Dear Universal Heart Networkers
Special greetings with this very first newsletter of 2012, yet doesn’t it seem that this year has already been running along for some time?! Perhaps your days are also sometimes not quite long enough to realise all your good intentions. I wrote a little article today to post on my website, then wrote about the same topic also on Facebook, suggesting that on those “too many things to do” days we can help ourselves by writing down what we hope to get done, cutting out all that’s not truly urgent, and prioritising what’s left – while also thinking up ways to work a little more creatively and with far less tension.
I often write (and think) about whatever it is I too am needing, so I followed my own suggestions, made my list, and marked things off the list when they were completed with great relish. Yet one of those intentions – clearly marked – was to write to you in a leisurely and supportive way and here it is, 9pm, with very early and very late flights to and from Adelaide tomorrow for Breast Cancer Network Australia, and clearly if I am going to write this “a little more creatively and with far less tension”, then it’s going to be largely an information email…with inspiration coming later! And perhaps that’s just fine.
At the very least you will know that I am thinking of you, the Universal Heart Networkers. You will also know now that in May there will be a new edition of “your” very special book, The Universal Heart, which inspired this Network when it first came out in 2000. It’s newly subtitled “A Practical Guide to Love”, meaning the expression of love in all of our relationships and connections…and with ourselves. I hope we can find fine ways to celebrate that in May!
Meanwhile this Sunday, 19 Feb 2012, we begin our year’s monthly spiritually inclusive services in Sydney at Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church. 3pm. Everyone is tremendously welcome. Gorgeous music, uplifting teachings, always the presence and cultivation of unconditionally loving acceptance. As Rumi said in one of his most glorious poems: “Come, come whoever you are…though you have broken your vows a thousand times, come!” If you can be there, please aim to arrive a little before 3pm. (Nearest Cross st is Park. A block from Town Hall station.)Tea, coffee, kindness afterwards. And if you are NOT in Sydney, please at least enjoy the video talks which you can easily find on my website. There’s one on the front page (currently); the rest can be found under “Video“.
And I do also want to let you know that you need to book now if you want to join the Easter Retreat at Mana Retreat Centre, Coromandel, NZ. The image at the top of this letter shows you the glorious sanctuary; truly it is breathtakingly beautiful country. You can fly in from anywhere in the world to Auckland, then take a shuttle with others which Mana would help you to arrange. (NZers – or visitors – might want to consider the ferry from Auckland to Coromandel…) The retreat runs from 5-9 April and is one of, if not the highlight of my teaching/retreat year. But please, please contact Mana now. You will find details at this link (“Events” on my website) or on www.manaretreat.com. Telephone (+ 64 7) 866 8972. It’s a special joy to welcome Universal Heart Networkers to this retreat which is suitable for beginners and those returning many times. Our theme this year is “The grace of kindness”.
Finally, if you are planning to attend the Happiness & Its Causes Conference in Sydney,1-3 March, I will be speaking on 1 March, and will also offer a post-conference morning workshop on Saturday 3 March on “Living in Harmony: Starting with ourselves”. To book for the conference or workshop, phone +61 2 8719 5118 or online www.happinessanditscauses.com.au
I would like to mention also that my newest book Everyday Kindness is now back in print (thank heaven). Thank you so much to those of you who waited patiently. (I waited very impatiently – and hope there won’t be any more gaps now.) It should be in your local bookshops or on-line – where you will also find meditation CDs and lots of recommended books from a range of writers.
It’s almost time for bed and while this isn’t the inspirational email I intended, I can’t leave you without some powerful lines. I hope they also speak to you.
Sometimes we forget this simple truth: The broken pieces of ourselves are the greatest teachers. It is from them that we learn our strength. It is from them that we learn compassion, wisdom and understanding, devotion, faith, and insight.
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I am going to finish my day! Thankful for so much, including a willingness to worry far less about elusive perfection. Oh, that’s taken me many decades to learn!! More soon. Meanwhile, the blessings of peace & kindness to every one of you,
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