The Spirituality of Imperfection, a Quiet Day for the second half of life
Saturday September 22, 2012, 9:00 –3:00,
by The Rev. John Holliger, retired, Delaware
Register at https://diosohio.wufoo.com/forms/m7p0p1/ by September 19 so that a packet of poems will be waiting for your arrival. $15 includes lunch and poems
This Quiet Day provides a reflection on the Spirituality of Imperfection, the spirituality of the second half of life.
There are spacious times for quiet reflection, journaling, walking meditation, silence, and
quiet conversation with one or two others.
There will be no large group discussions. A short time at the end provides for brief reflection on the day. Some will prefer to offer their silent witness.
In the first half of life we are establishing our careers, our households, and our personas with perfection. Success and building our reputation are our priorities.
In the second half of life our striving for perfection has lost its appeal. The masks we have created are coming loose.
We are learning more from our disappointments, losses, and failures than from our successes.
We begin the inward journey, each in our own unique way.
There is wisdom embedded within our imperfections.
Our flaws lead us to our Center, our Essence, where a Great Mystery has been waiting our arrival.
In the second cycle
In the Third Cycle
we will sit quietly to conclude, with a brief time for reflection on the day. Some may wish to offer their silent presence as their gift.
The potter has been a spiritual guide for little communities for thousands of years. Here the meek of the earth have simple, profound wisdom for our journey.
The wisdom of trees and carvers expressed by poets like Wendell Berry and David Whyte can open us in surprising and unexpected ways for the journey ahead.