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Our Sunday Circle is a time for gratitude, meditation, song, prayer, reflection, and community-building. All are welcome to simply come as they are and join our circle...where they will find an inviting space for centering, exploration, and connection with other people on their spiritual journeys. Our Sunday Circle is a time and place where people come together in a sacred way and where various threads in our community are woven together into a greater whole. Some Details: In our Sunday Circles themes of personal spirituality, social and environmental justice, openness, and love are often encountered in story, song, or through talks. First Sundays of the month we celebrate an interfaith communion that is open to all. On the Second Sundays our service tends to be more focused on meditation and contemplation. Often a member of the community will share parts of their spiritual journey. On the Third or Fourth Sundays. Rev. Dr. Ian Mevorach, co-founder and minister, often gives talks on a Bible passage or a text from another faith tradition; we also invite guest presenters from a variety of perspectives and backgrounds. Every week we include a time for each person to reflect and, if they choose, share their own inner truth, insights, and questions with the rest of the circle. And in community, we sing music that is soulful, joyful, and meaningful. Want to know more? Please feel free to ask! Children's Circle: During our Sunday Circle, we have a children's program called "Children's Circle" for children ages 3 and up. Parents and caregivers simply bring their children with them, register if it is their first time, and then during the gathering song at the beginning of the service the children head upstairs to their classrooms with our teachers. Please visit our website for more information; http://www.commonstreet.org/childrens-circle. Teens are encouraged to participate in the Sunday Circle itself, though it also sometimes works for them to find roles as "helpers" for the Children's Circle.
The Buddhist Study & Meditation Group meets every Monday night from 6 - 7pm at the Common Street Spiritual Center in Natick. Please use the School Street entrance. If you go to the top floor, we are down the hall on the left, in the meditation room. Cushions and floor seats are provided (chairs are available). Over the course of the year this group will be moving through a sequence of seven meditation practices which represent the full range of meditation practices presented in Tibetan Buddhism. These practices correspond roughly to the Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana. They are designed to lead practitioners to complete inner freedom. But you don’t need to be a Buddhist to train in them. Anyone can benefit from these profound practices. And while each of the seven practice builds upon the previous one, you don’t need to have attended the group from the beginning to join. You are welcome to drop in at any point, regardless of your level of experience with meditation. We will spend about a month or two on each of the seven practices, moving from the most basic practice to the highest form of meditation, known as “nonconceptual meditation.” Our weekly meetings will consist of a 20 minute meditation followed by a short discussion of the particular practice we are on. For a meditation manual, we will be using, “The Relaxed Mind“ by Dza Kilung Rinpoche to guide us. Photocopied handouts of the chapter we are on will be available at each meeting, so no need to buy the book, unless you want to, of course. photo credit: www.enjoythemomentrituals.com/the-history-of-laughing-buddha
by Robin DiAngelo, PhD.: "White people in North America live in a social environment that protects and insulates them from race-based stress. This insulated environment of racial protection builds white expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering the ability to tolerate racial stress. Although white racial insulation is somewhat mediated by social class (with poor and working class urban whites being generally less racially insulated than suburban or rural whites), the larger social environment insulates and protects whites as a group through institutions, cultural representations, media, school textbooks, movies, advertising, and dominant discourses. Racial stress results from an interruption to what is racially familiar. In turn, whites are often at a loss for how to respond in constructive ways, as we have not had to build the cognitive or affective skills or develop the stamina that that would allow for constructive engagement across racial divides, leading to what I refer to as White Fragility. White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium. This book explicates the dynamics of White Fragility and how we might build our capacity in the on-going work towards racial justice." source: https://robindiangelo.com/publications/ Join us to discuss this book. We'll share what stood out for us...what challenged us, what we learned, favorite passage, and more. Come with a question you have for others about the book. This is the 3rd time this book has been discussed with Deb as the facilitator as different folks can attend on different dates and there continues to be interest. We hope you can join us this time if the last dates didn't work for you! - Parking (free) is available on the street and in a lot behind the restaurant. Let us know your needs so we can help make the event accessible for you. Meeting location suggestions welcome. * If more than 8 folks sign up for this meeting, we will meet instead at Common Street Spiritual Center in Natick center. Please check in here before the meeting to see if that is happening. - RSVP if you can come to this meeting, and change it if your plans change, PLEASE! This group is a part of Boston Knapsack Anti-Racism Group. Our book discussions so far: - "So You Want to Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo - "Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color" by Andrea J. Ritchie - "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas - "You Have the Right to Remain Innocent" by James Duane - "Neither Wolf Nor Dog, On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder" by Kent Nerburn "White Trash. The 400-Year Untold History of Class" by Nancy Isenberg "On the Other Side of Freedom, The Case for Hope" by DeRay Mckesson See our group with other participants and comments here: https://www.meetup.com/Antiracists/events/264312557/
Gather in the lobby of the Spiritual Center for a dialogue group based on The Return to Love by Marianne Williamson. Some members of the group have background in A Course in Miracles while others may be new to the perspective of living life from a perspective of love rather than fear. All are welcome!