At 61 it is becoming extremely important to me that I enjoy being me and living on this amazing planet. I often hear myself say, “I’m going to be really pissed if I get to the ‘other side’ and find out all I was supposed to do was have fun!” As a result, I have been reading the poetry of Teresa of Avila because I believe she touched the ecstatic nature of the Divine, the Friend, God, Love – just a few of the names she uses from her experiences. This week my favorite poem is titled Laughter Came from Every Brick. I want to share it with you because it makes me smile. I hope you enjoy this day.
Advance Directives and More
In early June, eight people gathered to learn and talk about advance directives and options in dying. We explored how we want to be treated at the end of our lives. We asked questions of one another, shared our thoughts, our feelings and our uncertainties. We laughed, shared tears and opened a genuine space of compassion, empathy and respect. And now we want more.
As a result, I am offering an 8-week course entitled Advance Directives and More where everyone will have the opportunity to work on and prepare their own advance directive in the company of others who are preparing their personal directive. In addition, we will openly explore whatever is on our minds about the end of life.
Dying is a pathway to deepened intimacy and connection both with ourselves and those we love. Taking time to think about and prepare for the completion of our lives not only enhances our dying but it informs how we live. Communicating with one another in a group setting helps prepare us for talking with our family and friends. Historically our culture has not been open to talking about our eventual death, but that does not mean we have to continue in the same vain. Let’s talk, share and prepare. We have that right. I hope you will join us in this important and life-changing experience of Advance Directives and More.
Kind Grateful Simple
Saturday, August 12 – 9am – 1pm
Spiritual Life Center
2201 Park Towne Cir, Sacramento, CA 95825
Many people I talk to and work with are expressing a desire for more time, a quieter mind and a gentler experience of life. Inherent in this verbal expression is a desire for deeper connection with one’s self, God and others. In exploring this desire for myself, I have adopted three watchwords for the coming year – Kind, Grateful and Simple. They are the cornerstone for the development of a peaceful and self-loving existence. When decisions are measured against these three words, life softens and becomes congruent both inside and out. If you have a desire to explore a more gentle life experience both for yourself and our world, I hope you will join me in exploring life through Kindness, Gratitude and Simplicity.
To register, please call Spiritual Life Center at 916-448-6508.
Are You As Happy As Your Dog?
Sunday, September 17 • 9am and 11am Services with 1pm Workshop
Spiritual Life Center
2201 Park Towne Circle, Sacramento, CA 95825
So what is the deal with dogs and joy? What are the traits of dogs that teach us how to live? Why are they so happy? We will explore and perhaps find answers to these and many more questions. With growing acceptance and recognition of the intelligence and wisdom of dogs and all animals, it is time to take a look at, honor and learn from the animal nations we live among. Please join us for this fun, uplifting and meaningful exploration of Are You As Happy As Your Dog? (We will use a book with this title written by Alan Cohen and Alan Gordon to guide our discussion and time together. You can purchase the book at the workshop)
To register for the workshop in advance, please call Spiritual Life Center at 916-448-6508. You may also register at the door.