Contentment. The Word of the Month Video for January 2017.

I hope you enjoy our our short video about the word for this month, which is: Contentment. The saboteur of contentment is greed. How does simplicity lead to a feeling of fullness? How does greed lead to feeling the opposite of full? Watch the video!

 

Word of the Month for January 2017: Contentment

CONTENTMENT

The Virtue is Contentment and the Saboteur is Greed.

Contentment is the ability to say no to greed.

We don’t use the word contentment very often. I sometimes wonder if this is because we think that contentment means settling, rather than attaining. Contentment does have an implication of simplicity with it.

I think being content saves us from more and more and more. It saves us from the deep pain of obsessive tendencies, as well as saving us from being overly ambitious and chronically dissatisfied.

When people are suffering from these tendencies and you ask them why aren’t they content with what they have, they may look at you like you’re a simpleton and couldn’t possibly understand what they’re striving for.  Continue reading Word of the Month for January 2017: Contentment

Word of the Month for December 2016: Love


LOVE

The virtue is Love and the saboteur is Hate.

Love is the answer to every question you’ll ever ask.

I have been asked many questions over the last 34 years of my career. I have been asked about finances, family, romance, well being and so on, but all these questions are about love, even the finance questions.

I’m so worried there won’t be enough money for the mortgage, the children’s college fund, that special vacation we want our children to experience. You may say love won’t buy these things and you would be correct, however, the intention of wanting these things is to share love. 

We all make mistakes in life. We over spend, over eat, over criticize, over talk and we have too much anger. Each of us say things that are hurtful. It’s just easier to see them in others, rather than in yourself. We always have a reason why we’re over doing or under doing and that leads us to think that  everyone else is just making excuses. We have reasons and they have excuses. That’s convenient. 

Continue reading Word of the Month for December 2016: Love

The Winter Solstice

A perfect day for a Winter Solstice celebration.

My favorite holiday is the Winter Solstice. I love it because it’s so ancient. We’ve been celebrating this event all over the world for thousands and thousands of years. What is it that we’re celebrating? It’s the magic of darkness. What? The magic of darkness. The Winter Solstice reminds us that every period of darkness in our lives is replaced by the light.

During the year we feel neglected, forgotten and misunderstood. We let petty resentments steal our precious time from us. But during the darkest time of the year, we’re willing to try a little more than we did throughout the year. I think this is a good thing. Better that we try once a year than not at all.

Remember, it only takes one candle to light all other candles. During this Holiday season I hope you keep your one candle burning brightly so that others might see the light and share friendship with you.

I know the season has turned commercial and crazy, but it still tends to bring out the light in us. End this year with a ritual of gratitude and affirmations for the coming year. Light a candle for those who live in hunger and invisibility from human kindness. Light a candle because even though you may be feeling annoyed, you’re loved. That’s worth celebrating.

We held our annual Solstice celebration this past weekend and we focused on spiritual rituals. A ritual is a process by which all of your senses, as well as your concentration, are focused together on a loving intention. This gives your intention a boost and it helps you to commit to your intention. Quite often we set intentions and we don’t commit to their growth. That’s like planting seeds and never tending to them. They may come up or they may disappear due to neglect.

Kindly join us over the next year for the word of the month. It may help you to commit to the practice of love. Peace be with you and Namaste.