Day 40 of the Feast
Dear One,

You did it! You observed 40 days of the Feast! Whether you observed your spiritual practice every day or you missed a day or two, you still made a difference in the world. At least that's what I believe.

The 40 days of the Feast undoubtedly prepared you for something. What is it that it prepared you for? It helped me to see that everything that happens in my life is fodder for my spiritual growth. I think that has to do with the fact that I have been keeping you in mind during the Feast, as I looked for what to share with you in these emails I sent (almost) every day of the Feast.

On our path to healing and awakening we all have many teachers to thank and acknowledge. Many of the teachers that have influenced me I've never met, but there they are, or should I say, here they are . Their ripple effect still has power.

Let's look back at the Rumi poem that first caught Valerie's attention (the Founder of the Feast), and was the inspiration for the Feast for the Soul 11 years ago.

A new moon teaches gradualness
and deliberation, and how one gives birth
to oneself slowly. Patience with small details
makes perfect a large work, like the universe.
What nine months of attention does for an embryo
forty early mornings alone will do
for your gradually growing wholeness.

Rumi is a wonderful teacher. His deep love of the divine is inspiring, and his willingness to share it with others is so generous. Thank you to all my teachers. And to all those who tirelessly dedicate their lives to peace, I offer a deep bow. I offer a heartfelt thank you to all of you who joined me in the Feast and put your spirituality first.
Deep Gassho,

Sarah

Sarah McLean
Director, Feast for the Soul, Inc.
Sedona, Arizona

P.S. If you feel moved to donate to keep the Feast alive, we would appreciate any amount. You can do so here.
Meditation Teacher Highlight
Shahabuddin David Less  is a meditation teacher, author, American mystic, and Senior Teacher (Murshid) in the  Sufi Order International . He is the founder and Spiritual Director of Rising Tide International, an interfaith spiritual community in Sarasota, Florida; co-founder of The Abrahamic Reunion, multi-faith group of spiritual and religious leaders working together as peacemakers in Israel and Palestine; and serves as International Head of  The Universal Worship , [1]  a universal religion that honors and invokes all the world's religious and spiritual contributions to humanity.

Spiritual Practice Tip
I n the Buddhist tradition, there is a practice of dedicating the merits of one's spiritual practice to the peace and wellbeing of others, all beings in space and time. You too can do this.

In their book  Natural Great Perfection : Dzogchen Teachings and Vajra Songs, Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche and Lama Surya Das said,

“When we practice  bodhicitta  prayers or meditations, it may look like we are alone, like we are practicing for ourselves, but we are not practicing for ourselves, and we are not alone. All beings are interconnected, and in that sense they are present or affected."
Spiritual Practice Tip
I am excited to share one of the most beautiful songs with you. It's a prayer for peace on Earth, c omposed, played, and sung by a dear friend, Kathy Zavada on her Chants to Awaken CD. It brings tears of joy to my eyes and my heart opens every single time I hear it.

Peace on Earth
We are the hope of glory
We are the prince of peace
We are the Christ that's here now
We are the mother of mercy
We are the light in the darkness
We are the wings of a prayer
We have the hands to reach out
We are the ones to be there
We have the hearts that open
We have the eyes to behold God
We are the boddhisattvas
We are embodiments of love...of love
Peace on Earth
Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.....
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