THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEK
I hope you are heading into this holiday season with joy and anticipation! I know it’s not easy this time of year – drivers are grumpy, money is tight, kids are antsy – but you can do it: you can be calm in the center of chaos! I find the best way to still anxious thoughts and to head out the door in a calm frame of mind is to meditate every morning. I wrote a Facebook post about that recently, which contains one easy tip for starting a meditation practice. These crazy dayz need some focus and I recommend meditation for finding yours.
There are many faith observances this time of year and I have two favorite resources for understanding them: the “Seasons of Sharing” Exhibition at the Children’s Museum of Houston (see my PICK below about that) and the Anti-Defamation League® Calendar of Observances, which lists events commemorated by faiths from around the world. Their goal in creating that multi-faith yearly calendar is to help schools and other community organizations plan events in this increasingly diverse and global world. If you’re not familiar with the ADL, I suggest you peruse their website. They are doing such great work out there, which is needed now more than ever!
This Friday, December 1 is “World AIDS Day,” an event focused on eradicating not only the deadly disease but also the prejudice against those in the LGBT community. Houston is commemorating the day with two events, both on Friday: a fundraising luncheon that benefits the Aids Foundation Houston, Inc. and Avenue 360 Health & Wellness, and a candlelight vigil from 6-7pm at Legacy Community Health.
This week’s VIDEO PICK is my very first PICKS-ON-WHEELS from last January, in which I visited Lucia’s Garden. Sadly, owner Lucia Bettler passed away recently so her shop will be closing soon. Please stop by and do some holiday shopping – they’d love to see you! “Lucia” means “light” and the light of Lucia’s wisdom, herb knowledge, cooking prowess, and more has dimmed recently. We all hope that something will emerge from this closure. I’ll be sure to let you know if I hear any news.
I’ve got several things I’m involved with that I want you to know about so be sure to scroll down below the PICKS to learn about them! I’m one of the artists in a cool home holiday shopping event on Saturday, December 9 from 2-4pm; my intuitive guidance sessions are available every Monday at Body Mind & Soul; and my next “Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk” will be on Saturday, December 9 at 10am at the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer.
Please love one another, please share this, and please – go IGNITE YOUR LIFE!