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Parents College – Week 8


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Michelle stepped in as a host and welcomed everyone into our learning circle with a round of introducing ourselves again and inviting us to speak about our questions and intentions regarding the big theme of “Choosing Love”.

“Love should make you free. You become free of the hungry, blistering need with which you continually reach out to scrape affirmation, respect and significance for your self from things and people outside your self. To be holy is to be home, to be able to rest in the house of belonging that we call the soul.”
John O’Donohue

With this quote Brigitte made the link to last session where we talked about teaching and parenting regarding the potential of the child, true to its soul rather than to its visible personality or obvious abilities and disabilities.

To bring attention to the relational space between us Brigitte drew a diagram inspired by the Hendricks Institute. It demonstrates how we can expand our capacities of giving and receiving love. By practising present moment awareness we can learn to recognise when we unconsciously get caught in the “drama” of daily life and our judgment which keeps us from experiencing loving connection. Everyone seemed familiar with the concept “drama” as emotional entanglement. We all knew examples of how we and our children or other family get caught up in it. Michelle guided a very lively discussion in which we exchanged experiences of what helps us to “shift” into more ease and love when we have been “drifting” into the stressful emotional entanglements. Bringing our awareness and love back to ourselves as the only person who we really can change seems to be the way forward.
Sharing our experiences made us also aware that we are all dealing with the same or at least similar challenges.

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To end the session Brigitte read the poem “What If ?” which is an invitation to inhabit our lives more fully in the moment.

What If?
What if our religion was each other?
If our practice was our life?
If prayer was our words?
What if the Temple was the Earth?
If forests were our church?
If holy water—the rivers, lakes and oceans?
What if meditation was our relationships?
If the Teacher was life?
If wisdom was self-knowledge?
If love was the center of our being.

The theme for next session will focus on THE CHALLENGE OF TECHNOLOGY in our lives. Jennifer offered to talk about The Senses in regard to this question and Matt will be the host.