Tending the Fire: Storytelling and Stillness in a Dark Season

11/9/2020, 7:00pm - 8:30pm at Online

Stories and storytelling quicken what is falling into shadow within us, or already, long since has fallen into shadow. Stories reawaken the inner life and bring our attention back to intuitions we have about who we are, and what opportunities life and consciousness present us. This is true whether we have gathered with others around a fire to listen to a spoken tale, are reading a book alone, recording our own stories, or subconsciously witnessing our own lives unfold in the midst of a busy day. Colder weather is a time to turn inward, to come in from the fields, as it were, and tend this inner fire. In this class, in a context of wordless prayer and meditation, we will write and share—if we choose to share—pieces of our stories. And we will map these pieces—puzzle them together and apart—into forms that resonate with our life journeys, and what has brought us to Zazen and each other.

We’ll be meeting Monday evenings from 7-8:30 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of each month (to accommodate those who are also participating in the Racial Justice Circle). The first meeting will be November 9th, but we’ll discuss as a group how/whether to meet over the holiday season. There will be suggested “exploring” during the off days, and which will take many forms, but not much reading or “homework.” We will use the Council format for most discussions, participants should bring their zafu/meditation chair along with a notebook and pen. Open to anyone anywhere, regardless of writing or meditation experience! Suggested donation $100, but partial or full scholarships are available for anyone who requests them.