A Note from Louisa
 
Welcome to a New Year! It feels like we have already lived three months of it with all the events that unfolded in the past few weeks.
 
I certainly have been moved by many of them, but none more that the beautiful presence of the first National Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman’s recitation of her work, “The Hill We Climb” at the inauguration. 
 
If you missed it, I encourage you to find a recording of it, to experience it as Amanda would want it to be heard. Click here to read the complete poem. Words from a 23-year-old sage, who overcame a childhood speech impediment and an auditory processing disorder. Perhaps one word for 2021 is INSPIRING?

Every Blessing,
Louisa
Daily Silent Meditation             
8:15 - 9:00 am
Monday - Friday Morning
Meeting ID: 899 6440 8784
Passcode: 818114
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Guided Meditation
1:15 - 1:45 pm          
Tuesday Afternoon
Meeting ID: 826 1223 4516
Passcode: 058471
CML Third Space is a virtual community where we can gather, meet new neighbors and friends, and engage in resiliency building to help us stay connected and grounded through this difficult time.
 
Please join us on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at 7:00 pm CST for a co-created space where we use mindfulness, connection and play to keep our immune systems strong and robust!

This month's topic is "Creative Meaning."
We hope that you can join us!

CML Third Space
Shared Facilitation Online
Second and Fourth Sunday of the month 
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Meeting ID: 817 7852 5724
Passcode: 212247

Join us on the Third Space Facebook page.
Please note that CML will remain closed to in-person events and programs until at least May 1st. We will keep our community apprised of any and all updates as 2021 progresses.
Will You Help Inspire Our Community?

With so much uncertainty, anxiety, and division in our world, we may need to look a bit harder to find inspiration right now. Where better to look than here amongst us?

As a feature of our mid-month update, we would like to occasionally offer stories of hope and compassion from our community, or perhaps some humor or light-heartedness, to see us through the next few months.

Have you witnessed or experienced a moment of kindness? An expression of love or compassion that can help bring light to these shadowy times? Do you have some humor to help brighten our day? Would you be willing to share it with our community? 

Simple reminders of our capacity to be loving and tender in a time of such heightened vitriol can help sustain us and inoculate us against our own anger and hateful thoughts. Let us collectively pause and reconnect with our common humanity, and with one another.

When actively looking for kindness in the world, we are so much more likely to find it. 

Please email Louisa at Louisa@thecenterformindfullivingomaha.com. Stories can be shared anonymously, if you prefer. Please let us know in the email.
Conversations with Wisdom: Through the Dark Woods
Wednesday Evenings– February 10th to March 3rd
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Facilitated Online by Dr. Louisa Foster
Offered Freely

Wisdom has always been won by finding, or blazing, a path through the dark woods, often with little light to guide us, and without knowing what lies ahead. This winter, we will gather in the deep forest to connect with our own wisdom through guided meditation, reflection and writing, and walk together toward the light.

This four-week session is freely offered as support during the darkest days of an unprecedented winter. Please feel free to extend an invitation to anyone that you feel might benefit from community and contemplation during this difficult time.

To join us, please register here.
Mindfulness Study Group
Facilitated Online by Laura Crosby
First and Third Sunday of the month from 4pm to 6 pm

The Mindfulness Study Group is beginning its new book selection, In the Face of Fear, Buddhist Wisdom for Challenging TimesThis anthology features teachings from the Dalai Lama, Pema Chödrön, Thich Nhat Hanh, Chögyam Trungpa, Sylvia Boorstein, Jack Kornfield, Norman Fischer, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein and many others. Its 33 essays explore how we can:
  • remain open, joyful, and caring, even when life is stressful 
  • access our innate confidence and fearlessness
  • turn difficult times into opportunities for spiritual development
  • discover that our true nature is always awake, wise, and good, no matter what is happening   

You can join us for the Mindfulness Study Group the first and third Sunday of each month from 4-6pm via Zoom (info below) Our sessions are freely offered, drop-ins are welcome, and there's no registration necessary. We read together - so no homework! - and discuss each chapter. Books are available from lcrosby@me.com.

Meeting ID: 843 4464 0572
Passcode: 570798
CML Third Space
Shared Facilitation Online
Second and Fourth Sunday of the month 
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

CML Third Space is a virtual community where we can gather, meet new neighbors and friends, and engage in resiliency building to help us stay connected and grounded through this difficult time.
 
