It was almost impossible to keep this newsletter short. There are so many exciting things to tell you. Please take the time to read all the articles. They are filled with gifts for you.
I am overwhelmed with all the grace that is flowing to you as part of our Winter Feast community. Gifts, incentives, blessings of all sorts from our partners.
Thank you to all who help to make this Feast the best one ever: meditation guides, volunteers around the world, partners, translators, and donor Angels. I thank you all for your loving service to this Feast.
I have come to see that each of the previous four Winter Feasts have brought us to this wonderful moment of 2012. Everything you and I do is done in service of the entire planet.
PLEASE MAKE A FIRM COMMITMENT TO YOUR PRACTICE AND YOUR KIND ACTS NOW.
I send you Love and Blessings to support your practice.
ACTS OF KINDNESS INTERVIEWS ARE NOW COMPLETE AND POSTED ON OUR WEBSITE:
These interviews were created to deepen your understanding of the importance of taking our practice into our lives each and every day of our lives. The commitment to Dailey Acts of Kindness should form a new habit by the end of your 40-day Feast. Each spiritual tradition prescribes some form of kind acts or service.
Here is the list of interviews that are archived on the website for your deepening pleasure.
Anam Thubten: Tibetan Buddhist
Rabbi Olivier BenHaim: Kabbalistic
Suhrwardi Gebel: Sufi
Rollin McCraty: HeartMath
Nicole Salzman, age 11, children
Episcopal Bishop Right Reverend Brian Thom, Christian Perspective
Terry Patten, Transdenominational Considerations
The following quote was shared with us by Episcopal Bishop Right Reverend Brian Thom during his interview:
"Life is short and we have too little time to gladden the hearts of those who travel the way with us. Oh, be swift to love and make haste to be kind" Henri Amiel, 19th century Swiss poet, philosopher and critic.
Each year we offer you an inspirational quote to begin your practice or your day. We will not be sending out the quotes in our newsletters as we have done in the past. However, they will be posted daily on our website. We regret that we are not always able to offer a full spectrum of translations this year because we do not have translators available in all languages. If someone wishes to step forward to help, please let Diana know: Diana@winterfeastforthesoul.com
SPECIAL BLESSING TO BE TRANSMITTED FROM INDIA FOR WINTER FEAST FOR THE SOUL PARTICIPANTS:
On Monday we received word from the Oneness University in southern India that one of their American monks will be transmitting a blessing via webcast on Sunday, January 15, the opening day of the Feast.
The thought behind offering this blessing is that it will deepen your resolve to your commitment to 40 days of practice. There will be an even more powerful blessing given on the last day of the Feast. That second blessing will move you deeper into your awakening. Your 40-days of practice will prepare you for this second blessing.
The Blessing (referred to as Deeksha) will be transmitted live at 2:15 p.m. GMT.
After my interview with Rollin McCraty, Director of Research at HeartMath, last week Rollin asked if it would be helpful for our fund raising efforts if HeartMath were to donate an emWave2 to create an incentive in the form of a "raffle" for our donors. Of course we accepted.
So here is an opportunity for you to train your heart-mind coherence by making a donation to Winter Feast.
All donations of $50 or more will be entered in the raffle at the end of the Feast. We still need about $2,200 more to take us to the "finish line".
All of the components of the Feast are offered to you at no cost. They do, however, cost time, energy, and a few unavoidable costs to create. This worldwide 40-day Feast for your Soul is created with a budget of less than $10,000. Won’t you please make your donation now?
We are extremely grateful to our partners in Argentina who are preparing daily meditations for you in Spanish. Special thanks to Clara Badino and to Miguel de Anguin for all their work in preparing this series. Here is a link to their website: http://www.visionclara.com.ar
Special thanks to Francoise Sansoni who offered to record daily mindfulness meditations for children and young people in French. This might be a great opportunity to practice your French while sitting quietly on your cushion.
At the end of our interview with Terry Patten yesterday he announced that he has a free eBook available. Go to: http://www.seekersdilemma.com to register for the download.
I think that is all for now. We will send out newsletters only as new information warrants during the Feast. Please write or create a post on Facebook to let us know how your own Feast is going. There are always interesting letters that show up as the Feast takes hold of life.
I plan to start a separate blog for your thoughts on Acts of Kindness. We will write again when that is set up.
A Winter Feast for the Soul
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Hailey, ID 83333
*We are a non-profit organization operating under the auspices of Rising Tide International, a 501c3 nonprofit corporation located in Sarasota, Florida. All donations from the United States are tax deductible.