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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Winter Feast for the Soul

January 15 - February 23, 2010

Last year over 10,000 people in at least 29 different countries participated in this worldwide event. The Dalai Lama has endorsed the Winter Feast for two years now and Deepak Chopra has added his endorsement to the list:

“Meditating forty minutes a day for forty days, as done in the Winter Feast for the Soul won’t just further one’s conscious evolution. Humanity will be at peace when enough individuals choose to make peace a part of their spiritual practice.” Deepak Chopra

The premise for the Winter Feast is that when people spend a block of time each day focusing inward they will discover there a source of inner peace. That peace, if shared by enough people will spread around the world. Founder, Valerie Skonie, of Hailey Idaho predicts that “a shift in our global consciousness will occur if enough people join us. That kind of shift translates into a new world order that includes wisdom and compassion for all beings.”

The initial inspiration for the Winter Feast came when Valerie read a three-line poem by a 13th Century mystic Jelaluddin Rumi:

What nine months does for the embryo
Forty early mornings
Will do for your growing awareness.

Spiritual practice can be defined as prayer, meditation, reading sacred texts, yoga, martial arts, and expressive arts. “We even had a woman who committed to singing for forty minutes a day last year,” reports Skonie.

Consider the stories of Noah, Elijah, Moses, Jesus, Buddha, and Mohammed. Each spent forty days in retreat or contemplation. When these prophets returned from their inner journey, they had changed, and, in turn, their world had changed. “Now it is our turn to participate in this shift and not to look to our spiritual leaders to do it for us,” says Skonie.

You can learn more about the Winter Feast for the Soul 2010 by going to their website: