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.