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Special Note:

Dear Friends,

We will reopen for Sunday services on May 31st!…
– we will have a hand sanitizing station at the front door
– everyone will be required to wear a mask
– we will have seat spacing clearly marked to maintain social distancing.
We ask that if you are not feeling well, or if you are in a comprised state of health, you continue watching our live stream from home. If you attend, please enter through the front door on Lily Flagg, and exit through the back. We will not have or allow any coffee, food, or beverages in the Center.
Please remember that we will be reopening in the safest manner possible. If you are uncomfortable for any reason please wait to join us.

Namaste’,

David

Sunday Topics for July

Theme: Shift Into Freedom
Throughout this month we will explore the path of awakening into the heart of Oneness where we shift into (freedom), open hearted awareness. A vulnerable strength then connects us to the vastness of Being. We are called to serve whole-heartedly.

July 5    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.

July 12    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. The art of blessing what is moves us to the Divine YES.

July 19    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?

July 26    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.

Sunday Topics for August

Theme: LIVING IN THE FLOW
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 struggle so why should we.

August 2    WHERE THE MIND IS WITHOUT FEAR
Rabidranath 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 toward effortlessness, where 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 9    THE WORK OF BEING
Is it possible that with each inhalation we take in the world and also 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, seeking the gift of the two breaths? Perhaps this is the work of being.

August 16    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 23    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.

August 30    RESTING IN THE JOURNEY
When we stop chasing after the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow we begin to experience the aliveness of the journey. The focus then shifts from the imagined future scene in the movie of our life to the present scene, here and now. Every step reminds us how to live. The walk is everything.