Finding Peace and Happiness Amidst Turmoil
Lessons from the Tao Te Ching for a troubled world
October 9, 2021 – November 13, 2021
This class has filled already. There is continuing interest and I hope to offer another session in January. Let me know of your interest using the form below. I will start a waiting list for January.
Difficult times call for exceptional balance and equanimity. Without these qualities we are subject to the spinning chaos of media, blame, fear, anger, stress, and ultimately to potential sickness and immobilization. Theoretically, peace, balance, acceptance, and ease are our birthright – but practically how do we go about experiencing these qualities as something more than lovely poetic words? As Lao-Tzu says, the words aren’t the Thing Itself. The reality behind the words must be a felt experience, something that literally transforms the way we think, act, and perceive the world.
Join me on this six-week journey into this deeper reality. It is a journey that will require that we recognize and let go of decades of conditioned thinking – a way of thinking so deeply embedded in us that it may feel like it is the only “real” way of perceiving the world. If we are able to let go of this habitual conditioning, we will free ourselves to live our own authentic lives, enriched by peace and love rather than limited by fear and anger. Willingness to take this journey is, I believe, needed now more than ever before.
The class will begin with a ZOOM discussion at 10:00 AM, on Saturday, October 9, 2021 and meet at that time each Saturday thereafter, concluding with a final discussion at 10:00 AM, Saturday, November 13, 2021. The class will consist of the Zoom discussions, video lectures, written material, and email discussion.
Week 1 – Is finding balance and equanimity in a time of turmoil possible? What steps might we take?
Week 2 – Tension or ease? What makes the difference? How to let life flow through us instead of resisting.
Week 3 – Conditioned Mind vs Tao Mind – who’s in charge of our thinking? How do we choose a quiet and peaceful way?
Week 4 – The illusion of opposites – how to find a way beyond seeming conflict and polarization.
Week 5 – The freedom of simplicity – how to navigate clutter and noise, both inner and outer.
Week 6 – Where to from here? A Path and a Practice for your future.
Prior to the first session you will receive an overview of the course and a link to the ZOOM meetings. Each ZOOM class session will be recorded so if you have to miss one you will still have access to the material. When the class concludes, all the material including the ZOOM sessions will be available for you to download and keep.
To facilitate discussion and build an atmosphere of connection and trust, I am limiting the class to 10 people. I have no doubt that I will be offering the class on an ongoing basis, so if you can’t make this session, it will come around again. It’s that important!
The tuition for the class will be $150 and should be paid by the first session. You may pay with a personal check or by using my PayPal account.
If you are interested, please use the contact form below to apply. Please mention what you are hoping to gain by this exploration.