NON-VIOLENCE AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE LUNCH & LEARN




NON-VIOLENCE AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE: LUNCH & LEARN

WITH PENELOPE WILLIAMS, RSCP
Tuesdays from 12-1 PM
February 5-26

COST: LOVE DONATION (SUGGESTED $25/CLASS), AND DON’T FORGET TO BRING YOUR LUNCH

An untrained mind can accomplish nothing. The purpose of our time together is to grow our understanding of compassion, pinpointing useful steps in living a compassionate life. Compassion is a lifelong practice of awareness, empathy and forgiveness. This will be a safe place for discovery as we relate our understanding of compassion with each other. We will participate in interactive scenarios to practice and hone your skills. If you want to be ready to navigate successfully in being compassionate and non-violent in your relationships, join this hands-on workshop.

Awareness.
It is possible to reorient the mind, put distance between our thinking selves and the potentially destructive instincts and find peace. Take ownership of our shadow side, and free ourselves from fear.
Empathy through mindfulness.
When you find yourself wanting to avoid another person’s sorrow, remember what it felt like to feel alone with sadness and do not turn away. Practice identifying with small acts of kindness, and discover ways to cultivate the positive emotions that can make us feel better. Lighten another life with acts of friendship.
Recognize and Appreciate the unknown and unknowable. What do you hear and say when criticizing another country? Let go of tribalism, engaging in Socratic dialog. Refuse to condemn others. Remember to keep trying to love selflessly and patiently. Be impartial, fair, calm, gentle, serene, accepting and openhearted.

References:
Book: Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, Karen Armstrong
Book: Ethics for the New Millennium, His Holiness The Dalai Lama
Book: The Essential Ernest Holmes

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Meet Your Instructor: Penelope Williams

Penelope Williams is the Music Minister of Spiritual Living Center Atlanta, a member of Centers for Spiritual Living organization, whose aim is to assist the spiritual seeker, with tools to transform thinking, transcend fears and embrace mental, physical and emotional wellness. Penelope has spent her career working to uplift others through musical engagement, identifying strengths and skills to advance a world that works for everyone. She is also a private music teacher, a Religious Science Practitioner, performing and recording artist.