Practicing Joy in the WorldMarch 22 – April 30 The Month for Joyful Awareness Singing Image of FireA hand moves, and the fire’s whirling takes different shapes:All things change when we do.The first word, “Ah,” blossoms into all othersEach of them is true.—Kukai, translated by Jane Hirschfield, quoted in The Enlightened Heart by Stephen Mitchell […]
Month by Month Reflections for the Year of Joy.
Nine Goddesses to Nurture Nine Steps on the Path of Joy
This Year of Joy calendar gathers nine steps along the Path of Joy into nine months, composed of four ten-day weeks. The weeks invite you to explore joy through each of the four elements: earth, water, fire, and air, which can be experienced as metaphors – the fires of passion, for example, or the tears of sorrow – as well as richly concrete in themselves. The nine months, 360 days, come to an end on December 26, leaving five intercalary days before the Year for Joy begins again on January 1.
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Practicing Joy in the WorldFebruary 10 – March 21 The Month for Clarifying Beliefs about Joy “Who made the world?”asks Mary Oliver, in her poem “The Summer Day.” She is our guide to all the work of 2019, work entitled “Bliss, the Outer Reaches of Inner Joy.” In her poem, the poet goes on to […]
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The Outer Reaches of Inner Joy A suggestion for Month One,The Month for Joyful Sourcing and Re-sourcingJanuary 1 – February 9 Bliss as we dive for it, this year is an ebullient state: Mindful, Active, Spacious, Compassionate, Untamable, Fiercely Alive, And completely embodied. This first month for Sourcing and Re-sourcing provides time to focus on […]
For those who follow the Goddess Year of Joy (nine months of forty days each), the final five days of every year are devoted to celebrating the birthdays of divine bringers of joy. These so-called intercalary days between December 27 and 31 provide a time to honor our capacity for constant renewal. And bring in […]
Practicing Joy in the World November 17 – December 26 Shakespeare reminds us that the potency of this month of Joyful Service and Sharing dwells in activating, re-activating, claiming, and reclaiming friendships. The joy of that activation stirs the soul and sends us out as messengers of delight to bestow friendship toward others in […]
October 8 – November 16 We are the transformers of earth Our whole being and the flights and falls of our love Enable us to undertake this task. –Rainer Maria Rilke In the process of our transforming the earth, in ways the great poet could not have imagined, the Earth in her mystery, transforms us, […]
Practicing Joy in the World August 29 – October 7 These are days of poignant awareness: we say farewell to the long sweet summer hours, and awaken to feelings of anticipation, something new on the horizon, usually involved with lessons and teachings. That breath of anticipation, even for those of us long out of the […]
Practicing Joy in the World July 20 – August 28 The enchanting summer days make it delightful and sweetly pleasant to stay on the path of joy. That’s one reason this is the month of celebrating our capacity to remain dedicated to that path. But it can also be a tricky time, when the hottest […]
Practicing Joy in the World June 10 – July 19 “I sit on the black stool, then open my book to a world of music. Black notes fill the page like a road map to tell me where to put my fingers.” The poet, musician, dancer Phoebe Brown eloquently describes her sense of Joyful Presence. […]