Soul-Smithing: Holding 2018 with
Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018
6:30pm – 9:00pm
Soul-Smithing: Holding 2018 with “Soft Eyes”
Before entering the next year, pause to notice…what do you choose to release? Remember? Reaffirm?
“In the Japanese art of Aikido there is a practice called “soft eyes” – it means to widen one’s periphery to take in more of the world. If a stimulus is introduced to an unprepared person, his eyes narrow and flight/fight response takes over. If the same unexpected stimulus comes to someone with “soft eyes” the natural reflex is transcended and a more authentic response takes its place – such as thinking a new thought.”
“Soft eyes, it seems to me is an evocative image for what happens when we gaze on sacred reality. Now our eyes are open and receptive, able to take in the greatness of the world and the grace of great things. Eyes wide with wonder we no longer need to resist or run when taken by surprise. Now we can open ourselves to the great mystery.”-Parker Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life
This open invitation is for anyone to experience “spaciousness for the soul.” We will sample the gentle, respectful and hospitable Circle of Trust® approach, alongside those who may enjoy the work of bestselling author, educator, activist and spiritual leader Parker Palmer. No prior knowledge is needed.
A chance to listen for what your soul may wish to share with you.
6:30 pm – Doors open for snacks and socializing
6:45 pm – First timer orientation
7:00 pm – Convene the Circle of Trust
9:00 pm – Close the Circle
Suggested donation: $15; don’t let finances keep you away from this.
Offered by Tony Vento, founder of Purpose Matters, and a facilitator prepared by Parker J Palmer and the Center for Courage and Renewal
To learn about Circles of Trust visit www.couragerenewal.org/approach/
Tony Vento knows in his very soul the power of people coming together in respectful small circles, linked with other circles, for renewing and transforming ourselves, our workplaces, and our communities by attending to our callings – our vocations – when grounded in our gifts.
As a consultant, facilitator and trainer Tony enjoys reconnecting who we are with what we do at the interior and organizational level. He offers reflective practices for meaning and purpose, renewal and leadership, having designed and led over 60 retreats in the past 10 years, in a wide-variety of settings: secular, pluralistic, and religious. NE Ohio’s seasons have transformed him.
Please visit http://www.purposematters.org to learn more about Tony and local Courage & Renewal work.
To register, phone 216-626-5409 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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