Putting our fears in the cradle of Loving-Kindness

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I am inviting you to join me in a beautiful and terribly needed practice in these days of constant fear/anxiety/worry/heartache. Isn’t it time for putting our fears in the cradle of Loving-Kindness?

The global community feels the shockwave every time another person goes crazy and takes others’ lives, or another storm/earthquake/fire/tidal wave crushes nations, or another group displays their hatred out in the open. We see it all now because there are TV stations dedicated to showing us the most terrible parts of our humanity, the most awful events anywhere across the globe, 24 hours a day. And we feed on the terrible as though we are starving, as though we have not tasted nearly enough disaster.

If a billion people worship safely on a Sunday, we will be shown the one place in the world where worship was not safe. If a trillion acts of loving-kindness happen face-to-face on every continent, we will be shown the one tweet where someone was immensely unkind. The worse the event is somewhere, the more likely it will be put in our faces, over and over, until the next worst thing arises.

In the face of our own hunger for disaster, our own tendency to feed on the very things that stress us out and raise our daily fears to unprecedented heights, I know there is a better way. I know there is a wiser lifestyle. I know we need to learn the practice of putting our fears in the cradle of Loving-Kindness.

This Saturday, I am gathering friends who want to spend six hours creating this kind of contemplative community on our property in Slidell, Louisiana. I am inviting you and your friends to join me in eight contemplative practices to save our lives. I need you to help form this kind of community – because I cannot live this lifestyle alone.

Would you like to spend six hours this Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm, silently putting our fears in the cradle of Loving-Kindness? Would you come into a community to experience a body scan for relaxation, sacred yoga, centering prayer, walking meditation in a cypress swamp on a clear-cool day, eating meditation (with whatever you bring to delight your belly), a mountain meditation, and a loving-kindness meditation?

We have room for you, and we could use your intention to support our own as we practice what we all need to save our lives: putting our fears in the cradle of Loving-Kindness together.

Suggested cost: $50

Location: 435 Nighthawk Drive, Slidell, LA 70461

RSVP: William.thiele56@gmail.com

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About soulcare4u

I am the author of Monks in the World: Seeking God in a Frantic World, published by Wipf & Stock and available through Amazon.com; and of a blog on Wordpress.com, "A Contemplative Path." I serve as the founding spiritual director of The School for Contemplative Living (www.thescl.net), adjunct faculty of Loyola University, and as a pastoral counselor and spiritual director in private practice.
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