January/ February 2019

Meditation Opportunities

Thursday evenings at First Presbyterian  

We will meet for meditation on all Thursdays in January (except January 3) 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 26, 2019

 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Fellowship Hall

THE NEUROSCIENCE OF COMPASSION AND WELL BEING

Is it really “better to give than to receive”? In our “survival of the fittest” culture, it can often appear that this old adage is wrong. However, recent research on the neuroscience of emotion and pro-social behavior indicates that indeed it is correct. In our time together, we will examine the neural pathways underlying empathy, compassion and altruism.  Joe Neary, our resident neuroscientist, will discuss the benefits in our physical and mental health and well-being that come from the practice of these pro-social behaviors, including reductions in stress hormones and inflammation, decreases in anxiety and depression and increases in immune function – and longevity!

Join us for a morning of meditation and talks.

Coffee, tea and refreshments will be 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

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

Call first 831-899-4845

Feb. 22, 2019                     Taize at First Presbyterian  7:30 – 8:30

March 1, 2019                       I-help for women dinner provided by

Monterey Meditation Group—to help

contact Juliet at jspohntwomey@gmail.com

March 30, 2019                      MMG Retreat Day 9am – 1pm

Inspirational Poetry

In closing,

And because I love this life

I know I shall love death as well.

The child cries out when

From the right breast the mother

Takes it away, in the very next moment

To find in the left one

Its consolation

—-Rabindranath Tagore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 jspohntwomey@gmail.com

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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September/ October 2018

Meditation Opportunities

Thursday evenings at First Presbyterian  

We will meet for meditation on all Thursdays in September and October 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.

September Retreat Day

Saturday September 29, 2018

 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Fellowship Hall

Silent Retreat Day

Our September retreat day is our longer format that allows us time to deepen our silence.  The rhythm of our day will include an hour and a half silent meditation in the morning, a DVD of a talk by Pema Chodron, a lunch break, and conclude with another hour and a half time of silent meditation.  Come join us as we learn and practice how to deepen our silence to bring more love and peace into the world.  Please bring a sack lunch.  Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided.  A freewill offering will be available.

October Retreat Day

Saturday October 27, 2018

 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Fellowship Hall

Body Prayer Practices

During our October retreat day we will explore some healing and wellness practices developed by Capacitar International. These simple practices work holistically with mind, body and spirit. They are based both on a traditional Eastern understanding of healing as well as some contemporary Western psychology practices. In the field in over 40 countries, these practices have been used for thirty years with small grassroots communities healing from the trauma of war, natural disasters and extreme poverty. We will explore how these “body prayers” can prepare for and enhance our meditative practices. The retreat will be offered by Juliet Spohn Twomey who has led the practices for 13 years in a training program in Santa Barbara at La Casa de Maria, and has travelled with the founder, Pat Cane, to establish groups in Israel and Palestine.

Upcoming Events

Ongoing

Hei’s Tai Chi class at Oldemeyer Center

Tue/Thur at 10:30 am

Mondays 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Sept 7, 2018 

I-help for women dinner provided by Monterey Meditation Group

to help  contact Juliet at jspohntwomey@gmail.com

October 12-14, 2018               Villa Maria Del Mar Retreat

Title: The Neuroscience of Contemplation, Gratitude and Compassion
Presenters: Dr. Joe and Judy Neary
Retreat Description:
Emerging evidence from the new fields of contemplative and social neuroscience reveal that practices such as meditation, gratitude, compassion, as well as mindful movement practices such as yoga and tai chi, can enhance our health and lead to enduring happiness and well-being. The benefits of these mindful living practices include increases in immune function and longevity and decreases in levels of stress, chronic pain, anxiety and depression. We will discuss recent neuroscience evidence and conduct exercises to give experience of these practices. Included: contemplative time, group sharing, individual conferences, yoga sessions and 4:00 pm Villa Mass on Saturday for those who wish.

In closing,

We think that the point is to pass the test

or overcome the problem, but the truth is

that things don’t really get solved.  They come

together and they fall apart.  Then they come

together again and fall apart again.  It’s just

like that.  The healing comes from letting there

be room for all of this to happen:  room for

grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.

