This group led by Sharon Wylie met from November 2011-April 2012 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, CA. We engaged in the spiritual practice of listening to a text, meditating and reflecting on its imagery and meaning, engaging in a creative response (drawing, journaling, praying), and then sharing our responses within the group. This group offered a grounding spiritual practice and was open to all who were interested. It was formed to provide particular comfort to people managing life transitions: illness, change in employment, loss of a loved one.
April 16 (our final meeting)
From the verse Little Gidding, No. 4 of the Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot:
What we call a beginning is often the end,
and to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.
We shall not cease from exploration
and the end of all our exploring
will be to arrive where we started
and know the place for the first time.
April 2 (in memory of Adrienne Rich)
“Power” by Adrienne Rich
This poem is not available online. It can be found in Rich’s collection “The Dream of a Common Language.”
March 12 (brought by Camille)
“To Licinius” by Horace, translated by David Ferry
March 5 (brought by Diane)
Our text comes from the 12th century Sufi Hakim Sanai:
the song of the Beloved.
“Exit” by Rita Dove
In honor of the President’s Day holiday, we did not meet.
“I Believe” by Rainer Maria Rilke
(brought by Kay)
“The 23rd Psalm” by Bobbie McFerrin
January 23 (for the Chinese New Year)
“The Dragon and the Ram” by May Lee
In honor of the Martin Luther King holiday, we did not meet.
January 9 (Full Moon)
“O!” by Marge Piercy
This poem is not available online. It can be found in Piercy’s collection “The Moon Is Always Female.”
“little tree” be e.e. cummings
Prayer from Rabindranath Tagore
“Japanese Bowl” by Peter Mayer (you’ll need to click on the song lyrics)
“Charge of the Goddess” by Starhawk
“Peace of Wild Things” by Wendell Berry
“The Chance” by Arthur Sze