January/ February 2018

Meditation Opportunities

Thursday evenings at First Presbyterian  

We will meet for meditation on all Thursdays in January and February from 7:00 – 8:00 pm in the fellowship hall. Our format is two 20-minute periods of sitting in silence with a 10 minute walking meditation in between.  Afterwards there is a brief time for announcements and sharing prayer concerns.

January Retreat Day

Saturday January 27, 2018

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Fellowship Hall

The Neuroscience of Gratitude and Well-Being

Emerging evidence demonstrates that gratitude can enhance our health and well-being. During our time together, we’ll do several types of gratitude practices that have been used in research studies and explore the contemplative and social neuroscience research underlying the ways in which living gratefully can improve our relationships, decrease depression and anxiety, buffer against stress and negativity, improve sleep quality and duration, and increase our happiness and sense of satisfaction in life.

Join us for a morning and afternoon sitting of meditation in addition to Dr.Joe Neary’s talk and some time for Tai Chi with Hei. Please bring a sack lunch. Refreshments are provided.

A freewill offering will be available.                                                          

Upcoming Events

Ongoing                             Hei’s Tai Chi class at Oldemeyer

Center Tue/Thur at 10:30 am

Mondays 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Feb. 7, 2018                      Evening with John Phillip Newell

6 – 9 pm   Soul Work Studio

Westhope Presbyterian     Saratoga


Feb. 9, 2018                       Taize service — First Presbyterian

7:30 – 8:30 pm

March 2, 2018                   I-help for women dinner provided by

Monterey Meditation Group—to help

contact Juliet at jspohntwomey@gmail.com 

April 28, 2018                   MMG Retreat Day

9am – 1 pm     Fellowship Hall 

In closing,

A Buddhist Prayer of Forgiveness

If I have harmed anyone in any way

either knowingly or unknowingly

through my own confusions

I ask their forgiveness.

If anyone has harmed me in any way

either knowingly or unknowingly

through their own confusions

I forgive them.

And if there is a situation

I am not yet ready to forgive

I forgive myself for that.

For all the ways that I harm myself,

negate, doubt, belittle myself,

judge or be unkind to myself

through my own confusions

I forgive myself

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