryse LeHoux, founder and director of the French language Diva-Yoga website, today and she reported that she has registered 650 French-Speaking meditation and yoga participants for the Winter Feast for the Soul on her website.  Maryse is an experienced pro at hosting this kind of event and periodically sponsors what she refers to as “Yoga Challenges” for her followers.   For those of you fluent in French, I suggest that you go to her website and check it out.   We are certainly grateful to Maryse for all the people that she has brought to our Feast and for the hard work that keeping them engaged has brought her. 

 

By the way, the word Feast does not translate well into French as it indicates something more like a party.  As a result Maryse has renamed our 40-day practice period: Célébrons La Spiritualité.  The link to her website is: http://www.diva-yoga.com/.

 

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2010 WINTER FEAST

 

As the Feast is well under way for this year’s winter season it occurs to me that there are a number of things that I plan to do better and to expand on for the coming year.  Each represents an opportunity for someone who is interested in becoming a more active part of the 2010 Winter Feast for the Soul.   Here are a few that come to mind immediately:

 

·      Email Communications Manager

·      Children’s Feast Manager

·      Young Adults Feast Manager

·      Prison Project Manager

 

If you are interested in exploring further what will be involved, please write to me directly at:  vskonie@gmail.com.

 

 

 

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES FOR FEBRUARY 5 – February 11

 

February 5: 

 

Disclose to us they divine light

Which is hidden in our souls

That we may know and understand life better.

-Hazrat Inayat Kahn, Sufi Master

 

February 6:

 

We are like a school of fish,

Meeting to discuss the possibility

Of the existence of an ocean.

-Coleman Barks

 

February 7:

 

One of the most surprising effects of deep meditation…

Is that we begin to find ourselves feeling more sensitive and more agitated as we sit down to practice.  In fact, meditation does not make us more agitated, but it does make us more aware of what is buried beneath the surface of our mind and how unstable and unreliable our ordinary thinking is.”

-Norton and Smith, “An Emerald Earth”

 

February 8:

 

I have found that the Secret Place of God is within my own soul,

I will listen for Thy voice.

-Ernest Holmes

 

February 9:

 

Which is worth more, a crowd of thousands,

Or your own genuine solitude?

Freedom, or power over an entire nation?

A little while alone in your room

Will prove more valuable than anything

That could ever be given to you.

-Rumi

 

February 10:

 

If you wait till you’re no longer busy,

You’ll never get around to the Dharma.

The moment you think of it,

Quick go do it.

-Patrul Rinpoche, “The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones”

 

February 11:

 

If my mind doesn’t go our to disturb the noise,

The noise won’t disturb me

-Ajahn Chah, Buddhist teacher

 

 

 

HOW TO CONNECT TO SATURDAY COMMUNITY CALLS

 

These instructions are repeated from last week’s newsletter for those who may have missed them.

 

Saturday Community Calls are broadcast at 11 am EST on Talk Shoe, the same site where we host three on-line guided meditations each day.

 

To connect to Talk Shoe using your computer: 

 

·        Go to www.talkshoe.com and type “Winter Feast” in the Search Box in the upper right corner of the screen.

·        There you will find all of our offerings.  

·        Click on Community Calls.

·        You will see a screen where you will see screen names of others present on the call. 

 

During the call you will be able to type in questions and comments for our speaker.  These questions are visible to the host on her screen.  When appropriate, they are relayed to the speaker.

 

To connect to Talk Shoe by phone:

 

·        Dial 1-724-444-7444

·        When prompted, enter call ID Code #:  31692#

·        You will be connected to the call line. 

·        The host does not come on the call line until 2 minutes prior to start time.

 

 

To access meditations,  simply click on the title of the meditation that you wish to explore.

 

ALL CALLS AND MEDITATIONS ARE RECORDED AND CAN BE DOWNLOADED FROM TALK SHOE ABOUT ONE HOUR AFTER THE SESSION ENDS.

 

 

Have a wonderful week.

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