Sunday, October 25, 2009

letting go retreat

it is a gift to all of us when we gather to meditate, to deepen our practices, to learn, to grow. thank you for being with me in my becoming more of who i am.
diana christine

Spirit First one-day retreat, October 24, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

i will do what i can

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.
~ Helen Keller

Sunday, October 18, 2009

new Web site

I am so very pleased to announce the launching of our Spirit First Web site. While I will continue to add poetry and writings on our blog site, the Spirit First official Web site at SpiritFirst.Org will present news, links, articles, and information about the organization. I invite you to check out our new site and let me know what you think.

On behalf of the board of directors, the advisory board, and all of us at Spirit First, I would like to offer my deepest appreciation to Win Singleton of Summit Web Design for his gift of creating our site. Thank you. Yours is a beautiful gift.

meditation poetry contest

First Annual Spirit First Meditation Poetry Contest

Deadline: January 31, 2010
First Prize: $150
Second Prize: $75
Third Prize: $50

Complete guidelines:

Spirit First announces its first annual meditation poetry contest. Poetry submissions may be of any length and any style but must have a theme of meditation, mindfulness, stillness, or silence. Poems may reflect any discipline, or any faith, or none. Poems must be previously unpublished.

Poems should be submitted with a cover note listing the author's name, address, telephone number, and email address; names should not appear on the poems themselves. There is no cost to enter this contest. Please do not enter more than three submissions.

Submissions must be received no later than January 31, 2010. Poems that are sent by U.S. Postal Service will not be returned. The winner will be announced no later than March 31, 2010, on the Spirit First website. Winning poems will be published on the Spirit First website, the Spirit First blog, and in the Spirit First newsletter (authors retain full rights to their poems). Poems will possibly be used in an upcoming book publication (authors will retain full rights to their poems).

How to submit:

By email: send to

By U.S. Postal Service: send to the following address.

Spirit First Poetry Contest
PO Box 8076
Langley Park, MD 20787

We look forward to reading your poems!