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LOVE * IN * ACTION

by CSW Director Rob Field


When Center for Spiritual Wisdom first formed in 2016, we decided to call ourselves a practice-based spirituality center. It was our way of saying, "In everything we do, we want to emphasize a practical, hands-on approach to spirituality."

In this way, we were trying to communicate two things:

1. The Enlightenment-influenced era of connecting to a higher power primarily by thinking, talking and proclaiming — however much this may have helped folks in the past — is drawing to a close. We want to offer a different approach.

2. For too long, our souls have been disconnected from experience and action. The highest wisdom of the world's great religious and spiritual traditions has always taught All Is One. If that's true (I believe it is), this means there is no separation between body & soul, spirit & reason, action & contemplation. What brings them all together is love in action.
 
  
We are not the first (and certainly won't be the last) organization trying to bring together "soul work & justice work, science & spirituality, faith & reason, individual needs & the public good" (from CSW's Vision & Key Principles). I invite kind souls like you to help us be true to our own principles!

In this edition of our E-News, you'll find an announcement about a new Souls Seeking Justice group that will start meeting in September. The goal of Souls Seeking Justice is to encourage participants to explore the intersection of spirituality and social justice in the lives of participants and their communities (learn more here).

Meanwhile, we have additional offerings in the coming weeks on the topics of meditation and the wisdom of world religions. The dance between reflection and experience, theory and practice, contemplation and action is never ending.
 

Come join us as we try to figure it out — together.

 

 

Heartfulness Meditation:
A Simple Practice for Our Times


Online Introductory Workshop

Saturday, Sept. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

led by CSW Director Rob Field


Are you ready to go deeper in your spiritual life? Would you like to discover a spiritual practice that offers a stable anchor at the center of your being?

If so, consider attending our introduction to Heartfulness Meditation, a simple but powerful practice. Heartfulness offers an alternative to mindfulness practices that emphasize “emptying” or “quieting” the mind. Heartfulness teaches letting go by using a sacred symbol (such as a word, breath, or visual image), chosen by the individual. Over time, practitioners find they're able to cultivate a reservoir of inner peacefulness, which anchors them in times of stress and uncertainty.

The introductory workshop will take place online Saturday, Sept. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. using Zoom video conferencing. The $45 registration fee covers all materials, live presentations, discussion facilitation, and guidance from the presenter, including multiple question and answer sessions.

Workshop Leader Rob Field has taught Heartfulness Meditation for more than a decade to thousands of individuals in workshops, conferences, and retreats. Learn more about this event HERE.

REGISTER HERE or email Rob Field to get additional information about this introduction to Heartfulness Meditation.
 

 

Depression and Spirituality

An Online Learning Series
Led by Rev. Dr. Tom Lewis


Oct. 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2020
(Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00)


Join Tom Lewis in October for an online group learning series where we will examine depression and its spiritual impact, offering exercises to help restore hope. The class will use Tom's book, Finding God: Praying the Psalms In Times of Depression.

Tuition for the series is $175 per person, which includes four sessions of group facilitation, a copy of Tom's book, and additional materials for work outside of class. This class will meet online via Zoom video conferencing for two hours from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 on four consecutive Saturdays: October 3, 10, 17, and 24. All are welcome to participate.

Tom Lewis is a retired Presbyterian minister with degrees in biology, theology, and spirituality. He is also surviving depression. In graduate school he focused his dissertation on the spiritual aspects of depression, which was later published as a book.


Participation will be limited to insure a quality group experience, and registrations are now being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more about the series HERE. Use THIS LINK to register and pay online. Please use our CONTACT FORM to request additional information.

New Souls Seeking Justice Group Forming

Exploring Social Justice & Spirituality


Center for Spiritual Wisdom is forming a new group called Souls Seeking Justice. Its goal is to encourage participants to explore the intersection of spirituality and social justice in the lives of participants and their communities. The group will support individuals as they attempt to answer the question, “What am I called to do in response to the times in which we now live?”

