I don’t have a lot in common with my neighbor. He likes to rebuild cars and go hunting- I like to work in my garden and have summer bar-b-cues. But there is one thing that we share, and that is the boundary line between our properties. Usually when we think of boundaries, we think of something that separates us from someone else.
Aging is something we do every day without really giving it much thought until the moment we realize, oh my gosh, where have the years gone? We have this uncanny human ability to put aging outside of ourselves as though it only happens to other people. And then one day we realize we are older than we ever imagined we would be.
I work for A Book for All Seasons, a small, independent bookstore in downtown Leavenworth, Washington. Over the holidays, I noticed that despite the busyness, the crowds, and the moments when people could barely move until one person inched forward so another person could inch to the right and thus clear the way for more movement from one place to another, people acted with courtesy, respect and kindness.
Happy New Year!
My wish for 2018 is to accept and love the strange places in myself. I send this wish to all of you as well. I wish you love and acceptance in even the strangest of places in yourselves. It is the beauty of being human, that we all have these gems of strangeness.
Faith is an innate human quality that is often put to the test when life seems most challenging, when things seem the darkest.
As we near the winter solstice we are, literally, approaching the darkest of times. And yet we find ourselves in the very season that offers us a way to demonstrate the deepest aspects of our faith.
This is the season we join with family and friends to celebrate our faith through traditions, festivities, and religious ceremonies.
This writing from Jack Kornfield,teacher and meditator, inspired me, so I want to share this with you. So much of what he says is what we teach in our courses.
Responding with Love and Courage
By Hana Butler - I first became aware of The Ripple Foundation when I first took Inward Bound in 2008 and have been involved ever since. I think that brainstorming and conceptualizing “Ripple” began in 2009, although there is a sense of always having been aware of this work...
What stands out for me the most is the intentionality of everything. My involvement with Ripple has provided me with an opportunity to be engaged in shifting the paradigm of how we ‘do’ experiential education; how things are created, facilitated and experienced.
Submitted by Anonymous on December 9, 2014 - 6:36am
A few days ago it occurred to me that will and willingness are similar. This may be obvious to some, but it’s been a surprise to me. Somehow will had gotten a very negative connotation in my mind. (Think willful child; will resided in the same neighborhood in my mind as selfish, demanding and naughty not nice, definitely no gifts from Santa if I acted from that place.) Child consciousness, yes, but until now it’s been running in the shadows, hidden under the need to be good or kind. When I change will to willingness, the fear to act is gone.
Submitted by Anonymous on January 3, 2014 - 11:22am
This interesting article explores the importance of subconscious cellular influences on our biology and biography, which is the foundation for our programs at The Ripple Foundation. This exciting new medical and scientific research in the field of neuroscience and epigenetics is providing insightful data that encourages us to delve into the depths of our subconscious and our cellular patterning and transform ourselves, our relationships and be who we truly are.
Submitted by Anonymous on January 1, 2014 - 8:05am
Much attention is given to New Year’s resolutions. I was curious as to the beginnings of this tradition and discovered that it is common to most all history and most all peoples on earth. As far back as 3000 BC the ancient Babylonians made ‘resolutions’ to their gods by promising at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts.
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