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Intro to Circling

Perhaps, like me, you have been hearing about circling for quite some time, but have not yet had the opportunity to experience it? Well now is your chance. Our December Meetup will be hosted by Circling Facilitator Dan Sieling.  - Devin

From Dan:

Join us on Monday, December 16th, for a very special introduction to Circling--a relational, meditative, "WE space" practice that facilitates both transformation and the deepening of intimacy in intentional community spaces. While the practice itself is green, it can fit into a larger context of Integral development, and that's part of what we'll be discussing in addition to experiencing the practice first hand.

What is "Circling"?

Shorthand for "Intersubjective Meditation", Circling is an ever-growing, ever-evolving, part meditation, part spoken communication, part relational artform, that creates a visceral experience of being seen and understood for who and where you are, moment by moment. It is a facilitated group practice where we acknowledge what it's like for us to be with each other, and what we imagine each other's experiences to be like, all while staying connected, getting shared reality, and tossing aside any hidden agendas to change or fix each other.

Why practice circling?

Two reasons:

1. Circling brings us progressively deeper into our ever-changing experience of the world, and help us become aware of our blind spots--the places outside of our current subjective experience that we don't even know exist. It's like shutting off the humming refrigerator that you didn't even notice was running in the background, only that hum is the thing that was previously and covertly affecting how you experienced your own life!

2. The experience of being seen for who we authentically are is one of the most rewarding experiences we human beings can possibly have. We are wired for connection and intimacy with each other, and circling is a great way to cultivate much more of that while respecting and honoring each other in the process.

For more information, check out the videos below from Authentic World, Guy Sengstock, and Circling Europe:

Also, check out the article and interview below with Integral Center (in Boulder, CO) manager Robert MacNaughton and Integral public speaker Jeff Salzman for a more in-depth explanation on how circling fits into intentional Integral community (as well as for updates on the Integral Center's status since the Boulder floods).

Logistical Notes: Not everyone will "be circled" (meaning all of the attention is on them for a set period of time), so you definitely have the option of just witnessing and contributing as part of a circle.

Date & Time:
Monday, December 16th
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (We're starting at 7:00 sharp, so please show up on time. Doors close at 7:15.)

The TAI Group
150 West 30th Street
14th Floor
New York, NY

Suggested Donation: $10

Any questions, please email Dan at [masked].

See you there!

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  • Juliet B.

    Please forgive me for changing my RSVP to a No so late in the day. I wish there was a Maybe. I'm a long distance caregiver and a family issue has come up today that may keep me at home and on the phone tonight. I would like to come and hope to be able to do so.

    December 16, 2013

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