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This Month

October Theme – Love as Safety

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This month’s Value: We create a community-wide climate conducive to honest reflection and deep and direct communication.

Can there be safety where there is hate? We keep trying to get to safety by retaliation, protesting, fighting and out-witting, but can what we seek be accomplished this way? Momentary safety for the winner, but actions like this serve to deepen the divide. That’s where Love comes in.

This is wisdom that has been handed down through the ages, from Buddha to Jesus. Love is necessary for safety to happen, and there’s only one place it can come from: the hearts of human beings. You, me, the left, the right, the haves and the have-nots. We move in that direction when we consciously practice inward reflection, and practice open, honest communication which includes listening more than speaking.

Here is what’s on offer on Sundays in October:

October 1 – We Belong to Each Other

Fr. Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart:  What is the delivery system for resilience? In part, it’s the loving, caring adult who pays attention. It’s the community of unconditional love, representing the “no matter whatness” of God. …Sometimes resilience arrives in the moment you discover your own unshakeable goodness. Poet Galway Kinnell writes, “Sometimes it’s necessary to reteach a thing its loveliness.” And when that happens, we begin to foster tenderness for our own human predicament. A spacious and undefended heart finds room for everything you are and carves space for everyone else.

October 8 – Undefended Love

Jeff Psaris & Marlena Lyons, Undefended Love: Lifelong patterns of defense are not easily released. To become undefended we have to recognize the complex ways we protect ourselves emotionally. We must use the unresolved hurts and losses from our pasts in a way that will expand, not limit, our ability to know and love one another. … Essence is what is left after all defenses are stripped away; it is who we are when we are undefended. This unshakable center of being—a place where we feel loved, loving, whole, connected, and joyful—is the end to all experiences of emotional homelessness.

October 15 – Fear of Intimacy

Jeff Psaris & Marlena Lyons, Undefended Love: The word ‘intimacy’ comes from the latin word intimus, which means ‘pertaining to one’s deepest nature,’ that which is ‘innermost and essential.’ This essence lies well below the roles and obligations we have assumed in our daily lives. Experiencing this essential aspect of ourselves and of our partners is the source of true intimacy. … As we deepen our ability to contact and respond from this core of our being we discover connection with everything around us. At some point, most of us have experienced this feeling of being fully alive and awake while also connected to the larger web of life.

October 22 – The Perfect Relationship

Jeff Psaris & Marlena Lyons, Undefended Love: To some degree, most of us believe that the measure of a good relationship is that it “meets our needs.” As we have seen, this can reduce our partnerships to the level of trying to get needs met instead of connecting at ever-deepening levels. Learning to tolerate the flood of emotions that follow when we do not get what we need turns our attention toward the essential qualities that lie dormant in our being. If we are to reach our full potential for intimacy in relationship, we must relax our need to have our needs met.

October 29 – The Love that Lives Within – FAMILY DAY

Shafali Tsabary, PhD – The Conscious Parent: When you celebrate your children for their ability to be true to themselves, you encourage them to trust. You inspire them to follow their insight and have faith that they will be held if they fall. You show them they don’t have to create a safety net because their safety net is already in place within their own being. You teach them to experience life for the sake of the experience, nothing more and nothing less. This is how to raise children with courage and resilience. .. By mirroring their wholeness, you help them realize that who they are here and now is already their greatest achievement.

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