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Mar 3 - Sep 30, 2020

Wisdom Meditation-Ongoing

Online

Wisdom Zoom Meditation Continues!

There has been an arising among many of us in our Wisdom collective…to FIND A WAY to gather virtually, during this time. This crisis offers us the opportunity to gather prayers and intentions from all around the world. Our technical ability to CONNECT ACROSS THE GLOBE has ‘prepared us well’ for such a moment as this and RISES TO MEET US as we engage in NEW ways of CONNECTING as a Wisdom community.

To that end….

We will continue to offer a 30 minute collective Wisdom Pause “for Silence and Stillness” on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. These PAUSES (Virtual Wisdom Practice Opportunities) will be offered twice a day at 10:30am EDT (7:30 am PDT) and 7pm EDT (4:00pm PDT), on M/W/F.

Wisdom members of our collective will be leading each sit, with a time for chant, and meditation/stillness in each Zoom gathering. If you have never worked with zoom before, all you need to do is download the free ZOOM App, and then CLICK on the highlighted ZOOM address below, during the scheduled time of each gathering.

Below are the zoom links:

Important: all zoom Wisdom Sits will now be PASSWORD PROTECTED. The PASSWORD for ALL sits is: wisdomsit

ONGOING ZOOM SIT LINKS with PASSWORD: wisdomsit

Mondays at 10:30am EDT with Elizabeth Combs
https://zoom.us/j/436279796?pwd=bHBlaHVmME9DbVVzOWUvNTdFMzZPdz09

Mondays at 7:00pm EDT with Jennifer England
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83992530859?pwd=akRUSElVWFB2TTljTkxZLzdOQnV1dz09
Meeting ID: 839 9253 0859

Wednesdays at 10:30am EDT with Kristy Christian
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3451245537?pwd=bDVBSW8wZnlTMmg3eEt0cW5MZDJ0UT09
Meeting ID: 345 124 5537

Wednesdays at 7pm EDT with Al Krema
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88574308139?pwd=eGhia2IvTmx1NHJ1Y1lzNDRKUUxWUT09

Fridays at 10:30am EDT with Heather Ruce
https://zoom.us/j/251589115?pwd=MWVQN1hyOHpGOE5kSFZQYlgwd0NtZz09

Fridays at 7pm EDT with Susan Latimer
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83628178450?pwd=cDE0SmhLbk5OOEVheFVLbXFMVFBHZz09
Meeting ID: 836 2817 8450

 

STAYING CONNECTED is part of our health as well as our OFFERING for our world!

Much love, health and light to all,

Marcella

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Jun 10 - Dec 9, 2020

Contemplative Chant Online and Ongoing: Thirty Minute Chant Sessions with Susan Latimer, Elizabeth Combs

Online

Contemplative Chant Online and Ongoing: Thirty Minute Wednesday Chant Sessions Offered Weekly

Chanting is a wonderful practice for bringing both the Moving Center (body, breath, tone) and the Emotional Center (open heart) online. It is a spiritual practice that opens our hearts, nourishes our nervous systems, prepares us for prayer and meditation as a bridge into stillness, and connects us to our innate joy, courage, steadfastness, peace, beauty, truth and goodness.

In times of great uncertainty and change, we find chant to be one of the things that most grounds us. These sessions draw chants from Wisdom Schools, various spiritual and religious traditions, sacred texts, old hymns and poetry.

Because of the limitations of synching sound on Zoom, all participants are muted except for the one leading. This allows everyone to chant along in their own space. (Great if you are shy about sharing your voice! Fun if you like to try harmonies!) To join, just click on the zoom link below.

ALL are welcome.

 

From Susan Latimer:
Chanting is my go-to practice for grounding, centering, heart-opening, healing. When I was unable to do Centering prayer during my 8 months of treatment for stage 3 breast cancer (2017) I chanted. I am a singer, pianist, Episcopal priest, and mom of two grown sons. Last summer I moved back home to Southern CA after 35 years on the East Coast. I have been blessed by connections in this Wisdom community since 2015, and started writing Wisdom chants soon after. I have learned much about the spirituality of the voice from my work with Therese Schroeder-Sheker. This March I felt called to offer a chance for folks to gather on Zoom and chant together. Soon afterwards my friend Elizabeth Combs joined me.

From Elizabeth Combs:
I have been chanting and singing my whole life, and it is the practice that most grounds me in my heart. I remember singing Southern Baptist hymns as my first prayer of breath and vibration. I found my way to Wisdom chant through Cynthia’s Wisdom schools, after many years chanting Sanskrit mantras in the yogic tradition. I enjoy creating chants and like to play my crystal bowls and shruti box outside in the trees. At other times, I can be found caring for clients in my energy balancing practice, crafting herbal remedies or hanging out with my son Jack.

