September/October 2016

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 a contemplative listening book reading.  We are currently reading short sections from a book by Pema Chodron, The Pocket Pema Chodron. Join us for either or both hours.                                                     

October Silent Retreat Day

Saturday October 22, 2016

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Fellowship Hall

Connecting Mind, Body and Spirit

Our October retreat day will provide time for practicing silence and an opportunity to learn Tai Chi from master teacher Rev. Hei Takarabe.  Hei teaches, “Tai Chi works on your energy, so you relax your body, and your mind and body connection is established. You move your hands very slowly and allow your mind to get into your body. Once you get connected, the mind goes to where it needs to be energized and heal.”   The rhythm of our day will include an hour and a half silent meditation in the morning, an hour and a half Tai Chi presentation and practice time, a silent lunch break, and conclude with another hour and a half time 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. You are welcome to come for all or part of the day. 

Upcoming Events

Ongoing                                Hei’s Tai Chi class at Oldemeyer

Center Tue/Thur at 10:30 am

Mondays 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

 

Nov 16, 30                             The Neuroscience of Happiness,

Dec 7, 14                               Gratitude, and Well Being

http://www.olli.csumb.edu

 

December 15                       Cookie party after meditation

In closing,

Give and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap.”         Luke 6:38

“Whatever you think people are withholding from you — praise, appreciation, assistance, loving care, and so on —give it to them. You don’t have it? Just act as if you had it, and it will come. Then, soon after you start giving, you will start receiving.”

Eckhart Tolle from A New Earth

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July/ August 2016

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 are doing a contemplative listening book reading.  We are currently reading short sections from a book by Pema Chodron, The Pocket Pema Chodron. Join us for either or both hours.                                                       

July Retreat Day

Saturday July 30, 2016

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Fellowship Hall

Poetry Retreat

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 the heart of things.  Join us this Saturday 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.

For further information call Janet Hoffman at 484-1686 or E-mail hoffmanjms@gmail.com. 

Upcoming Events

Ongoing                                Hei’s Tai Chi class at Oldemeyer

Center Tue/Thur at 10:30 am

Mondays 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

October 22                           Silent Retreat Day         9 – 3pm

Tai Chi with Rev. Hei

In closing,

The Empty Chair

By John Brehm

 

Waiting for the poetry reading

to get started, I turn around

to apologize to the man

sitting diagonally behind me

for blocking his view.

I am tall. The back of my head

has absorbed a thousand

silent curses at movies, concerts,

theatrical performances, etc.

But he says it’s OK,

thanks me for my kindness.

My friend sitting next to me

offers to switch seats,

but I say no,

if I sat there I’d really block

his view – unless

my head were to become

suddenly transparent,

which I wish it would do,

the solid self, gone:

just eyes and ears to see

and hear with, otherwise

vacant space, clean, open, clear,

like a window a breeze

blows into, billowing

the white diaphanous curtains,

and there’s an empty chair

where a man once sat

reading, thinking, thinking

of nothing, offering no

obstruction, nothing to obstruct.

 

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June 2016

Meditation Opportunities

Thursday evenings at First Presbyterian  

We will meet for meditation on all Thursdays in June and July 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. Join us for either or both hours.                                                            

June Retreat Day

Saturday June 25, 2016

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Fellowship Hall

Silent Retreat Day

The whole truth can be summed up in one verse from the Jewish/Christian scriptures, ‘I am that I am’. And the entire method for realizing this truth is found in another of those scriptures, ‘Be still and know that I am God’.”

Sri Ramana Maharshi

Join us for a day of silence that will include sitting and walking meditation, chanting, and listening to a reading from the wisdom literature (I am that I am by Francis Bennett). We will have three periods of meditation both in the morning and afternoon. We will begin sitting at 9 AM, so plan on arriving a little early to settle in.

Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided.  Please bring a sack lunch. A freewill offering will be available.

For further information call Janet Hoffman at 484-1686 or E-mail hoffmanjms@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events

Ongoing                           Hei’s Tai Chi class at Oldemeyer

Center Tue/Thur at 10:30 am

Mondays 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

July 30                               Poetry Retreat Day        9 – 1pm

October 22                       Silent Retreat Day         9 – 3pm

Tai Chi with Rev. Hei

In closing, 

Amma Syncletica said: “In the beginning, there is struggle and a lot of work for those who come near to God. But after that, there is indescribable joy. It is just like building a fire: at first it’s smoky and your eyes water, but later you get the desired result. Thus we ought to light the divine fire in ourselves with tears and effort.

Monastic wisdom from 4th century desert fathers and mothers

 

 

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April/ May 2016

Meditation Opportunities

Thursday evenings at First Presbyterian  

We will meet for meditation on all Thursdays in April and May 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.                                                         

April Retreat Day

Saturday April 30, 2016

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Fellowship Hall

Death Makes Life Possible 

Death is something that most people fear and don’t want to think about. But is it possible that facing our mortality can inspire us to live our lives more fully?

