December 2014 Archives

by Kim Childs, CPPC The start of a new year offers itself irresistibly like a clean slate and invites us to consider:  What are we ready to leave behind? What do we really, really, really want, going forward? Whether or not you believe in resolutions, these questions are always worth asking. For several years I’ve participated in Burning Bowl ceremonies on New Year’s Eve. They involve writing a list of things that we want to shed - from resentments and…


by Kim Childs, CPPC A few days ago I showed up to teach a chair yoga class at an assisted living facility, where employees were decking the halls and putting out poinsettias. "What's your favorite thing about the holidays?" I chirped to the women who'd gathered for class. "When they're over," said Marge, a normally polite and well-dressed octogenarian. I was not expecting that answer. With some gentle probing, Marge revealed that this was the first Christmas she'd be spending…