Finding Peace Where We Are
The invitation of this retreat is to open our hearts to the full reality of our lives as children and citizens of the Cosmos. We propose to come to this openness through:-
- an increased awareness of ourselves through mindfulness, particularly through the practice of Loving Kindness, which brings us to a deeper understanding of ourselves, our human society, the world, and the Cosmos,
- a deeper personal appropriation of the significance of the New Cosmology which has revealed to us our kinship with each other and with every being that ever was. We are revealed to ourselves as truly ‘stardust,’ and discover that we (as well as everything else within the Cosmos) have emerged from the original outburst of energy that we call (familiarly and affectionately) the ‘Big Bang.’
Our reflections on Cosmology draw upon the work of Thomas Berry, Brian Swimme, Ilia Delio, and Judy Cannato, among others, and our mindfulness resources include the writings of Sharon Salzberg, Satish Kumar, Tich Nhat Hanh, and Francis Bennett.
Through the practice of mindfulness, we hope to move to a deeper sense of the unity of all being, and of our place within Being. In particular loving compassion will help us to deepen our wonder, joy and resilience as we discover the unity of all that is.
I deliver this retreat as a half or one day workshop as well as over a week end or the longer five day format. We adapt the content and processes to suit the needs and desires of each group we work with.
Sample agenda for one day workshop
9.30 Registration and Welcome
10.00 Mindful Movement and Meditation
10.30 Input on New Cosmology
10.45 Individual and small group process time (including coffee).
12.00 Group Sharing
12.45 Mindfulness Practise
2.15 Creative Activity ( e.g. mandala, clay work, creative writing, walking)
15.45 Input on Mindfulness followed by Mindfulness practise
16.15 Group Sharing and Ritual