“From a good teacher you may learn the secret of listening.
You will never learn the secret of life.
You will have to listen for yourself”
― Rachel Naomi Remen
I’m a lifelong fan of good questions.
To me, a good question is one that stands strong and remains generative even after many attempts to answer it.
A good question is a teacher one can carry for a lifetime.
You're warmly invited to join me for a live online class on Monday evenings for 9 weeks in July and August of 2020. We’ll meet from 5:30-7:30 pm mountain time via zoom. Classes will be recorded so that you can revisit the material again or so that you can watch/listen if you need to miss a class.
My friend and mentor Francis Weller often quotes James Hillman as saying,
“In your patience is your soul.”
Zen master Dogen said,
“Not knowing is the most intimate.”
Let’s come together in a kindhearted community to practice patience, to court the soul, and lean into the intimacy of not knowing as we gather around good questions and marinate in wonder, imagination, curiosity, humility, and soulful inquiry.
In a time when so much is changing in the world, a common human tendency is to grasp for something certain, something solid to hold onto.
What if instead, we leaned into the open space of not knowing?
What if some of what we most need right now might be found where we least expect it - in slowing down, in wonder, in openness, in imagination?
In living the questions rather than grasping for answers?
My approach is rooted
- in embodied presence,
- in courageous kindness,
- in respect for the open space of wonder,
- in reverence for the wisdom that lies in each of us,
- in friendliness toward our own not knowing paired with open curiosity.
Each class will include:
- a brief guided meditation practice
- several potent and generative questions,
- time to pause and rest in not-knowing,
- guidance in the practice of embodied inner listening,
- occasional writing practice,
- small group time for sharing,
- and generative invitations to explore in your own time between our weekly meetings.
We’re not seeking answers so much as a deepening intimacy with the state of wonder, with our capacity to rest in an open and curious mind, with the wisdom that lives in our bodies that requires a slowed-down, humble and receptive presence, all saturated with courageous kindness and good humor toward our own and each other's beautiful and imperfect human experience.
We’ll meet on Zoom on Monday evenings from 5:30-7:30 pm Mountain Time for 9 weeks during July & August.
All classes will be recorded. Recordings will be posted in our user-friendly online classroom, where you’ll also have a space to interact with me and one another through online conversations if you like (and it's blessedly not on Facebook!) I’d love for you to attend the classes live, but if you can’t be present, you’ll have access to all class recordings.
For years and years, I’ve received feedback from friends, clients, and students that asking good questions is one of my superpowers. I've witnessed many lives being profoundly changed by good questions. I’m excited to put generative questions at the center of our explorations during this brand new class. Would you like to join me?
I’d be so honored and delighted to have your wisdom and wonder in the circle!
"The fact that nothing is certain, and we therefore can’t hold on to anything, can evoke fear and depression in the mind. But it can also evoke a sense of wonder, curiosity, and freedom."
- Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel
The suggested tuition is $300. Please pay what you can and what feels right to you. During this time of extraordinary circumstances in the world, I want to make this work available to those people who feel most called to it, whether you're currently unemployed or feeling financially secure. Please don’t let money challenges get in the way of your joining the course if your heart knows you need to be there. If you’re feeling financially stable, your generous donation is deeply appreciated by me and my family. Please know I will not be tracking who paid what and making any judgments about it. I really just look forward to gathering with wise and curious folks around the warming fire of good questions.
“Perhaps real wisdom lies in not seeking answers at all. Any answer we find will not be true for long. An answer is a place where we can fall asleep as life moves past us to its next question. After all these years I have begun to wonder if the secret of living well is not in having all the answers but in pursuing unanswerable questions in good company.”
― Rachel Naomi Remen