What we're about

spirituality: refers to a human being's subjective relationship (cognitive, emotional, and intuitive) to what is unknowable about existence, and how a person integrates that relationship into a perspective about the universe, the world, others, self, moral values, and one's sense of meaning.

metaphysical: a branch of philosophy that studies the essence of a thing. this includes questions of being, becoming, existence, and reality. also defined as relating to the transcendent or to a reality beyond what is perceptible to the senses. highly abstract or theoretical.

Join us for a small, low-key gathering to discuss topics of a spiritual and/or metaphysical nature. Our intention is to create a community of people who love talking about wonder, mystery, and what it means to be human.

We are not experts on any of these topics. We are simply a group of people who appreciate the genuine camaraderie that can develop through thoughtful discussion about life's big questions. We value all ideas and opinions. Our goal is not necessarily to agree - it is to gain a deeper understanding. In other words, we recognize that we are all still learning.

Please note that some meetups may have a topic, book, podcast, or video clip to get the conversation started (see individual events for details). We welcome suggestions, the plan is to encourage the group to provide input at events.

POSSIBLE TOPICS

souls, meditation, conciousness, human nature, meaning, mindfulness, creativity, emotional intelligence, psychology, mysticism, energy, reincarnation, philosophy, extrasensory perception, death, life after death, art, beauty, near death experiences, intuition, dreams, alternative medicine, etc.

"When is the last time that you had a great conversation, a conversation which wasn’t just two intersecting monologues, which is what passes for conversation a lot in this culture? But when had you last a great conversation in which you overheard yourself saying things that you never knew you knew, that you heard yourself receiving from somebody words that absolutely found places within you that you thought you had lost and a sense of an event of a conversation that brought the two of you onto a different plane, and then, fourthly, a conversation that continued to sing in your mind for weeks afterwards? And I’ve had some of them recently, and it’s just absolutely amazing. They’re like, as we would say at home, they are food and drink for the soul. " - John O'Donohue, Philosopher and Poet

DISCUSSION ETIQUETTE

To ensure a quality discussion, it is helpful if everyone is responsible for following and upholding these social norms.

- Be respectful (i.e., put phone away, refrain from interrupting, keep side discussions to a minimum during event, etc)
- Stay focused on pre-selected topic.
- Be mindful of time and allowing equal voice.
- Practice the skill of perspective-taking - the act of perceiving a situation or understanding a concept from an alternative point of view.

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Coffee & Conversation - Topic: Aging as a Spiritual Practice

