May 2015

Meditation Opportunities

Thursday evenings at First Presbyterian  

We will meet for meditation on all Thursdays in May and June from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in the fellowship hall. Our format for the first hour is two 20-minute periods of sitting in silence with a 10 minute walking meditation in between.  For the second hour, we are doing a contemplative listening book reading.  We are currently reading short sections from a book by Pema Chodron, The Pocket Pema Chodron.

Tuesday evenings at Hei’s house

Hei has opened his house to those who would like to join him for meditation from 6:00pm – 6:30pm on Tuesdays.  It is one half hour of sitting meditation.    Please call him at 899-4845 for directions and to let him know that you are coming so he can prepare a place for you.                                                            

May Retreat Day 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

9:00 am -1:00 pm

In the Fellowship Hall

Forgiveness

In the Lord’s Prayer, we regularly promise to forgive others, but how does the miracle of heartfelt forgiveness occur? What must we do to bring it about? On Saturday March 23, Monterey Meditation Group will host a retreat on forgiveness in Fellowship Hall from 9 AM to 1 PM. The agenda includes two periods of silent prayer and a much-requested hands-on forgiveness exercise.  Please bring pen and paper for journaling.

Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided.  A freewill offering will be available.

Upcoming Events

Ongoing                                Hei’s Tai Chi class at Oldemeyer

Center (Tu/Thur at 10:30 am)

June 27                               MMG Retreat Day/ Silent Retreat

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

In closing,

A Community of the Spirit

There is a community of the spirit.

Join it, and feel the delight

of walking in the noisy street,

and being the noise.

Drink all your passion,

and be a disgrace.

Close both eyes

to see with the other eye.

Open your hands,

if you want to be held.

Sit down in this circle.

Quit acting like a wolf, and feel

the shepherd’s love filling you.

At night, your beloved wanders.

Don’t accept consolations.

Close your mouth against food.

Taste the lover’s mouth in yours.

You moan, “She left me.” “He left me.”

Twenty more will come.

Be empty of worrying.

Think of who created thought!

Why do you stay in prison

when the door is so wide open?

Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.

Live in silence.

Flow down and down in always

widening rings of being.

Rumi

 

Rumi

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March/ April 2015

Meditation Opportunities

Thursday evenings at First Presbyterian

We will meet for meditation on all Thursdays in March and April from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in the fellowship hall. (except Maundy Thursday, April 2) Our format for the first hour is two 20-minute periods of sitting in silence with a 10 minute walking meditation in between.  For the second hour, we are doing a contemplative listening book reading.  We are currently reading short sections from a book by Pema Chodron, The Pocket Pema Chodron.

Tuesday evenings at Hei’s house

Hei has opened his house to those who would like to join him for meditation from 6:00pm – 6:30pm on Tuesdays.  It is one half hour of sitting meditation.    Please call him at 899-4845 for directions and to let him know that you are coming so he can prepare a place for you.                                                               

March Retreat Day 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

9:00 am -1:00 pm

In the Fellowship Hall

Sacred Poetry

Poetry in all its beauty and truth has the potential to open our hearts to the mysteries of life and the wondrous workings of the Spirit in our lives. It can deepen our appreciation of the simple but profound truths that are found in our experience.  We can soar with the poets who fling themselves into heart of things.  Join us as we meditate together and recite and share poems of gratitude, prayer, longing, and the timeless search for wisdom.

Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided.  A freewill offering will be available.

Upcoming Events

Ongoing                                Hei’s Tai Chi class at Oldemeyer

Center (Tu/Thur at 10:30 am)

No Retreat Day in April

May 23                                 MMG Retreat Day/ Forgiveness

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

June 27                               MMG Retreat Day/ Silent Retreat

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

In closing,

My Lord

Why do I storm heaven

for answers

that are already in my heart?

Every grace I need

to love folks well

has been given me

needing only my response

my willingness to let your grace

grow up in me. 

Jesus,

Lead me to the grace-filled shores

of myself rooted in you

for it is there you have made your home.

Wash these wayward feet of mine

Water the seeds you have planted.

O Lead me to the beyond within. 

