This is my favorite post of the year to write. It’s the time of the year that I get to give a shout out to all the amazing people that make CML, well… CML.
We are often so busy bustling about our lives that the opportunity to stop and recognize the efforts of others and how they have touched and bettered our lives can easily slip by. November, with all its focus on gratitude, is a welcomed reminder of how much work goes on behind the scenes to facilitate our journey.
If you read this post last year, I invite you to take a moment to read this new iteration. Nearly all the names are the same, which makes me grateful for a stable and robust community of dedicated providers and educators. There has been so much change in the world as of late and knowing that our team remains committed is such a gift! As I said last year, if you have been touched in any way by the healing work at CML, these are the people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that you are well tended to on your path.
The therapeutic healing at CML would not be possible if not for the efforts of our gifted clinical staff. Pamela Mueggenberg, Kara Cavel, and Jenna Lopez create loving spaces for difficult work and provide compassionate support for the weary human traveler. (And if you haven’t had a chance to check out Jenna’s podcast, you can find the link below). We also welcomed two new clinicians since last year’s post, Marilyn Erickson, who has been providing medication management and clinical support for the past year, and Hillary Rubesin, our new Intermodal therapist, whom we are looking forward to working and playing with in the coming year.
I particularly want to recognize the generous community members who have stepped up to help us grow our Mindfulness programming. A few dedicated souls have been helping to support our amazing Mindfulness Instructor, Laura Crosby, to whom I owe so much gratitude and respect. Thank you to Aaron Weiner, Ashima Mehta, Katie Hupp, Sue Nardie, Tina Ray, and the wonderful Dan Weidner. All of these folks dedicate their time and efforts to create a safe space to explore and deepen practice. If you have not participated in one of Laura’s programs, joined her as she facilitated a sit, a retreat, or the mindfulness study group, then you have missed compassion and generosity of spirit in action. We are blessed by the numerous gifts each of these folks share with our community.
And there are those whose work is more behind the scenes but whose contributions allow our community to thrive and grow. Christina Murphy, works as our marketing and social media Goddess, bringing you this newsletter every month and keeping the CML community connected and informed. Thank you to Alma and Carmen, who keep our space so beautifully for us, and to Blake who makes sure that we don’t trip and break something of import on the ice.
At the center of the CML mission is, of course, you, the curious and courageous human traveler, seeking to know yourself better and find your way to sharing your own gifts in the world. We would not be here if not for you and it is to you that I express my deepest gratitude. Your support of our efforts, especially during the pandemic, helped to keep our doors open and reminded us that we can travel so much farther together than on our own.
I hope that in the coming year, you will continue to find yourself on our doorstep, in our virtual spaces, on our cushions, and in the presence of your own magnificent, vibrant gifts. Your ongoing willingness to share so meaningfully of yourselves allows each of our journeys to be enriched.
In this season of gratitude, a heartfelt ‘Thank You” for making our community a space of inclusivity, healing, and peace.
Gratitude and 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.