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From: Self Care for the Holidays, from Sounds True (see below)
In this Newsletter...
Ways to 'connect to the spirit' during the month to come.

Whatever you celebrate, may you have...
a happy, healing and holy Season of Light!

Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Blessed Solstice & Happy New Year,
Centre for Spirituality at Work
Centre Events:  Toronto 
1. Your Soul's Journey: Meditation + Conversation with Sue Vandittelli  (Sat Dec 16, 10 am)
    Note: This will be the LAST event in this series.


Preparing Ourselves for the Season:  Online
1. What to Celebrate & When:  December and January holidays & celebrations
2. Cultivate Joy & Love: Remembering your favourite Music, TV, Movies
 
3. Everyday Mysticism: Meditations for Advent and Christmas, from Spirituality & Practice
4. Day of Prayer with Indigenous Peoples in Canada (Dec 12), Catholic Aboriginal Council

5. Happy Chanukah, by Lisa + Reimagining Hanukkah, from OurJewishCommunity.org
6. What Christmas memories do you treasure?, from BeliefNet.com
7. Warm Your Heart: Worldwide Winter Solstice Celebration (Dec 21-Jan 11)
8. Struggling with what to do/give? Hundreds of ideas, from RandomActsofKindness


Dealing with Holiday Issues:  Online 
1. Mindful Holiday Management: Tips for Enjoying the Season, from GoodNewsNetwork
2. Cool Ways to Overcome the Challenges of the Holidays, by David Cohen

3. Dealing with the Stress of the Season, from Sounds True
4. How to Talk with Your Relatives, by Sharon Salzberg (from OnBeing)
5. 6 Steps to Survive the Holidays after Loss, by Donna Mebane (HuffingtonPost)


Inspiration & Reflection:  Online
1. Create Wonder In Your World / Reinvent Giving, commercials by HP/others (see below)
2. Holiday Mistake Turns into Holiday Miracle, from GoodNewsNetwork
3. Homeless Man Uses Last $20 to Help Stranded Woman, from GoodNewsNetwork
4. The Spirit of Giving: Books for All, from GoodNewsNetwork 


For the New Year:  Online
1. 7 Steps to Reconnect With Yourself, from BeliefNet.org
2. Conscious Business World Summit (Jan 8-12, free online), from Mindful Leadership


Click on the underlined link or read more below... 
P.S. If you have difficulty with any links, email us at info@spiritualityatwork.org 
To share YOUR Events, Activities, News or Ideas, email us at: info@spiritualityatwork.org

Centre Events:  Toronto

Saturday, Dec 16th - 10 a.m.

Your Soul’s Journey:
Meditation & Soulful Conversations

Please join us for our last morning of reflection, meditation and conversation. Led by Sue Vandittelli. [Read more] 

This is our LAST event in this series.
The Centre would like to thank Sue for her many years of leading this program, and to St. Andrew's United Church for hosting it!


PLEASE RSVP here   (Refreshments; $10 suggested)
Location: St. Andrew's United Church, 117 Bloor St. E., Toronto
Directions (TTC/Parking). For more info, call 416-490-0911

Preparing Ourselves for the Season: Online

1. What to Celebrate & When:  December and January holidays & celebrations  
Do you ever get confused about "what" gets celebrated "when"? Here are a few reminders... 
2. Cultivate Joy & Love: Remembering your favourite Music, TV & Movies 
Having trouble getting into the spirit of the season? Think of some songs, TV shows and movies that have touched your heart at this time of year, before you start giving to others...
3. Everyday Mysticism: Meditations for Advent and Christmas, Dec 3-Jan 5,
from Spirituality & Practice (Sign-up at any time; previous sessions are archived)

As nights grow longer, our sense of a profound and holy silence deepens. Then the light begins to grow again. It is a time to reflect together on how mysticism lights up our everyday lives, in an interplay of reverence and wonder where nothing is excluded from the heart.
4. Day of Prayer with Indigenous Peoples in Canada (Dec 12),
from igNation, a Jesuit blog

In 2010, the Catholic Aboriginal Council for Reconciliation established this annual, National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples in Canada...
5. Happy Chanukah, by Lisa (at Light to Read By)
Words from Rachel Naomi Remen about bringing the light into this holiday.

