Please join me in my final class for 2018, A Whole New Life: Six Essential Lessons for Self-Renewal beginning on November 12. In this transformational class, you’ll learn the art of re-invention, taking stock of your current aspirations to ask yourself what’s next? Where would you like your journey to lead? What baggage do you need to discard in order to travel lighter? What stories need revision? Which relationships should be reimagined if not left behind? What do you long to create? Where are you stuck or most afraid? This class will make clear that resilience and reinvention are deeply linked and offer tools for strengthening your creative connection. More info & registration.
I’m very excited about this new online course. During these seven weeks, we’ll be exploring these so-called deadly sins (lust, greed, pride, gluttony, wrath, sloth, and envy)as doorways to self-understanding and healing shame. When we redefine what it means to be good, we free ourselves from the idea of sin and forgive ourselves for our natural impulses. This enables us to live more wisely, with greater passion and vitality. Starts September 10, 2018. More info & registration.
What a great time I’ve been having as always at Omega Blue Spirit. Stephan Rechtschaffen has created a real life paradise for reflection and renewal, self-exploration, spiritual practice, and being in this superb tropic setting. Howler monkeys, baby turtles hatching on the beach, chartreuse colored birds in the trees. And teaching with old friends and admired colleagues, Roshi Joan Halifax, Joan Borysenko, Elena Brower — big souls all. I look forward to teaching this retreat every year. Next week, Australia. Peace.
Join me this Sunday, November 6 at 5 pm EST for the Live Seekers Session Teleconference, What Is Enough?: Indestructible Gratitude. We’ll be talking about sufficiency and the cultivation of thankfulness. To recognize your inherent wholeness is the heart of spiritual practice. To feel gratitude for our precious lives, knowing that who you are is more than enough, is the bridge to an awakened life.
These monthly Seekers Sessions are the kickoff to each new program from The Seekers Forum, my community of fellow seekers and inquisitive minds interested in exploring spiritual and philosophical questions in a dogma-free atmosphere of self-inquiry, inspiration, and spiritual practice. It’s modeled after the sufi concept of sohbet, which is the spiritual talk of friends. Each program continues through the month with video lessons, a guest interview, and discussion prompts to promote dialog and further the conversation in The Forum, the online discussion room. Visit The Seekers Forum for more information and to become a member.
Every life is a work of fiction. That’s what I tell my writing students. People come to me wanting to tell their life story, the narrative that sums them up, that captures the essence of who they are. They expect to find this story hiding inside them like a Michelangelo statue trapped in the marble, fully formed, waiting to be released. Continue reading
The “Awakening Genius” workshop in France was even better than I had expected. Such an amazing group of people! I’m fascinated by how deeply a group of relative strangers can bond in five days when they are doing deep work together. We did a lot of writing, a lot of inquiry – into ourselves, our gifts, our desires, our choices, and what we hold sacred – and managed to have A LOT of fun, too. Continue reading