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Interested in joining a book group for lesbians which meets once a month in the Portland area to discuss books with a spiritual theme? We're a group of intelligent, thoughtful and articulate lesbians of all spiritual leanings, ages and backgrounds who explore many spiritual paths and ideas through reading fiction, biography, poetry, and books by spiritual leaders. The word "spiritual" is broadly defined in our group. We try to read from all spiritual points of view. We will meet one Saturday a month (the date and book are chosen by the group at each meeting) from 4:00-6:00 pm in one of our homes, or at a community space. You can attend as works best for you--regularly or when the book appeals to you. During, around, before and after our book discussion, we also share intimate conversation about our lives and experiences. Is there anything more wonderful and powerful than intimate conversation about the things that matter most to us with articulate, intelligent and deeply thoughtful lesbians? I hope you will join us to form community with other remarkable women. Your insights and presence will be a welcome addition. Each one adds her own personal gifts to our intriguing conversations and explorations. Come join us!

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Let's gather on Zoom Sat., Feb. 5, to discuss Trusting the Gold by Tara Brach

Hello, all. Fourteen of us had a wonderful meeting on Zoom on Jan. 8, full of intimate and deep conversation discussing Awakening Your Inner Shaman: A Woman's Journey of Self-Discovery through the Medicine Wheel by Marcela Lobos. This has always been a group of intelligent, thoughtful and articulate lesbians who share conversation at a deep level. Our discussions have always been uncommonly rich. What a wonderful group of women!

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, February 5, 2022, from 4:00-6:00 pm. We will discuss Trusting the Gold: Uncovering Your Natural Goodness by Tara Brach. You are welcome whether you have read the book or not--the conversation will be rich and intimate regardless. Each time we are joined by some who have not read the book, and I think they can attest that our conversations start with the book and roam freely into the rest of our lives.

The book is widely available in print (new and used) and electronically from www.amazon.com, www.alibris.com and other sellers. Please contact me if you need help locating or purchasing the book.

Please note that all members will be held in the waiting room and only admitted if they respond to messages or are known to us. All members must be willing to appear on screen throughout the meeting.

About the book:
We receive so many messages from our culture meant to divide us from one another or turn us against ourselves. Yet when we stop judging, stop avoiding, stop trying to resist that which makes us afraid or ashamed, we open to our true nature—a boundless field of awareness that is innately fearless and loving.

This recognition of our essential human goodness may be the most radical act of healing we can take. “The gold of our true nature can never be tarnished,” says Tara Brach. “In the moments of remembering and trusting this basic goodness of our Being, we open to happiness, peace, and freedom.”

In Trusting the Gold, Tara draws from more than four decades of experience as a meditation teacher and psychologist to share her most valuable practices for reconnecting with the beauty of our humanity—from timeless Buddhist wisdom to techniques adapted to the specific challenges of our modern age. Here you’ll explore three pathways of remembering and living from your full aliveness:

• Opening to the Truth of the present moment
• Turning toward Love in any situation
• Resting in the Freedom of our natural, radiant awareness

“Even in the midst of our deepest emotional suffering, self-compassion is the pathway that will carry us home,” Dr. Brach writes. “What a joy to pause and behold our basic goodness, and to see how it shines through each of us. Seeing that secret beauty, we fall in love with all of life.”

About the author:
Tara Brach has been practicing and teaching meditation since 1975, as well as leading workshops and meditation retreats at centers throughout North America and Europe. She has a PhD in clinical psychology, is the founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW), and is the author of Radical Acceptance, True Refuge, and Radical Compassion. Tara’s weekly podcasts of talks and meditations are downloaded more than three million times each month. For more, visit tarabrach.com.

Thanks to Sue from the Seattle Lesbian Spiritual Book Group for our Zoom link:

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