July/ August 2017

Meditation Opportunities

Thursday evenings at First Presbyterian  

We will meet for meditation on all Thursdays in July and August from 7:00 – 8:00 pm in the fellowship hall. Our format is two 20-minute periods of sitting in silence with a 10 minute walking meditation in between.  Afterwards there is a brief time for announcements and sharing prayer concerns.                                                        

July Retreat Day

Saturday July 29, 2017

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Fellowship Hall

Silent Retreat Day

Join us for a day of silence that will include sitting and walking meditation, watching a video featuring a talk by the Dalai Lama, and gentle yoga relaxation.   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. If you are staying for the afternoon, please bring a sack lunch and a yoga mat or blanket.

Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided. Feel free to join us for all or part of the day.

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

No August Retreat Day

Sept 1, 2017                        I-help for women dinner provided by

Monterey Meditation Group—to help

contact Juliet at jspohntwomey@gmail.com

Sept 30, 2017                        MMG Retreat Day – 9am – 1pm

Inspirational Poetry with Joseph

In closing,

“…feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment, anger, jealousy, and fear, instead of being bad news, are actually very clear moments that teach us where it is that we’re holding back. They teach us to perk up and lean in when we feel we’d rather collapse and back away. They’re like messengers that show us, with terrifying clarity, exactly where we’re stuck. This very moment is the perfect teacher, and, lucky for us, it’s with us wherever we are.”

Pema Chödrön

 

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May/June 2017

Meditation Opportunities

Thursday evenings at First Presbyterian  

We will meet for meditation on all Thursdays in May and June from 7:00 – 8:00 pm in the fellowship hall. Our format is two 20-minute periods of sitting in silence with a 10 minute walking meditation in between.  Afterwards there is a brief time for announcements and sharing prayer concerns.                                                           

May Retreat Day

Saturday May 27, 2017

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Fellowship Hall

Share What Inspires You 

When bogged down in day-to-day humdrum, we could all use a little help to remember God’s presence and be grateful. Join us as we share what inspires us to keep going on the spiritual journey. You might find that someone else has a practice that would lift your spirits as well.  Bring a favorite poem, song, piece of art, quote from literature, etc. that lifts your spirit. Our first meditation sitting will begin at 9:00 and the sharing will follow at 10:30.

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

July 7, 2017                        I-help for women dinner provided by

Monterey Meditation Group—to help

contact Juliet at jspohntwomey@gmail.com

July 29, 2017                      MMG Silent Retreat Day – 9am – 3pm

In closing,

The Still Point by T.S. Elliot

“At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;

Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,

But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,

Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from

nor towards,

Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point, There would be no dance, and there is only the dance,

I can only say, there we have been: but I cannot say where.

And I cannot say, how long, for that is to place it in time.

The inner freedom from the practical desire,

The release from action and suffering, release from the inner

And the outer compulsion, yet surrounded

By a grace of sense, a white light still and moving.

 

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March/ April 2017

Meditation Opportunities

Thursday evenings at First Presbyterian  

We will meet for meditation on all Thursdays in March and April (except Maundy Thursday April 13) from 7:00 – 8:00 pm in the fellowship hall. Our format is two 20-minute periods of sitting in silence with a 10 minute walking meditation in between.  Afterwards there is a brief time for announcements and sharing prayer concerns.                                                          

March Retreat Day

Saturday March 25, 2017

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Fellowship Hall

Silent Retreat Day

Join us for a day of silence that will include sitting and walking meditation, chanting, listening to a reading of a koan from the Zen tradition, and tai chi movement.   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. Feel free to join us for all or part of the day.

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

April 13, 2017                    No Thursday meditation

May 5, 2017                        I-help for women dinner provided by

Monterey Meditation Group—to help

contact Juliet at jspohntwomey@gmail.com

May 27, 2017                      MMG Retreat Day

In closing,

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely, or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature, and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be.”

Anne Frank

 

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January/February 2017

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. Join us for either or both hours.                                                        

January Retreat Day

Saturday January 28, 2017

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Fellowship Hall

The Evolution of the Contemplative Christian Spiritual Journey – Fr. Keating DVD 

“Think of God in a very big way. And if you do, that’s too small!” Come join us for meditation and a video presentation by Father Thomas Keating. We will hear his light-hearted reflections as a man who has been on the spiritual journey for 78 years. He touches on subjects such as the vastness of God, the three stages of the transformational spiritual journey, inter-spiritual dialogue, the evolution of the cosmos, and more. 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

March 3, 2017                       I-help for women dinner provided by

Monterey Meditation Group—to help

Contact Juliet at jspohntwomey@gmail.com

March 25                               Silent Retreat Day

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

In closing,

“To be in and out of peace is normal in every period of prayer, although there might be some periods that are uniformly quiet throughout. But in that case you are likely to find that the next time you pray, you will be filled with what airline pilots call turbulence, and you will be bounced around quite a bit by persistent and disturbing thoughts. This is not a disaster but something one has to accept. The alternation between peace and thought-barrage is an important part of the process. They are two sides of the same coin.”

Thomas Keating from Open Mind Open Heart

 

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November/ December 2016

Meditation Opportunities

Thursday evenings at First Presbyterian  

We will meet for meditation on all Thursdays in November (except Thanksgiving) and December (except Dec. 22 and 29) 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.                                                         

Upcoming Events

Ongoing                                Hei’s Tai Chi class at Oldemeyer

Center Tue/Thur at 10:30 am

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

January 6, 2017                   I-help for women dinner provided by

Monterey Meditation Group—to help

Contact Juliet at jspohntwomey@gmail.com

January 28, 2017                 MMG Retreat Day   9am – 1pm

The Evolution of the Contemplative

Christian Spiritual Journey (DVD)

In closing,

In the busyness of this day

grant me a stillness of seeing, O God.

In the conflicting voices of my heart

grant me a calmness of hearing.

Let my seeing and hearing

my words and my actions

be rooted in a silent certainty of your presence.

Let my passions for life

and the longings for justice that stir within me

be grounded in the experience of your stillness.

Let my life be rooted in the ground of your peace, O God.

let me be rooted in the depths of your peace.

J. Philip Newell

 

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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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