November/ December 2019

Meditation Opportunities

Thursday evenings at First Presbyterian  

We will meet for meditation on all Thursdays in November and December (except Thanksgiving, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2) 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 pm

Call first 831-899-4845

Dec. 19, 2019                  Cookie party after meditation – 8 pm

Jan. 3, 2020                     I-help for women dinner provided by

Monterey Meditation Group—to help

contact Juliet at jspohntwomey@gmail.com

 

Jan. 25, 2020                MMG Retreat Day    9am – 1pm

THE NEUROSCIENCE OF A CALM MIND

With Joe Neary

In closing,

That the Father

trusts us enough

to put the brightness of Christ

into the fragile vessels

that we are

is a Christmas gift

come early.

We are waiting for someone we already possess.

We are earthen vessels

filled with a treasure

a Christmas treasure

Christ.

Our earthiness

Is only the wrapping

that must be taken off

so that the gift can be seen.

I start early with my unwrapping

I am a slow unwrapper

Sometimes I am gentle with the wrapping

Sometimes I am firm

Sometimes I do nothing but wait.

It takes all,

gentleness, firmness, waiting,

most of all it takes believing.

Believing in the treasure

will strengthen the vessel

and yet,

the paradox is this:

We must destroy the vessel

to find the treasure

We must let it be broken

to give it wholeness.

This story will make no sense

except to those

with Christmas-eyes.

On this Christmas

the earthen vessel of me

greets the earthen vessel of you

and prays for a happy unwrapping

for all the earth.

 

Macrina Wiederkehr     Seasons of Your Heart

 

 

 

 

 

 

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