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Breathing Trouble?

by CSW Director Rob Field

No wonder breathing — the simple act of drawing air in and letting it out — is a recommended spiritual practice in all the great religious traditions. Breathing is fundamental to human wellness and a symbol of the spirit's dynamic presence.

Lately, a lot of us have had breathing trouble. A viral pandemic has made it literally impossible for infected COVID-19 patients to breathe freely, and left the rest of us fearful we could be next. For centuries, African Americas have lived with the awful burden of trying to live, shop, jog, and drive "while black" — never sure they won't be the next victim of racist brutality. George Floyd was not the only person of color to die because his "I can't breathe!" cries went unheeded. The earth itself — in spite of our temporary pause in pollution-generating activity — has been showing signs of significant biological distress.

Meanwhile, I'm holding my breath to learn the direction our country will take in the coming months and years. Will we choose leaders at multiple levels of government who further polarize our nation — making it harder to speak freely to neighbors and family? Or will we elect officials who govern in light of the truth that we belong to each other, regardless of our many differences?

In sum, I think my "breathing trouble" is intimately connected to the world's breathing trouble.

What, then, is a spiritually-minded person to do? (CLICK HERE to continue reading)

'Coronavirus as Wisdom Teacher' Webinar
July 5 @ 2:00 p.m.

Join us online Sunday, July 5 at 2:00 p.m. for a free webinar exploring "The Coronavirus as Wisdom Teacher." Center for Spiritual Wisdom will bring together writers and teachers from our region to address how the pandemic might, paradoxically, bring profound learning to those seeking wisdom.

The COVID-19 pandemic apparently will be with us through this year and well into 2021. Although some people see it as a once-a-century plague fully explainable by science and global development, others are beginning to think of the pandemic as an opportunity to explore deeper truths about ourselves, our communities, and our world. Might we even go so far as to say the coronavirus is, paradoxically, a teacher of wisdom?

Our panel of presenters will include Dr. Jim Nourse, Rev. Dr. Carter Heyward, and Mary Marinucci. Each panelist will address the topic from his or her own perspective. There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions and hear answers from the panel.

(CLICK HERE for registration details & further info)

CSW's Reel Spirit Movie Project Debuts Aug. 27
with "Dead Man Walking"


On Thursday, August 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Center for Spiritual Wisdom will debut the new Reel Spirit Movie Project. This program will offer conversation about films at regular intervals, usually once per month. The goal of the Reel Spirit project is to spark meaningful discussion about films that explore the religious, social, spiritual, and/or mystical dimensions of our human experience.
The project’s inaugural film is “Dead Man Walking” (1996), starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, and directed by Tim Robbins. This film explores the controversial and timely issues of our retributive system of justice through the lenses of a nun, Sister Helen Prejean played by Sarandon, and Matthew, a death row inmate played by Penn. “Dead Man Walking” sheds light on both the promise and limitations of our judicial institutions (you can find a fuller synopsis here on IMDB).
During the Coronavirus pandemic, the Reel Spirit project will take place online using the Zoom video conferencing platform. Participants will watch each month’s chosen film at home before gathering with others for facilitated conversation online.  (CLICK HERE for details and registration info)

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