Starting to make plans for a winter retreat? I hope you will consider spending it with me. February 3-28, I’ll be teaching an online course called “Living with Beauty” at Spirituality & Practice. You can also give this e-course as a gift! During the season of gift-giving, I hope you will consider giving the gift of beauty to someone you love. Follow this link to learn more. You can click “give as a gift” at the bottom of the page. You may want to gift yourself, too! I look forward to being your guide and companion on this journey of the spirit . . .
Are you a perfectionist? I am too, at least about some things, but I’ve learned to relax over the years, and it has literally saved my life. In my new essay, The Beauty of Imperfection, I talk about another approach to life, one that includes what the Japanese call wabi-sabi. In a few paragraphs I attempt to take on Plato, the Tyranny of Thin culture, and eating disorders. Now that’s a challenge, but I hope you enjoy it! I would, of course, enjoy hearing your comments.
I am also filled with gratitude that my essay called Van Gogh’s God has now been translated into Chinese by Han Sun, of the Institute of Education and Culture & Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges, Heilongjiang University in China. The visually beautiful Mandarin version is below the English version. (I wish I could read it, but maybe you know someone who can!)
Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving, full of gratitude and peace and special moments of appreciating the beautiful imperfections of life.