Welcome to our first newsletter of 2022! If you are new to our community, we are delighted to see you and have you join us!
As you may know, we share a “New Year tradition” at CML where, instead of our usual monthly article, we each offer a personal guiding word for the year. You may have a similar tradition of your own. It’s not a resolution, as much as a guiding principle that can inform our growth this year with some intention.
We invite you to add your own word to ours by visiting our Facebook page and letting us know what you would like to invite into your life this year.
I also want to take just a bit of this space to offer my respect to one of our greatest teachers, Thich Nhat Hahn, who recently passed away. We extend our condolences to Plum Village, his beloved spiritual community in France, and to all those who were touched by his pure and loving essence.
His bright light illuminated the path for so many of us during the darkest of nights. His gentle spirit brought peace wherever he went, and will continue to do so through his teachings. I am so grateful for the many gifts he has left for us – we could easily spend several lifetimes trying to digest them all.
If you are unfamiliar with his work, I invite you to pick up one of his many books, pour over his beautiful calligraphy, or watch a video of his teaching, and let his gentle voice comfort and guide you home.
“I am a continuation, like the rain is a continuation of a cloud.”
~Thich Nhat Hahn
Blessings on your journey,
Louisa has always enjoyed writing and is thrilled that she now has a way to share her musings with a larger community of like-minded seekers. Her writing is often an extension and exploration of the struggles she faces in integrating her own spirituality, scholarly study, life experience, and nuggets of brilliance from her teachers in the hopes that it might alchemically transform itself into something approximating wisdom.