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Finding the Still Point
Is Always In Season

The winter holidays are often packed with events and too many items on our "To Do" lists. As I write, our household is humming with activity, and I honestly don't know how we will accomplish everything we've planned.

If you can relate to this dilemma, I have some encouraging news: to paraphrase the great T.S. Eliot, it is always possible to touch the still point at the center of our turning world — even when it seems to spin faster than usual.

In a nutshell, this is what we're about at Center for Spiritual Wisdom: helping you find the still point within. No matter one's background or religious experience, we're here to equip people with tools to help them locate the still point and become their truest, best selves.

Below are a few of the newest offerings we're planning in 2018 to help you find and embrace your own still point. As a new non-profit organization, we need your support through financial donations, participation in our programs, and the person-to-person recommendations that will help spread about what we're up to at Center for Spiritual Wisdom. (We are able to accept gifts of appreciated stock.) If you believe in our work, please consider a year-end gift to help us fulfill our mission of changing lives from the inside out.

All of us at the Center wish you a joyous & peaceful holiday!

Rob Field, Director

Centering Prayer - Intro Workshop Jan. 27

Hundreds of thousands of people have found Centering Prayer to be a reliable way to cultivate the still point. Centering Prayer is a silent, contemplative, daily spiritual practice. It is is based on centuries of wisdom and experience from the Christian tradition, but is available to seekers of all types.

Join us at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27 at First United Methodist Church in Brevard for a one-day introduction to Centering Prayer. The workshop, led by CSW Director Rob Field, will be a full introduction to this spiritual practice. The $30 registration fee includes all materials and a simple lunch before adjourning by 3:00 p.m. The day will include two periods of group Centering Prayer. The workshop is appropriate for beginners as well as those who would like to refresh their knowledge and practice.

Please use the contact form at the Center's web site to reserve a space.

Contemplative Ecology Class Begins In Jan.

Starting in January, Brevard-David River Presbyterian Church in Brevard will host a 5-session series in Contemplative Ecology. The series will be led by the Rev. Dr. Tom Lewis, Program Director for Center for Spiritual Wisdom. The learning sessions will take place during five Thursday mornings from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. The starting date will be announced soon on the CSW web site. The series will be limited to 10-12 participants from the Presbyterian church as well as the general community. The series will consist of 5 modules — each with "class time" and outdoor experiential learning. Dr. Lewis will combine contemplative spiritual practices with observations and experiences in the natural world. The goal is to learn how creation continues to shape us spiritually. The modules will be: 1) Seeing Nature (ancient practice of theoria physike), 2) Contemplative Practices for Today, 3) Ecological Identity, 4) Theology of Creation (lost in wonder, love and grace), and 5) Nature Nurtures. Reserve your spot by contacting Karen Alcorn at (828) 577-1401.

Contemplative Eldering - What Is It?

What does it mean to be an elder in our society today? We have a group of people trying to get a better understanding of the role of the elder, which is a role of dignity and honor in many societies. We feel the best way to grow in understanding is through dialogue, study and contemplative practices.

A group of Contemplative Elders meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in Brevard. All are welcome to attend, especially those interested in learning more about what it means to be a contemplative elder. The monthly meeting location varies; please call 884-2525 for directions. The group is facilitated by Kathryn Polmanteer and Tom Lewis, Program Director at the Center. Our group is closely to connected to the Institute for Contemplative Eldering at Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner, S.C.

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