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The Peace of Wild Things

When despair grows in me
and I wake in the middle of the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Wendell Berry

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Wishing you a beautiful, miracle-filled, joyful 2013!

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2013 holds big changes for me. I am opening my own space for SpiritualiTea! While I used to hold monthly meetings in someone else’s office, I am now holding weekly workshops, meditations, and poetry groups in my own space. As I step out and expand my business, I am feeling a range of emotions: excited, terrified, overwhelmed, hopeful…The list could be endless, and I find myself feeling one way one moment, and another the next. Questions loom over me: what if I fail? Who am I to open a center like this? Why would anyone want to listen to me?

When I feel these doubts creeping up on me, I sit down and quietly empty my mind. Who am I not to be successful? Who am I not to ┬áspeak out about a topic I am passionate about? I am free-falling, I’ve thrust myself over the edge of a precipice I have only toyed with in the past. But I realize I like this person who is willing to take risks, to leap, to face fear, much more than the person who used to hide from life. I will be new in 2013. I am not who I was in many ways, though perhaps I have just shed some layers, peeled back the heavy coat of anxiety, so that I can be seen by myself and others.

I hope that in the new year you will challenge yourself on a daily basis. Question your thoughts. Make peace. Express yourself. Now is not the time to hang back in fear. Now is the time to unveil your truest self, despite the fear, despite the doubts and worries. Who will you be in 2013? Make it big. Make it wonderful.

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