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For our volunteers only. This work brings hope and excitement, yet news headlines can fill us with fear or despair. And how can you be "on a spiritual path" yet "a social change activist." We all need the balance that both bring to be effective.

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"Engaged Spiritual Life" book study group?

Started by Transition San Lorenzo Valley May 15, 2010. 0 Replies

The author of this book, Donald Rothberg, led a weekend retreat in Santa Cruz in early May. Hispresentation was called "Spiritual Practice in Difficult Times." He said that "conflict is endemic in…Continue

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"Spiritual Practice in Difficult Times" retreat, May 2010

Started by Transition San Lorenzo Valley May 15, 2010. 0 Replies

[Transferred from original group setup] Cost is by donation, and you can attend any or all of the events. Vipassana Santa Cruz.Friday to Sunday, May 7 to May 9,…Continue

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Comment by Judith Broadhurst on June 14, 2010 at 5:42pm
This is how Transition Town Totnes, in England (where the founder lives), defines the purpose or intention of this group:
□ Energy descent - Consciousness Ascent!
□ Exploring the psychological, spiritual and consciousness aspects of transition

And here are several of the things that have considered to be within the scope and purpose:
• Mediation
• Non violent communication
• Celebration
• Human resources
• Facilitating Process
• Pyschology of change (and psychology of choice)
• Looking at power dynamics
• Psychological understanding – why is our society in this place? What goes on within individuals? What happens when we talk about planetary crisis? What happens when people engage (or not) around change?
• Skills and knowledge – communication, presentation of ideas; processes, structures, group dynamics, relationships, conflict resolution. Developing these skills in ourselves and in other parts of the TTT project.
• Balancing being and doing, thinking, feeling; integration, connections
• Reconnection to nature, community, self, other
• Exploring and expressing the painful feelings associated with being alive today – fear for the future, pain at the loss of habitats, species, the craziness of our system, the difficulty of a split reality
• Consciousness and shifts in consciousness, self awareness
• Nurture and support, self care in the process of transition, embodying our principles in our process
• Spirituality, celebration, ritual, creating community
• expressing pain despair panic numbness
• inspiration – vision holding out possibilities guidance wisdom, where we are going
• reconnecting with the earth, healing split relationships
Comment by Catherine O'Kelly on May 18, 2010 at 7:55am
I'd rather meet in someone's home. I have a small place, but the yard is huge. Daytime meetings could be here outdoors. I'll look for a copy of the book "Engaged Spiritual Life." I wouldn't want to go all the way to B.C. for a meeting. Rather meet at a pizza parlor than an "office."
 

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