RE-CAP FROM TUESDAY NIGHT OCT. 18th:
- We began class by sharing the ups and downs of our individual spiritual practices this past week. What worked, what didn't, why, and what we learned. Such a rich set of experiences and observations! Thank you everyone.
- The sharing of practices led to a discussion about doubt, death, and suffering, thanks to Chad, who was pulled into a "death practice" when a friend died suddenly during the week. Thank you, Chad, for allowing us this window into your experience, and thanks to everyone in class for holding the dialogue space so gently.
- Next, we divided into small groups and discussed the readings, using this reading guide from Karen.
- Finally, we did an exercise envisioning a life of commitment to our most satisfying and sustainable spiritual practices - what this would look like, what we would do, and how we would feel and be. Then, we identified both internal and external constraints to living more fully into this practice. (I intend to publish an electronic version of this activity here, soon.)
RE-CAP FROM TUESDAY NIGHT OCT. 11th:
- We began class with a beautiful Shibashi practice, taught and led by Diza Velasco.
- Kristy offered a body-centered body meditation.
- Karen gave a short presentation about her "Bodhisattva Warrior" practice
RE-CAP FROM TUESDAY NIGHT OCT. 4th:
- We began class with a heart-centered guided meditation.
- Next, we worked with Jon Ellerby's text, with discussion based around this handout.
- As part of our exploration of devotion, we did some writing exercises that enabled us to write and share our own poetry - in love with the Beloved. Many of the poems loosely followed the structure of this Hafiz poem.
- We watched and discussed a clip from Ram Dass about sacred service.
- Class ended with an invitation to offer feedback to Karen about the class. Please contact Maria if you missed this, and would like to offer your own feedback.
RE-CAP FROM TUESDAY SEPT. 27th:
- Together, we did a guided meditation, where we experimented with seeing a mountain in our mind's eye and then becoming the mountain. Here is my adaptation of Jon Kabat Zin's script for Mountain Meditation.
- Next, we took Ellerby's 'Spiritual Personality Quiz," scored ourselves, talked in small groups about what we discovered. We considered carefully both our foundational and our freedom scores. At the white board, we constructed a diagram of the 12-pathways and tried to understand them more fully in relation to our own scores.
- Third, we had a discussion of sorts about the Mind-centered chapters of Ellerby's book. Here is a reading guide that served as a springboard for discussion.
RE-CAP FROM TUESDAY NIGHT SEPT. 20th:
- First, we thought and wrote about the poems and quotes on this handout.
- Next, we considered names and language for "God," "True Self," and "top-soil self" and conceptualized some possible relationships between them.
- Third, we had a discussion of sorts about the first three chapters. I hope you will have a chance to read these at some point if you have not done so yet.
- Last... we did NOT do the final activity, because Karen did not bring the materials we needed. 😕 Sorry again to all of you about this glitch. Thanks for being gracious and patient. We will take the "spiritual personality quiz" in class next week so that we can discuss it together.
RE-CAP FROM TUESDAY SEPT. 13th
- introductions - each person offered a name and personal info. Then, considering the topic of our class "(re)claiming a spiritual life," each described what this meant personally and how it fit with the choice to take this course.
- group process commitments - after considering a handout on group process and engaging in discussion together, we came up with a beginning set of agreements.
- religion and spirituality - what do we mean? discussion and collaborative development of a chart.
- closing - each class member was invited to set an aspiration and an intention for the 7-week class.