Come to sing with Susan and Elizabeth as they lead thirty minutes of Contemplative Chant via Zoom every Wednesday at 3 PM PT/6 PM ET.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83521457734?pwd=V1dyTU9JRmIvZjh2YlI5ZjQ4QXhLUT09

Meeting ID: 835 2145 7734
Password: chant

If you’d like to download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system, here’s the link
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/tZcodeisqzwtGdB46rsvmlXmjdav81YAhyb-/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGrqzkrHtGStxqDRpwqGYjod-jwmGZajad_yEn3EDZebjv7POZDJOouKfnY

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Sep 10 - Oct 15, 2020

Embodying Our Hearts: Ancient and Modern Taoist Wisdom Practices with Allen Bourque

Online

A 6-week Zoom course Thursdays from 7:15-8:45 pm
Starts September 10, 2020

Since ancient times, the foundation of Taoist practices is the unity of body, mind, spirit and, yes, heart: and, indeed, the core includes the relational. This course is designed specifically to introduce Taoist practices to Wisdom students. Since these practices touch on all aspects of our being, they can be particularly helpful during this time of so much uncertainty.

During this 6-week online course, we will learn practices that:

  • calm and strengthen our nervous systems to assist in diminishing the pull to hyperarousal (or depression), and in drawing us toward greater availability to Spirit.
  • deepen breathing to strengthen our lungs and immune systems.
  • increase awareness through practices to integrate our inner and outer experience.
  • are easily incorporated into daily life and can have strong and clear effects when done regularly.  

Classes will include moving practices, meditation practices and dialog.

We will meet for 1 1/2 hours a week via Zoom for 6 weeks.  By the end of the course, you will have sufficient familiarity with the practices to continue on your own.

No previous tai chi or qigong experience is required. An intention to practice at least 10 minutes a day (preferably 20) for the duration of the course will make your participation most beneficial. The course will be interactive and is limited to 8 participants.

Allen Bourque is a long time Centering Prayer practitioner. He has been studying tai chi and other Taoist practices for nearly 30 years, and with Cynthia Bourgeault since 2013.  He’s been studying the intersection of Taoism and Wisdom Christianity for several years and is now delving into the Gurdjieff exercises from Joseph Azize’s new book Gurdjieff: Mysticism, Contemplation & Exercises. Visit Allen’s website at Contemplative Movement: – Integrating Spiritual Practice with Daily Life

To register: email me: allen.bourque@gmail.com 

Suggested contribution is $150. If this is a hardship for you, please let me know.
If you can pay more, the additional contribution will support those who couldn’t otherwise join the course.

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Sep 22 - Nov 24, 2020

Northeast Wisdom Practice Circle – Mystical Hope: Live Zoom Online Book Group

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Live Zoom Online Book Group held as a Wisdom Circle

Mystical Hope:
Trusting in the Mercy of God
by Cynthia Bourgeault (2001)

Once a month starting September 22 ~ through November 24. 2020

Please note that the Book Circle is now full.
If you would like to be placed on the wait list, please email Marcella.

“Mystical Hope is not tied to a good outcome, to the future. It lives a life of its own. It has something to do with presence – not a future good outcome, but the immediate experience of being met, held in communion by something intimately at hand. Rather than deriving these gifts from outward expectations being met, it seems to produce [fruit] from within”. (p. 9 – 10).

In our 3-month Tuesday Wisdom book Circle we will intentionally cultivate Wisdom knowing through:

  • Grounding in the Practices of a Wisdom Circle
  • Supportive group discussions facilitated by seasoned Wisdom practitioners centering around readings in Mystical Hope: Trusting in the Mercy of God by Cynthia Bourgeault: 1- 2 chapters a month
  • Mindful attentional practices
  • Meditation
  • Body movements and sacred gesture

This Wisdom Practice book Circle is designed for seekers who want to cultivate a deeper connection with the Wisdom tradition which lies at the headwaters of all sacred paths. As we come together in community, seeking inspiration and practices for our awakening, we will leave with a felt sense of our deepening presence and how we can be of service in the world.

Dates:  Tuesdays: 9/22, 10/20, 11/24
Times:  Either 10:00 – 11:30am ET, OR 7 – 8:30pm EDT (4 – 5:30pm PT)
Book info: https://northeastwisdom.org/books/mystical-hope-trusting-in-the-mercy-of-god/

Contribute: Suggested donation of $30 to Northeast Wisdom, or any amount that is sustainable for you. You may donate to Northeast Wisdom online by following this link, click on the yellow “Donate” button. Please include in the memo line “Mystical Hope”. Thank you.