Macrina Wiederkehr

 

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February 2015

Meditation Opportunities

Thursday evenings at First Presbyterian  

We will meet for meditation on all Thursdays in February and March from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in the fellowship hall. Our format for the first hour is two 20-minute periods of sitting in silence with a 10 minute walking meditation in between.  For the second hour, we are doing a contemplative listening book reading.  The book was recommended to us by Ruben Habito and is titled Selfless Love:  Beyond the Boundaries of Self and Others  by Ellen Birx.   Ellen shows how meditation can help us realize that we don’t love — we are love.  She draws from the Zen tradition, her experience as a mental health therapist, and the Gospels.  We will read a short portion of the book together out loud, sit with it in silence, and then share with each other.  You do not need to read the book ahead of time or even buy the book if you don’t want to.  You can just listen.

Tuesday evenings at Hei’s house

Hei has opened his house to those who would like to join him for meditation from 6:00pm – 6:30pm on Tuesdays.  It is one half hour of sitting meditation.    Please call him at 899-4845 for directions and to let him know that you are coming so he can prepare a place for you.                                                              

February Retreat Day 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

9:00 am -3:00 pm

In the Fellowship Hall

Silent Retreat

Joseph and Hei will lead our retreat day with a focus on Zen meditation.  We will have an hour and a half meditation in the morning, a reading from Jack Kornfield, time for lunch in silence, Tai Chi, and conclude with another hour and a half time of meditation.  Come join us as we learn from Zen practice how to deepen our silence and bring more love and peace into the world.  Please bring a sack lunch.  Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided.  A freewill offering will be available. 

Upcoming Events

Ongoing                                Hei’s Tai Chi class at Oldemeyer

Center (Tu/Thur at 10:30 am)

March 28                             MMG Retreat Day/ Sacred Poetry

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Summary of January’s Retreat Day

January’s retreat day featured the fourth book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Susan Raab shared with us her passion for the Christian symbolism embedded in the literary text. She also treated us to Butter Beer and chocolate frogs. What a day! What fun!

We shared lively discussion around the theme of the book, “Am I worthy of destiny?” or “Do I believe in myself?”. We followed Harry’s trials and tribulations in the book and watched him transform from a spectator to a participant of life. We saw opportunities and forks in the road appear which caused Harry to “Choose wisely” and see the consequences of his actions. These literary “trials by fire” helped us look at our own times of difficulty and reflect on ways that these hard times helped us to grow and transform. We watched Harry in his struggle to believe in himself and could relate. We were reminded, “God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called”.

In closing,

Words from a young Christian women who was called to do

volunteer work in Syria — was kidnapped — and

killed by terrorists:

“I find God in the suffering eyes reflected in mine.

If this is how You are revealed to me, this is how

             I will forever seek You”

 

Kayla Mueller, 2011

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January 2015

Meditation Opportunities

Thursday evenings at First Presbyterian  

We will meet for meditation on all Thursdays in January and February from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in the fellowship hall. Our format for the first hour is two 20-minute periods of sitting in silence with a 10 minute walking meditation in between.  For the second hour, we are doing a contemplative listening book reading.  The book was recommended to us by Ruben Habito and is titled Selfless Love:  Beyond the Boundaries of Self and Others  by Ellen Birx.   Ellen shows how meditation can help us realize that we don’t love — we are love.  She draws from the Zen tradition, her experience as a mental health therapist, and the Gospels.  We will read a short portion of the book together out loud, sit with it in silence, and then share with each other.  You do not need to read the book ahead of time or even buy the book if you don’t want to.  You can just listen.

Tuesday evenings at Hei’s house

Hei has opened his house to those who would like to join him for meditation from 6:00pm – 6:30pm on Tuesdays.  It is one half hour of sitting meditation.    Please call him at 899-4845 for directions and to let him know that you are coming so he can prepare a place for you.                                                               

January Retreat Day 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

8:30 am -1:00 pm

In the Fellowship Hall

Past Watchful Dragons:
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Purification by trial to prepare for spiritual warfare? Who cares? No one, until a modern teen defeats a fire-breathing dragon by out-flying it on his broomstick … then it’s a record-breaking book and movie!

Join us on Saturday, January 31 for our Monterey Meditation Retreat Day. In addition to our two sittings of meditation, Susan Raab will tap into Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (book 4) to reveal another layer of how Harry cast his global spell with J.K. Rowling’s enchanting system of heart-touching Christian symbols.

Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided.  A freewill offering will be available. 

