This year I return to the “Winter Feast for the Soul” for my third set of contemplative meditations. We’re working on a different format: in the past we would create 40 different podcasts, so participants in the Winter Feast would be able to listen to a different meditation each day. The organizers got feedback from some participants who felt like it was a lot of material to digest; so this year we’re doing a leaner, cleaner Winter Feast: we’re creating ten podcasts (rather than 40), with a new one being released every four days over the course of the forty days. Participants are still asked to have thirty minutes of silence each day, but the suggestion is to listen to each meditation four times. Another change: during the meditation, we’ll set up a chime to ring at ten minute intervals. That way of someone only wants to meditate for 20 minutes (or even just 10 minutes), you’ll have the chimes to let you know when your time is up.
The idea behind the Winter Feast of the Soul is to encourage participants to begin or strengthen a daily practice of meditation (or mindfulness, or silent prayer) with a series of podcast meditations to listen to over the forty days, which begin today (January 15) and run through February 23.
The overall theme for Winter Feast 2016 is “Going Deeper,” so that’s the theme for my set of meditations: “Going Deeper in the Contemplative Life.” I’ll be looking at the gifts and fruit of the Spirit to guide us. As with all Winter Feast meditations, mine will be grounded in my faith (which is Christianity) but presented in a way that will hopefully speak to all people.
I hope you’ll join us. Visit the website to learn more: Winter Feast for the Soul.