Taking a Long, Loving Look at the Real
“The contemplative mind does not tell us what to see; it teaches us how to see what we behold.
This is the heart of contemplation, the centerpiece of any inner dialogue that frees us from the
traps of our perceptions and preoccupations.” -Richard Rohr, Just This
In this group we will look at what it means to develop a compassionate heart and to see life from
a contemplative stance. The contemplative sees life as it is and not as she imagines it to be or
wishes it to be. We will draw on readings from poets, philosophers, and mystics to help guide
us along the path of equanimity and loving kindness.
We will use, Finding Inner Courage by Mark Nepo as our primary text in this group. A limited
number of these books are available for purchase at the Seton Cove.
October 3, 9, 16 Nov 6, 13, 20 Dec 11, 18 (T)
Pre-requisite: One class in the Core Curriculum
Patty Speier, DMin