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It has been an incredibly beautiful week here as we begin to make preparations to move the retreat and training division of SagePlace to the lake house in central Maine. During this process we discovered a 5 page goodbye letter written to the house and hidden away in a secret hiding place for twenty-seven years. The lettter was written by a man and his children who had lived here then and while sad to leave, were also grateful for the healing which took place and wrote with tremendous honesty and beauty about their experiences. The letter concluded with a riddle written by a young child (who would now be a middle aged adult) to whomever might discover the letter in the future. If we solved the riddle correctly, it appeared to imply that there was a treasure that lived in the heart of Wayne – the house itself. We tucked the letter safely back in its hiding place and have decided that over the years we will add our own letters to these very dear people who remain unknown (but very much appreciated) to us in the hopes that far off into the future they will all be uncovered again and will touch the hearts of future residents of the house as our hearts were touched.

Following is an untitled poem that speaks to me of all of the holy places available to each and every one of us…

I do not have to go
To Sacred Places
In far-off lands.
The ground I stand on
Is holy.
Here, in this little garden
I tend
My pilgrimage ends.
The wild honeybees
The hummingbird moths
The flickering fireflies at dusk
Are a microcosm
Of the Universe.
Each seed that grows
Each spade of soil
Is full of miracles.
And I toil and sweat
And watch and wonder
And am full of love.
Living in place
In this place.
For truth and beauty
Dwell here.

By poet and activist, Mary de La Valette

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A group of women whom I provide consultation to were discussing the value of beginning each day with a ritual such as starting the day off with an inspirational reading, journaling, meditation, yoga, a mindfulness walk, etc.

These rituals help to center us, prepare us, remind us of what’s most important to pay attention to during the coming hours, and can even carry us beyond our every day lives and into sacred space.

In “A Thousand Clowns” by Herb Gardner, the character Murray Burns advises,
“You have got to own your days and name them,
each one of them, every one of them,
or else the years go right by
and none of them belong to you”

I’m grateful for the reminder of the importance of morning rituals and will recommit to consciously greeting and claiming each new day.

Following are some resources for creating meaningful morning rituals:

Adopting a meaningful morning ritual

5 Simple Steps to Owning Your Day

Reclaim Your Day

An alternative morning ritual

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