A course in obstacles

By Janet Howey

Life can seem like a path strewn with obstacles, from annoying pebbles to daunting boulders; from perceived personal imperfections to unsatisfactory conditions in our lives and in the world. When problems happen, we tend to feel that we can and should be able to solve them; yet new ones come along with frustrating regularity. This is the realm of content, the close view in which problems loom large.

“A Course in Obstacles”
With Jerry Steward and
Meredith Moraine of the SMA Meditation Community
Thu, Feb 13, 20, 27, Mar 6, 10:30am
LifePath Retreat Center
Rinconada de la Aldea
By donation


At the other extreme is the realm of context, where our spiritual beliefs or practices may suggest that if our view were bigger or clearer, these problems would seem irrelevant, or perhaps ephemeral. So when they seem real and painful we feel like failures.

Our approach is to honor both content and context. Problems happen, from flat tires to brain cancer, and we start by greeting whatever is happening—including our own emotions and reactions—with kindness. At the same time, we acknowledge an underlying spaciousness and clarity within us that holds pain and suffering in an expansive awareness. In this larger view, obstacles that seemed solid can reveal unexpected insights or opportunities. We discover in ourselves, warts and all, an underlying wholeness and lovingness that we share along with all existence.

Our emphasis is on allowing the exploration to be easy and natural. Each session includes guided awareness meditations, short talks, questions and sharing.

“A Course in Obstacles” is part of the “Waking Up in the Midst of Our Lives” series. Note: Reservations recommended. If you can’t make the first class, please let us know if you would like to attend the others.


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