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Explore the sacred in a poetry circle, or become a circle facilitator yourself
Explore the sacred in a poetry circle, or become a circle facilitator yourself


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My vocation is speaking & training on Emotional Intelligence! My avocation is leading poetry circles in which all seekers can take a deeper dive into life and find the Sacred through poetry. This video is a brief introduction to the WordSPA ministry of Spirituality, Poetry and Appreciation.
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Another marvelous post from the blog A year of Being Here.  Follow on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook or by email.  The combination of mindful poems and beautifully paired art are a daily inspiration to me! 
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I was blessed to be the guest homilist at an Anglican service in Calgary, Canada in September when I spoke with the good people there at the Wisdom Centre.  I ended my homily with this poem...such a lovely reflection!  Thank you to the poet, David Whyte.


Good poetry begins with
the lightest touch,
a breeze arriving from nowhere,
a whispered healing arrival,
a word in your ear,
a settling into things,
then, like a hand in the dark,
it arrests the whole body,
steeling you for revelation.

In the silence that follows
a great line,
you can feel Lazarus,
deep inside
even the laziest,
most deathly afraid
part of you,
lift up his hands
and walk toward the light.

From RIVER FLOW: New and Selected Poems
© David Whyte and Many Rivers Press
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so of the many things that poets have to teach us...a truth that we learn and forget...learn and forget...
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Dear Friends,

Most of you know me as a lover of Emotional Intelligence and related training topics.  and I love my vocation!

 What you may not know is that my avocation is poetry.  For a few years now it's been my pleasure and privilege to facilitate poetry circles a few times a year at Centering Space in Lakewood.  It's been such a joy, that I've put up a website to support this labor of love, and for the first time, I can offer poetry circles aimed at jelping all seekers to prepare Advent and Christmas.

I hope that you will mark your calendars and spread the word to anyone who wants to celebrate the spirit of Advent and Christmas with poems of the seasons.

Tell your friends east and west that there are 3 opportunities this year to be part of an Advent Finding the Sacred in Poetry Circle.

Note that all 3 gatherings are weeknights, and only 2 hours or less in length. Isn't your personal preparation for the season worth 2 hours that you can give as a gift to yourself?

Join us at Centering Space on Thursday, December 4 from 7 to 9:00.  Cost is $15  All new poems--Theme is "Let Every Heart Prepare"

Holy Family Parish in Stowe on Sunday, December 7 from 7 to 8:30 or so.  Freewill offering.  Theme is "Finding the Sacred in Poetry: Poems of  Advent, Christmas, Nativity"

And the Jesuit Retreat House in Parma is hosting me in leading a poetry circle on Tuesday, December 16th, 7 to 8:30.  Cost is $15 Theme is "Finding the Sacred in Poetry: Poems of  Advent, Christmas, Nativity"

If you are new to the poetry circle, consider attending at Jesuit Retreat House, or Holy Family because those are poems that are terrific, but they've been done at Centering Space, and won't be repeated there...this is your chance to catch up with those original poems.  If you are a Centering Space regular, these are all new poems this year, and a huge thanks to Ginny Douglas, who led me to many of them!

Want to make this a special Advent indeed?  Attend both the Dec. 4 at Centering Space and the Dec. 16 at Jesuit Retreat House...and sink into the Sacred Season like never before.

This is the only notice that I'll be sending, so mark your calendar!  Visit the websites at Centering Space, Holy Family, and Jesuit Retreat House for directions, and for their phone numbers or emails so that you can register.  The contact at Holy Family is Barb on the parish staff, who has graciously opened this to the public.

Want to learn more about my avocation?  Visit to learn more, or like the WordSPA facebook page and send a few minutes reviewing some terrific poems posted there!
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