For the Third Sunday of October let's talk about Autumn

Traditionally October is the time of the year when the "veil is thinest between the worlds," when the seasons are changing and the dying of the crops and plants reminds us of our own mortality. It's a time for seeing through our individual personas by realizing that what we are is mostly masks we put on for other people. Halloween is the occasion for changing the masks--for fun and wisdom--to remind us of who we really are deep down inside. Winter is coming; it's a time of rest, meditation and introspection. For most of us, from childhood the end of October has been a special and magical time of the year. Let's share some of our recollections, personal mythologies and insights into the cycles of the seasons. Regular member Brooks has offered to lead a guided meditation for Samhain (the Wiccan/neo-pagan name for the festival). It'll be an interesting conversation. Please join us.

 

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  • Tom W.

    Toby, thank you so much for leading this meeting. You guided our discussion, with all our different viewpoints and concerns, so well... and integrated it into a meaningful and pleasant ninety minutes. I enjoyed Brooks's escorted meditation and learned a lot, as always, from members' comments. I could see that a lot of your energy and skill went into making this a great experience... thank you again. - Tom

    October 22, 2012

  • Toby J.

    This month, for the first time in a long time, we were all men;no women attended. Still, we had a good discussion. Brooks--Goldenrod--led us in a guided meditation on the earth-spirituality feast of Samhain (the fall harvest feast). We talked about Autumn as the time of the year when the "veil is thinnest" between the world of the living and the world of the dead. That brought up the recent Newsweek Magazine cover story "Heaven is Real" and we shared various ideas about what afterlife--and the parallel Out of Body Experience--might tell us about consciousness. And, as ever, we discussed how gay perspective might give us a different insight into the nature of these mythological/psychological themes and images.

    October 22, 2012

  • Mark

    Very nice. :o)

    October 22, 2012

  • Tom Manes & Bruce G.

    Excellent discussion, and enjoyed all your smiling faces. Had to rush off to do a little shopping and get back to Wimberley for a chanting session. Hopefully see you again soon!

    October 21, 2012

  • Patrick C.

    Good discussion. Wish I could have stayed bu I always need to leave at 4.

    October 21, 2012

  • Robert S.

    Great topic with a great conversation. It was really nice to hang out and talk with like minded people.

    October 21, 2012

  • Robert N. A.

    Really exceptionally fine group and discussion today.

    October 21, 2012

  • Christiano

    Might be a little late over there -

    October 20, 2012

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