Winter isn’t far now. Crusty frost crunches on the early morning grasses, and even on bright days, the sun never makes it very high overhead. I hope this letter finds you safe and warm as autumn moves us deeper into dark and cold.
Reflection and practice
Our Lovingkindness retreat in early November was rich, tender, challenging, and very nourishing. It is always amazing to experience the power of these timeless practices — to see, over just a few days, how our layers melt, edges soften, and hearts open as we shift our awareness to a deeper source of self. Like petals on a blossom, one by one, we open into beauty, and with intention, the momentum we shared will fuel our practice through winter.
Now, as the season darkens, trees stand bare and the ground turns cold. The land itself is drawing inward in this time of letting go and letting rest. In the quiet dark of the coming months, we know that some of the seeds scattered in summer’s warmth lie waiting in stillness, for spring.
The bitter history that gave rise to our American Thanksgiving holiday is all too familiar, yet easily glossed over by those of us who enjoy the comforts and privileges of our society. Ignoring that history allows that pain to fester in our collective body and our national spirit.
My Thanksgiving prayer is that humility, honesty, courage, and compassion fill us as we break bread in the light of a candle shining boundless love on our table.
This year, Hannukah — celebrating courage, devotion, and amiracle of light — also begins on Thanksgiving. A perfect and rare synergy of calendars, a reminder to combine gratitude with courage, devotion, and light!
With awareness, intention, and action, we can transform the twisted roots of our history, that they may bear sweet and wholesome fruit for those who will follow us.
Blessings of Hannukah and a restful, easy day of Thanks-giving to everyone. May all beings be happy, and healthy, safe from all harm, free in body, heart, mind, and spirit.