Join us at sunset for a potluck dinner and fire as we invite one another to engage in the counter-cultural practice of Sabbath rest - a set aside time in our lives to do nothing out of obligation.
It takes the structure and support of community to build patterns of rest and letting go in our lives. Through power in together we can re-imagine what is "enough" and we can practice a mindset of gratitude. That is what these Rest gatherings are about.
Our evening is a mix of conversation, ritual and engagement with wisdom. We're going to try out eating a meal together, too. So, bring a dish to share if you like. For part of the evening, we'll be outside (weather permitting) so dress appropriately! Bring an instrument or two if you like. We could jam...
Rest is necessary for journeying this life well. Yet being human today often means being stuck in perpetual motion, anxiety, and consumption with no time for rest. And the dragons of anxiety and unchecked appetite are destroying our lives and the planet we share.
"Rest" gatherings are inspired by the ancient Hebrew practice of Sabbath - a set-aside time of rest, letting go, listening, and being cared for. We get together to share questions, stories, and tools that will help us develop our own practice and pattern of rest.
What if we came together and invited and supported one another in creating space for rest in our lives? What if we made room to listen deeply and connect with planet, one another, and with anxiety-relieving Love? What if in creating our own practice of rest, we could be restored and energized to make room for other lives and life to rest?
What transformation awaits!
Silence and contemplation are key to doing the inner work of our individual hero's journey. So, prior to each "Expect Miracles" Sunday Gathering, we'll offer a time for contemplative silence. Our practice will be informed by Centering Prayer, an ancient Christian practice of silent meditation. It is about detaching from thoughts and making room for the hidden work of God/Source/Universe in our subconscious/inner being. Please arrive promptly. We'll have a brief time to check in, and then we'll settle into 20 minutes of silence.
| Free event | Open to the public | Kid friendly | Tiny Footprint Coffee & light breakfast snacks provided | Come early for silent meditation Shush Your Dragon: Contemplative Silence
You may not consider any of the opportunities in your life as a calling or pieces of some grand adventure. Regardless of whether you resonate with the Joseph Campbell's Hero’s Journey or not, we all can relate to the stage he refers to as “Refusing the Call.”
We all prefer to be comfortable and do what’s familiar. Neurologists have discovered that change is painful because it requires our brains to establish new neural connections. This is why we resist change, even when the changes could be for the better. What change/letting go/stepping out are you resisting?
Answering your call to adventure and leaving the comfort of familiar can be intimidating. Becoming or living into that true self requires great courage.
The good news is we don’t have to make this journey alone. We can be part of communities (like Intertwine) with courageous individuals who are willing to share their experiences, failures, successes, and wisdom. We can support each other along the way.
That's what this Expect Miracles gathering, led by the one and only Andy Jolivette, will be about. Supporting one another even through our fears and stubborn resistance. Aaron and Shawn of First Dates will bring meloidies/story to help this conversation vibe in our souls. Check them out here: http://www.firstdatesmusic.com/
We're all called to an adventure. Let's support each other in discerning that call and taking that next step together.
See you Sunday 11/4 at East Side Neighborhood Services.
We are immersed in stories of what it means to be a man. Is the water we're swimming in healthy or toxic? For our next Detoxifying Masculinity - Twin Cities gathering, we'll share, from our own lived experiences, how our understanding of being a man has been shaped/influenced by the larger culture/society we find ourselves in.
What societal teachings of what it means to be a man and the treatment of women have you experienced? How has your environment (media, culture, law, etc.) reinforced these beliefs? How can we unlearn/heal/transform toxic masculinity?
***For those interested, we offer a time of silent meditation prior to the gathering. Please arrive at Public Functionary by 6:45pm to participate.***
More about the structure of this group:
To create a safe/brave space for this work we follow these guidelines.
- Assume confidentiality.
- Everyone participates (no individual dominates).
- Listen with an open mind.
- Speak from your own experience.
- Avoid interruptions and side conversations.
We also begin with the following terms & definitions:
Toxic Masculinity: "toxic" masculine norms include dominance, devaluation of women, extreme self-reliance, and the suppression of emotions.
Rape Culture: a setting in which rape is pervasive and normalized due to societal attitudes about gender and sexuality.
Sexual Violence: any sexual act or attempt to obtain a sexual act by violence or coercion, acts to traffic a person or acts directed against a person's sexuality, regardless of the relationship to the victim.
Objectification: the act of treating a person, or sometimes an animal, as an object or a thing.
Ally: relationship among people, groups, or states that have joined together for mutual benefit or to achieve some common purpose, whether or not explicit agreement has been worked out among them.