Nothingness is the sister of possibility. It makes an urgent space for that which is new, surprising and unexpected. When you feel nothingness and emptiness gnawing at your life, there is no need to despair. This is a call from your soul, awakening your life to new possibilities.”
- John O’Donohue (excerpt from the book, Anam Cara)
What a great morning we had! Over 30 people attended … thank you for your grace, your insight and your willingness to open up to each other about your spiritual journeys. It was simply wonderful. If you weren’t able to make our Portsmouth event, we will be holding another at the Newburyport Public Library on Saturday, February 2 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Here is our group, from left to right: Lori, Cynthia, Johannah, Joel and Janet.
“If there is one thing our country needs right now, it is what Father Keating [Trappist monk who founded the ‘Centering Prayer’ practice] tried to teach: a disposition of the heart that leads us to love and respect one another. And even more, we need the calm and presence and silence that will help us reduce the toxicity in our public discourse and become present to the gentleness and goodness within each of us.
This quote is from this article in “America: the Jesuit Review Magazine” on Father Keating ~
Here it is, October! How wonderful to have the change of seasons! The cooler, drier temperatures, the beautiful fall leaves and the golden marshes here on the Seacoast....it feels energizing and full of possibility!
In our last two Spiritual Breakfast Club meetings, we shared some challenging summer experiences and have been grateful for the empathic and genuine support from the group. We also have had some terrific opportunities for growth in our spiritual journeys and life in general.
We have continued to work on plans for a retreat in May 2019 to share with the public our collective views, expertise, and assistance in navigating life transitions and enhancing spiritual journeys.
In the coming months prior to the retreat, we are planning in smaller group settings, an opportunity for others to hear how our group was formed, what we have found to be supportive in our personal spiritual journeys and ultimately. to assist others in forming similar groups.
We are reaching out to libraries and other community centered facilities to offer free presentations of our work, as well as encouragement for others to share their experiences in a safe setting. Stay tuned as these meetings will be announced here and on community and library calendars soon. Hope we will see you there!
I am so blessed to be a part of this Spirituality Breakfast Group over the last seven years! To meet with this incredible gathering of like minded people has been such a joy. Now to envision and create a way to assist others to find ways to embrace life's ups and downs by increasing connection with others, using our creativity, and incorporating our spiritual selves is just amazing.
We each have learned how to be supportive to each other, how real listening and being present during our interactions can be healing. Sharing our life stories, our difficult as well as uplifting moments in a supportive and nonjudgmental way has been incredible. We each have unique spiritual paths that we embrace and have revealed to each other, and have laughed, cried and shared hugs along the way!
In the coming months I and others in our group will write about our thoughts on this "sharing tab" and hope you will visit often.
Please join us in our upcoming retreat and share some of your thoughts and life stories. We will be honored to hear them.