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The month of June has been one of wonderful discussions in the #SpiritChat community chats every Sunday morning. We began in the first week by discussing the role, and desire for perfection in our lives, and how it impacts our spiritual growth. The second Sunday of June featured our first special guest in our Summer Series, Jill Chakra Khan. Jill helped turn the focus of the community from perfection to intention, as we examined the nature of our intentions, and their importance in our daily lives. The third Sunday’s conversation was about fathers, fatherhood, and the complexity of our relationships with father-figures in our lives. This was a difficult conversation for many in the #SpiritChat community, and a lot of open, healing sharing was done by some very courageous folks. It was a great eye-opener for me in that not everyone out there has necessarily had positive influences from their fathers. Regardless, they continue to examine, heal and move forward.

The fourth Sunday of June featured our second special guest of our Summer Series, Leia Cator. Leia turned our attention to two conjoined topics – awakenings and celebrations – or, celebration awakenings. Leia and her love for nature, and her dedication to photographing sunrises, brought a wonderful feeling of awakening, and celebration, to the #SpiritChat community. This brings us to the final Sunday of June (yes, there are five!), where we pause and reflect. One aspect of reflection comes from the fact that we are officially at the half-way mark of the year. In addition, the fact that we are officially into summer (at least in the northern hemisphere :)) may also give some us of pause for reflection – on perfection, intention, and celebration! Summer can be a busy time for many, as family time, travel, conferences, retreats and many more events may fill our calendars.

So, perhaps, it is a good time to pause. And reflect. To take stock of where we are, and where we are going. To examine our intentions for the next quarter, or maybe even the second half of the year. To look back at some of our (spiritual) and life goals, and how we took (or did not take) action on them. And, if we did not set any goals (I very rarely do so myself ;)), perhaps at least reflect on the nature of our intentions and do a quick self-exam and adjustment on them. We pause, reflect, plan, and move forward with action on our journey, as we carve our own path on our spiritual journey.

As has become custom, I invite you, dear reader, to come join me as I open the doors, yet again, to our Sunday morning conversations (whose threads sometimes meander during the week :)). Sunday, June 30th at 9amET. Let us engage in some reflection, as we well know how to do in #SpiritChat.

Until then, Be well. And may we continue our work to polish the mirror within. May we also continue to, as the song says, Believe in Love. Namaste!

Kumud

Update: Here are the questions asked during the chat. Enjoy, and feel free to answer in the comments… The full transcript and statistics are available at http://bit.ly/sc-tr-0630

Q1. Reflection – what does it mean to you in the context of everyday living? #SpiritChat

Q2. What are some real-life obstacles to meaningful reflection? #SpiritChat

Q3. We tend to reflect more in times of sorrow than in joy. Agree or Disagree? Why? #SpiritChat

Q4. What are some short and long-term benefits of reflection? #SpiritChat

Q5. How can reflection be used to connect the past with the present? #SpiritChat

Q6. Please share some favorite techniques that help you with reflection. #SpiritChat

Q7. As you reflect on the past, what inspires you to move forward? #SpiritChat

Final Q8. Reflect forward. Send a message to the future… #SpiritChat