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Annual New Year’s Giveaway – Share Your 2015 Wish for the World

December 22, 2014

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Solstice tele-meditation, and for the donations that have come in so far. Whether you were able to participate or not, I hope that you can feel the ‘new start’ energy of this Solstice and new moon, and that you travel through this transformative holiday period and into the New Year with clear intention and a solid connection to the light within your being.

Now it’s on to some other year-end business – my annual gratitude book giveaway! I started this giveaway three New Years ago as a way of saying thank you to readers, clients, and students. Since books have been such a huge part of my own path, and this blog is still mostly about the written word (very 2010 of me I know!), sharing some of my favorite spiritual books each year feels like the perfect expression of gratitude.

I always try to select books that embody the themes of this blog – women’s energetics, interfaith spirituality, energy healing, chakras, etc. – and most of the time they are new books, released within the year (as is the case this year.) To be eligible to win one, you simply need to pause, take a deep breath, cultivate a heart-centered wish for the world, send it out, then put it into words in a comment here before midnight PST on New Year’s Eve. You do not need to enter your real name along with the comment, but you do need to include an email address (which does not display) so that I can reach you if you win. On New Year’s day, I write each email on a piece of paper, and my three munchkins each pull out one slip, oldest to youngest. If your email is selected, you are the winner of one of the books below (I match them up from top to bottom in the order they are drawn.) You do not get to select which book you receive (you have to trust the universe on that one) but you can select whether you’d like to receive it in Kindle or physical form. That’s it!

I really loved all three of this year’s books, and I’m particularly excited that they all feature contemporary women spiritual teachers, and are from three different spiritual traditions:

BuddhasDaughtersBuddha’s Daughters: Teachings from Women Who Are Shaping Buddhism in the West, compiled by Shambhala Sun editor Andrea Miller, is a collection of essays, articles, and transcriptions of teachings offered by contemporary Western women Buddhist teachers. It includes teachers from many different Buddhist lineages, and most will be accessible to anyone, regardless of your knowledge of Buddhism. Some of the teachers included are Pema Chodron, Tsultrim Allione, Sharon Salzberg, Joanna Macy, Tenzin Palmo, Tara Brach, Karen Maezen Miller, and many more. Most of the women share personal stories, and there is so much insight and compassion shining through. If you’d like to read more about it, I reviewed this book at Bellaonline earlier this year.

TendingYourHeartFireTending the Heart Fire: Living in Flow with the Pulse of Life, by yoga instructor and spiritual teacher Shiva Rea, is a guide for heart-centered spiritual practice of all types, and for living in tune with the natural cycles of each day, week, month, and season. Shiva begins with an overview of heart teachings across all spiritual traditions, and then offers meditations, rituals, and dietary advice primarily drawn from Ayurveda, hatha yoga, and vinyasa yoga. My favorite section was on the phases of the year, including the equinoxes and solstices, and how we can adapt our practice and lives to be more in tune with the energies available at each time. This book is part of what inspired me to use a candle flame during this weekend’s Solstice tele-meditation.

WalkingHomeWalking Home: A Pilgrimage from Humbled to Healed, by intuitive guide Sonia Choquette, is her memoir of walking the famed Camino de Santiago, a 820 kilometer trail in the Pyreenees and Spain, revered as a Catholic pilgrimage. She felt compelled to walk the trail after the sudden deaths of both her brother and father, followed quickly after by the demise of her marriage. Feeling raw and spiritually disconnected at the start of her trip, she walks her way through many family demons and old emotional patterns, journaling as she does so. Although I don’t personally feel drawn to this particular pilgrimage trail, Sonia’s honesty and willingness to face her shadows is inspiring, and I feel this book will resonate with any seeker.

I have had to give up doing Amazon reviews this year due to my other commitments, but still so enjoy reading, so I’ll share some of my other favorite spiritual reads this year here: Karen Maezen Miller’s Paradise in Plain Sight: Lessons from a Zen Garden, Jarvis Jay Masters’ That Bird Has My Wings, Tenzin Palmo’s Into the Heart of Life, Julia Cashford’s and Anne Baring’s The Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an Image, and Dan Harris’ 10% Happier. I’d also like to send a special shout-out to three self-published offerings by friends of mine released this year, all gems: Robin King’s Joy’s Edge: Transforming Your Life Through Mindfulness, Wisdom, and Compassion, Akemi G’s Why We Are Born, and Becca Chopra’s The Chakra Energy Diet. Feel free to share any of your own suggestions in your comment, along with your wish for the world!

