Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Class is ON

Okay, everybody. Class is ON. (But I'm asking each person to use his or her judgment. Stay safe. If you're worried about the roads, I'd rather you'd stay home than risk life or limb.)


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Possible Class Cancellation

Attention all St. John's Center participants. We are considering cancelling the Wednesday morning class due to the likelihood of icy roads in the morning. Please check back here at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) morning for the final decision. Thanks!


Tuesday, April 04, 2017


Class tonight cancelled.

Storm in Tulsa tonight

Hello, Tuesday evening meditation class here in Tulsa.
There's quite an involved storm going on out there right now and I'm not sure whether to cancel or not. I'll make a firm decision right about 5:30. Please stay tuned! Theres HAIL at the moment!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tuesday Evening Ongoing Class

For everyone who attends Tuesday evening ongoing meditation class. I've decided to cancel. The weather forecast for between 6:00 and 9:00 this evening is very ominous.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Wednesday Meditation Class

Attention all Center participants.
Cynthia has convinced me that we need to cancel class. Public schools are cancelled and windshields are icing over VERY quickly. Caution needs to be the order of the day.
SO, there will be no 9:00 meditation class this morning.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

In Praise of Leisure

Here's something I found over on Goodreads. How wonderful!

For moderns - for us - there is something illicit, it seems, about wasted time, the empty hours of contemplation when a thought unfurls, figures of speech budding and blossoming, articulation drifting like spent petals onto the dark table we all once gathered around to talk and talk, letting time get the better of us. Just taking our time, as we say. That is, letting time take us.

"Can you say," I once inquired of a sixty-year old cloistered nun who had lived (vibrantly, it seemed) from the age of nineteen in her monastery cell, "what the core of contemplative life is?"

"Leisure," she said, without hesitation, her china blue eyes cheerfully steady on me. I suppose I expected her to say, "Prayer." Or maybe "The search for God." Or "Inner peace." Inner peace would have been good. One of the big-ticket items of spirituality.

She saw I didn't see.

"It takes time to do this," she said finally.

Her "this" being the kind of work that requires abdication from time's industrial purpose (doing things, getting things). By choosing leisure she had bid farewell to the fevered enterprise of getting-and-spending whereby, as the poet said, we lay waste our powers.”

― Patricia HamplBlue Arabesque: A Search for the Sublime

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