I've designed The Gift of the World as an alternative to the practice of setting New Year's resolutions. My experience has been that on January 1, we set goals for ourselves that we secretly know we'll likely never attain. We take the beautiful blank slate of the new year and fill it with promises that usually last for a few short weeks. And when the new year slips behind us into the horizon, we are left with our same old selves, disappointed that yet again that we failed to perfect our lives as we had imagined in the promise of the new year.
Instead, I've decided to use the new year to focus my mind on the values that I hope will guide my thoughts and actions not just in 2016 but in all my days ahead. I've spent a little time exploring the gifts that fuel my own life, and the ways I can nurture and nourish those gifts each and every day.
In the process, I've written a series of short essays that focus on how I'd like to live in the world. They focus on values, attitudes and practices - like beauty, simplicity, kindness and ease - that I would like my life to embody. And now that they are written, I would love to share them with you.
The offerings of The Gift of the World are part meditation, part instruction, part pep-talk and part blessing. They aren't prescriptive how-to guides, but my hope is that they will inspire us all to live in ways that feel truer our core values and deeper loves. My hope is that they will keep our eyes and our hearts trained on what is most important to us, so that we may live each and every day with wisdom and love.
I've kept this offering simple by design. I'm offering no homework, no recommended resources, and no links for further study. Instead, each weekday in January I will send you an offering in the form of a short essay, delivered early in the morning to your inbox, for you to read and contemplate in your own way and in your own good time.
My inspiration for this project comes from a passage in the introduction of To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings by John O'Donohue. In it, he writes:
There is a quiet light that shines in every heart. It draws no attention to itself, though it is always secretly there. It is what illuminates our minds to see beauty, our desire to seek possibility, and our hearts to love life. Without this subtle quickening our days would be empty and wearisome, and no horizon would ever awaken our longing
Our passion for life is quietly sustained from somewhere in us that is welded to the energy and excitement of life. This shy inner light is what enables us to recognize and receive our very presence here as blessing.
We enter the world as strangers who all at once become heirs to a harvest of memory, spirit, and dream that has long preceded us and will now enfold, nourish, and sustain us. The gift of the world is our first blessing.
My hope is that The Gift of the World will help us reconnect with that "quiet light" that fills our days with passion and that recognizes our lives as the blessings they truly are. My hope is that our month together will inspire us to reclaim our lives and the world, so that we may live deeply with our hearts wide open for all the days we are blessed to shine.
I have set a suggested fee of $40 for The Gift of the World, but if that feels excessive for your budget you are welcome to set your own price. To enroll in the course via credit card or Paypal account, please, click the "Buy Now" button below. If you have questions, prefer to sign up via check instead, or if you would like to join the course but are hoping to pay less than the suggested fee, please email me.
Thank you so much for your interest. I hope to share The Gift of the World with you in the new year.