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Hello friends and visitors.
Several subscribers told me that they enjoyed last week’s ‘Interlude,’ and as I was thinking of adding a mid-week entry to my Saturday posts, I decided to continue these ‘Interlude’ entries for awhile.
For this entry, I’ve also collected the best supportive — learning — awareness — creativity resources sent to me this past week or so. So much good will and generosity is spilling out of the human heart in free offerings, that it can be overwhelming.
This list is my starting point, and I hope it offers you something useful.
Please take care of yourselves, stay at home unless absolutely necessary, and follow all CDC protocols.
Thank you for your presence here.
For years now, Oprah and Deepak Chopra have collaborated to offer free, theme based 21 day meditations throughout the year.
Normally, the free meditations are available for only five days from the day of release; if you wish to continue after the five days, you must purchase the program.
This special series will leave all the meditations free thru May 5.
You can listen in your browser, or you may download the Chopra meditation app for your tablet or phone.
Click here for more information: Meditation Program: Finding hope in uncertain times Harness strength. Find peace. Create connection.
Jack Kornfiled and Tara Brach have posted a full half-day at home mindfulness retreat. Both teachers are exemplary, and if you have the time for a half-day retreat (a little over three hours, total), I encourage you to explore.
Full details at this link, no registration required: LOOKING FOR REFUGE? Join Jack Kornfield & Tara Brach in a Free Half-Day At-Home Mindfulness Retreat
Gratefulness.org is making their e-course library free (though I encourage you to send them 5 dollars if you have that in your pocket). This is the smallest and humblest of the group posted here, but it’s perhaps the most powerful.
Gratefulness.org centers around the work of Brother David Steindl-Rast.
From their website:
“DAVID STEINDL-RAST was born Franz Kuno Steindl-Rast on July 12, 1926, in Vienna, Austria, and spent his early years there and in a small village in the Alps. He spent all of his teen years under the Nazi occupation, was drafted into the army, but never went to the front lines. He eventually escaped and was hidden by his mother until the occupation ended.
After the war, Franz studied art, anthropology, and psychology, receiving an MA from the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts and a PhD from the University of Vienna. In 1952 he followed his family who had emigrated to the United States. In 1953 he joined a newly founded Benedictine community in Elmira, NY, Mount Saviour Monastery, where he became “Brother David.” In 1958/59 Brother David was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University, where he also became the first Roman Catholic to hold the Thorpe Lectureship, following Bishop J.D.R. Robinson and Paul Tillich.”
I’ve taken several of these courses over the years, and Gratefulness.org has always been generous in allowing me to register for free, when I needed to.
To peruse the courses, click here: Learn With Gratefulness
Emergence Magazine is offering a trove of reading, writing, and community interaction.
For those unfamiliar, here’s what Emergence is about): “Emergence Magazine is a quarterly online publication with an annual print edition. Each issue features a theme explored through innovative digital media as well as the written word.
It has always been a radical act to share stories during dark times. They are a regenerative space of creation and renewal. As we experience the desecration of our lands and waters, the extinguishing of species, and a loss of sacred connection to the earth, we look to emerging stories. In them we find the timeless connections between ecology, culture, and spirituality.”
Among the offerings in the link below: a nature writing workshop led by one of the magazine’s editors, several book clubs, transformational workshops, and several author readings.
These book clubs, workshops, and author readings are staggered into the early fall.
For more information on this surplus of good, click here: Emergence Magazine for support, creativity, and inspiration.