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Happy Solstice and 28 Days of Stillness

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Today was supposed to be the day my next book, "28 Days of Stillness," came out. However, based on some feedback I have gotten, it just isn't done. While "finishing" it, I had the feeling that it needed something more, but I wanted to be "done," and so I didn't listen. I pushed. I rushed. And now I need to take a step back, reassess, and start again.

This time of year is good for that. Winter
can feel so hard - the cold, the dark, the wet - but it can also be an opportunity, an invitation, to go within, to pause, and to find stillness.

I cannot offer you a new book today, but I can offer you this: an invitation. Spend some time today (the shortest of the year), in stillness. Allow what wants to be felt time to be felt. Allow what wants to come up, to come up. And allow what wants to be let go, to go.

Breathe. Trust. Allow. Stillness is perfect for this.  


28 Days of Kindness: Day 28

Shall we make a new rule of life... always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary?
--JM Barrie

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Live by a new rule. Practice kindness. 28 Days of Kindness.

Slow Down

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"Do less, enjoy it more."  --The Universe

It seems like everywhere I go in Seattle these days, I see one of these signs. SLOW. It has happened three times today and it isn't even noon.

My first inclination was to be annoyed. WHY are "they" (some anonymous they, probably the government) doing all of this road maintenance during the holiday season when "we" (all the rest of us who are not the government) are all trying to get sh** done?

But yesterday, while complaining silently to myself, another voice chimed in, Maybe it's not a hindrance, but a reminder...

A reminder to slow down, to take it easy, to enjoy.

A few years ago during "the holidays," I was feeling stressed out and overwhelmed. Instead of pushing myself, I decided to lie down and meditate for a few minutes. As I lay there breathing, The Universe sent me this little piece of wisdom, "Do less, enjoy it more."

Do less, enjoy it more. This became my motto for that holi…

28 Days of Kindess: Day 27

Simple kindness to one's self and all that lives  is the most powerful transformational force of all. 
--David R. Hawkins

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Be a force for good. Practice kindness. 28 Days of Kindness.

28 Days of Kindness: Day 26

No blame, be kind, love everything. 
--Terrance Keenan

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Love everything. Practice kindness. 28 Days of Kindness.

28 Days of Kindness: Day 25

Every generation is a life-and-death struggle between wisdom and ignorance,  and there is no guarantees wisdom is going to win.  We have to try to be as human as we can be,  and as kind as we can be, and detach from our need for results. 
--Peter Coyote

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Be as human as you can be. Practice kindness. 28 Days of Kindness.

28 Days of Kindness: Day 24

...[W]hen you're living your everyday life, be kind. Your job isn't to correct others. Just help the Holy Spirit clean up YOUR wrong mind by switching to your right mind, and then leave the rest to Him. 
--Gary Renard

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Switch to your right mind. Practice kindness. 28 Days of Kindness.

28 Days of Kindness: Day 23

Kindness is more important than wisdom,  and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom. --Theodore Rubin

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Find wisdom. Practice kindness. 28 Days of Kindness.

28 Days of Kindness: Day 22

Every kindness I received, small or big,  convinced me that there could never be enough of it in the world.  Kindness can change the lives of people. 
--Aung San Suu Kyi

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Want to change lives? Practice kindness. 28 Days of Kindness.

28 Days of Kindness: Day 21

It's hard to be in the world.  We can make it easier by being nicer to ourselves,  and then that kindness ripples outward. 
--Kate Caroll deGutes
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Want to make the world easier for yourself and others? Practice kindness. 28 Days of Kindness.

28 Days of Kindness: Day 20

The natural warmth that emerges when we experience pain includes all the heart qualities: love, compassion, gratitude, tenderness in any form. It also includes loneliness, sorrow, and the shakiness of fear. Before these vulnerable feelings harden, before the story lines kick in, these generally unwanted feelings are pregnant with kindness, with openness and caring. These feelings that we've become so accomplished at avoiding can soften us, can transform us.
--Pema Chodron
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Looking for transformation? Practice kindness. 28 Days of Kindness.

28 Days of Kindness: Day 19

In any moment you behave with loving-kindness, 
even when you don't feel like it, 
you have ascended, for that moment, to sainthood.
--Dan Millman
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Want to experience a moment of sainthood? Practice kindness. 28 Days of Kindness.

28 Days of Kindness: Day 18

A kind heart finds paradise everywhere.
--Alan Yuen
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Find paradise everywhere. Practice kindness. 28 Days of Kindness.