The July series of classes was a wonderful interlude for me personally this summer. They were designed to stand alone each week, so people could come even if vacationing some part of the month. And they were intended to both support alumni and welcome people exploring mindfulness anew. It was a different experience than the MBSR program which gradually unfolds over time; and each week’s subject could have been its own seminar, but we put our toes in some healing water nonetheless. Thank you to everyone that participated.
Here are a few gems from each class to contemplate for yourself:
Deep Listening: Listen with the intention to understand rather than help, fix, change, or even respond….
Mindful Speaking: When I’m quiet and solid as the ground, then I talk the low tones of thunder for everyone –Rumi
Group Dynamics: To understand true self- which knows who are in our in-wardness and whose we are in the larger world- we need both the intimacy that comes with solitude and the otherness that comes with community –Parker Palmer
Grief & Loss: Only other wounded people can understand what is needed, for the healing of suffering is compassion, not expertise –Rachel Naomi Remen