June 2014

Meditation Opportunities

Thursday evenings at 1st 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 watching videotapes of Fr. Thomas Keating’s “Spiritual Journey” series.  This series is produced by Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. and describes the method and background of Centering Prayer developed and taught by Thomas Keating, a Cistercian monk at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado.

The topics the series covers are Developing Centering Prayer, Models of the Human Condition, Paradigms of the Spiritual Journey, and Contemplation the Divine Therapy.

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.                                                                     

June Retreat Day 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

8:30 am -3:00 pm

In the Fellowship Hall

A Day of Zen Sitting

Our June 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)

July 26                                 MMG Retreat Day   8:30 – 1:00 pm

Fr. Keating video: “The Gift of Life”

No MMG retreat day in August

Summary of Last Month’s Retreat

For our May reteat day we were introduced to two experiential body-based spiritual exercises. Tina guided us through a practice of foot massage in which we were each able to experience being the giver and receiver. From her experience as a physical therapist, Tina taught us a brief anatomy of the foot, demonstrated the technique, and then with a wonderful set of guidelines set us off to practice our massage on each other. We were encouraged to do this practice with the intention of connecting with our partner to help them relax and experience pleasure. I must admit I was a little hesitant on how this would be for me. However, I was pleasantly surprised how the actual experience as giver was so enjoyable. It was a good reminder to me that my thoughts about an experience are not the experience. I had to wait until I actually was engaged in the body-based practice to know what it would be like for me. And likewise, the experience of receiving a foot massage was equally pleasant and relaxing. I appreciate Tina sharing her expertise with us and helping us to incorporate our bodies in our spiritual growth.

With a continued focus on the foot, John Larson shared his practice of reflexology with us. Reflexology is a science that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. Reflexology is a unique method of using the thumb and fingers on these reflex areas. We all had a chance to have John work on our feet. I was much impressed by the amount of relaxation this practice brought to my entire body. It was a treat to have John share his love of reflexology with us.

In closing,

A Prayer for Washing Feet

Jesus

Is it really you

   kneeling before me

   with that bowl of water

   In your hands?

I’d feel more comfortable

   If we could trade places

I wouldn’t mind kneeling before you,

   but you before me?

I can’t let you love me that much.

Your piercing eyes

   suddenly

   heal my pride.

I’m able to accept

   your gift of love

   and I’m blessed.

O Gift Giving God

I blush

with the memory

of gifts I’ve refused

because they weren’t given

my way. 

Macrina Wiederkehr

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