Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Free Online Course from GARY ZUKAV: Welcome to Opportunity from Disaster: 13 Ways to Grow Spiritually
Each week a new posting and lesson opportunity will be presented. Please check back weekly to participate. We will also open the floor for discussing our experiences during our meditation discussions. We hope you enjoy this opportunity to grow spiritually!
Every unexpected sorrow and pain – the death of a child or parent, a divorce or the dissolution of a relationship, the failure of a business, an accident or an illness – is an OPPORTUNITY to grow spiritually. Even when a painful event happens to others, you can use your experiences of it to observe and learn about yourself. Hundreds of millions of people around the world watched in horror as the Twin Towers in New York City collapsed with thousands of people in them, and then suffered again and again as replays were aired of jetliners carrying parents and children, business people, and tourists exploding into flames. All of these viewers as well as tens of thousands of people on the New York streets that day were given the opportunity to learn about themselves and change themselves constructively.
This free on-line course gives you the tools to use all of your experiences to grow spiritually and gives you practice in using them. Every painful event provides OPPORTUNITIES to learn from your experiences or to react to them – to create as you have in the past or to create differently – and your experiences continue from your birth until your death. All of them are OPPORTUNITIES for you to learn about YOURSELF, about your fear and about your love. Even as you watch the painful experiences of others you are given opportunities to watch yourself as well, to observe and learn about yourself and change yourself.
All of your experiences give you OPPORTUNITIES to discover how you are creating and how you can create differently if you choose. Every adversity offers this OPPORTUNITY – to lapse into victim or become a creator. The potential to shift from victim to creator is very great when we hurt as much as we do in times of sorrow, loss, and despair – a treasure offered to those who are willing to work for it.
We are offering this FREE on-line course to help you learn about yourself from your painful experiences no matter what they are or how you encounter them. You can begin it anytime (now is a good time). Whenever you decide to begin learning about yourself in order to change yourself – and sooner or later you will begin – you will always be able to learn more about yourself, challenge more of your fears, and give expression to more of your love.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Peter Grossenbacher, Ph.D.; 7:00 PM Wednesday, July 8;
12South Dharma Center, 2301 12th Avenue So. Suite 202
How do the capacities of the human brain enable people to meditate? What lasting effects does meditation have on the brain? How do these anatomical and physiological changes impact the lives of meditators? Recent scientific investigation has begun to discover helpful answers to these compelling questions.
This talk presents exciting findings from recent studies of brain function and meditation, and offers a simple framework for understanding human nature revealed by these studies. Guided meditation will be offered to connect this emerging understanding with actual lived experience.
Dr. Grossenbacher is an international speaker on meditation and the brain, whose own research has been covered in the New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine and Discover Magazine. Associate Professor in the Contemplative Psychology Department at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, he teaches psychological courses on perception, cognition, statistics and research. Peter regularly provides meditation instruction, and also directs a program of research on meditation and contemplative spirituality.