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2012-09-30 12.06.04

For this New Year's Day, I wish for you the gift of silence, the gift of peace, the gift of thoughtful retreat.

Which may be quite different from what our raucous, self-focused culture offers. But different in this case is a good thing. 

As  Paramahansa Yogananda, who founded the Self-Realization Fellowship in 1920, wrote in his book, Inner Peace, “Every person needs a retreat, a dynamo of silence where he may go for the exclusive purpose of being recharged by the Infinite.”

And the gospel of John reports, Jesus said this to his followers: "Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you. I give to you not as the world gives. Don't be troubled or afraid."

As I say, the peace the world gives rarely is the peace we need.

So I'll be brief here today and hope your 2016 starts off in the right way. But I especially ask you to return here tomorrow for an important entry that I hope you will read carefully and share with your friends.

Happy New Year.

(I took the photo you see here today off the coast of Maine a few years ago.)

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And here's a nice way to start the year: This story about how children see God. It's about a new book by comedian Monica Parker, OMG! How Children See God. A quick example: "God doesn't have a house. He doesn't need one except on Sundays 'cause that's the day he likes to rest," said Ethan, age 8.


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