Please join us on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at 7:00 pm CST for a co-created space where we use mindfulness, connection and play to keep our immune systems strong and robust!

Meeting ID: 817 7852 5724
Passcode: 212247

Join us on the Third Space Facebook page.
Interconnectedness by Dan Weidner
Featured Article
By CML Staff
 
As has become our tradition in January, the CML community of providers is beginning the year with a word to describe a personal focus in 2021. As we did last year, we invite you to contribute to the discussion by posting your 2021 word on our Facebook page, along with a sentence of two about why you chose it for your focus this year. 
  
SANGHA [ suhng-guh ]
~Laura Crosby

In Pali and Sanskrit sangha means “bring together.” We often translate it more simply as “community.” 
The essence of sangha, for me, points to bringing together and being together in a particular way. Meeting each other -- and ourselves -- with presence, honesty, and kindness. Sharing and allowing. Seeing our sameness, honoring our diversity, experiencing our interconnectedness. Out of this can flow a wisdom, compassion, and belonging we can trust.  
While I have always cherished and found great comfort in togetherness, the distancing and divides of 2020 have shown me the refuge I take, the peace and freedom I find, and the insights I gain in what I know as sangha. And so, to sangha in 2021 and beyond. 

 
ANGER & GRACE
~Kara Cavel
 
Below is a description of the words anger and grace from Mary Anne Radmacher-Hershey. 
 
The two words in combination serve as a source of power for me. 
 
Anger:  
 
My anger is justified within me simply because it exists. Its expression may need to be to no one else except me. In fact, sometimes, this is the best expression. Words spoken in anger are rarely productive. Words in anger examined personally are revealing and instructive. I freely express my anger to myself, then if needed, I will offer the results without apology. 
 
Grace: 
 
There is a place of safety which I create for myself. In moments of confusion, at times when I feel overwhelmed, I step into my own circle of grace. It is in this place I converse with myself and see any situation with greater clarity. 
 
 
COURAGE
~Nanci Nilles
 
I read the description of Courage from J. Ruth Gendler's The Book of Qualities.  She writes "Courage looks you straight in the eye. She is not impressed with power trippers, and she knows first aid. Courage is not afraid to weep and she is not afraid to pray, even when she is not sure who she is praying to." This is the quality I seek in myself and others; exactly what (I believe) these times call for. 

 
UNHURRIED
~Pamela Mueggenberg
 
My word for this year is unhurried. Several weeks ago, the planets aligned and I was able to brush my teeth, brush my hair, wash my face, and even put on moisturizer (!!) without anyone needing help or attention.
 
As a mom of two boys, one a gigantic 8-month-old baby, that little moment was a cherished anomaly. I realized that unhurried moments of self-care are urgently needed in my life.
 
Faced with the temptation of what may be happening with my family while I'm working, or what I need to do at work while I'm with my family I find myself hurrying through my life just to get to the Next Thing.
 
This year I am going to try to slowly, unapologetically, unhurriedly take care of myself in small moments through the day. Even moisturizing!”


HOPE
~Meg Filipi
 
It’s my nature to be hopeful. I do have hope for all of us in 2021. Hope is in moments. Those moments can occur spontaneously or I can actively create them. One way I do that is by perusing a recent masterpiece “The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, and The Horse” by Charlie Mackesy. 
 
If you need a little more hope throughout your year, because the pages are full of it, I highly recommend picking up a copy. This book will bring you many moments of hope along with a peaceful smile.
 
 
EMERGENCE
~Louisa Foster
 
2020 really threw me out of my natural rhythm. I was trucking along, with a pretty good idea of where I was headed, and how to get there, when the pandemic and a couple of other personal challenges hit. As we all experienced, life and plans became a big cosmic game of “pick-up sticks”.
 
At first, I resisted these changes. But, once I surrendered (my 2018 word) a bit, I found that last year provided an unequaled opportunity to re-examine all the things I was so darn sure about.
 
This year, I intend to continue to challenge myself to think outside the box about myself, my life, my relationships, and give myself permission to try some new things and experience myself in some new ways. And to listen to what I find. The cocoon is tight, but I feel some wings forming.
 
 
INTERCONNECTED
~Dan Weidner
 
I chose this word because Covid-19 is proof of our interconnectedness – it doesn’t care who you are…! Furthermore, we must begin to heal our Nation by understanding that when all is said and done we are inexorably interconnected.