Many people believe we are living through a time of crisis in our nation and the wider world. Such times call for the courage to examine issues of race, poverty, healthcare, “…and justice for all.” Without support from others, however, it can be difficult to gain clarity and move towards action.

Initially, Souls Seeking Justice will meet online using Zoom video conferencing, and commit to meet together for at least 6 months, starting in September. The group will meet twice per month for 90 minutes, at a time to be determined by the group. CSW Director Rob Field will be part of the circle, and he will facilitate the group’s first gathering. Read more about the model for the group HERE.

Participation will be limited to the first 12 people who contact Field to register their interest. Please email him at director@centersw.org  Questions are welcome!

 

The 5 Best Ways to Help Center for Spiritual Wisdom


 

1. Tell Your Friends & Family

2. Donate Regularly

3. Follow Us On Social Media

4. Attend Our Events

5. Read & Share Our Posts

 

If you’d like to support the Center’s work and help us
during a difficult time, we have 5 suggestions:

 

1. Tell your friends & family about us. The most effective (and least costly) advertising is telling 1 or 2 other people what Center for Spiritual Wisdom is all about.

2. Donate regularly. Please consider becoming a monthly giver, which you can do using the Donate button on our Donations page.

3. Follow us on social media. Please like us on Facebook, comment on a post, subscribe to our YouTube channel, or share something from CSW on your own Facebook page.

4. Attend our events. OK, we admit it: this one’s pretty obvious!

5. Read & share our posts. Whenever you forward our e-news to a friend or family member, or click “like” on a Facebook or YouTube post by the Center, you are helping to raise our profile.

DONATE HERE

 

Thank you kindly. May peace & health be yours.

 
 
Some spaces remain for the debut of CSW's Reel Spirit Movie Project
Aug. 27 at 7:00 p.m.

To register or receive additional information, email Cindy Decker at communications@centersw.org 

The goal of the Reel Spirit Movie Project is to spark meaningful conversations via films that delve into the religious, social, spiritual, and/or mystical dimensions of our human experience. The movies selected for the series will be recent releases as well as classics.

The inaugural film for the project is Dead Man Walking (1996), starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, and directed by Tim Robbins. There is no charge to participate and donations to CSW will be gladly accepted. Learn more about the Reel Spirit Movie Project HERE.


Please 'Like' Us on Facebook!
 

We recently expanded our social media presence to include a Facebook page. This gives us an additional forum for promoting events at the Center, and helps us to share insights and articles from our own website as well as from others who are also walking a spiritual path.

So…if you haven’t had a chance to see our new Facebook page yet, please “Like” and follow us!  Your clicking a few buttons to “like”, follow, and/or comment on a post is one of the best ways to help us get the word out.

Find us at @centerforspiritualwisdom.
 

 

Advanced Level Online Enneagram Retreat
with Dr. Christine King

 

August 24 – 27

Monday: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Tues-Thurs: 10-11:30 a.m. & 3:00-4:30 p.m.

suggested donation: $80

 

CSW Associate Christine King will lead "Deep Living with the Enneagram," an advanced-level online retreat Aug. 24-27 through Mepkin Abbey. Spaces typically are filled quickly, and registrations are still being accepted. Christine is the author of the recent Enneagram book called Choosing Compassion, a visual guide to finding and embracing one’s Enneatype & Essence.

Learn more about Dr. Christine King & her Enneagram consultation work HERE.

View or download the event flier HERE. Register using THIS LINK. (Alternate registration link HERE.)

Learn more about upcoming events at Mepkin Abbey HERE.
 

COMING IN OCTOBER:
The Wisdom of World Religions

An Online Learning Series


Most of us are painfully aware that religions can be a source of division, conflict, and violence. But the great religious traditions of the world are also a source of goodness, social reform, and wisdom. Join CSW Director Rob Field this fall as he explores the deep wisdom embedded in Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, and others. The series will cover a different tradition each week during a 6-week series, beginning in early October. Rob has been teaching World Religions at Brevard College for several years. He's convinced we can gain tremendous insight and practical tools for inner growth from these beautiful traditions. Email Rob to pre-register or learn more.
 
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