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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One Response to May 2015

  1. kathleen Cole says:

    Are any of the Monterey Meditation Group Meditators going to Gregg Meyer’s Mercy Center Retreat 14 June -19 June? Joann and Kathleen are registered. Hope to see you there. KC

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