Life is a Sacred Journey By: Carolyn Joy Adams
Your life is a sacred journey and it is about to change,
Growth, discovery, movement, transformation,
Continuously expanding your vision of what is possible,
Stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply,
Listening to your intuition, taking courageous risks,
Embracing challenges at every step along the way.
You are on the path exactly where you are meant to be
…And from here you can only go forward,
Shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph,
Of courage, beauty, wisdom, power, dignity, and love.
An old man walked along with beach throwing starfish which had been stranded by the outgoing tide back into the ocean. There were hundreds of them to return to the water and obviously he couldn’t begin to accomplish that task. A cynical young person came along and asked in a most arrogant manner, “what possible difference do you think you can make for all those starfish?” The old man stooped down, picked up another and as he tossed it into the water he replied in a quiet confident tone, “For this one it makes all the difference in the world.”
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something,
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
Because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
Because it means you’ve made a difference.
Its east to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
Are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
And they can become your blessings.
Untitled By: Dawna Markova
I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
To loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance,
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next blossom,
And that which came to me as a blossom,
goes on as fruit.
The Guesthouse By: Rumi
This being human is a guest house,
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, meanness,
some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
As a guide from beyond
The Way It Is By: William Stafford
There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change.
But it doesn’t change.
People wonder about what you are pursing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
Or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop times unfolding.
You don’t ever let go of the thread.
Whatever our hands touch,
We leave fingerprints!
On walls, on furniture,
On doorknobs, dishes, books,
As we touch we leave our identity.
Oh please wherever I go today,
Help me leave heartprints!
Heartprints of compassion,
Of understanding and love.
Heartprints of kindness
And genuine concern.
May my heart touch a lonely neighbor,
Or a runaway daughter,
Or an anxious mother,
Or, perhaps, a dear friend!
I shall go out today to leave heartprints,
And if someone should say “I felt your touch,”
May that one sense be your love,
Touching through me.
Stepping into the circle By: Christina Baldwin in Calling the Circle
It has always been scary
To step into the circle of firelight,
To show up in the company of strangers,
To ask for entrance or to offer it. Our hearts race—
Will we have the courage to see each other?
Will we have the courage to see the world?
The risks we take in the twenty first century
Are based on risks human beings took
Thousands of years ago.
We are not different from our ancestors,
They are still here, coded inside us.
They are, I believe,
Cheering us on.
If you weren’t here right now, what would you be doing?
If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?
One pro/con since we last met?
One positive that has happened to you this week?
What is/was your favorite school subject?
Favorite musical genre or artist?
If you were to describe yourself as a vehicle, what would it be?
What is your favorite soda?
What is unusual that has happened to you recently?
Check in- How has your month been?
What is your thanksgiving tradition?
What are you most grateful this year?
What is something that you have always wanted to learn?
What is your favorite food?
What is the best thing about fall?
What Christmas cookie best describes you?
What is a holiday tradition for you?
What is a story of something you did as a child?
If you had a billion dollars, what top three things would you spend it on?
What is your dream job and why?
What is the first thing you notice about people?
What is a valuable lesson you had to learn, “the hard way”?
What is one thing you would like to change about yourself?
What is one value/asset you bring to the circle?
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
What is your biggest obstacle in your life right now?
One skill you possess and how did you learn it?
One place you would like to travel to and why?
One person you look up to and why?
what is something bad you did as a kid?
What is something you notice about people? Why?
What is something that annoys you?
Who can you rely on and why?
Tell a story about your day/week/month?
What is something good and bad about the holiday season for you?
What significance does family play in your life? Good and bad
What is your most prized possession? Why?
Addressing the issues
What gives you hope?
What commitment can you make to yourself for the next month?
How can you support your peers? Family? Friends? Community Members?
One thing you want to change in your life?
How do you deal with tense situations?
What value do you most emulate?
What is a trait you admire in the circle?
What is the best thing about circle to you?
What is your greatest need to be successful?
What value do you think you bring to the circle?
What do you do when you are confronted with an uncomfortable situation?
How do you get support? /What fills your spirit?
How do you handle setbacks?
What is one encouragement that you have received when you have made a change in your life?
Who is someone that has transitioned in and out of your life but still has a lot of importance to you?
What is one thing you will take away from this circle?
Anything you need to say to leave the circle in peace?
How can you make a difference – be different?
How could you describe this circle in one word?
What is a good memory of circle for you?
what value do you think you have to change?
What is something you have learned about someone in group tonight?
What do you plan on doing each day to honor your commitment to these values?
Reflection round- What did you think of circle today?