Thursday evenings at First 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 doing a contemplative listening book reading. We are currently reading short sections from a book by Pema Chodron, The Pocket Pema Chodron.
October Retreat Day
Saturday, October 17, 2015
9:00 am -1:00 pm
In the Fellowship Hall
A Rising Tide of Silence
“A Rising Tide of Silence” is a reflective portrait of Father Thomas Keating, the spiritual teacher who introduced the method of Centering Prayer to the Christian community. There are many participants of Monterey Meditation Group who practice Centering Prayer. Some have even been on retreat at Snowmass, Colorado and have met Thomas Keating. This month we will be watching a new video documentary, “A Rising Tide of Silence”, produced by Father Keating’s nephew. The video incudes historical footage, biographical documentation, interviews and conversations with Father Keating himself. Please join us for a time of meditation and the chance to view the first half of the new documentary on Thomas Keating’s life. Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided. A freewill offering will be available.
Ongoing Hei’s Tai Chi class at Oldemeyer
Center (Tu/Thur at 10:30 am)
Prayer Before an Empty Tree
You move through each season
with your magic wand
One by one
you have taken my leaves from me
I am the story of your emptiness
You have told me well.
The part of me that feels stripped
cries out to you,
“How can I give shade
with so much gone?”
Again I feel your magic wand
You speak to me of an inner shade
whose name is peace
the gift that comes from letting go.
Your story continues to be told in me.
Your story continues to unfold in me.
when I look again
I realize that
what you have taken from me
has only made me free
I am your story of glory!