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3.5.13 … I would love to go to this happiest place … What’s important is to find ways to step back, disconnect, reconnect with our own peace, strength, and wisdom — and enjoy the unanticipated detours along the way.

Wisdom 2.0, Arianna Huffington:  I would love to go to this happiest place …

This past weekend I went to Disneyland. Not the actual Disneyland, but my version of Disneyland. It was a conference called Wisdom 2.0, which is designed to address “the great challenge of our age: to not only live connected to one another through technology, but to do so in ways that are beneficial to our own well-being, effective in our work, and useful to the world.”Like a kid at “The Happiest Place on Earth,” I wanted to go on every ride, eat every snack, go to every session and talk to every other speaker and everyone attending. And like many a Disney-fied kid, I was primed for a bad case of overstimulation leading to an eventual meltdown. Fortunately, given the nature of the conference, there were ample breaks for things like meditation, breathing exercises, yoga and healthy snacks. Which, of course, just left me that much more energized. I was in a mindfulness spiral!The conference is in its third year, and its founder and host is Soren Gordhamer, who has dedicated himself to helping us find ways to tap into our inner wisdom even as we integrate more and more technology into our lives. This is also the topic of his book, Wisdom 2.0: Ancient Secrets for the Creative and Constantly Connected.

Sometimes the stakes will be small, like getting through a parade, but sometimes they’ll be big. What’s important is to find ways to step back, disconnect, reconnect with our own peace, strength, and wisdom — and enjoy the unanticipated detours along the way.

via My Weekend at the Happiest Place on Earth (No, It Wasn’t Disneyland) | LinkedIn.

labyrinths, Chatlotte NC, Urban Ministry Center, UMC Blog:  A new Charlotte labyrinth!

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Those were the words, from Psalm 119:105, that resident Solomon Agunbiade shared with the group after they walked the canvas labyrinth inside Moore Place. Solomon recalls that as his favorite walk, because the lights were off and the path was lit with candles. He was instantly reminded of the twists and turns on the path of life and the light that guides him through. The labyrinth walks offer Solomon a time to focus on his own prayer and meditation, and he seems grateful for the community he feels in that moment.

On February 1, 2013, Moore Place recognized its one year anniversary with an open house for the community. The group created a labyrinth on the front lawn, dedicating it as a celebration of housing and yet a reminder of the 2,567 people in Charlotte who are still living without the safety, warmth and stability of a home. Of the 140 guests, 35 participated, with Solomon and fellow tenant Justin Markel offering guidance, information and insight to those interested in walking the path. Justin told me how much he values the time with his fellow residents and how the walk, along with the burning of his written concerns helps him to release his own worries.

2,567 people in Charlotte still without housing

Kathy says, “I told the residents that they are no longer just labyrinth walkers, but labyrinth keepers (keepers of the wisdom) and labyrinth builders.  That brought smiles to all of their faces!” It’s such a gift to share your ‘wisdom,’ and insight with a larger community and I have been a happy recipient of the gifts from this group.

via The Labyrinth: A Clearly Defined Path – UMC Blog.


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