a private home in west Vancouver

Join us for a small, low-key gathering to discuss topics of a spiritual and/or metaphysical nature. Our intention is to create a community of people who love talking about wonder, mystery, and what it means to be human. We are not experts on any of these topics. We are simply a group of people who appreciate the genuine camaraderie that can develop through thoughtful discussion about life's big questions. We value all ideas and opinions. Our goal is not necessarily to agree - it is to gain a deeper understanding. In other words, we recognize that we are all still learning. ********* CONVERSATION STARTER ********* **Please read brief article copy and pasted below before the Meetup to support a quality discussion.** "Aging is a Life Process" by Lewis Richmond The emotional undertow of aging, I think, is a feeling of loss – loss of youth, loss of dreams, loss of possibility. This quality is what used to be referred to as mid-life crisis. Other phrases have come into vogue now such as the cheery “60 is the new 40” but the undertow of such homilies is still loss. Is there some way out of this sense of loss, some fresh point of view that assuages the pain of it? Actually, there is. Aging is not a matter of years – forty, sixty, eighty – but of life process. Everything is aging, all the time. We age from our first breath. The problem is not aging per se, but our view of it. It is natural to want to avoid pain and abide with pleasure. Even a sunflower wants to turn to the sun as much as possible. Why should it be otherwise? And yet this pleasure bias does not really maximize our pleasure. Even pleasure turns to pain as it fades. Though we want to maximize gain and minimize loss, gain and loss are actually interwoven in each moment. In teaching Zen meditation, I sometimes talk about breathing in terms of gain and loss. We breathe in and gain a new moment of life; we breathe out and that moment is gone, never to return. This is how our life is. Loss is not really loss if we don’t hold onto it. Gain is not ephemeral if we do not continually invent strategies to make it permanent. Fundamental joy is somewhere outside of this loss/gain calculus. I think that the natural process of aging is also the natural process of wisdom about all of this. It is those of us who are older who have, if you will, experienced many more cycles of breath than the young who are the natural experiencers and teachers of joy. This is our birthright. Possible Questions - How has aging changed your sense of self? - Enter your own ideas here. :) **I googled some discussion questions and found this website. http://www.wisdompubs.org/blog/201505/11-questions-ask-yourself-about-aging Lewis Richmond is the author of Aging as a Spiritual Practice: A Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser. A Buddhist teacher, Lewis leads a Zen meditation group, Vimala Sangha, and teaches at workshops and retreats throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. He has published three books, including the national bestseller, Work as a Spiritual Practice®. LOGISTICS Steve, an organizer, has generously offered to host at his home in Vancouver. You are welcome to bring your own beverage or snacks to share with the group, but it is not required. Steve will have bottled water, regular brewed coffee, and a variety of teas available. Please message an organizer if you have any questions. Looking forward to meeting you! ---------------------------------------------------------- DISCUSSION ETIQUETTE To ensure a quality discussion, it is helpful if everyone is responsible for following and upholding these social norms. - Be respectful (i.e., put phone away, refrain from interrupting, keep side discussions to a minimum during event, etc) - Stay focused on pre-selected topic. - Be mindful of time and allowing equal voice. - Practice the skill of perspective-taking - the act of perceiving a situation or understanding a concept from an alternative point of view.

A Course in Miracles (ACIM) Study Group

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Happy 2019! We welcome anyone to join this ACIM study group regardless of where you are in the Course (or even if you aren't sure what it's about). We are deepening our understanding of ACIM and its practical application in daily life. This is a course in becoming aware of the True Self, the essence of who "I am." It is a movement away from those fearful, limiting, cruddy stories and voices in our heads and towards the loving, guiding, creative Voice of Spirit. Our primary goal is to re-frame our perceptions of how things are that we might experience the world anew, without judgment and with a willingness to let Life, let Love, be lived through us. GENERAL MEETING AGENDA: - Opening to set our intention - Review lessons and text explored during the previous two weeks - Excerpt or conversation starter discussion and sharing - A few minutes reviewing the upcoming lessons - Closing with a brief meditation LOGISTICS: We meet every other Wednesday from 6:30-8:00pm. Meetings are held at a private home in the Fisher's Landing area of Vancouver. The address will be emailed to confirmed participants a few days before class. Space is limited to 8 people who must be RSVP'd. Tea, water and coffee are provided. Note: In case of allergies, please note the home has a resident Cockapoo (small dog) and two Cockatiels (small parrots). This is a shoe-free space! IMPORTANT NOTES: *Please bring a copy of ACIM if you have one (I have a couple of loaners on hand) or other material you want to share. You can buy a copy of "A Course in Miracles: Combined Volume" by Foundation for Inner Peace through Amazon.com or at https://shop.acim.org/. *We are always respectful of each other. We keep stories appropriate and as brief as possible to allow time for everyone to participate in discussion. Politics and other unrelated topics are generally not brought up. *The material in ACIM can push us outside of our comfort zone as we take an honest look at ourselves -- for some, it can be a life-changing course. This cannot be facilitated nor controlled by the organizer or any group members. Please know yourself and whether or not you need professional help to deal with issues that arise as a result, or to receive trauma/addiction recovery counseling, or other psycho-therapeutic benefits. It is with gratitude that I walk this path and look forward to meeting those who are meant to show up in my life!

