- 0808.October.Sundayhttp://meaningfullifecenter.org/event/600-800pm-the-quest-for-meaning-20177/If in your journey along life’s way, a gentle longing, a vague uneasiness beckons you to search for something more
If you have achieved some success in life, but aren’t sure what comes next
If you sometimes ask yourself: “What is the meaning of my life anyway?”
If a recent failure or loss has led to questions about where your life is headed
If you would like to explore the possibilities that lie beyond the normal, everyday activities that take up so much of life’s energy
… Then join us in this Quest.
Using stories, poetry, literature, and the world’s wisdom traditions, we will consider the various ways one can choose to invest one’s life energy, exploring the journey every man and every woman can make in pursuit of a feeling of wholeness, of meaning, of purpose.
Workshop Leader: Chris Austin
- 0909.October.Mondayhttp://meaningfullifecenter.org/event/630-to-830-pm-third-half-of-life-2-2-2-4/Somewhere along the way, as our lives approach 60, then move on to 65, to 70, and beyond — the questions change, sometimes subtly, sometimes dramatically.
But there are still questions. Profound questions. And decisions. And opportunities.Join us for an exploration of the questions and possibilities that arise during this important time of life: a time of seeking — and a time of finding.Workshop Leader: Jerry Askew
Learn about, explore, and practice this ancient method
Learn about, explore, and practice this ancient method of leaving aside external concerns, discontinuing the incessant internal dialogue, and signaling our alert receptivity to the Divine Presence already dwelling within.
From the Great Silence of the Hebrew scripture to the Prayer in Secret of the Sermon on the Mount to the union with the Divine Indwelling of the 4th-century Desert Fathers and Mothers, some form of the contemplative practice we now call Centering Prayer has been with us. Join us as we learn to use this ancient practice to deeper and enrich our spiritual lives.Workshop Leader: Edward Groodyhttp://meaningfullifecenter.org/event/the-hearts-intuitive-intelligence-4-2-2/
Discovering what makes you feel alive, and aligning this with your deepest values.
In this course we will lay the groundwork for discovering (or bringing more fully into focus) what makes you feel really alive, and then develop ways to clarify how this can be aligned with your deepest values. The goals of the workshop? Helping you get in touch with your heartfelt dreams so you can live more fully from intention, purpose, and light.Workshop Leader: Valerie Taylorhttp://meaningfullifecenter.org/event/630pm-to-830pm-sacred-singing/
Everyone can sing, and it is incredibly valuable – whether you think you can sing or not. Come find out why singing will help you experience a much fuller and richer life.
This workshop is for anyone who wishes to explore how singing, and especially how singing and chanting the songs from many traditions – from ancient to modern – can enrich one’s experience of life.
The workshop explores the ways that singing and chant have been used through the ages to create a full and rich life – to open the heart and expand us into the deeper places that singing has been used to carry human beings for thousands of years.
This workshop has few lectures. It is just about singing, chanting, and toning with others. Participants do not need any prior training or even experience singing with a group. In fact, if you have felt uncomfortable in the past trying to sing around other people, this is your chance to overcome that concern, to let go and enjoy using your voice, to begin to find your voice and connect with yourself and others through song and chant.
Giving In and Getting Whole
Both surrender and forgiveness are powerful tools with which we can change ourselves and change our lives. Their virtues have been recognized through the ages and all the religious traditions of the world have sung their praises. However, as with all powerful tools, they must be used skillfully if they are to be effective. In this workshop, therefore, we will explore the value of surrender, the value of forgiveness, and how they can best be applied in our day-to-day lives.
Workshop Leader: John Berry
- 1313.October.Fridayhttp://meaningfullifecenter.org/event/1000am-1130am-meditation-for-experienced-practitioners-2-3-2-3-2-2/Meditation is a practice that helps us delve deeply into our minds and hearts to cultivate compassion for all beings and broaden our awareness of how we create suffering for ourselves and others. Through meditation we develop our capacity for mindfulness in daily life and experience a greater acceptance of the change and uncertainty that every life brings.
It’s common in meditation groups to sit for about 30 to 45 minutes, but practitioners often find that sitting for longer periods can help bring greater steadiness of mind and deeper insights. This group is designed for those who have some experience of meditation and are interested in extending the length of time they spend in sitting practice. The initial meditation sessions are planned for 60 minutes. Our experience and participants’ input over the first eight-week course will determine whether we wish to change that and whether we wish to add a short discussion time at the end of each meeting.
Workshop Leaders: Barbara Roberts and Colleen Erbel
Cultivate an Open Heart
The practice of Metta or Lovingkindness reflection helps us to develop and sustain a felt sense and attitude of lovingkindness toward ourselves, others, and all beings everywhere.Metta is a part of the Buddha’s heart teachings about lovingkindness, or the Brahma Viharas – compassion, sympathetic joy, equanimity, and “unbounded friendship” – often called as a group the “Heavenly Abodes.” This workshop will bring participants into experiences of lovingkindness and focus on how to bring about compassion, sympathetic joy, equanimity, and “unbounded friendship” in one’s daily life. The workshop will consider sila (virtue), samadhi (concentration), and pañña (wisdom) as they relate to lovingkindness. Since the purpose is to cultivate lovingkindness and good will, the workshop will be of benefit to anyone who is interested in the topic, no matter what spiritual tradition you might be interested in, or, for that matter, whether you are interested or involved in any spiritual tradition at all. The focus will simply be on how a person can cultivate a felt sense and attitude of lovingkindness toward themselves, others, and all beings everywhere.Workshop Leader: Fred Martinson
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