This month we have a guest presenter, Delana Schneider, who will lead our conversation and show the film “Death Makes Life Possible”. The film follows cultural anthropologist and scientist Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D., as she explores the mysteries of life and death from a variety of perspectives and world traditions. Sparked by her own near death experience as a teenager, Schlitz has been delving into the nature of consciousness and death for the past three decades.

The film looks at how popular culture deals with the ever-present fear many have about our own mortality. Interviews with mental health experts, cultural leaders, and scientists explore the meaning of death and how we can learn to live without fear. The interviews and evidence presented are interwoven with personal stories of people facing their own death as well as those who report encounters beyond death. The narrative is illustrated with vivid imagery.

Please join us for meditation at 9:00 am, the film presentation at 10:30 am, and the discussion to follow. You are welcome to come to all or part of the day.

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

For further information call Janet Hoffman at 484-1686 or E-mail hoffmanjms@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events

Ongoing                                Hei’s Tai Chi class at Oldemeyer

Center Tue/Thur at 10:30 am

Mondays 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

June 25                                 Silent Retreat Day         9 – 3pm

July 30                                  Poetry Retreat Day        9 – 1pm

October 22                          Silent Retreat Day         9 – 3pm

In closing, 

As the rain and the snow

come down from heaven,

and do not return to it

without watering the earth

and making it bud and flourish,

so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,

so is my word that goes out from my mouth:

It will not return to me empty,

but will accomplish what I desire

and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

You will go out in joy

and be led forth in peace;

the mountains and hills

will burst into song before you,

and all the trees of the field

will clap their hands

 

Isaiah 55: 10 – 12

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February/ March 2016

Meditation Opportunities

Thursday evenings at First Presbyterian  

We will meet for meditation on all Thursdays in February and March (except Maundy Thursday March 24) 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.                                                             

February Retreat Day

Saturday February 27, 2016

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Fellowship Hall

Silent Retreat Day

Our Saturday retreat this month will highlight the teachings of Charlotte Joko Beck, a Zen teacher and author of the book Everyday Zen. We will have two meditation sittings, a time to share a reading from Joko Beck’s book, and a time of Yoga stretching and relaxation led by Judy Neary. You are welcome to join us for all or part of the day. 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

Tue/Thur at 10:30 am

Mondays 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

February 27                        Silent Retreat Day          9 – 3pm

April 30                                MMG Retreat Day           9 – 1pm

June 25                                 Silent Retreat Day         9 – 3pm

July 30                                   MMG Retreat Day          9 – 1pm

October 22                           Silent Retreat Day         9 – 3pm

In closing,

Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice… No one can prevent you from being aware of each step you take or each breath in and breath out.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

 

 

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January 2016

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.  We are currently reading short sections from a book by Pema Chodron, The Pocket Pema Chodron.                                                            

January Retreat Day

Saturday January 30, 2016

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Fellowship Hall

The Enneagram and Spiritual Growth

Helen Palmer relates that the seekers who went to visit the Desert Fathers in the 3rd Century always asked, “What stands between me and a closer relationship with God?” And the answer given was always, “Me” (the false self). The enneagram identifies 9 patterns of false self that trap humans in limited ways of being. The practice of meditation pairs well with the enneagram to help us become more aware of our false self in daily life. When we are more aware we are in a better position to relax our rigid beliefs, let them go, and become more open to God. This retreat will be based on Helen Palmer’s video, “Patterns of Being”. Helen is a worldwide enneagram teacher and author of The Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition.   In addition to our meditation sittings, we will watch an hour portion of her video teaching and guided meditation. Hope to see you there.

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)

Jan. 27, Feb. 3,10,17           The Neuroscience of Mindfulness and

Healing     10am – noon

ollie.csumb.edu/courses

February 11                          John Phillip Newell – The Rebirthing

of God         6 – 9 pm Saratoga, Ca.

February 27                          Silent Retreat Day          9 – 3pm

April 30                                 MMG Retreat Day           9 – 1pm

June 25                                  Silent Retreat Day         9 – 3pm

July 30                                   MMG Retreat Day           9 – 1pm

October 29                           Silent Retreat Day         9 – 3pm   

In closing, 

“The Lord bless you

and keep you;

the Lord make his face shine on you

and be gracious to you;

the Lord turn his face toward you

and give you peace.”

Numbers 6:24-26

 

 

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November/ December 2015

Meditation Opportunities

Thursday evenings at First Presbyterian

We will meet for meditation on all Thursdays in November (except Thanksgiving Day) and December (except Dec. 24) 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.

Upcoming Events

Ongoing Hei’s Tai Chi class at Oldemeyer
Center (Tu/Thur at 10:30 am)

December 17 Cookie party after meditation

January 30, 2016 MMG Retreat Day 9 am – 1 pm

February 11, 2016 John Phillip Newell – The Rebirthing
of God 6 – 9 pm Saratoga, Ca.

In closing,

Breathe in God, Breathe out Love

Father Thomas Keating

From “A Rising Tide of Silence” documentary

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