Here is a summary calendar for the next few months. You may want to get things on your calendar now.
I have heard some feedback that we are meeting too often. Please don’t feel as though you need to come to everything. Pick what you like and leave the rest.
In general the School for Living meets every other week. The School for Contemplative Practices meets on the first Saturday of the Month. Gatherings are totally random.
Thursday, March 14, 2013: School for Living: Suspending Self Soothing: a conversation about the fourth discipline which addresses anxiety and addiction. Doors open at 6:30 with opening meditation at 7:00 at 6454 Alamo.
Friday, March 29, 2013: Gathering: Good Friday: Tenebrae: a service of contemplation on Gospel accounts of the last hours of the life of Jesus and the impact of his death on his disciples. In the sanctuary at Pilgrim at 6:00
Thursday, April 4, 2013: School for Living: Self Care Routine: a conversation of how we get into the habit of caring for ourselves and what we can do to address the ways we don’t. Doors open at 6:30 with opening meditation at 7:00 at 6454 Alamo.
Saturday, April 6, 2013: School for Contemplative Practices: Listening Through the Body as Prayer: Our teacher will be Rhonda Mills who is on the staff of the Big Bend Yoga Center and host of the Transformation Playground. We know that yoga is a great program for physical health and relaxation. Rhonda will help us move to experiencing bodily awareness as a process for spiritual transformation as well. From 10:00 – Noon with light lunch to follow at Pilgrim.
Thursday, April 18, 2013: School for Living: ACE: This conversation begins the consideration of the Practical Disciplines. We have been looking at how to be more aware. Now we begin to look at what we can actually do when discord arises in our relationships and we are willing to change ourselves in order to address it. Doors open at 6:30 with opening meditation at 7:00 at 6454 Alamo.
Saturday, April, 27, 2013: Gathering: The Singing Bowls at Living Insight Center: Jack Sisk, the Director of the Center, is also an artist with voice and singing bowls. He has a dozen bowls and plays them for groups twice a month. This is one of his usual times to invite the public to hear the bowls. We will not be the only ones in attendance. You must sign up to hold a place. We expect this to fill up. From 3:00 – 5:15 at 6361 Clayton Rd.
Thursday, May 2, 2013: School for Living: Statement of Accountability: a conversation about the seventh discipline. We each have, at some time, made a choice that was harmful to another that we regret. We want to be sure that we have done everything we can to clean up the mess we made and to be as sure as we can be that we won’t make the same mess again. Doors open at 6:30 with opening meditation at 7:00 at 6454 Alamo.
Saturday, May 4, 2013: School for Contemplative Practices: Living Insight Center: The Center which many of us went to on April 27 to hear the singing bowls, is home to many marvelous artifacts from most of the major religious traditions of the world. The director, Jack Sisk, will take us on a tour of the Center and help us appreciate how objects and icons can be used to deepen our spirituality and connect us with the Divine. 10:00 – Noon at 6361 Clayton Rd. with lunch at 6454 Alamo.
Thursday, May 16, 2013: School for Living: Apology and Forgiveness: a conversation that builds on the insights of the Statement of Accountability and moves toward a life stance that neither forgets nor re-members the harm we do or which has been done to us. Doors open at 6:30 with opening meditation at 7:00 at 6454 Alamo.
Thursday, May 30, 2013: School for Living: Framework for Creative Conflict Resolution: This is the penultimate discipline in our series. This is a summary of all of the things we can do to address the persistent patterns of conflict which arise in our most significant relationships without expecting or depending upon the change of the other. Doors open at 6:30 with opening meditation at 7:00 at 6454 Alamo.
Saturday, June 1, 2013: School for Contemplative Practices: Contemplative Prayer: We don’t yet have a presenter for this event. We will explore prayer as contemplation (as opposed to supplication or adoration) especially as it is expressed through the Centering Prayer taught by Contemplative Outreach. From 10:00 – Noon with light lunch to follow at Pilgrim.
Thursday, June 13, 2013: School for Living: Making Durable Agreements: In this conversation about the tenth discipline we will look at what we already do to make agreements and use this template as a diagnostic tool for understanding what is missing when agreements aren’t honored. Doors open at 6:30 with opening meditation at 7:00 at 6454 Alamo.