This year the holidays are going to be different for most of us.
You may not be able to travel or gather like you normally would.
You may be talking with your extended family around how best to navigate COVID risks.
Should you meet outside? Wear masks? Stay home and gather for (another) Zoom conversation? Mail gifts? How can you do this whole thing …. differently?
Religious and cultural holidays, like anniversaries, have their own kind of power and magic. They are one of the thin places, where mystery can find us amidst the pressing fullness of daily life.
This year all kinds of traditions are going to be wonky and reimagined.
Yet we NEED our spaces of comfort, joy, and light more than ever before.
So I want to create a special offering: A Flourish Holiday Playshop, and host it in November before Thanksgiving in the U.S.
It is a playshop instead of workshop because we all need some fun. But I’ll also be bringing the most powerful resources I have to support you. I’m really looking forward to it!
To help me design this playshop I have created a SHORT survey. It takes about 3 minutes. And just for fun, I’ll host a raffle for those who complete it. (I haven’t totally figured out the prize yet, but I love presents. I will probably let the winner choose from a signed copy of my book, a free hour of coaching to use themselves or to gift, or a yummy candle.) I hope you will complete it, I would love to hear from you.
PS. Let’s say a little something about the “holidays.” I love postmodern spirituality and could nerd out a WHOLE lot about this topic and probably will. What I mean by the holidays is roughly late November/US Thanksgiving through the new year. Depending on your culture and traditions, this time includes Winter Solstice, Christmas, Hannakah, Kwanzaa, and other holidays – or none at all. Since we are talking about this, here is my short hand for religion – it is a whole lot less about what you BELIEVE i.e. head assent, and a whole lot closer to the question “What do you BELOVE?” And I also don’t think we have to mash all the gorgeous global religions together and say “it is all the same.” What to do instead? Friendship. Be friends with people and in relationship with people (including yourself) who belove different things. And listen to them while also allowing yourself to water deeply your own spiritual mother tongue or preferred chosen spiritual path. Increasingly people are fed by more than one tradition or are holding different traditions in the same family. As for me, I call myself a “Buddheo-Christian.” I grew up Methodist and have been meditating since I learned how at the Homeopathic hospital in London during my year abroad. I weave both of these loves together in ways that delight me (think garden Buddha and Day of the Dead altar with all my favorite mystics). I love the desert mothers and fathers of the Christian tradition (who may have had a hand in creating the Enneagram) and the liturgical year, with all its myriad feasts and fasts. And I love my husband who is trained in ecology and whose patron saint could probably best be described as Jane Goodall. But beyond all these elements of my story is this: I LOVE holding space for people to examine what they belove and I am super comfortable with all the traditions or none at all (hey, that is why I went to Harvard Div school and studied alongside such a diverse crew. We laughingly said the only thing we could all agree on is sitting in silence ). It brings me a lot of joy to venture into these waters with you. And if you think some reflection on YOUR holiday season, whatever that means to you, could potentially be helpful or fun, I hope you will fill out the survey and tell me more. xo Courtney
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