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Friends invited to Spiritual Naturalism service this Sunday

Daniel S.
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Houston, TX
Post #: 59
Hello everyone :)

I know this won't be of interest to many of us on this list, but for those who are partial to ancient philosophy and personal practices aimed at self improvement and 'the flourishing life', I wanted to invite you to a new weekly event I'm beginning...

Spiritual Naturalism Weekly Service
Daniel & Julie's home
2123 Sheridan St.
Houston, 77030
Sunday, February 6, 2011 - 2:00pm

Please RSVP by replying here or on the Humanist Contemplative
Meetup list at:
http://www.meetup.com...­


Please join us for the first of this new weekly event. Each Sunday from 2pm to
3:30pm we will gather in Daniel & Julie's home to support one another in
Spiritual Naturalism practice. Spiritual Naturalism proposes a new naturalistic
non-supernatural and non-faith-based interpretation of the sacred and
"spirituality" as a focus on the 'spirit/breath' or 'essence' in life - actually
closer to the word's original meaning - and consistent with the scientific
approach of Humanism (especially as expressed in the first Manifesto), but with
a feel of practice aimed at living well, inspired by both Eastern and Western
philosophy (see http://en.wikipedia.o...­ for more on
Spiritual Naturalism).

Our service will begin with 30 minutes of guided breathing meditation. Both
experienced meditators and newcomers to meditation are more than welcome. Some
will be meditating while seated, but Eastern style meditation on the floor is
also welcome, although participants would need to bring their own cushions.
After that we go around the room, sharing our thoughts about our own spiritual
walk, facing personal challenges, and self-improvement; inspired by our lives
over the past week and what we'd like to focus on going forward. How much and
what you share entirely depends on your own comfort and preference, but we are
all gathering to offer one another advice and moral support as desired.

In the third segment, we have a discussion about a topic relevant to spiritual
naturalism. These discussions are of a patient, tolerant, and non-debating tone
- somewhat Socratic in nature. The topics come from all of our ideas and should
be inspired by elements from philosophies, traditions, or even religions which
are compatible with an evidence and reason-based naturalistic worldview, and yet
focus on pursuit of the flourishing 'good life' through such things as
mindfulness, self development, awareness, and more. Common inspirations so far
have come from Stoicism, Epicureanism, Emerson, Spinoza, philosophical Buddhism,
Taoism, Confucianism, and even modern complex systems theory, psychology,
sociology, and cosmology. Please join us this Sunday! Please note ours is a very
new and small group, so if you RSVP it is appreciated that you change your
status or inform the organizer if you cannot make it.

Sincerely,
Daniel Strain
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