For the first time, we are entering the third term in our cycle for the School of Contemplation. The theme for this term is “Further Up and Further In” – and we want to use this time to enter more deeply in our understanding and practice of contemplation. To start us off, we did a lectio divina exercise focusing on the “Prayer of St. Brendan”:
Help me to journey beyond the familiar
and into the unknown.
Give me the faith to leave old ways
and break fresh ground with You.
Christ of the mysteries, I trust You
to be stronger than each storm within me.
I will trust in the darkness and know
that my times, even now, are in Your hand.
Tune my spirit to the music of heaven,
and somehow, make my obedience count for You.
This seemed a suitable encouragement to send us off on a trek to new places. Some of the questions that we’ll be exploring this term include:
- How do we deepen in our understanding and practice of discernment as we seek the best intuitive and spiritual practical wisdom in our lives?
- How do we understand “non-dualistic thinking” and what are its implications?
- How do concepts and practices from Eastern Orthodoxy or Eastern religions help us gain a deeper appreciation for the potential in more familiar contemplative practices?
- How do we get better at paying attention to our bodies and get more intentional about making them a part of our spiritual practices?
- How do community rhythms/practices/liturgies take us to places beyond what is possible as individuals?
Come join us!