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Sunday Topics for August

Theme: LIVING WITHOUT EFFORT
When we realize that we are not the “doer” we shift into “being” and effortless expression. The path of struggle, control and anxiety morphs into a journey of “flow” where we don’t need to manipulate and strategize outcomes. The lilies of the field don’t toil, or suffer, so why should we.

August 6    WHERE THE MIND IS WITHOUT FEAR
Rabindranath Tagore wrote, “Where the mind is without fear, the head is held high; Where words come out from the depth of truth; Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards effortlessness here the clear stream of life has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit; Into the heaven of freedom, let us awaken.”

August 13    THE WORK OF BEING
Is it possible that, with each inhalation, we take in the world and awaken our soul? And with each exhalation do we free ourselves of the world which inevitably entangles us? Is this how we fill up and empty a hundred times a day, always seeking the gift of the two breaths? Perhaps this is the work of being.

August 20    THE WORK OF BEING HUMAN
Could experience be for humans what erosion is for elements? Is the purpose of experience, over a lifetime, to carry us to what matters and then wear us away till we become part of the sweet water the next generation drinks? If this is so, then what is the work of being human?

August 27    THE WORK OF LOVE
William Blake said, “We are put here for a little space that we may learn how to bear the beams of love” What matters is if we can make it to the cliff of “Yes” and shout our secrets to the sky till Heaven is the song we choose to sing on Earth. We are charged by love with the vibrancy of a larger presence.

Sunday Topics for September

Theme: LIVING IN OPEN HEARTED AWARENESS
Throughout this month we will explore the path of awakening into the heart of Oneness where we shift into open-hearted awareness. A vulnerable strength then connects us to the vastness of Being. We are called to serve whole-heartedly.

September 3    OPEN-HEARTED AWARENESS
Open-hearted awareness is that compassionate intelligence so greatly needed in our world today. As Anam Thubten says, “An open heart can only be experienced when we go beyond the realm of the intellectual mind.” This natural capacity within us requires a shift of perception, a move to the heart.

September 10    SAYING YES
When we have the courage to not waste our gifts, we have opened to the blessings of life. Coming from this grateful feeling we harvest the grace of each moment. As a wise soul reflected, “Enlightenment is acceptance.” The art of blessing what is moves us to the Divine Yes.

September 17    HEARING THE CRIES OF THE WORLD
Kuan-yin, whose name means “hearing the cries of the world”, reminds us to refine our listening from head to heart. Can we not turn away when the world cries out? “Perhaps the most important reason for ‘lamenting’ is that it helps us to realize our oneness with all things, to know that all things are our relatives.” -Black Elk

September 24    PLANTING SEEDS OF INTENTION
When we are no longer identified with the personal self, we can plant seeds of intention in the vast intelligent awareness that we all share. In this way we align with the natural creative force of life, that living energy of creation and manifestation. The gardener in us must intentionally sow the wise seeds.