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The Eternal Soul, with Edward Viljoen, music by Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda Yogiji


Dear Friends,
Our founder Ernest Holmes wrote in This Thing Called You, “The soul is the one triumphant, indestructible and unconquerable thing you possess. Shot from the Invisible into this experience, it constitutes your great reality. 

But why wait for physical death to enjoy and experience your immortal being? Do not prepare to die. Prepare to live, whether you are ten years old or one hundred. There is no death. It is impossible for you to die. Stop trying to die and learn to live.”
As empowering as these words are, physical passing leaves a void for those of us who are left behind. For this reason, we provide an annual Remembrance Service to honor friends and family who have made their transition in the previous 12 months.
On Wednesday, December 7, at 7 pm, you are invited to join Rev. Joyce Duffala, Christopher Fritzsche, and members of our Grief and Loss Support Ministry for this beautiful service. If a loved one has passed on
since December 2015, please add their names to the Remembrance Book at the Spiritual Support Ministries table near the drinking fountains in the Social Hall. The names will be read during the service, and you may bring flowers, photographs, or other mementos to place on the community altar.

     Warm Regards,
Edward Viljoen

Music by Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda Yogiji, used with permission from the artists.



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Post Election Wholeness, with Edward Viljoen: Video


Dear Friends,

In the Global Vision of our movement, Centers for Spiritual Living, we read these words: “We see our communities as empowered with the realization of unity and wholeness, from which flows the ultimate healing power of forgiveness and love.”

The idea that forgiveness flows from awareness of our unity with each other is compelling. And it is compelling also to remember the benefits of forgiveness, which include healthier relationships, greater personal well-being, reduced anxiety and stress, healthier bodies, reduction of depression, and improved self-compassion.

This week I invite you to think about the awareness of unity going hand in hand with the healing power of forgiveness, and to explore ways in which you can embrace both.

Join me in affirming this week: “There is a Power for good in the Universe, and I am using it to express my unity with all life.”

Warm Regards,

Edward Viljoen

To see the video below on YouTube, click here.


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Ordinary Goodness, The Surprisingly Effortless Path to Creating a Life of Meaning and Beauty


Florence and Cecil Panaino

There is a light in the soul, Meister Eckhart wrote—a light that is uncreated and that cannot be created. * I call that light “ordinary goodness,” and I believe that the ultimate goal of life, if there is such a thing, is to express that goodness by letting it come alive in us. However, goodness, like love, makes us exposed and vulnerable. Yet we can no more withdraw from our natural-born goodness than we can withdraw from our inclination to love—not if we expect to live a life of meaning and worth. C. S. Lewis, in The Four Loves, warns that,

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become un breakable, impenetrable, and irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable. **


Goodness is everything from love, gentle kindness, compassion, and generosity to moral distinction or virtue. It is strength and excellence and sometimes, as we will see later, a synonym for the Divine. Most importantly, I believe, goodness is already present in us, like a dormant seed waiting for the right circumstances to germinate and then take root. Moreover, when it does, it has immense power to inspire and instill hope, to help and nurture. When we do not allow it to spring forth, the consequences are worrisome—  for a life not fueled by ordinary goodness must draw its strength from somewhere else. And the options are grim.

*  Meister Eckhart, Selected Writings (New York: Penguin Books, 1994), 133.

**  C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves (New York: Harvest Books, 1971).
January 3, 2017, my new book, Ordinary Goodness, quoted above, will be published.  I'm excited to see it finally take form.  I'm grateful tot he team at TarcherPerigee for walking me through the process of birthing the book.  I'm grateful to my grandmother, the heroine of the book, who taught me what ordinary goodness means.

Edward Viljoen


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Wholeness: Election Day Navigation Guide



Tuesday, November 8, from 9 am to 6 pm, you are invited to join in spiritual community for prayer on Election Day. Drop in or spend the day with us in prayer and contemplation of the highest good for our United States of America. Practitioners will be on hand and affirmative prayer will be given every half hour. Silence will be observed between prayers. This prayer vigil will take place in the new Richard Leo Meditation Chapel upstairs.

Click here to see the video below on YouTube



We have so much to be grateful for here at the Center for Spiritual Living, and we celebrate our gratitude at the annual Thanksgiving Eve service where traditionally the One Heart Choir performs. I look forward every year to completing my gratitude card, and I look forward every year to receiving in the mail the card I completed the year before! I’m grateful for this seemingly simple and playful tradition. It reminds me of the power of setting in mind a plan to be grateful for something even before it arrives.

I’m grateful for the lives of those in our community who are no longer with us, and for the new life that has come into being. I’m grateful for the fellowship time after Wednesday evening service, yoga, grief support, world peace meditation, the opportunity to practice nonviolent communication, our practitioners, and, most of all, for you, the people who call the Center for Spiritual Living their home.

If you have not already done so, please consider submitting your giving intention form online or by using a paper form available in the Social Hall. Every intention we receive, no matter the amount, helps us plan a brighter future for the Center and for those who call it their spiritual home 

 



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