SELECTED THEMES

On this page you'll find overviews of some themes that we have worked with in the past, including a bit of background to our way of working with those themes. We are happy to offer workshops on these themes to you and your community, tailored to your specific interests and needs. We can also work with you to develop workshops on new questions and themes.


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THE GIFT OF THE GOLDEN NOTHING

The art of giving and receiving
from the bottom of your heart

Giving and receiving are basic elements of social life, but when they fall out of balance, one can experience burn-out or cold-heartedness. Do you approach giving and receiving with equal regard? The gift of the golden nothing is a practice for restoring the balance between giving and receiving, strengthening both your inner life and capacity for social engagement.

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THE COURAGE TO DIE AND THE FEAR TO BECOME

Tradition, innovation, and the spark of enthusiasm

The impulse to let go of a worn-out tradition or rekindle the fire of one we dearly want to keep is a threshold experience. On the one hand, courage gained from the past pushes us forward. On the other hand, the fear of what the future might bring holds us back. By embracing the necessity of both of these forces, we may be rewarded with a spark of enthusiasm that leads to true innovation.

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THE ART OF LISTENING

An act of peace

When was the last time you felt truly heard by another person? When was the last time you really listened to someone else? Listening is more than being passively silent; it is an active state of holding oneself back. To do so, we must open up the space and time in between speaker and listener for the story to unfold its yet-unknown truth. The capacity to listen deeply is a gateway to developing the higher spiritual senses.

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INTERGENERATIONAL COLLABORATION

What can the youth and elders learn from each other?

The natural relationship between the younger and older generations seems to be one of tension: The youth see the elders as rigid, complacent, and dispirited. The elders see the youth as brash, insubordinate, and idealistic. Dare to rethink our standpoints. It seems that much of the time we actually have our backs turned to each other. Imagine we turn around and face one another. The elders might see in the youth a living reflection of their past, and the youth might catch a glimpse of their living future. This gesture fosters an interest in the other that can enliven a spirit of true collaboration.

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