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December 6th, 2016|Comments Off on Season of Anxiety and Joy
Recent developments in our nation and world have brought new anxiety even as we approach a traditional season of joy. We offer an opportunity to listen to anxiety and learn what it might have to say about itself, as well as experiencing the joy that comes with finding new truths. For more information about our upcoming summer seminar “Anxiety and Joy” click here.
This year’s Nourishing the Soul will talk again about story, the ones we’re told and the ones we tell. It will be wide-ranging, from myth to Shakespeare, from Homer to Updike, from fairy tales to urban legend, and maybe most important, our own. We think storytelling is the most human of activities. It helps make us who we are, tells us where we are, and gives us some sense of where we want to be. Each night the dreamer visits us with his wild tales. All our earthly stories are, in a way, a way of catching up with him/her.
Frank O’Connor takes a sentence from Gogol’s “The Overcoat” to give an alternate description of the short story: “and from that day forth, everything was as it were changed and appeared in a different light to him.” All of us have had many such moments where there is a turning, a pushing in a new direction. The seminar will give us a chance to explore our own “turning moments” as well as those of others real and fictional in the context of story.
We have planned also some wonderful art and music projects.
This years’s seminar will be held from April 3 to April 6 at Bishop’s Ranch in Healdsburg.
Anxiety is no stranger to many of us. It can steal the breath. It can disorient in the middle of the night or overwhelm in the midst of normal daily activities. We may feel powerless in its presence or embarrassed that it compels us toward unwanted behaviors.What is anxiety and what does it tell us about itself? What is required of us to face it and its multiple manifestations?
Jakob Boehme says, “The Holy Spirit leads us by anxiety to a new birth.” What might this mean? Perhaps anxiety itself is the push of something new that wants to come into being. What orientation of heart and mind might be needed to explore the creativity that is hidden within anxiety? How might the disturbing symptoms we experience lead to greater freedom and joy?