Balm for Blue Holidays: A Circle of Comfort, Consolation and Creativity

Art by Kirsten Bailey

A Live, Virtual Gathering with Kim Langley for All Faith Traditions
Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (U.S./EDT) $15.00
Thanks to Kim Langley’s generosity, all proceeds from this program will go to Mercy by the Sea.

 “In my darkest night, when the moon was covered and I roamed through wreckage, a nimbus-clouded voice directed me: ‘Live in the layers, not on the litter.’ Though I lack the art to decipher it, no doubt the next chapter in my book of transformations is already written. I am not done with my changes.” – The Layers by Stanley Kunitz

Late in life, Stanley Kunitz wrote a poem entitled “The Layers” in which he poses the question: "How shall the heart be reconciled to its feast of losses?" How indeed; especially in a global pandemic and in a holiday season known for its wide-ranging emotions and expectations? Come join us as we form a community circle of support and reflection to dive into the layers of life losses and lessons – noticing, honoring, holding space for our own fertile and creative composting of mind and heart into something rich, something that grows, nourishes and affirms a new way of being.

As the holidays approach and the privations of social distancing are wearing thin, we may be trying to make peace with many stark  and subtle changes: Absent friends and family, election angst, the rising death toll from the Coronavirus and climate-related disasters, the divisions among us, or simply trying to prepare a Thanksgiving meal that seems overwhelming, if not impossible, this year. 

What new or refreshed traditions, rituals and spiritual practices might bring comfort, consolation and even hopeful transformation and serve as a healing balm for the soul? What are the hidden blessings in this time of acute anxiety over the various crises within our global family? We will explore in silence, in poetry, in small group discussion and using journal prompts the losses and lessons of 2020. Through  community support and validation, we may find it easier to offer a welcome to winter, to changed holiday experiences, to our own  longings –  like a stranger who showed up unexpectedly at the door, yet we managed to show her some warmth and hospitality. 

Kim Langley, M.Ed., B.A. is a certified Spiritual Director/companion and the Founder of WordSPA (Spirituality, Poetry Appreciation)  ministry. She has more than 20 years experience as a retreat leader and trainer and has devoted more than 10 years to leading circles that introduce a mindfulness process for reflecting on poetry through Kim is also a certified pastoral minister through the Cleveland Catholic Diocese where she feels at home with her friends in a multiverse of worshipping communities. She is  the author of Send My Roots Rain: A Companion on the Grief Journey (2019, Paraclete Press), which is available in the Mercy by the Sea bookstore, from the publisher or on Amazon Smile.

Sessions:  1
Date:  11/18/2020
Meeting Time:  Wednesday 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor:  Kim Langley
$15.00   (Class Fee)