Discovering what is good for us and then, each day, doing a little of it, is one of the great triumphs of human life; above all, when we enter into that flow of self-generosity, we become more generous to others. By finding and then following, on a daily basis, what is emerging from the deeper well inside us, we create first a trickle and then a full flow of creativity and contentment, a flow that can take us through every bad habit and every seeming immovability of our lives.
The theme of mountains and rivers is ancient and recurring in almost all traditional cultures. The mountain is the way things are, sometimes acting as a beckoning goal, sometimes as a heartbreaking barrier. The mountain is also our self, seemingly immovable in its settled habits, impenetrable in its nature, but also necessary in its abiding, essential groundedness. The river is what emerges from the depths of the mountain itself; what is able to flow on. It is what we want to give and what we can give, finding its way through or around every barrier to the waiting sea.
By finding and then following, on a daily basis, what is emerging from the deeper well inside us, we create first a trickle and then a full flow of creativity and contentment, a flow that can take us through every bad habit and every seeming immovability of our lives.
This quality of movement and flow is not only where human beings find our way around personal difficulties, but also how all of us can communally contribute to the great challenges and changing climate of our times - in tiny ways magnified by our numbers, or by large, societally transformative action. With our knowledge of the way our planet is changing around us, happiness is barely possible unless we know we are each somehow contributing to the good.
Join David Whyte for this New Year’s Three Sundays series, building a practice in the first month of the year as a foundation for the coming eleven months, discovering both what is essential and grounding at our center and what is always emerging, moving, learning, adapting, and flowing on, giving its gift and finding a way through every difficulty.
If you cannot afford the registration price, please contact [email protected] for our discounted rate.
Three Sundays Testimonials
These beautiful sessions have buoyed me so through the months - now nearly years - of this pandemic. Your words have spoken to me for many years (The House of Belonging is still my favorite, all the pages well worn and the binding frayed). Your choices of theme and poems always seemed divinely timed to what I needed to hear, or to ponder. My creativity has soared, and I have been inspired to let go of old wants and dreams that no longer fit, to be less "hard on myself for wanting what I want," and to really accept that I deserve to have the life I want. Each time, I have been very moved by what you say and how you've said it. Thank you for being a voice of inspiration, kindness, acceptance, and honesty through this strangely beautiful and transformative time.
Tremendous possibilities now in focus, realizing the wisdom behind thinking and living with the theme that no matter what, “ everything is still possible.” Can’t thank you enough. Every session gets better and better.
Since I’ve followed your Sundays series beginning in January this year, I’ve gained perspective I why I’m still here (on the planet.) Because of illness and separation from family, I could not see beyond my own misery. Writing didn’t come easily UNTIL I stopped. Thank you for taking us deep into the inner journey. A new door has opened, actually it’s an old, old garden gate and my job was to untangle the overgrowth that was hiding it. Blessings!
"Each time, I have been very moved by what you say and how you've said it. Thank you for being a voice of inspiration, kindness, acceptance, and honesty through this strangely beautiful and transformative time."
- Participant, Three Sundays Series
Thank you for these Sundays that you have been doing throughout the pandemic. They have held my heart and body and mind in such a gentle and honest embrace.
This is opening up some exciting possibilities!
MOUNTAINS AND RIVERS begins Sunday, January 8th, 2023 at 10:00am Pacific Time
How the Series Works
MOUNTAINS AND RIVERS is centered around three 75-minute livestream sessions delivered via Zoom webconferencing software.
In addition, David will present you with Tiny Disciplines in and after each session, to help bring the poetry and themes into your daily life, and also to hold the thread between the three Sundays.
3 Livestream Sessions with Q+A
Each session will include an hour long talk followed by a 15-minute Q+A.
You will receive preparatory materials offering food for thought for creating an environment to engage with the seminar, as well as a detailed resource document for each session.
In each session David will offer one or more Tiny Daily Disciplines, to help bring the poetry and themes into your daily life and hold the thread between sessions.