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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy New Year 2010


"Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love."
~Mother Teresa

To me Mother Teresa's statement feels like relief, an invitation and achievement all at once. If I look back over this past year I have done many small things. Listening to my daughters, friends and clients with a present heart when they needed to simply be heard. I have woken up in the night to be with my girls when they have been sick or frightened. Offered reiki and prayers on behalf of family, friends and strangers in need of healing. I have created safe space for friends and clients to experience their deepest wisdom through SoulCollage®, creativity coaching and meditation. I have shared smiles and kind words with other patients, technicians and nurses at the hospital and at the doctor's office. I have been patient with my body, my shifting moods during many difficult moments this year. None of these are great deeds; gathered together perhaps they would not even fill a tea spoon in the vastness of a single day on this planet...but they were small acts of kindness infused with love, not great things, but good enough.

Here is a New Years Ritual to try:
You will need a small metal bowl, matches/lighter, paper & pen, cup of water

I invite you to contemplate a short list of some of the
small acts of kindness infused with love that you have offered to others and to yourself this year that really stand out in your heart and mind. Write them down on a slip of paper with an intention to continue to live your life in this gentle, noble way in the year to come. Step outside with your metal bowl, matches and list. (If you have company ask anyone who wants to participate to join you) Take a deep breath in and release it as a sigh. Carefully place the slip of paper in the metal bowl and set it on fire. Watch the flame, breathe consciously and maintain a gentle smile on your face as the smoke is released up toward the full blue moon, a perfect witness to your New Years ritual. Now you are ready to start anew, doing more small acts of kindness immediately. (Pour the cup of water over the ashes to be sure they are out before bringing the bowl back in your house.)

Bright blessings to all,

Happy New Year!
~Laura

17 comments:

  1. happy new year to you, laura. i look forward to your inspirations in 2010!

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  2. Laura,
    Happy new year to you and your family. It has been wonderful getting to know you these last couple of months, and I look forward to even greater connection as we go into the new year.

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  3. Laura,
    I love ritual, you may know this by now and the one you share here is just perfect for welcoming in the new year. I especially love how you tied in Mother's quote (one of my faves, by the way) with all the small things of significance you did this year. So often we pressure ourselves to be and do more. It is wearying, and also disheartening sometimes if we hold ourselves up to this huge measuring stick that we must be all that we can be AND save the world! Blessings upon you for sharing this wise, compassionate worldview. Love to you. Happy New Year!

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  4. Thank you all for stopping by...you all inspire me through your blogs and I feel encouraged to do the small things I can to co-create a world in which we all are seen, heard, loved and respected for simply being human.

    With deep gratitude,
    Laura

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  5. I love the burning bowl ritual and so glad you are sharing it here!
    I wish you a year of beauty and blessings and healing.
    happy new year!

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  6. Caterina, I love how you've given this ritual a name "burning bowl"...ahh we are all indeed co-creators!

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  7. ah the burning bowl, very good.

    happy new year and may it bring love and happiness

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  8. Hi Laura,

    Happy New Year to you! May 2010 brings many more blessings and wisdom!

    And I love the ritual that you shared with all of us. I will have to try that. Thank you so much for being you and I am so grateful that our paths intersected!

    Love and hugs to you!

    Nadia

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  9. Mother Teresa's words are good to remember as one year ends and another begins. The moon was so bright last night it looked like the porch light was on. It's snowing here this evening, so there may be no moon to welcome the new year. Happy New Year to you, Laura.

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  10. laura~it has been a delight meeting you here. you are a light. you are an inspiration. to so many, for many different reasons.
    blessings to you in this coming new year. may your inner stength continue to carry you when the outer world tries to bring you down.

    peace and love~
    robin.

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  11. blessing to you Laura for a joy and peace filled new year. Grateful to have made a connection, and for being witness to your healing, open, thoughtful presence.
    with love, Karin

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  12. Laura, thank you for sharing a small ritual with which to mark this change of year. Small is good, and they are the things which truly change the world.

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  13. The affirmation that
    'intention is paramount" is a timely reminder....I, too, like the sacred rituals of water, fire, releasing to the Universe that when we "borrow" for a time. I like the idea that your smoky acts of kindness mix and mingle with a hundred thousand others making them all more powerful, more gentle, more available.
    Sending you blessings, laura!

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  14. Thank you everyone for your thoughtful comments, for being witness to my journey and for allowing me to witness yours through words and images on your brilliant blog beacons!

    I will borrow part of Connie's last sentence "...acts of kindness mix and mingle with a hundred thousand others making them all more powerful, more gentle, more available"...with a bit from Sir Patrick Stewart's character Jean Luc Picard..."Make it so!"

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  15. Ooh...I love, "Make it so!"

    Laura,
    Wishing you a wonderful New Year my new friend. I hope the coming year is good to you & your family and a peaceful one.

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  16. Laura,
    Happy New Year! Just wanted you to know that you are up at my blog, awakeisgood.com. You inspired me. :-)
    xo

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