Friday, May 24, 2013

Resting in God: Bringing Centering Prayer into Busy Lives

From the promotional materials of Contemplative Outreach:

Do you seek the small, still voice of God? This workshop will help you find the God within and hear with the ear of the heart. At this introduction to Centering Prayer, you'll learn about prayer as relationship, the simple method of Centering Prayer, how to deal with thoughts during prayer and how deepen your relationship with God.

You'll also actually experience two periods of Centering Prayer.
The workshop is the foundation of Contemplative Outreach program offerings and is conducted by volunteers trained and commissioned by the International Office of Contemplative Outreach Ltd. to present these materials. Following the workshop there will be further opportunities to experience the prayer and deepen your understanding.

Join us on June 1 at 10:00 at Pilgrim for a two-hour version of this presentation.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

What makes us happy?

What makes us happy?

The above link is to a newsletter from Clayton Behavioral in which they cite a 70 year study at Harvard into what makes us happy.  What makes for happiness is how well we deal with adversity and how warm and stable our relationships are.  The study has been managed by George Vaillant who writes about the finding, “It is social aptitude, not intellectual brilliance or parental social class, that leads to successful aging.”  For Vaillant, the main finding of the Harvard study is that "the only thing that really matters in life are your relationships to other people.”

This is just what the School for Living is all about.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Apology and Forgiveness

This next installment of Sacred Soup: School for Living [Thursday, May 16, 2013] will focus on two very powerful tools for repairing damaged relationships—apology and forgiveness.

We have all had relationships which were damaged by choices we have made that hurt others or choices others have made that hurt us. Often events arise is which we hurt each other. These two tools, very similar in structure, can wield uncanny power to reconcile and transform.

But we have also witnessed “apologies” that were lame attempts to dodge accountability. And we have had people tell us that we should “forgive” but it feels as though we are expected to just “forget.” Powerful as these tools are, they can easily be perverted.

Join us to see what a really good apology is like and to see how forgiveness is not about letting the other off the hook, but about participating in our own healing.