October 2012

Meditation Opportunities 

Thursday evenings at 1st Presbyterian  

We will meet for meditation on all Thursdays in October and November (except Thanksgiving Day) 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 practicing group contemplative listening.  We listen to a short reading from a contemplative author or poet, sit together for a period of silence, and share our reflections with the group.  This is a wonderful way to practice deep listening to each other.  All are welcome to join us at any time. 

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.

October Contemplative Retreat

Healing the Disruptions in the Spiritual Life

October 19 & 20, 2012

                                       HELD AT                                                    SPONSORED BY              First Presbyterian Church of Monterey                      Monterey Meditation Group                 501 El Dorado Street, Monterey, CA                          http://www.MontereyMeditation.com

Our spiritual journey is one of small and large points of apparent reversal, or finding ourselves at an intersection where what “worked” before no longer seems to work or to be true in the same way, or no longer provides support.   These times are usually ones of letting go of what is old to become open to what may be being birthed in us.  But it is a scary time as we are in it, and a time that calls for trust and patience.

Join us to explore this theme in a series of short presentations followed by times of reflection, meditation, spiritual exercise, and sharing.

Soul Work Studio, a non-profit organization begun with seed funding from the Presbytery of San Jose, offers spiritual direction services for individuals, church boards and organizations, faith-based non-profit organizations, and other institutions.


                                    FRIDAY                                                                  SATURDAY

                             October 19, 2012                                                       October 20, 2012

                            7:00 pm – 9:00 pm                                                     9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Suggested Donation for Friday is $15, for Saturday $40, and $50 for both days (lunch included).   All are welcome.
For more information, contact Janet at hoffmanjms@gmail.com or 831-484-1686

Upcoming Events

Ongoing                                 Hei’s Tai Chi class at Oldemeyer

Center (Tu/Thur at 10:30 am)

Ongoing                                  Satsang – with Mokshananda

Unitarian Universalist Church

490 Aguajito Road, 624-7404

2nd and 4th Tuesdays 7 – 9 pm

November 17                        MMG Retreat Day / 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Bhakti Yoga:  Yoga of Devotion

December 13                        Cookie Party after Thursday evening

Meditation   8:00 – 9:00 pm

December 14                       Taize at First Presbyterian

7:30 – 8:30 pm

No December Retreat Day 

In closing,

 “What is the use of praying if at the very moment of prayer, we have so little confidence in God that we are busy planning our own kind of answer to our prayer? 

                Thomas Merton     (Thoughts in Solitude)

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