Exploring Spirituality

June 2017 Newsletter

We continue to meet on the third Tuesday morning of the month. This month we are concentrating on meditation. This is one of those things that everyone thinks they know what it is, but in reality, few people actually do know what it really is which is a shame, because lots of people will try it out, find it doesn’t seem to make any difference, and give up on it.

Yet the benefits of meditation can be great. It can certainly make us feel a whole lot better. It can help us cope with life a whole better. It can be good for our physical health, reducing blood pressure and making us feel less stressed by life. That is why it is becoming increasingly common in schools. It is also why businesses are beginning to use it, because they see it as a way of increasing profit if their workers are healthier and less stressed, more focused in what they do. Why not try it?

Richard

March 2017 Newsletter

Do you feel good about yourself? Do you easily forgive yourself? Do you find it easy to love and forgive other people, warts and all? If the answer is no, you may find that exploring your spirituality might change your life.

Third Tuesday of each month at 10.00 am – 11.30 am.

Richard

June 2016 Newsletter

What a great group this is! We have continued to meet monthly. This is an opportunity to discuss some of the more difficult, but deeper questions of life. Thus this month we are looking at what do we mean by giving, in all sorts of ways. We have some more formal input, various quotes from various sources. But the discussion is really based on the life experiences of everybody in the group. It is very much about sharing our personal experiences in a safe environment, where each person is respected.

We also have a practical spiritual aspect as well, with a time for meditation. This is an opportunity to be still and to reach down into the centre of our beings. It is an attempt to get beneath all that chatter of noise that usually goes on within all our minds. So if you value a sense of peace, do come along, you will be most welcome.

Richard riedd@btinternet.com

March 2016 Newsletter

We are a friendly group that meets at 10.00 am on the third Tuesday of each month in the Epworth Room. Do come along, you will be welcome. But what do we do? Well we spend some time relaxing and reflecting in silence, but mostly we have a discussion about those areas of life that really make the most difference to our lives. These are things like love, kindness, peace, joy, trustfulness, humility, self-control, wholeness and beauty. Does that sound like your life? If not, then do come along and find out more.

Richard riedd@btinternet.com

December 2015 Newsletter

We are a friendly group that meets at 10.00 am on the third Tuesday of each month in the Epworth Room. Do come along, you will be welcome. But what do we do? Well we spend some time relaxing and reflecting in silence, but

mostly we have a discussion about those areas of life that really make the most difference to our lives. These are things like love, kindness, peace, joy, trustfulness, humility, self-control, wholeness and beauty. Does that sound like your life? If not, then do come along and find out more.

Richard
riedd@btinternet.com

September 2015 Newsletter

We continue to meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 10.00am. We are a very friendly group, so do come along and join us. We start off with a period of relaxation, a thought for the day, and then a discussion on a set topic. We also finish with a period of quiet meditation.

Lately we have been having a very lively debate on Buddhism and how similar it is to Christianity or not. We are about to embark on looking at what we mean by ‘the self’, which gets more complicated the more you research it. It is a discussion very much based on our own personal experiences of life, rather than necessarily intellectual. So don’t be put off.

Richard

riedd@btinternet.com

March 2015 Newsletter

What a great group this is to belong to.

Those present range from atheists to Buddhists to Christians, which is great, because it all adds to the depth of our meeting. So whatever your beliefs, you will be made welcome.

We have continued to meet monthly on the third Tuesday at 10.00am. Everyone is welcome to join us, a friendly and inviting Group. We continue to have periods of meditation during the sessions. These are periods of silence that can lead to healing, wholeness and inner peace. What more can you ask for in life! We also have periods of discussion about some of the deeper issues in life, such as the meaning of love and forgiveness. So do give it a go and come along and experience what life is all about.

Richard riedd@btinternet.com

December 2014 Newsletter

We have continued to meet monthly on the third Tuesday of the month at 10.00am. Everyone is welcome to join us, a friendly and inviting group. We continue to have periods of meditation during the sessions. These are periods of silence that can lead to healing, wholeness and inner peace. What more can you ask for in life! We also have periods of discussion about some of the deeper issues in life, such as the meaning of love. So do give it a go and come along and experience what this is all about.

Richard

September 2014 Newsletter

Elizabeth Dalton writes:

This smallish group meets on the third Tuesday of each month to discuss themes around the topic of spirituality

What does it mean? The search has led us into some interesting discussions and sharing of ideas on ‘What is Truth’ for example and what do we mean by the ‘True Self’ as opposed to the ‘False Self’. Questions that many of us reflect on more as we get older perhaps? U3A is a unique opportunity and safe space in which to vocalize our feelings and thoughts on questions that we may, perhaps, not feel able to share with our close family members or loved ones.

