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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