+ Reimagining Hanukkah: A Resource Guide, by Congregation Beth Adam Cincinnati and OurJewishCommunity.org
The core message of Hanukkah is that we give expression to who we are honestly and boldly...
6. What Christmas memories do you treasure?, from BeliefNet.com
12 short personal stories from readers, including The Christmas Angel at the DoorA Special Greeting for Our Troops, and Visitors in the Night Kitchen
7. Warm Your Heart:  Worldwide Winter Solstice Celebration (Dec21-Jan11),
hosted by Renee Baribeau, the Practical Shaman / I AM Symposium

As we come to the end of this turbulent year, perhaps you are you feeling Lost, Lonely, Angry, Tired, or even Hopeless? If so, you are not alone. For many, this year has been difficult. So how do you get your bearings? The Winter Solstice is the perfect time to go deep and ignite the flame of Faith and Hope, to restore your balance and feel supported with 21 Wisdom keepers...
8. Struggling with what to do/give? Hundreds of ideas, from Random Acts of Kindness
Read about random acts that others have given or received. Then consider your own... or invite your family/friends to create some magic together.

Dealing with Holiday Issues:  Online

1. Mindful Holiday Management: Tips for Enjoying the Season,
by Martha Brettschneider, from GoodNewsNetwork

For many years, her body would tense up when she saw the first Christmas decorations appearing in early November. “That’s WRONG! The holidays have become so commercial!” Then she would push back against the holiday spirit she actually wanted. Here’s how Martha started to approach the holidays differently... and see what mattered most.
2. Cool Ways to Overcome the Challenges of the Holidays, by David Cohen
Some simple, fun and low-cost tips to celebrate this holiday season, without overdoing it...
3. Dealing with the Stress of the Season, Holiday Companion from Sounds True
At this time when we focus on the most important things in life -- our families, our loved ones, and the ideal of peace on earth, here are some short writings to help you navigate the days ahead. Includes: Self-Care, Practices to Restore Balance & Harmony, the Gift of Being Present... and How to Host a Party, and Actually Enjoy It! 
Photo by Bob Mendelsohn, Flickr & OnBeing.org
4. How to Talk with Your Relatives, by Sharon Salzberg, from OnBeing
Worried that dinner table conversation will be about politics, or end up in shouting or tears? Here are some thoughts about reducing anxiety and creating a chance for family harmony... 
5. 6 Steps to Survive the Holiday Season after Loss,
by Donna Mebane, from HuffingtonPost

Three years ago, my 19-year old child, Emma, died. I no longer put up a Christmas tree. And I know I will never, ever again listen to Bing Crosby. Whether you are grieving the loss of a parent, a friend, a beloved pet or a child, these are some things that now help me...
More tips at: Grief and the Holidays.

Inspiration & Reflection:  Online

1. Holiday Commercials:
a) Create Wonder In Your World / Reinvent Giving, by HP

     Neighbors come together to give one little girl a Christmas she'll never forget.
b) The Perfect Scent, by Macy's
     A young girl sniffs out the perfect gift for her mom.
c) R+S, by Toyota
     A family's emotional connection with a tree brings them together.
d) Celebrating Our Differences, by Microsoft
    We all need a little love and support. And it's a better place since you came along...

2. Holiday Mistake Turns into Holiday Miracle, from GoodNewsNetwork
What would you do if you accidentally received a text message from someone saying, “Thanksgiving dinner is at my house on November 24th at 3:00 pm. Let me know if you’re coming.”  (Or what would you do if you SENT it?)


3. Homeless Man Uses Last $20 to Help Stranded Woman, from GoodNewsNetwork
Johnny Bobbitt Jr. made headlines after he used his last $20 to help Kate McClure during her time of need. Now, strangers from all over the world have ensured that he is properly repaid for his kindness...

4. The Spirit of Giving: Books for All, from GoodNewsNetwork
How an unassuming warehouse is giving thousands of books away for free: "We Encourage Shoplifters" says owner Russell Wattenberg...

For the New Year:  Online

1. 7 Steps to Reconnect With Yourself, from BeliefNet.org
What happens when we lose touch with our 'true self'... and how do we reconnect?
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” ~Rumi


2. Conscious Business World Summit (Jan 8-12), from Mindful Leadership
A free, virtual-online event at the Intersection of Conscious Leadership, Mission & Purpose, Workplace Culture and Sustainable Business.
 
Thank you...

for taking time to read these newsletters... (and no guilt if you don't read all of them! :)
for your support, ideas and gifts...
and for doing what YOU do, in your work & life, to make this world a better place.

A big thanks to St. Andrew's United Church for hosting our Toronto programs over the past five years! And to MailChimp for these newsletters.
We are deeply grateful.

Happy Holy-days, and may Love/God Bless...
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