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Lucinda M. Vardey

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Dear Contemplative Companions,

I write to invite a united prayer of the heart with the creatures of the natural world who have boldly delivered their messages worldwide on 31 December 2010. Whatever reasons have been pondered–from poisoning by pesticides, to fright from fireworks–what to me seems an obvious omission is the significance of these occurrences on the last day of the past decade and on the eve of a new year and new decade. 

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Martin Luther King, Jr., said:

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too heavy a burden to bear.

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Metal artwork of Dr. King along Freedom Parkway in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, USA

On Monday, January 17, 2011 (or on any day), stop. Pause.

Ponder what core values animate your life.
Who can you forgive?
What burdens can you shed?
Where might you encounter the other, and embrace difference or discord?

Will you, could you, take a baby step? Choose love? Decide to stick to love? It is in love and with love that inner and outer freedom seeds, takes root, grows. Please, take time to stop, notice, and pay attention to what you cultivate in your life.

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Be uplifted by SDI member Chris Copeland's visual experience and the mystical music about how peace depends on you and me. Interfaith spiritual relationships and contemplative practices are antidotes for religious discord and chaos. Thank you, Chris for celebrating in your slideshow lived potential from your experience of the SDI Interfaith Pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine, A Journey to the Heart Inner Paths to Compassion, Connection, and Peace.

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Spiritual direction contributes to peace. Watch how SDI pilgrims from Africa, Europe, North and South America come together for peace in East Jerusalem. Bringing contemplative practice for peace to Israel and Palestine. Listen to Covita's music "Greetings of Peace." Thanking the Interfaith Amigos Rabbi Ted Falcon, Sheikh Jamal Rahman, Pastor Don Mackenzie, and St. George's College.

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Listen: A Seeker's Resource for Spiritual Direction, Vol 5.1, January 2011

Field Guide:
Learning Bird Language—A Pathway to a Contemplative Life

"Contemplative living is living in true relationship with oneself, God, others and nature, free of the illusions of separateness.” – Thomas Merton

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Therese Taylor-Stinson, a Spiritual Directors International member, and Presbyterian spiritual director offers Kwanzaa reflections.

To read, click Kwanzaa reflections.

Kwanzaa is a seven day festival celebrating the African American people, their culture, and their history. Kwanzaa begins on December 26 and continues until January 1.

How can you add to these reflections? What is evoked in you?
Please share by posting your comments.

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altDalia Landau, founder of the Open House in Ramle, Israel, tells her story to Spiritual Directors International interfaith pilgrims.

Landau's story is published in the book, The Lemon Tree. This open letter was first published in the The Jerusalem Post:

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To celebrate Chanukah, the Jewish Festival Of Lights, Spiritual Directors International member Jennifer (Jinks) Hoffmann from Canada offers a poem she wrote December 3, 2010.

On Being A Lover

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The Interfaith Amigos, Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon, and Sheikh Jamal Rahman, offer their pilgrimage reflections. Allow their images and words to penetrate your heart, wherever you are, right now.

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Pilgrim Guides: The Interfaith Amigos (L-R): Sheikh Jamal Rahman, Rabbi Ted Falcon, and Pastor Don Mackenzie

A Journey to the Heart: Inner Paths to Compassion, Connection, and Peace Pilgrimage
Interfaith Pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine

27 October - 5 November 2010

Sheikh Jamal Rahman
Spiritual Reflections

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LtoR-Dena Merriam, Founder of GPIW, Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, Cochair of GPIW, Swami Veda, Founder of AHYMSIN, India

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