November/ December 2018

Meditation Opportunities

Thursday evenings at First Presbyterian  

We will meet for meditation on all Thursdays in November (except Thanksgiving) and December (except Dec. 27) 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.

Upcoming Events

Ongoing                                Hei’s Tai Chi class at Oldemeyer Center

Tue/Thur at 10:30 am

Mondays 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Tuesdays                               Meditation at Hei’s   6:00 – 6:30

Call first 831-899-4845

Jan. 4, 2019                          I-help for women dinner provided by

Monterey Meditation Group—to help

contact Juliet at

Jan. 26, 2019                        MMG Retreat Day  9am – 1pm

The Neuroscience of Compassion and  Well-being

In closing,

At the center of our being is a point of nothingness which

is untouched by sin and illusion, a point of pure truth, a

point or spark which belongs entirely to God, which is

never at our disposal, from which God disposes of our

lives, which is inaccessible to the fantasies of our own mind

or the brutalities of our own will.  This little point of noth-

Ingness and of absolute poverty is the pure glory of God

written in us, as our poverty, as our indigence, a our son-

ship.  It is like a pure diamond blazing with the invisible

light of heaven.  It is in everybody, and if we could see it, we

would see these billions of points of light coming together

in the face and blaze of a sun that would make all the dark-

ness and cruelty of life vanish completely.  I have no pro-

gram for this seeing. It is only given.  But the gate of heaven

Is everywhere.


Thomas Merton

From A Merton Reader


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