Either you look at the universe as a very poor creation out of which no one can make anything, or you look at your own life and your own part in the universe as infinitely rich, full of inexhaustible interest, opening out into infinite further possibilities for study and contemplation and praise. – Thomas Merton
Life is a spiritual journey. Contemplative living is a way of responding to our everyday experiences by consciously attending to our relationships. It deepens the awareness of our connection and communion with others, becomes a positive force of change in our lives, and provides meaningful direction to our journey.
Using the writing of Thomas Merton, a Christian monk, mystic, and spiritual pioneer, along with other spiritual leaders, this group seeks to develop our ability to relate to our inner life and each other through shared readings, contemplative dialogue, silence and prayer.
The contemplative journey, because it involves the purification of the unconscious, it is not a magic carpet to bliss. It is an exercise of letting go of the false self, a humbling process, because it is the only self we know. - Thomas Keating
The group uses Contemplative Dialogue to guide the process of listening deeply so we may explore our inner experiences in response to the material.
We will meet for eight Wednesdays every other week beginning January 12th at 12pm for an hour and fifteen minutes on Zoom.
All religious or non-religious beliefs and spiritual practices welcomed and encouraged.