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Winter of Listening: A Circle of Trust In a Time of Pandemic

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A soulful process of self-discovery and inner life exploration. Six online sessions of 90 minutes on Tuesday mornings Jan. 12-Feb.16, 2021

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This is a 'winter of listening'.

In an uncertain time of pandemic and social change, Dan Hines guides a process of respectful self-discovery as we 'hear one another into deeper speech'. This Circle of Trust is informed by the small group practices of activist Parker J. Palmer, who mentored Dan, and guided by the work of the collaboration known as The Center for Courage & Renewal.

We will meet for six sessions on the Zoom platform. Each session lasts for 90 minutes. The sessions are held on Tuesday mornings 11:00 am PDT. (There is another set of sessions being offered on Tuesday evenings and you can find out more with this link).

The first of the six session is on Tuesday, Jan. 12 and the final session is on Feb. 16, 2021.

Registration is limited to 15 participants.

Dan believes that every person has access to an inner source of truth, named in various wisdom traditions as identity, true self, heart, the witness, the navigator, spirit or soul. The inner teacher is a source of guidance and strength that helps us find our way through life’s complexities and challenges.

These sessions give us a chance to listen to this source, learn from it and discover its imperatives for our work and our lives.

The title "Winter of Listening' is taken from a poem by the well-known poet David Whyte. The poem will serve as a touchstone for our process of shared learning.

Winter of Listening

No one but me by the fire,
my hands burning
red in the palms while
the night wind carries
everything away outside.
All this petty worry
while the great cloak
of the sky grows dark
and intense
round every living thing.
What is precious
inside us does not
care to be known
by the mind
in ways that diminish
its presence.
What we strive for
in perfection
is not what turns us
into the lit angel
we desire,
what disturbs
and then nourishes
has everything
we need.
What we hate
in ourselves
is what we cannot know
in ourselves but
what is true to the pattern
does not need
to be explained.
Inside everyone
is a great shout of joy
waiting to be born.
Even with the summer
so far off
I feel it grown in me
now and ready
to arrive in the world.
All those years
listening to those
who had
nothing to say.
All those years
forgetting
how everything
has its own voice
to make
itself heard.
All those years
forgetting
how easily
you can belong
to everything
simply by listening.
And the slow
difficulty
of remembering
how everything
is born from
an opposite
and miraculous
otherness.
Silence and winter
has led me to that
otherness.
So let this winter
of listening
be enough
for the new life
I must call my own.
-David Whyte

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