Platform:  Zoom…so a computer with an eye is needed, along with a free download of zoom. Earbuds are suggested for clarity of hearing.

About Mystical Hope:
“This is a grace-filled book for those how are learning to swim in the deep waters of God’s mercy and love – waters in which we already swim but hardly know it. Cynthia Bourgeault shows us the road to a deep and lasting hope.” – Alan Jones

Sponsored by Northeast Wisdom
“What you dare not hope for, that is what [God] gives you” – Brother Roger of Taize

 

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Sep 25 - Nov 20, 2020

Finding Your Wisdom Voice: A Virtual Program with Bill Redfield

Online

All of us have lived through those occasions on which someone has asked us about our pursuit of, and interest in, Wisdom. Instead of giving a comprehensive and articulate explanation of Wisdom and our involvement in it, we struggled with how to convey our experience. Why, we have wondered, is this so hard to explain…?

Wisdom is like nothing else we have ever studied or encountered. From our first exposure, we all intuited its life-changing possibilities. And rather than a learning of some completely new field or discipline, our exposure to Wisdom’s teachings has mostly been a recognition of something we had already deeply known, but which we couldn’t ourselves bring forth or quite articulate.

There is no Wisdom curriculum that can learned and then parroted. Wisdom’s way of knowing must necessarily be experientially taken into the whole of our being and lived as our own. But in this process, it is the articulation of this truth and the sharing of this experience that actually feeds and furthers the integration itself.

We must remember that in order for Wisdom to have its full weight and heft, it must be worked through the integrity and authenticity of our complete personhood. In this sense, then, it must be fully ingested and metabolized, in order to be beneficially shared. Regardless of this challenge, I do think it is important that this dynamic and other related processes be shared within our Wisdom community. And that is precisely why I am offering this program.

Ultimately—and I have said this before—the purpose of having a teacher is not for us to stay forever a student ourselves. The purpose of having a teacher is for us to find and encourage our own inner teacher. That doesn’t mean that we will cease being students or, perish the thought, stop learning; but it does mean that there is a time for listening and learning, and there is a time for us to step forward, to find our Wisdom voice, and to express this truth through the words and actions of our lives. That is what this virtual program seeks to assist us to do.

Using the teaching points of “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran as a launching point, we will cover these topics from a Wisdom perspective. Written in 1923 and since translated into more than one hundred different languages, “The Prophet” is a book that many of us grew up with. Our work, then, will begin with a listening to this story and some brief commentary. Then, along with a foundation of different spiritual practices suggested along the way, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on these teachings and to respond in writing. I will be gathering and organizing the responses and sharing some with the group. In this way, we will be forming and expressing our own Wisdom voice.

All twenty recordings be available on a password protected page on my website for your continued access. The recordings will include a full reading of “The Prophet,” some inserted Wisdom commentary, and reflection questions. The program will begin on Monday, September 21, and two (30 minute) recordings will be posted each week.

Zoom Groups. Starting on Friday, September 25, there will be two scheduled Zoom gatherings each week through November 20. These one hour meetings will be held each Friday at 9 am and 3 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time. They will give participants the opportunity to share reflections and conversation together. Completely optional, these will be opportunities to process and integrate the material as well as to connect with other Wisdom practicioners.

Fee. This program is by donation. If you would like, I encourage you to donate at the end of the program. Rather than regarding this as a “fee” or “price” for the program “up front,” I would much prefer your donation be part of your response to the entirety of the program and come at its conclusion. This program is my gift to you; your donation could represent your gift back to me. There is a PayPal button (“Support through donation”) on my website. If you would prefer to send a check, my address is: 234 Cushing Road, Newmarket, NH 03857.

Sign Up. Go to my website (https://www.williamredfield.com) and fill out the brief form on the homepage. If you have any questions or concerns, please E-mail me directly (bill@williamredfield.com).

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Oct 18-24, 2020

6-Day In Person Silent Retreat on “The Sacred Embrace” with Cynthia Bourgeault

Garrison Institute — Garrison, NY

This will be a silent Centering Prayer immersion retreat, most suitable to those with an established Centering Prayer practice and prior familiarity with Thomas Keating’s teachings on The Human Condition and The Divine Therapy. Experienced practitioners on other meditational paths are also warmly invited to join this deep dive into Thomas Keating’s final teachings on unity consciousness and nondual awakening.

This retreat will feature three daily periods of meditation, morning and afternoon teaching by Cynthia Bourgeault based on an in-depth exploration of Father Thomas’s final work, “The Secret Embrace,” and daily time for group reflection and synthesis. We will be particularly alert to the prophetic and collective implications of this unitive awakening for our own shattered times.

For all the details and to register, follow this link.

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