Wise Living Program Overview

Perhaps you find yourself facing the challenges of life with nagging anxiety, longing for the inner peace that Jesus said is available at all times.  Do you wonder if experiencing that peace is possible for you

What about those emotional responses and negative thoughts that have been sabotaging how you show up for yourself and for your relationships?

Perhaps you’ve made contemplative prayer a part of your life, and sense, ok, now what?

You’re not alone. There are always questions and we all need tools to help us deepen our relationship and connection with God, our true selves and others and to stay deeply connected.

The Wise Living Program is a way for you to experience, learn and grow your way into living a transformed life with a community of like-minded, like-hearted soul friends.  The book studies, workshops and retreats are designed to equip you and help you create a new way of living, a way of following Christ that will bring about the whole, true life you were destined to live.

NEW Course 4: Wisdom of the Desert

The Way of the Heart book

How you’ve lived your life, up to this point, even as a son or daughter of the Living God, can not be the same way you approach life going forward.  Our country and the world is changing in front of us and we have to be equipped to handle life in the midst of these changes without losing our spiritual equilibrium. 

As a follower of Christ how are you able to keep and grow your faith, stay in hope, walk in trust and live peacefully in this tumultuous, chaotic world?  Yes, you are in this world, at this time for God’s purpose and yes, it is possible to be in this world and not a part of it. John 17: 14-16

Learn how the wisdom of the desert can transform your life, bringing you peace, expanding your faith, deepening your love and putting you on a firm foundation for Wise Living.  The wonderful teachings of the ancient desert fathers of the early Christian Church are taught by the insightful, contemplative teacher, Henri Nouwen.  Through unpacking hi book The Way of the Heart, you will come to understand and experience how applying this wisdom to your own life, will transform you. The desert will truly become your place of refuge and strength and, like it did for the Israelites, will lead you into the freedom of God’s promised life for you.

“The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” Exodus 14:14

You’re not alone on this journey called life. The Deeper Connection Community and your soul friends are here to support you.

Wisdom of the Desert

Status: Registration open now through October 20, 2021

Dates: Every other Wednesday Oct. 20, 2021 through Dec. 15, 2021

Where: All events via Zoom (online), in the comfort and safety of your home!

Zoom Meetings: Group sessions every other Wednesday from 7 – 8:30 pm (EST). To prepare for these session, please read the following pages prior to these meeting dates: Oct. 20: (pages 1-10), Nov. 3: (pages 11-32), Nov. 17: (pages 35-60), Dec. 1: (pages 63-76), Dec. 15: (pages 79-95).

Workshop/Retreat: Saturday, December 4, 9:30 am – 11:30 am EST (will be recorded)

Notes: Bring your questions. All are welcome.

Cost: $127 until Monday morning, Oct. 18 and then $157 (excludes cost of book, use Amazon link to purchase)

Register: Complete the Form Below

Materials: Your registration confirmation will contain links to your downloadable Journal and our Zoom meeting

Course Includes: Retreat/Workshop, Wisdom Of The Desert Journal digital PDF, 5 Group Spiritual Direction Sessions, Live Q&A in The Deeper Connection Community private Facebook group, opportunity to email Maria with personal follow-up Spiritual Direction questions.

Course 3: Centering Prayer Experience

The Human Condition

In this chaotic, ever-changing world, what is stabilizing you? When the ground beneath your feet is shaking, what do you do? When the winds of the times suddenly change course, how do you not get tossed around? If we’ve learned anything over the past year, it’s that life can change in a moment’s notice and we have to be ready. But how? The same spiritual practices and life disciplines that may have sustained you during those good old normal days are not enough.

We must make the choices and lifestyle changes that will not just help us cope with the rising tides, but will actually sustain us when people and things around us seem to be in chaos. Addictions, suicides, depression and anxiety are rising. More people are living out of an underlying sense of fear. You may or may not be experiencing these personally, but I’m certain you have loved ones who are. The question is how do you want to live? How can you serve this hurting world?

There is a way to live in this world and not be a part of it. (John 17:16) and now is the time to deepen our understanding of how that is possible. More importantly, it’s necessary to live not conformed to this world, but to live transformed. (Romans 12:2) The discipline of Centering Prayer and the contemplative way of being will hold you steady and help you live a more peace-filled, Christ-centered life.

In this new Wise Living course The Centering Prayer Experience you will have the teaching, support and guidance you need to make Centering Prayer a foundational spiritual practice for your life. If you’re new to Centering Prayer or have been praying in this way for years, matters not. We will begin with a workshop/retreat which will help you get off to a great start. If you’re not able to attend, that’s ok, you can still participate in the six week experience.

As you participate, you will deepen your relationship with God, allowing your true self to emerge in more profound ways. Christianity is a way of transformation and showing up in the world that will truly make a difference. We do not have to be tossed around by codependent relationships and chaotic circumstances. We are given a way to be rooted and grounded in love, peace (shalom) and faith. Centering Prayer will help us on that way.

We will use the book, The Human Condition by Father Thomas Keating as we pray through the next six weeks. It’s a short but engaging book. The challenge is to have two, 20 minute Centering Prayer sits each day, one in the morning and one later in the day. Our Zoom meetings will be Group Spiritual Direction, where we will process and explore God’s invitation of transformation for you.  In addition, you may email Maria with any follow up question after our sessions.

You’re not alone on this journey called life. The Deeper Connection Community and your soul friends are here to support you.

Course 2:  Knowing God

The Cloud of Unknowing book

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How can you truly know a God you can not see, feel or touch, but only experience?  Better yet, how can you have a personal relationship with this God you can not fully know?  You may have learned the suitable answers from a religious, denominational or biblical perspective to these questions, but now find the answers don’t satisfy you, especially when you‘re faced with the challenges created by a chaotic world and old wounds of the false self.

For Course 2 of our Wise Living Program we will be using The Cloud of Unknowing.   It is one of the greatest adventures to be experienced in book form, for anyone on this Contemplative Christian path.  Its’ author, an unknown monk who lived during the 14th century, has given us a Contemplative Prayer treasure to unpack.  This treasure will surely lead you, if you choose to go, into a deeper, up close and personal relationship with God.  The result, the life of love you were destined to live and long to create.

Through this Zoom class and special private Facebook group you will receive much support and get to know other like-minded, like-hearted soul friends.  If Facebook is a social media platform you use, participation in the private group is highly recommended.  Overall this will prove to be a transforming experience.


Course 1: Choose Gratefulness

Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer

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Choose Gratefulness is the first study being offered by The Deeper Connection, that will help you live more fully the transformed, contemplative life in Christ.

We will be using the book: Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer by Brother David Steindl-Rast. (required)

By the end of the class Gratefulness will be woven into the fabric of your being emanating the fruit of the Holy Spirit (joy, peace, love, kindness and patience) as God enlivens the sacred tapestry of your life.

This opportunity promises to be an uplifting and fun experience.

Journey with other soul friends as you develop the (power) tools to add to your Wise Living tool box, that will help you now and always create the beautiful life you desire.

Register

Ready for your journey toward Wise Living?  Great!  Simply register and make your payment through the registration form below.  You will then receive a follow-up email with the information you need including your personal Journal (PDF download), access link to the Zoom meetings, and a link to our private Knowing God Facebook group only open to the participants of this study.    

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you hope to achieve during this course, if you like. If there is any specific topic you wish to discuss, please let us know.
Let us know the areas of most interest to you so we can focus our resources to provide the guidance you seek.
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