Invitation to Three Sundays in September
So much of our life has to do with keeping the world at bay, of learning how to live under siege; of coping and of trying to create a space in which to catch our breath.
In this next Three Sundays series I will look at ways of working from a deeper, a priori, rested core that already exists inside us, but which can only be approached through various forms of undoing rather than doing. These daily acts of undoing can take very practical forms and become an integral and emboldening part of our practice and our daily lives.
I will exemplify them through physical experiences made real through the best in poetry and the best in our contemplative traditions. We will look at some of these practices through poetry, insight, and the art of asking beautiful questions: questions that change our world and our sense of self, simply through asking them sincerely and wholeheartedly.
The thresholds of difficulty we come across in our lives almost always ask us for a radical form of simplification, toward something elemental, precious and deeply personal that lies at the core of all the pressure and complication that can overwhelm us.
We can practice the art of simplification and the art of resting at a deeper level and ultimately, the art of resolving many of our difficulties, through radical simplification and radically simple actions, almost in the same way as we can practice and improve our abilities on a musical instrument. We can each practice shaping a more beautiful mind, both for ourselves and for others. We can be a presence that invites other presences in the same way we might walk entranced into a room where someone is playing live, intriguing and extraordinary music.
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.
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 on 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!
A DEEPER FORM OF REST
The Art and Practice of Creating a More Beautiful Mind begins Sunday, September 3rd, 2023 at 10:00am Pacific Time
How the Series Works
A DEEPER FORM OF REST
The Art and Practice of Creating a More Beautiful Mind is centered around three 75-minute livestream sessions delivered via Zoom webconferencing software.
3 Livestream Sessions
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 series, as well as a detailed resource guide following each session.
Each session will include time for David to respond to questions and themes from listeners, which can be submitted live in the Zoom Q&A box.