Pema Chodron

 

 

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July/ August 2018

 

Meditation Opportunities

Thursday evenings at First Presbyterian  

We will meet for meditation on all Thursdays in July and August 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.

July Retreat Day

Saturday July 28, 2018

 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Fellowship Hall

Inspirational Poetry

Poetry in all its beauty and truth has the potential to open our hearts to the mysteries of life and the wondrous workings of the Spirit in our lives. It can deepen our appreciation of the simple but profound truths that are found in our experience.  We can soar with the poets who fling themselves into the heart of things.  Join us for a morning of meditation and sharing poems of gratitude, prayer, longing, and the timeless search for wisdom.

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

July 6, 2018                          I-help for women dinner provided by

Monterey Meditation Group—to help

contact Juliet at jspohntwomey@gmail.com

Sept. 29, 2018                       MMG Silent Retreat Day

9am – 3pm        Fellowship Hall

In closing,

Abba Macarius of Egypt, when asked to provide a spiritual shortcut, instructed the seeker to spend a day at the cemetery abusing the dead, calling them names and insulting them in every way possible.  The next day Macarius instructed the seeker to praise the same dead that he had previously insulted.  The seeker told Macarius that the dead neither rebuked him when he insulted them nor applauded him when he praised them.  Macarius said, “Go and do likewise and you too will be a holy man”

From Heaven Begins within You:  Wisdom from the Desert Fathers

By Anselm Gruen

 

 

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May/ June 2018

Meditation Opportunities

Thursday evenings at First Presbyterian  

We will meet for meditation on all Thursdays in May and June 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.

May Retreat Day

Saturday May 26, 2018

 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Fellowship Hall

Silent Retreat Day

Our May retreat day is our longer format that allows us time to deepen our silence.  The rhythm of our day will include an hour and a half silent meditation in the morning, watching a talk by Pema Chodron from her DVD titled “Fully Alive:  Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change”, a lunch break, and conclude with a tea ceremony and another hour and a half time of silent meditation.  Come join us as we learn and practice how to deepen our silence to bring more love and peace into the world.  Please bring a sack lunch.  Coffee, tea and refreshments will be 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

May 4, 2018                          I-help for women dinner provided by

Monterey Meditation Group

to help contact Juliet at jspohntwomey@gmail.com 

July 28, 2018                       MMG Retreat Day — Poetry

9am – 1pm        Fellowship Hall 

In closing,

You have given me eyes to see with, O God,

and ears to hear life’s sounds and sorrows

and yet my seeing and hearing

like my tasting and touching

are wounded and weakened by failures.

As rest can heal the sores of a body

and sleep restores its strength

so may your angels of grace visit me in the night

that the senses of my soul may be born afresh.

Visit my dreams with messengers of grace, O God,

that the senses of my soul may be born again

J. Philip Newell

 

 

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March/ April 2018

Meditation Opportunities

Thursday evenings at First Presbyterian  

We will meet for meditation on all Thursdays in March (except March 29) and April 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.

April Retreat Day

Saturday April 28, 2018

 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Fellowship Hall

Rest for the Body, Soul, and Mind

Our April retreat day includes practices to help us rest our body with yoga, soul with meditation, and mind with drawing.  Our day begins with an hour meditation session.  Then after a time for refreshments, we will participate in yoga for all levels.  (Please don’t be intimidated – you can even practice yoga from a chair).

After yoga, we’ll gather at the table for some drawing exercises that will move us away from the thinking process, from the verbal mind to the nonverbal. Then in silence we will move into the meditation room for a final meditation.

Please bring a yoga mat, blanket, or towel for the yoga practice.

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

May 4, 2018                          I-help for women dinner provided by

Monterey Meditation Group—to help

contact Juliet at jspohntwomey@gmail.com 

May 26, 2018                       MMG Retreat Day

9am – 3 pm        Fellowship Hall

July 28, 2018                       MMG Retreat Day

9am – 1pm        Fellowship Hall

In closing,

This Year’s At the Spring

The year’s at the spring,
And day’s at the morn;
Morning’s at seven;
The hill-side’s dew-pearled;
The lark’s on the wing;
The snail’s on the thorn;
God’s in his Heaven—
All’s right with the world!

Robert Browning

 

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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

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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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