[Afternoon Delights] Happiness Gathering Sun Mar 20 at 4 pm
Because couldn't we all do with a little uplift?
Our next Afternoon Delight is coming up this SUNDAY, MAR 20 at 4 pm ET, on the theme of HAPPINESS.
Image source photo by Mona Eendra on Unsplash
It might feel hard to embrace happiness right now, given the state of the world.
That’s certainly something I’ve been pondering.
And yet happy moments continue to exist, and they make dealing with everything else just a little more possible.
Some of the things we might contemplate together this weekend…
What is happiness or what does it mean to you?
Can we be happy in a complex, intense, heartbreaking time?
And how/who does that serve?
I’ll share a short piece of prose or poem on the topic and of course we'll explore further with a creative prompt at the end.
Meeting ID: 892 5282 6610
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(Note: Here on Eastern Time, I turned my clock forward one hour on March 13th...)
There's no cost. No RSVP required. Simply click the link above to attend.
Come exactly as you are, with an open heart, curious mind, paper and pen(cil).
P.S. If you’re not able to come, but still want to ponder happiness, do share your thoughts in a comment or hit reply. I’d LOVE to know.
Lisa Carter is Founder and Creative Director of Intralingo, helping authors and translators write and readers explore stories. Lisa brings two decades of professional literary experience, including nine books and multiple other pieces published in translation, and nearly as many years of contemplative and compassion practices to her work. Her inclusive, engaged, caring presence inspires people to share their stories, create new ones and feel truly heard.
Schedule of Afternoon Delights
Saturday, April 23 - 1:00 to 2:30 pm - Creativity
Friday, May 13 - 12:00 to 1:30 pm - Peace
Sunday, June 19 - 3:00 to 4:30 pm - Light
Pencil them in your calendar!
(All times Eastern. Confirm your local time here. Email reminder with the link will be sent a day or two ahead.)
We had a small group today but spent a very happy time together! In thinking about happiness, "friends" came out at the top of all of our lists. So for those who couldn't make it, we hope to seeing you next time. <3
Since the theme was inspired by the UN Day of Happiness, which was in turn inspired by the 4th King of Bhutan, who in 1972 declared that “Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross Domestic Product,” here are a couple of reading recommendations from and about this Himalayan nation:
Agay Phurba and the Dancing Cranes, a lovely illustrated story written by 15 Bhutanese youth about this endangered species and the man who has cared for their habitat for 40 years (free to download):
Radio Shangri-La: What I discovered on my Accidental Journey to the Happiest Kingdom on Earth, by Lisa Napoli
A Field Guide to Happiness: What I learned in Bhutan about living, loving and waking up, by Linda Leaming
And, Denise shared this spectacular animated short film entitled "Spring." It made my morning!
Happy Equinox, First Day of Spring & World Happiness Day to you all.