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.
I’ve been getting a lot of responses to my latest blog for Contemplative Journal, The Virtue of Vice. “As much as I craved order, boundaries, and moderation, I deeply needed abandon, too—a chink in my character to let off steam, a wicked outlet to spice things up,” I write in the piece. “Without room for transgression, the days grew overly predictable, stupefied by their own too-goodness, like a row of tight-lipped ladies nodding off in church.” http://contemplativejournal.com/2016/08/virtue-vice/
I recently had the pleasure of talking to Mark Nepo for The Seekers Forum about his new book “Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness.” Mark Nepo is a poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry and philosophy for over forty years. His many published works include “The Book of Awakening,” a number one New York Times Best Seller. He devotes his writing and teaching to the process of inner transformation and the life of relationship. I spoke to him about gratitude, faith and the acceptance on the path of awakening. I hope you enjoy our conversation.
I’m delighted to announce the launch of TheSeekersForum.com. The Seekers Forum is an ongoing life-course and global online community designed to cultivate wisdom and positive change in your life. I began The Seekers Forum in 2013, and for the past two years, I’ve offered a monthly teleconference on subjects concerned with how to live an awakened life. When our community grew around the world, it was time to expand the concept into a multimedia platform with videos, podcasts, guest interviews, as well as the regular monthly talk. Each month-long program focuses on a topic linked to creativity, personal growth, spiritual practice and ethical well-being and immerses you in a contemplative subject matter intended to help you Awaken To Your Life. Visit TheSeekersForum.com for complete details on how to become a member. Share your journey.
Being idle is a worthy occupation, particularly in these last days of summer. I was thinking about this in Provincetown over the weekend — how rare it is to do absolutely nothing — and how wonderful. Dolce far niente, the Italians tell us. It is sweet to do nothing. That’s the subject of this Sunday’s Seeker’s Forum, called “In Praise of Idleness” as well as my new blog on Purple Clover. Continue reading