A Course in Miracles (ACIM) Study Group

Needs a location

Happy 2019! We welcome anyone to join this ACIM study group regardless of where you are in the Course (or even if you aren't sure what it's about). We are deepening our understanding of ACIM and its practical application in daily life. This is a course in becoming aware of the True Self, the essence of who "I am." It is a movement away from those fearful, limiting, cruddy stories and voices in our heads and towards the loving, guiding, creative Voice of Spirit. Our primary goal is to re-frame our perceptions of how things are that we might experience the world anew, without judgment and with a willingness to let Life, let Love, be lived through us. GENERAL MEETING AGENDA: - Opening to set our intention - Review lessons and text explored during the previous two weeks - Excerpt or conversation starter discussion and sharing - A few minutes reviewing the upcoming lessons - Closing with a brief meditation LOGISTICS: We meet every other Wednesday from 6:30-8:00pm. Meetings are held at a private home in the Fisher's Landing area of Vancouver. The address will be emailed to confirmed participants a few days before class. Space is limited to 8 people who must be RSVP'd. Tea, water and coffee are provided. Note: In case of allergies, please note the home has a resident Cockapoo (small dog) and two Cockatiels (small parrots). This is a shoe-free space! IMPORTANT NOTES: *Please bring a copy of ACIM if you have one (I have a couple of loaners on hand) or other material you want to share. You can buy a copy of "A Course in Miracles: Combined Volume" by Foundation for Inner Peace through Amazon.com or at https://shop.acim.org/. *We are always respectful of each other. We keep stories appropriate and as brief as possible to allow time for everyone to participate in discussion. Politics and other unrelated topics are generally not brought up. *The material in ACIM can push us outside of our comfort zone as we take an honest look at ourselves -- for some, it can be a life-changing course. This cannot be facilitated nor controlled by the organizer or any group members. Please know yourself and whether or not you need professional help to deal with issues that arise as a result, or to receive trauma/addiction recovery counseling, or other psycho-therapeutic benefits. It is with gratitude that I walk this path and look forward to meeting those who are meant to show up in my life!

A Course in Miracles (ACIM) Study Group

Needs a location

Happy 2019! We welcome anyone to join this ACIM study group regardless of where you are in the Course (or even if you aren't sure what it's about). We are deepening our understanding of ACIM and its practical application in daily life. This is a course in becoming aware of the True Self, the essence of who "I am." It is a movement away from those fearful, limiting, cruddy stories and voices in our heads and towards the loving, guiding, creative Voice of Spirit. Our primary goal is to re-frame our perceptions of how things are that we might experience the world anew, without judgment and with a willingness to let Life, let Love, be lived through us. GENERAL MEETING AGENDA: - Opening to set our intention - Review lessons and text explored during the previous two weeks - Excerpt or conversation starter discussion and sharing - A few minutes reviewing the upcoming lessons - Closing with a brief meditation LOGISTICS: We meet every other Wednesday from 6:30-8:00pm. Meetings are held at a private home in the Fisher's Landing area of Vancouver. The address will be emailed to confirmed participants a few days before class. Space is limited to 8 people who must be RSVP'd. Tea, water and coffee are provided. Note: In case of allergies, please note the home has a resident Cockapoo (small dog) and two Cockatiels (small parrots). This is a shoe-free space! IMPORTANT NOTES: *Please bring a copy of ACIM if you have one (I have a couple of loaners on hand) or other material you want to share. You can buy a copy of "A Course in Miracles: Combined Volume" by Foundation for Inner Peace through Amazon.com or at https://shop.acim.org/. *We are always respectful of each other. We keep stories appropriate and as brief as possible to allow time for everyone to participate in discussion. Politics and other unrelated topics are generally not brought up. *The material in ACIM can push us outside of our comfort zone as we take an honest look at ourselves -- for some, it can be a life-changing course. This cannot be facilitated nor controlled by the organizer or any group members. Please know yourself and whether or not you need professional help to deal with issues that arise as a result, or to receive trauma/addiction recovery counseling, or other psycho-therapeutic benefits. It is with gratitude that I walk this path and look forward to meeting those who are meant to show up in my life!

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