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Friday, December 7th, 2007

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11:45p
I feel like I'm turning into Ari with joy-sadhana-as-update.
Advent meditation: Revelation 22:1-5 (from The New Testament and Psalms: An Inclusive Version, Oxford University Press, 1995)
Kristy did the meditation as a prose-ish poem. She opens with some imagery from the text and then says, "How could we possibly get there from here without the fantastical imagery of the book of Revelation?" She then presents imagery of the badness now, but then says: "From time to time, though, we are blessed with glimpses of what Heaven on Earth could be. In those moments, the imagery is unneeded. [...] During Advent we are reminded of birth and redemption. / We are asked to tug at our glimpses, to hold tight to the potential, to seize the opportunity for change."

btw, I did not need the transcripts of the 911 calls from the Omaha mall massacre on CNN at seven this morning. I was close to choked up/crying and I didn't even have the audio. (Though I heard some of the audio in the bank later and didn't find it very affecting.)

Speaking of the gym, one of the guys at the reception desk said something about how I was early, and I explained I was going to a conference that started at 8:30, and he said, "Gotta get that workout in," and I was like, "Yeah," and okay largely it's that I have stupid compulsive things like I wanna be able to say I worked out "every workday morning," but yeah, MaryAlice has had a lot of shit going on, and Nicole's been crazybusy, and Katie never worked out every day, so now I'm the one who's all consistent and inspiring and stuff. Crazy.

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joy sadhana for Advent (6)

"Joy Sadhana is a daily practice in the observation of joy." -mylittleredgirl [more info]

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before our God to prepare the ways, to give knowledge of salvation to God's people by the forgiveness of sins. By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace."
-Luke 1:76-79


Five good things about today:
1. I checked my work e-mail this morning and it had good news about the last-minute thing I did my best to make work out before I left yesterday.
2. The beautiful blue sky while walking east at 6:05am. The cool still air. The quiet lack of much traffic. The red-orange sunrise over the River on the east, and the crisp grey over the skyline across the River on the west. The pinkish sunrise over the buildings as I walked through campus.
3. Finding Our Way Conference.
Yeah, seriously. I wasn't expecting to like it much, but I really enjoyed the first two speakers (Brian McLaren and Diana Butler Bass) and then there was a 45-minute coffee break, complete with big chocolate chocolate chip muffins from Costco, and I chatted with these two women from Toronto -- Lynda who had been sitting next to me and complimented my brocaded jacket (which I wasn't even wearing at the moment -- it was folded on the seat next to me) and Robyn who was sitting behind me and commented on my dogtag during the stretch break between speakers -- and then Sarah G. from CHPC saw me and brought me over to hang out with her HDS peeps. I had to be at South Station at noon, so rather than duck out fifteen minutes into Marcus Borg I just left after the coffee break ended, but yeah, I have lots of notes from the first two sessions and dude, I had a positive experience from 3 hours at a conference on the "progressive church;" rock on.
4. I got off at Park St. and walked around Boston Common with my time to kill, and there was lots of frozen snow and it was just so lovely and I was full of joy and gratitude. (Walking in Somerville around 3pm, it was starting to snow, and I actually wasn't wicked excited about it, 'cause it was tiny snow -- though a fair amount of it -- falling at an angle so it was getting in my eyes; but I trust that will pass.)
5. At Singspiration, JoeF. said I was one of his favorite people, because I have a brain and a backbone.
BONUS:
1. I inherited a black sparkly shirt (it's sleeveless, which I'm not a huge fan of, but I think I like it).
2. Both Queen Latifah and Jodie Foster have recently publicly acknowledged their same-sex partners. (I totally respect famous people's desire to keep their private lives private, but I also like queer visibility and witnessing with one's life and so on.)
3. sigrun says: Tin Man. On DVD. March 11th.

Three things I did well today:
1. I got up freaking early (5am).
2. I went to the gymCollapse )
3. [redacted]

Two things I am looking forward to (doing [better]) tomorrow:
1. [redacted]
2. Dinner at House of Tibet Kitchen in Teele Square (any local people are invited to join us if interested).

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