Winter @ Watson Lake, Prescott AZ
Volume 11, Issue 1 | January 2022

During the course of this month, my thoughts have turned to two great spiritual leaders, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Thich Nhat Hanh.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a social activist and Baptist minister who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. He sought equality and human rights for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged, and all victims of injustice through peaceful protest.

This year, January 17th marked the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and National Day of Service. It was established to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King and to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

Since I had the day off from my job, I was delighted to be able to give community service on a weekday. I volunteered at Horses with Heart, new and different for me in my new hometown. Although all the horses were still being boarded for the winter elsewhere so I couldn't get my fix, I was grateful to be of service. I did manual labor, was outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine, and met new people. It was an adventure, uplifting my soul and expanding my life (I'm seriously thinking of signing up for group lessons—and I've only ridden a horse once, at 15 years of age!). Service work is a win-win for all!

January 22nd was the day Thich Nhat Hanh made his transition. 'Thay’ was a Vietnamese Thiền Buddhist monk and founder of the Plum Village Tradition; he is historically recognized as the main inspiration for engaged Buddhism. He was a global spiritual leader, poet, and peace activist, renowned for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace.

How interesting that the lives of both of these remarkable men crossed years ago. Dr. King called Thich Nhat Hanh “an apostle of peace and non-violence” and nominated him for the Nobel peace prize. Thich Nhat Hanh expressed to Dr. King that the people of Vietnam called him a bodhisattva—enlightened being—because of what he was doing for his people, his country, and the world.

Dr. King’s life was cut short by a sniper’s bullet on April 4, 1968; he was 39 years old. Thich Nhat Hanh lived a long life, passing at the age of 95. Both accomplished much in the years they had on this earth. Both had a positive impact on many lives, mine included.

The following song still evokes sadness for me, and even more so in a way these days, when the world needs courageous souls to speak out for peace and the unity of humanity.
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I'm back at it again: Writing a daily spirituality blog!

It's been more than a decade since I wrote about my daily adventures and learnings about Spirit—among other things in life.

Here's an excerpt from my first blog post of this new year:

Well, is seems the time has come—again—for me to be blogging, to be sharing my life in this way at a minimum. It is my hope that writing about Spirit and sharing my thoughts with others will help us all feel connected to one another and Spirit. We already are connected to one another and in one God, but as human beings we— I— can easily forget that.

It’s been more than a decade since I wrote every day for 598 days during the years 2008–2010. Truly a lifetime ago, if not several!

My tagline personally has been “You are not alone,” embraced once I started to believe in a power greater than myself, the result of joining a 12 Step program for eating disorders three decades ago (how can it be that long?!). When I became a sole entrepreneur, I used it as my business’ tagline, to convey to clients they were not alone in their computer technology problems. The motto is still relevant today, as it continues to remind me that I don’t have to live life alone as I had been so accustomed to doing, without many people in my life, but above all, without Spirit.

Inspiration and Contemplation
Words by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Words by Thich Nhat Hanh 
People Making a Difference
Helping to Fulfill Bucket List Adventures
Throughout his adult life, Patrick Mitchell had one goal in the distance: live to be older than 100. Despite him taken great care of his health, about a year ago, at age 72, his hope of becoming a centenarian was shattered when he was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer.

Patrick's health began to rapidly decline late last year. His daughter knew he wanted to squeeze more life into his final months, so she posted in a Facebook group inquiring about local bucket list ideas in the Coronado, CA area where her parents live, near San Diego.

Photo courtesy of Vanessa Mitchell-Delmotte
I love the number of the new year, 2022—even if I can't believe we are this far into the "new" millennium! I suppose it's because double-two's are somewhat significant to me. My birthday lands on the 22nd of June, and '22' has always felt like a fun and meaningful number.

I trust your 2022 has started out on the 'right' foot and has been filled with perfect health, fun, joy, peace, and wonderful new beginnings. May you and yours have a most blessed year ahead.
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Joyce S. Kaye, MSW
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You, Me, and Spirit

I was a devout atheist until 31 years ago when I "came to believe" in a Power greater than myself. Thanks to hearing the novel idea (well, at least it was to me!) that one could choose their own concept of God--and name too (Spirit, The Great Mystery, All That Is, etc.)--and the workings of synchronicity, I embarked on a new way of thinking, a new way of living, a new way of being in the world and with others. It impacted all aspects of my life and relationships.

Since that time of commencing my conscious spiritual journey, I have endeavored to remember The Presence in all that is, all whom I meet, and all that I do -- including working with clients in my own business and in the corporate world. I strive to be of service and to nurture the human spirit in all environments.