Rumi famously told us, "Out beyond wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field. I'll meet you there." Join our Pod, with Rev. Bonnie Rose and Rev. Eric Elnes, to share our explorations of finding this rich field in a time when the world feels incredibly polarized. Amid the polarities that divide our world today, a quiet force calls each and all of us to navigate step by step, and with profound integrity -- the potent and thorny terrain of our very real limitations, reactivities, and ragged edges -- towards that place of deep belonging that is so needed today.
Bonnie describes the Third Force like this: "The Third Force teaches that a conflict contains both an affirming and denying factor -- a yes and a no. Our typical response is to struggle with that duality, and try to get the other side to change. The Third Force, however, is a reconciling factor that offers something greater, by first identifying the affirming and denying factors and then surrendering to the tension of opposites. We stop looking for answers in the limits of our knowing and trust a vastness that is both infinite and intimate."
Some of the many questions we'll hold in our circle: What is the Third Force, and how do we ignite it? What are the GPS coordinates for Rumi's field and what "app" do we need to download first? :) How do we learn to love others even we don't necessarily resonate with them, or agree with their views? What habits of the heart can help us build bridges instead of barriers? How do we relate to Martin Luther King Jr's sentiment, "Peace is not an absence of tension"? How do we practice belonging in a period of deep anxiety and polarities?
If these questions resonate, we invite you to join our Pod in mid-January! (Exact dates coming soon.)
||Fri, Jan 15th: Orientation Call
We'll start with a virtual orientation call to connect all Pod participants and volunteers and to take you through the process of daily prompts and other pod details.
Time: 90 minutes (Jan 15, 2020, 8:00AM PST)
||Everyday: Building the Field!
Every alternate "inhale" day, you'll get a daily prompt with a "head" reading, a "hands" practice, and a "heart" reflection. On the other "exhale" days, you'll be reading the live curriculum -- of reflections from podmates! -- and adding your responses to it.
Time: 1-3 flexible hours per day. It's self-regulated, depending on how deep you want to dive. :)
||Fri, Jan 22nd: Group Call
In between, we will have a group call to see each other's smiles, explore edges, and engage with various guest speakers.
Time: 90 minutes (Jan 22, 2020, 8:00AM PST)
||Everyday: Digging Deeper
Similar to inhale/exhale process of the previous week, but our themes of the week will be rooted in case studies of real-life experiences.
Time: 1-3 hours per day.
||Fri, Jan 29th: Closing Call
Our closing call, to summarize some of our learnings and explorations, with guest speakers and some fun surprises. :)
Time: 90 minutes (Jan 29, 2020, 8:00AM PST)
To join, simply fill out the form below. As the circle host approves your application, you will receive a welcome email with your login information and next steps.
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