Upcoming Events

Ongoing                                Hei’s Tai Chi class at Oldemeyer

Center (Tu/Thur at 10:30 am)

February 28                         MMG Retreat Day of Zen sitting

8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Summary of November’s Retreat Day

Our retreat topic in November, “The Science of Connectedness”, was presented by Joe Neary and Joseph Cottam. One of the books that inspired the topic was written by the late Benedictine monk, Bede Griffiths titled A New Vision of Reality: Western Science, Eastern Mysticism and Christian Faith. In this book Bede describes the usual view of reality (book published in 1989) as a reductionist approach in which we take apart the whole to examine its parts. Bede put forth the questions, “What if the whole is greater than the sum of its parts?” and “Are we missing anything?”.

The two Joe’s addressed these issues using current research in the scientific field of Quantum Mechanics and by looking at the work of a Christian Jesuit and paleontologist, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

The second half was a look at practical spirituality and the ways that we can practice our spirituality.

I am not able to sum up our day together any better than how Chris, one of our participants, described the day:

“Today’s retreat with the two Josephs was excellent. The second half was especially outstanding. They touched on spiritual practices that I had often thought about, but had never put into words. I loved the thought that we are all connected with creatures, inanimate objects, and other human beings and that what we do on this earth has a spiritual connection, even if it is something as simple as doing the dishes. Sometimes in our daily lives we need a boost to keep pressing on, and the two Josephs gave us all a great spiritual blessing today.”

In closing,

Come out of the circle of time,

and into the circle of love.

Rumi

 

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November/ December 2014

Meditation Opportunities

Thursday evenings at First Presbyterian  

We will meet for meditation on all Thursdays in November and December from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in the fellowship hall (expect Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day). Our format for the first hour is two 20-minute periods of sitting in silence with a 10 minute walking meditation in between.  For the second hour, we are doing a contemplative listening book reading.  The book was recommended to us by Ruben Habito and is titled Selfless Love:  Beyond the Boundaries of Self and Others  by Ellen Birx.   Ellen shows how meditation can help us realize that we don’t love — we are love.  She draws from the Zen tradition, her experience as a mental health therapist, and the Gospels.  We will read a short portion of the book together out loud, sit with it in silence, and then share with each other.  You do not need to read the book ahead of time or even buy the book if you don’t want to.  You can just listen.

Tuesday evenings at Hei’s house

Hei has opened his house to those who would like to join him for meditation from 6:00pm – 6:30pm on Tuesdays.  It is one half hour of sitting meditation.    Please call him at 899-4845 for directions and to let him know that you are coming so he can prepare a place for you.                                                               

November Retreat Day 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

8:30 am -1:00 pm

In the Fellowship Hall

The Science of Connectedness

And How it Affects Our Daily Lives

In addition to our time of meditation, our presentation will focus on “The Science of Connectedness and how it affects our daily lives”. In 1989, the Benedictine monk Bede Griffiths published the book “A New Vision of Reality: Western Science, Eastern Mysticism and Christian Faith.” Based on his discussions with physicists and biologists in the1980s, Bede described the universe as a dynamic web of interdependent relationships in which everything is interconnected and in which the whole is present in every part. To Bede, this unifying understanding of reality means that our life in this world has eternal value and leads us toward a practical spirituality that impacts all aspects of our daily lives, including how we treat the earth and one another. In our presentation, we will delve deeper into Bede’s vision of reality and discuss scientific findings from the past 25 years that point toward the interconnectedness of the universe and illustrate that everything we do can be part of our spiritual life.

Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided.  A freewill offering will be available.

Upcoming Events

Ongoing                                Hei’s Tai Chi class at Oldemeyer

Center (Tu/Thur at 10:30 am)

December 6                          Holy Night Embracing the Darkness

Soul Work Studio Retreat in Saratoga

j-pete@pacbell.net for more info

 

December 11                        Return Children’s gifts and grocery gift

cards to meditation

December 18                       Cookie Party in fellowship hall after

meditation

In closing,

Humankind has not woven the web of life.

We are but one thread within it.

Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.

All things are bound together.

All things connect.

 

Chief Seattle, 1854

 

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September/ October 2014

Meditation Opportunities

Thursday evenings at First Presbyterian  

We will meet for meditation on all Thursdays in September and October from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in the fellowship hall. Our format for the first hour is two 20-minute periods of sitting in silence with a 10 minute walking meditation in between.  For the second hour, we are doing contemplative listening book reading.  The book was recommended to us by Ruben Habito and is titled Selfless Love:  Beyond the Boundaries of Self and Others  by Ellen Birx.   Ellen shows how meditation can help us realize that we don’t love — we are love.  She draws from the Zen tradition, her experience as a mental health therapist, and the Gospels.  We will read a short portion of the book together out loud, sit with it in silence, and then share with each other.  You do not need to read the book ahead of time or even buy the book if you don’t want to.  You can just listen.

