"Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what
makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is
people who have come alive."
~ Harold Thurman Whitman
What are we talking about when we talk about "callings"?
In the language of Focusing, a calling can be understood as a bodily-felt sense of the next steps that the Universe, Spirit, or Life itself is wanting to take through us, into the world.
That which we are being called to is continually calling us to bring forth our unique gifts into the world.
Whether it seems that you are still finding your way, or whether you
have already discovered a more clearly defined sense of purpose, much
can be gained by listening more closely to the voice of your callings - this "calling" can infuse your whole life.
Offering Focusing attention to this felt sense of a
calling puts us in contact with very powerful energies and guidance. Any of our "callings" can be understood as a powerful stream that we
can follow back to a deeper Source, even as that stream flows naturally
outward into our own unique expressions and actions in the world.
Even when our "calling" is something that we have in common with others – for example, a “practice” such as art, meditation, or Focusing - we each have our own specific way in which that practice expresses itself through us.
What happens when we follow a calling "back to Source”?
• We are deepening our connection to the larger "Source of Life" that moves through us.
• We are honing our particular expression of that calling: we are
becoming clearer about the unique way in which Source is seeking to
express itself through us in the form of our calling.
• Last but not least, we begin to naturally discover ways in which we can apply the gifts of our calling to other areas of our personal and professional lives.
Origins of this process
I originally experienced this deep and wonderful process as a 2-hour teleclass with the Focusing trainers who developed it, Bruce Nayowith, MD and Rose Zubizarreta, MSW, MA. They have generously given permission for other trainers to offer it.
I first presented this in one of my monthly Focusing meetups, and several participants commented that they would have liked to have more time to explore the core of aliveness that they encountered.
And so I am now offering this expanded version.
What specifically will you be doing in this retreat?
"Listening to Your Calling" involves a simple series of questions
that will help you to connect more deeply with your calling – with what
"makes you come alive." Each question will be explored in guided listening partnerships, and will be preceded by a demo. (And you
will receive a worksheet of the questions to take home with you if you would like to continue this exploration.)
Who is this retreat for?
This retreat provides a deep experience for both experienced Focusers and newbies.
The more experienced you are in going within through a practice such as Focusing, meditation, or some other inner work, the deeper your experience is likely to be.
However, no worries if you are new to inner work! You will receive the guidance and support you need to connect deeply with your core aliveness.
For workshop details and registration information, please see below.
I hope you can join me for this opportunity to explore together what makes us come alive!
Please Note: This workshop is limited to 10 participants.
Zen Garland, 83 Campbell Ave, Airmont, New York
(in the "Yoga Room")
Saturday, April 19, 10:30 - 5:30 pm
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