So there you have it: For a chance to win Buddha’s Daughters, Tending the Heart Fire, or Walking Home, please leave a comment with your wish for the world (along with sending it out as you do so) before midnight PST on New Year’s Eve, and check back by end of day on New Year’s Day for the result.

In closing, I meditated to see what wish came into my own heart for 2015, and this is what came to me:

May all of us gain the insight to see through the causes of discord, anger, and violence in our own minds and beings, looking not outward but inward. As we do so, may we see ourselves and all beings as born of light and dwelling in peace. May all beings be happy, healthy, and free of suffering.

Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Namaste and everything else good!~

24 Comments leave one →
  1. December 22, 2014 11:50 pm

    I guess I will be the first! This year has been one of health challenges for myself and my family, so between that and Ebola my wish for the world is that all beings may know health and physical well-being. Thank you for your wonderful blog and meditations!

  2. December 23, 2014 12:41 am

    Lisa, I am so grateful for you and your blog (and thanks for mentioning my latest book). In this vein, my wish for the world is that we can all appreciate our connectedness and practice forgiveness, tolerance and kindness.

  3. La femme de la pluie permalink
    December 23, 2014 2:56 am

    Thank you Lisa for all your help and your wisdom. I have just started your FILWYFP course and have started to see the difference within me… So in tune with this, I wish all of us could find the balance and blissfulness within our own, understanding that happiness is not something that we should seek but a state we are always able to generate within ourselves and emanate to the world. May be we able to be a source of peace, safety for our children and also the mirror they could reflect themselves to start finding their inner freedom within them as well.

  4. December 23, 2014 2:25 pm

    My wish for the world is that we can soften our hearts — letting down our walls, being vulnerable and connected, treating each other with ever-growing compassion and tenderness. Happy Holidays and Gratitude towards you Lisa!

  5. Clarissa Harison permalink
    December 23, 2014 3:13 pm

    My greatest wish is that humans will develop compassion and respect for all life forms within the natural world from plants and trees to insects and animals, and stop creating suffering for other sentient beings due to ignorance or feelings of superiority. I hope that one day man will once again live in harmony with this planet and have reverence for All That Is.

    Clarissa Harison

    Sent from AOL Mobile Mail

  6. Pam permalink
    December 23, 2014 3:57 pm

    My wish is that we all realize the resources of this world are not unlimited, and start to work together to share them, so that all have enough and we can continue to live on this beautiful planet.

  7. Anonymous permalink
    December 23, 2014 8:31 pm

    Well there are so many things that I would wish for in 2015….all surrounding or related to my family. One wish I had was already grated last May…when my husband’s birth father contacted him after 53yrs. That one phone call melted away the years of wonder, filled the empty space that my husband has had all his life. That call also brought new additions to the the family (the news that my husband had a younger brother). The the wish that was grated in 2014 is still being extended into 2015 for my youngest who is in the Army stationed in Europe (actually 4 hrs from his new grandfather and uncle). The wish is that they also find the relationship and connection that has long been missing from their lives. And that my youngest be kept safe on this journey of serving his country (he re’enlisted on Veteran’s day).

    But Bottom line ….because of those events my wish for the world comes down to this:

    That the world will find peace, stop it’s stupid petty bickering, the lies and power plays as to who is stronger, in the right and who is better then the other (this extends to even within our own government). That each country share in whatever resources and knowledge they have to end conflict, outbreak of disease, genocide and inhuman treatment. I wish this because so many have already giving their life in the world as it is.

  8. DakiniMom permalink
    December 23, 2014 8:47 pm

    What a wonderful selection of books, thanks for the recommendations Lisa. My wish is that all parents cherish their children, raising them in love and awareness.