Tuesday evenings at Hei’s house

Hei has opened his house to those who would like to join him for meditation from 6:00pm – 6:30pm on Tuesdays.  It is one half hour of sitting meditation.    Please call him at 899-4845 for directions and to let him know that you are coming so he can prepare a place for you.  There will be no Tuesday meditation on October 7.                                                                     

September Retreat Day 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

8:30 am -1:00 pm

In the Fellowship Hall

The Gift of Life Part 2 

Our September Retreat Day will feature the second part of a newly released video by Fr. Thomas Keating titled:  “The Gift of Life:  Death & Dying, Life & Living”.  During four days of filming, Fr. Thomas sat with the founding director of Contemplative Outreach, Carl Arico, and shared an intimate conversation focused on the transformative process of death and dying as part of, rather than the end of, life’s journey.  It is a gift to listen and receive Fr. Keating’s teaching as an embodiment of wisdom and compassion.

Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided.  A freewill offering will be available.

October Retreat Day 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

8:30 am -3:00 pm

In the Fellowship Hall 

A Day of Zen Sitting

Our October retreat day will have a focus on Zen meditation.  We will have an hour and a half silent meditation in the morning, a two-hour talk and discussion time, a lunch break, and conclude with another hour and a half period of silent meditation.  Come join us as we learn from Zen practice how to deepen our silence and bring more love and peace into the world.  Please bring a sack lunch.  Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided.  A freewill offering will be available. All are welcome.

Upcoming Events

Ongoing                                Hei’s Tai Chi class at Oldemeyer

Center (Tu/Thur at 10:30 am)

November 22                           MMG Retreat Day   8:30 am – 1:00 pm

The Science of Connectedness

In closing,

Friend, hope for the Guest while you are alive.

Jump into experience while you are alive!

Think … and think … while you are alive.

What you call “salvation” belongs to the time before death.

If you don’t break your ropes while you’re alive,

Do you think ghosts will do it after? 

Kabir

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July/August 2014

Meditation Opportunities

Thursday evenings at First Presbyterian  

We will meet for meditation on all Thursdays in July and August from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in the fellowship hall. Our format for the first hour is two 20-minute periods of sitting in silence with a 10 minute walking meditation in between.  For the second hour, we will begin a new contemplative listening book reading.  The book was recommended to us by Ruben Habito and is titled Selfless Love:  Beyond the Boundaries of Self and Others  by Ellen Birx.   Ellen shows how meditation can help us realize that we don’t love — we are love.  She draws from the Zen tradition, her experience as a mental health therapist, and the Gospels.  We will read a short portion of the book together out loud, sit with it in silence, and then share with each other.  You do not need to read the book ahead of time or even buy the book if you don’t want to.  You can just listen.

Tuesday evenings at Hei’s house

Hei has opened his house to those who would like to join him for meditation from 6:00pm – 6:30pm on Tuesdays.  It is one half hour of sitting meditation.    Please call him at 899-4845 for directions and to let him know that you are coming so he can prepare a place for you.                                                                           

July Retreat Day 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

8:30 am -1:00 pm

In the Fellowship Hall 

The Gift of Life 

Our July Retreat Day will feature a newly released video by Fr. Thomas Keating titled:  “The Gift of Life:  Death & Dying, Life & Living”.  During four days of filming, Fr. Thomas sat with the founding director of Contemplative Outreach, Carl Arico, and shared an intimate conversation focused on the transformative process of death and dying as part of, rather than the end of, life’s journey.

Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided.  A freewill offering will be available.

Upcoming Events

Ongoing                                Hei’s Tai Chi class at Oldemeyer

Center (Tu/Thur at 10:30 am)

No MMG retreat day in August

September 27                         MMG Retreat Day   8:30 am – 1:00 pm

In closing,   

O Brother Jesus

who wept at the death of a friend

and overturned tables in anger at wrong

let me not be frightened by the depths of passion.

Rather let me learn the love and anger

and wild expanses of soul within me

that are true expressions of your grace and wisdom.

And assure me again that in becoming more like you

I come closer to my true self

made in the image of outpouring Love

born of the free eternal Wind.

 

J. Phillip Newell

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