Some time ago, I shifted how I think about my life. I started trying to think of my cup as overflowing instead of just being really busy and/or out of control. I was trying to shift my orientation to one of gratitude. And it really helped. I realized that having so much in my life – so many people to love and so much good to work from which to choose – is gift.
And lately I have been realizing something else: if you cup is overflowing, it really matters what is in our cup. When we overflow into the world, what is pouring out? Is it peace and joy and love and the power of the Living God? Or is it anxiety, a sense of scarcity, cynicism, judgment and fear?
How we manage the stuff of our life – whatever stuff that is – profoundly affects how we live out our calling to bear God’s love and peace and power into the world. Anxious disciples make for an anxious Christianity in a world already reeling from an anxiety epidemic.
So, Spiritual Development and Adult Learning is offering a series of five classes in which we are invited to consider what is our cups. How do we let go of toxicity and make it possible for Living Water to flow through us and into the world?
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Sun. at Noon Wed. at 7pm
January 5 What’s In Your Cup? January 8
January 12 Letting Go of Thoughts and Judgment January 15
January 19 Letting Go of Fear, Cynicism & Controlling Outcomes January 22
January 26 Full Presence and the Moment January 29
February 2 Ears to Hear February 5
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First Session: What’s In Your Cup?
For human beings, our spirituality is enacted in material ways. Always. The ordinary, everyday choices we make shape our loving, our ability to love well. So, in this session we take a clear-eyed look at what we have chosen to have in our lives and in our own beings. What rolls around inside you on a daily basis? What are the voices in your head?
If you are a cup, what’s inside you?
This session will involve some teaching and some time for individual, private guided reflection.
Second Session: Letting Go of Thoughts and Judgment
What we do not remake
plays nostalgic songs on the jukebox of our guts,
and leads us in the old comfortable temptation.
Marge Piercy “Doing It Differently”
Letting Go of Thoughts
We will step back and take a look at our habits of mind and learn how to transform these habits. We will try out some brief meditation practices, some noticing exercises, and a threshold practice that is easy and simple to add into your day.
Letting Go of Judgment
What is the tone in which you speak to yourself? Can you accept that you are a beautiful mess?
In this session we will take another look at those scripture verses that seem to call us to “be perfect” and we will explore how judging ourselves leads to us judging others. We will learn how to stop pouring mean-spirited energy and a constant flow of criticism into the world.
Third Session: Letting Go of Fear, Cynicism and Controlling the Outcome
In I John we read that “perfect love casts out fear.” And then we read the news or cast our heart around to feel some of the pain in our lives, and we conclude that we have every reason to be afraid. What do we do with fear when it arises? Rather than try to repress it or to numb ourselves out so that we do not feel it, how can we move through the fear and into a way of being that is vastly different?
Fourth Session: Full Presence and the Moment
How can we be more present in our lives, more available to others? What can we do to stop the sense that our lives are whirling past us without offering real satisfaction? In this session we will learn practices that can shift our ways of being in the world.
Fifth Session: Ears to Hear
When we have emptied ourselves, purged ourselves of what is in the way, it is possible to hear God in new and deeper ways. What does God sound like? How is it that God speaks to us?
We will offer specific examples and tools for hearing.