Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year's Day 2012 Blog: Welcoming the New Year

Welcome to 2012!

That was what I wrote on the white board for the Sunday School class I taught this morning.  We had a really great discussion about "outside of the class" things they enjoyed last year and wanted to do this year. We're going to try for our first-ever "lock-in" for this class, some fun and interesting fundraisers, and some experiential spiritual workshops.  I don't want to give away all of our secrets, but let's just say that have some real "out of the box" ideas that I think our entire spiritual community will enjoy.

In addition to some brainstorming and planning, we did a nice Buddhist meditation that is called "Transcending Karma" that helps us detach from our past, and participated in our annual New Year's Burning Bowl and White Stone Ceremony, which I describe last year in this post.

It was a gorgeous day, so our family had a nature walk to enjoys the great outdoors.  Then we came home and ate our traditional "nuevo-Southern" New Years Dish of white chicken chili (made with black-eyed beans, which we feel compelled to eat on New Years but don't really like on their own, but are delicious in chili) and green salad (I can't cook collards, so we have fresh leafy greens instead).

All in all, a pretty fantastic way to spend the first day of the year.  If the next 364 days go anything like this, we're in for a wonderful year!

This will be the last of my holiday posts.  However, starting tomorrow,  I will be running a time-related series of posts.  What could they be?  Check back tomorrow evening to find out......

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