We create an atmosphere of calm and respect for others’ feelings and opinions and usually include a short guided meditation at the beginning and end of each session to help us concentrate and connect with those deeper levels of our being.

If you would like to come along to a ‘taster’ session in September, do slot Tuesday, 16 September at 10.00am into your diary. Giving yourself an hour to be open to what we are all about and to decide whether or not this subject is something you would like to explore. New people with fresh ideas are always welcome and if you don’t yet have something to say and just prefer to listen that is all perfectly fine!

Elizabeth Dalton

Richard

June 2014 Newsletter

We continue to meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 10.00am. Our meetings are a mixture of meditation time, which can be deeply relaxing, and discussion time. Last time we discussed what is truth, and next time we will be looking at what, or who, our true selves really are. Is the person we present to the world really our true self? What amazes us most is that more people are not interested in coming along to the group. Meditation is such a helpful practice in life, although we realise that sitting in silence is not necessarily everyone’s cup of tea. What it does bring is a whole new perspective on life. A time to be quiet and listen in a world that is often very noisy and very loud. Above all we are a very friendly group. Atheist, Pagan, Christian, Buddhist, everyone is welcome as everyone is someone special. If you are interested, call me on 9252586 or email at riedd@btinternet.com

Richard

March 2014 Newsletter

We have continued to meet monthly. This is an opportunity to discuss some of the more difficult, but deeper questions of life. Thus this month we are looking at what do we mean by evil, or good and bad. We have some more formal input, various quotes from various sources. But the discussion is really based on the life experiences of everybody in the group. It is very much about sharing our personal experiences in a safe environment, where each person is respected. Other suggestions have been what do we mean by love? We also often have a thought for the day. All this is not based on any one religion, but covers all religions and non-religions as well.

We also have a practical spiritual aspect, with a time for meditation. This is an opportunity to be still and to reach down into the centre of our beings. It is an attempt to get beneath all that chatter of noise that usually goes on within all our minds. So if you value a sense of peace, do come along, you will be most welcome.

Richard

December 2013 Newsletter

We have continued to meet monthly. During that time we have explored different forms of meditation. This is in the belief that no single form will suit everyone. It is about finding a style that suits you. So some meditations will be more silent, others will be led meditations. Some meditations will not have a focus, whereas others are creative and make use of our imaginations. They are done in a way that is acceptable to members with a religious faith and those with no religious faith, so no-one need feel left out.

It is a great way to learn to relax. It is also a great way of exploring the mystery of what lies at the centre of yourself, if that is something that interests you. Are we just a collection of thoughts and needs, controlled by our genes and our upbringing, or are we something more than that? It is also a great way of dealing with life’s problems that we encounter on a daily basis.

All members are welcome to come along and to give it a try. If you are not sure, then do give me a ring, or send an email, and I can explain more. riedd@btinternet.com

Richard

September 2013 Newsletter

In our meetings we have continued to explore meditation, or mindfulness, and different practices associated with this. These have proved to be both wonderfully relaxing whilst at the same time promoting greater awareness of the moment, a truly winning performance. Meditation, or mindfulness, is a key building block of our spiritual growth, or how we approach life.

I feel a bit like a salesman from early in the last century trying to sell a bottle of elixir that will cure everything in life. But that is the way meditation is. It may not cure everything, but it can certainly have a deep impact on all aspects of life, from sleeping, to relaxation, to digestion and through to our relationships and how we deal with stress.

If you are still unsure, then give me a ring and we can talk about it further, or better still, come along to a meeting and experience meditation for yourself.

Richard

June 2013 Newsletter

We have continued to meet monthly on the third Tuesday at 10.00am. It is a chance to explore some of the deeper matters of life, that affect us all, but which give our lives meaning. Through poetry, the written word and through meditation. We look at spirituality across all religions, as well as in a non-religious context. We have looked at what is spirituality, with an opportunity to share personal experiences. We have also touched on suffering, ill – health and ageing, themes we may well return to. As well as what our spiritual journey might mean. In May we will be exploring meditation by trying out different forms of meditation and then trying to work out what is going on when we do meditate, what the point of it is, and why it is of such value to everyone. Does it differ to prayer, or contemplation? And the important role of breathing in it.

In June we have an outside speaker who will be looking at happiness and spirituality. Then in the future we may look at mindfulness, gratitude diaries and other spiritual practices. So do come and join us and find out more about yourself. You will be most welcome.

Richard