  9. par permalink
    December 23, 2014 8:54 pm

    To all (who ever, where ever, and no matter what you believe in) May you find Peace.

  10. Celeste Gerard permalink
    December 24, 2014 12:51 am

    My wish for the world is that people remember that ALL lives matter!

  11. Lindsay permalink
    December 24, 2014 2:29 pm

    My wish for the world is that we all recognize the connectedness of everyone and everything. We are one.

  12. December 24, 2014 9:19 pm

    My wish this year is that each human being opens his or her heart just a little wider to give and receive the love that can naturally flow between us.

  13. December 26, 2014 7:45 pm

    Lisa, I always look forward to your recommendations, and truly appreciate being mentioned in the list! For 2015, my wish for the world is that we awaken to the grace and beauty in everyday moments, truly embodying the joy that springs from authentic gratitude and welcoming.

  14. Bene Prem permalink
    December 26, 2014 9:01 pm

    Thank you Lisa for giving us the opportunty to wish for the world.
    May there be no more judgement in the world and may we all Love each other as beings of Pure Light and Love.
    I Thank the Univers.

  15. December 26, 2014 10:55 pm

    My one wish for the world for 2015 is that we all find inner peace and stillness in our lives, where we are grounded in the now. Thank you for the amazing work that you keep sharing with us all year long. I am so grateful to you for this. Thank you also for this opportunity to win a book. 🙂 You can email… suzannermcrae (@) gmail (dot) com.

  16. Joanne M permalink
    December 27, 2014 2:18 pm

    Thank you for the opportunity and for all your great meditations this year. My wish for the world is that we all recognize who we really are.

  17. Lyn permalink
    December 28, 2014 3:13 pm

    My wish for our precious planet is for love to embody everyone and raise our consciousness to love and compassion for all sentient beings. May we all live loving kindness in 2015 and beyond.

  18. Milena D permalink
    December 29, 2014 7:51 am

    Thank you for your wisdom and warm embrace! Love your work!! My wish for 2015 for our wonderful mother earth and its inhabitants is a wish for Peace within all of us. I dream and wish for Peace with what is & where we are, where we come from & where we are going… Peace as ”ground-zero” for love & compassion, harmony & balance for all… ❤

  19. Lana permalink
    December 29, 2014 3:48 pm

    I found you earlier this year during a time of much upheaval not only personally but geographically. I live in Ukraine, and have lived such horrible, wonderful, humbling, incredible, powerful things this year. It has been a time of true upheaval; a reality that continues to have fatal and fantastic effects in this country. While Ukraine, as a former Soviet state, has never been as unified as it is right now, there are those for whom this unification is very dangerous. Therefore, my wish for the world this year is that the truth – both our conscious and our unconscious truth – ring free and true for one and all; and may we all have the wisdom to know what to do with it.

  20. gigi permalink
    December 31, 2014 2:59 am

    The books look wonderful, I was so happy this year to find your blog and your wonderful meditations. They have been a big part of my healing this year. My wish for the world is that everyone may find the healing they need, whether physical, emotional, mental, spiritual or all of the above.

  21. December 31, 2014 1:54 pm

    Wish for the world, a little holiday haiku by Cate

    “A time is coming,
    for one winter holiday.
    that joins all people.”

  22. December 31, 2014 2:17 pm

    pausing, waiting, listening.

    beauty. love. connection.

    here. today. now.

  23. January 1, 2015 12:40 am

    My wish for the world in 2015 is that everyone would take the time to really listen to each other. Stop trying to prove your view is the correct one and really listen and value the opinion/beliefs of other people. Realize we are all the same and have the same challenges in life. And through these interactions, allow the peace that is in each one of us to arise so we can all work in harmony to bring real peace to everyone on our beloved Mother Earth.

  24. January 8, 2015 7:23 pm

    Happy New Year to you all and thank you so much for your heartfelt thoughts and wishes for the world, I really loved reading (and feeling) them. The winners for the books were:

    Clarissa – Buddha’s Daughters
    Celeste – Tending the Heartfire
    Bene – Walking Home

    May these books bring you much joy and insight, and help you get your 2015 off to a powerful start.

    Back soon with a new article!

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