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Winter Solstice Peace Circle

“If we have no peace it is because we have forgotten we belong to each other.”  Mother Teresa

Planting new seeds of peace

You think this is just another year in your life? This year has been given to you – it’s the gift you have been living with all year. It has given you a unique opportunity to cultivate peace in your relationships and in your world.

Winter Solstice is the longest day of the year, a time of letting go of what is now done and a time of going within to connect with the divine light deep within.

Join Shirley Lynn and other like-hearted participants to sit in circle together. Throughout the evening, we will share stories, sit in silent meditation, participate in a ceremony of letting go and delight in the imaginings of a new peace for 2019.

This Circle will provide the space and opportunity to share our stories of the peace we have experienced in 2018. In gratitude, we will give ourselves the opportunity to let go of what is now done, the death of what now must fall away.

And in that space, we can rest in our inner light of peace and make space for what is new. This will be a time of imagining a preferred future of peace, a time of hope – we will imagine the seeds of stories of new peace we wish to plant for 2019. I hope you will join us!

Circle Facilitator,

Shirley Lynn Martin

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

Cost: $45.00 +HST if paid with cash, checks or e-transfer

(*a PayPal user fee will be applied for on-line payment)

Location: Waterloo, ON

In the spirit of generosity and gratitude, you are invited to bring a food donation to contribute to the Foodbank of Waterloo Region.

Seeds of generosity

One scholarship available … an “earth angel” has offered to make an anonymous contribution towards someone joining us who wants to attend but finds the fee prohibitive. Please contact Shirley Lynn for details.

To Register or for additional information, see Peace Circles or contact Shirley Lynn Martin at shirley@shirleylynnmartin.com or 519-886-6732. Space is limited so register early. Additional details will be released upon registration.

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Peace Circle Podcast # 2

Join Shirley Lynn Martin, Karen McCarthy and Tonya Noble as we again invite you into Peace Circle with us, to cross the threshold into sacred space and time. Join us heart to heart in this unfolding conversation.

This podcast is the second in a series of three. In this circle, we speak to the question, “why do we value Peace Circle and what does it bring into our lives?” In sharing our heart’s knowing as revealed in the sacred space of circle, we delve into the power of connection, community and sharing our heart’s truth. Through this sharing, we are gifted with the possibility of healing and being our best self as we move out and re-join our ordinary lives. Join in, sit with us and share the experience with us.

Thank you for joining us in this series. For more information about how you can join a live event, please visit Peace Circle for dates, themes and locations.

The Gift of Community: A Place to Belong

Recently I attended a funeral of someone with close connections to our family. His life came to an end after several years of treatments, followed by months of steadily declining health and eventually his last days in a hospice surrounded by family, friends and supportive staff.

During the eulogy, one daughter shared how their father in his later years had changed from a physically and emotionally reserved man to one who gave “the best bear hugs”. It awed and inspired me to hear how this family had used their time so wisely following the initial diagnosis to resolve and heal many old hurts and misunderstandings. They attained a deeper level of connection and acceptance and intentionally created more loving interactions with each other.

What particularly touched me at this funeral service was the strong sense of belonging to a community. I was among a large gathering of people who all cared deeply for this man’s family. As the family walked into the sanctuary I could feel our powerful communal embrace enveloping them. Clearly, this community was united in supporting each of them in bearing their pain and loss. It was a beautiful and sacred moment.

Later I reflected on what a gift it really is to belong to a community that embraces and supports you as you move through life’s ups and downs. Those of us who are connected to communities (of whatever kind), have probably experienced something similar. I contemplated how isolating and lonely it would be to not have the love and support of others when you need it most. This too is something that some of us have experienced – when we have felt let down by our community.

How or why does this happen? Perhaps the answers are as varied as we are but I suspect that some of it has to do with how much time and effort we put into creating and nurturing community around us. Community can be equated to a bank account – if you never put anything in, there is nothing to draw from either when you need it.

It can be easy at times to put our communities (intentional/chosen or inherited) “on the back burner” when we are busy, distracted or experiencing various stresses in our individual lives. We get caught up in these immediacies, perhaps at the expense of spending time within our communities. I am not advocating for putting the needs of everyone else ahead of your own – I too have witnessed and experienced the consequences of such self-denial – but I am suggesting we evaluate how we balance our own needs alongside those of our chosen communities.

As a society, we place great value and acceptance on satisfying our own needs and desires. Perhaps this is inevitable because of the speed at which we move through life – forever chasing that shiny ball of wealth and self-interest. But I would like to believe that there is still a place for and desire to connect with others – whether it is with those we share commonalities (ie. location, ethnicity, religion, profession, a common interest, lifestyle, etc.) or with those about who we know little.

Being connected to others outside ourselves helps to satisfy our innate need to belong. One definition of belong that I like is to “fit in, be suited to, have a rightful place, have a home.” Isn’t that what we all want more than anything else?

To what communities do you belong? Do they add value to your life? Do you add value to the community? Who is with you through life’s ups and downs, your joys and sorrows?

If you need help finding the right balance in your life or evaluating which communities add value to your life, book an appointment with Shirley Lynn today. You deserve to feel and know where you belong.

Submitted by Lucy Martin