The Feast is Right Around the Corner!

Dear One,

Are you getting excited for the Feast for the Soul? We're inspired here in Sedona, Arizona*. I'm Sarah McLean and it's my second year as director of the Feast. I'm honored to be serving you and helping to create more peace on this planet.

Now in its 11th year, the Feast begins on Monday, January 15th, and thousands of people worldwide are observing this 40-day spiritual practice period - and consider it a spiritual practice intensive.

If you are new to the Feast and want to take part in it, all you have to do is commit to deepening your daily spiritual practice, ideally 40 minutes in the early morning, for 40 days. And if you are new to spiritual practice, you can simply start where you are. You'll find lots of help on the Feast for the Soul website.

The Feast welcomes you and everyone from all faiths, beliefs, and peaceful spiritual paths. Whether you practice meditation, yoga, martial arts, journaling, creative arts, prayer, daily acts of kindness, and/or reading spiritual texts, the Feast is for you.

This morning I considered how I wanted to intensify my spiritual practice for the Feast. I'm determined to continue my silent meditations in the morning for 40 minutes, and in the afternoon, I'll support you and/or others by writing an email to send to those who want more support, sharing inspirational poems and texts, meditation tips, and practical ways to create a more thoughtful, compassionate, and peaceful life.

So, if you'd like to receive an email every day during the Feast, all you have to do is to opt in below in the green box.

I am so honored to be celebrating the Feast with you.

Here's to peace on this planet,

Sarah

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

New Meditation Index

You'll love the new index where you can find out about the Feast's faculty, along with the meditations and guidance they offer.

Whether you are looking for meditations for kids or parents, meditations that help you to awaken, or to relax, or meditations for cultivating forgiveness or self love, you'll find what you need here.

For those who have favorite teachers from the past Feasts, you can revisit their meditations here . You'll find over 700 meditations to choose from!

We are also pleased to welcome two additional teachers this year: Rabbi Melinda Bracha, and self-love expert Julie Reisler.
Get Support

Though meditating and doing spiritual practice can often be a solitary experience, so much can be gained when you share your experience with others. Feel support, connection, and find new friends. Here are 3 ways to gain support during the Feast:

  • Find a local area organizer near you who will be hosting programs during the Feast. See the list.

  • Become a member of the Feast for the Soul Facebook Support Group here.

The Founder of the Feast

Over ten years ago, Valerie Skonie, an American meditation practitioner in the Sufi tradition, came up with the idea to create the Winter Feast for the Soul. It was after being inspired by the poetry of Jelaluddin Rumi, a 13th Century Persian mystic:

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 awareness.

She gathered a group of friends together and each committed to 40 days of spiritual practice. That was in 2008, and now, the Feast has grown worldwide and is observed by thousands of people, people of all ages, from a variety of religions and traditions, people who vow to deepen their daily spiritual practice and aspire to expand their awareness.

Valerie has since retired, but not before writing A Path To Peace, a book she'd like to share with anyone needing support in their spiritual practice journey. Get your free copy here.
The Great Bell Chant

Enjoy a beautiful blessing from one of the most beautiful teachers alive today, Thich Nhat Hanh. It's called the Great
Bell Chant.