Thank You & More
A THANK YOU
Friends and Supporters,
Together with our first Where’s the Spirit? of 2016, I want to share a brief but sincere note of thanks for all the ways that you have helped Still Harbor thrive.
Your collective generosity allowed us to achieve our matching challenge campaign goal, raising over $17,500. Given this success, we are launching the new year with a sense of strength and steadiness that will no doubt sustain and grow our programs and services. In that vein, if you find yourself seeking reflection, inspiration, or insight as you begin the new year, the following are some wonderful offerings at the Center, online, and beyond:
- Join us for a day-long retreat led by Colleen Sharka on January 30th from 9:30am-4pm
- Reflect on The Lighthouse Keepers, a poem by Alicia Jo Rabin
- Be inspired by Jennifer Gottesfeld’s reflection “On Love and Leadership"
- Activate your awareness reading this interview with Frances Moore Lappé
Of course, stay tuned for more from us as the new year unfolds... and find a great Where's the Spirit? below.
With Peace and Love,
On “Wearing the World”
How to live in the world without fighting it
by Rafael Alvarez
“A loose garment threaded with gladness and grief. It’s a question—how to live in the world without fighting it—in which the parsing might be more edifying than the answer.” So writes Rafael Alvarez in his reflection on serenity and the way we choose to live our lives. Sure, it takes practice to stop “sweating the small stuff” or, for that matter, to move with the current of the tough stuff. But what if we gave ourselves permission to accept what is and go forward from there?
The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2015
by Jason Marsh, Kirra Dickinson, Kira Newman, Jill Suttie, Jeremy Smith
Greater Good Science Center, UC Berkeley
Since 2001, University of California Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center has been at the fore of a new scientific movement to explore the roots of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior. Exploring the science of a meaningful life, GGSC studies the science of compassion, generosity, and kindness. The editors of Greater Good, their online magazine, compiled the top 10 insights discovered this past year. Although they are all worth reading and considering, the one that struck us most profoundly here at Still Harbor this week is the first, titled: “Experiencing awe makes us, well, awesome.” Awe, defined as a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder, has in the past been neglected as a field of science worth studying. However, as Greater Good reported, that began to change this year with several published studies suggesting overlooked benefits associated with awe. Click here to read more about these studies as well as the nine other top insights from 2015.
How To Bring Presence To Your Biggest Challenges
by Paula Davis Laack
In her widely viewed TED Talk, Dr. Amy Cuddy talks about the importance of presence, which she defines as “believing in and trusting yourself–your real honest feelings, values and abilities.” As Paula Davis Laack reflects in this article, although the process can leave us feeling uncomfortably vulnerable, it is important to challenge ourselves on whether or not we bring “our boldest selves to our biggest challenges.”
A FINAL REFLECTION
It is almost banal to say so
yet it needs to be stressed continually:
all is creation,
all is change,
all is flux,
all is metamorphosis.