|Re: Hopework-l Digest, Vol 36, Issue 1||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Maggie Sventek (maggiesventekhotmail.com)|
|Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2008 14:58:54 -0800 (PST)|
Hi John and Lynn, I have been thinking about you so much lately. I would like to attend the dinner on Sunday but I'm wondering if it is okay to bring my 9-year old son Evan? We've been at Lake Harriet Community School and it would be nice to get some recentering. Please let me know, Maggie : )> From: hopework-l-request [at] hopework.org> Subject: Hopework-l Digest, Vol 36, Issue 1> Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2008 03:16:12 -0800> To: maggiesventek [at] hotmail.com> > Send Hopework-l mailing list submissions to> hopework-l [at] hopework.org> > To subscribe or unsubscribe via the World Wide Web, visit> http://lists.hopework.org/mailman/listinfo/hopework-l> or, via email, send a message with subject or body 'help' to> hopework-l-request [at] hopework.org> > You can reach the person managing the list at> hopework-l-owner [at] hopework.org> > When replying, please edit your Subject line so it is more specific> than "Re: Contents of Hopework-l digest..."> > > Today's Topics:> > 1. Hopework Supper, Sunday, November 30 (Lynn Englund)> > > ----------------------------------------------------------------------> > Message: 1> Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2008 23:27:16 -0600> From: Lynn Englund <lynn [at] hopework.org>> Subject: [Hopework] Hopework Supper, Sunday, November 30> To: hopework-l [at] hopework.org> Cc: Hopework-L <hopework-l [at] hopework.org>> Message-ID: <492B8CB4.3020709 [at] hopework.org>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed> > Dear Hopework friends,> > Happy Thanksgiving! If you're in town this weekend, please join John and > me Sunday evening for our last Hopework pot-luck supper and story circle > of 2008. Details below.> > I had my first Thanksgiving dinner of the season with friends last > Saturday. It is an annual tradition for this particular group to gather> just before Thanksgiving to assess what our community-by-intention has> meant to us during the past year and to express our intentions and hopes> for the coming year. As we went around the circle sharing our thoughts,> one woman suggested that we were no longer acting as a community> because we do not meet as regularly as we used to and no longer have any> group projects that extend beyond ourselves because we're all too busy> working. Then she declared that we had gone beyond the bonds of> community and were now like family. In her view we became like family > when we started believing that we would remain connected to each other > no matter what. Whether we saw each other or not. Wherever in the world > we were. Forever.> > As we reflected on her observation, we agreed that it's the deep> listening we have for each other that has made possible for each of us> this extra "net" of "family" relationships. It is like having a safety> net below us as we walk Life's tightrope. I am grateful to be a> participant in many different groups and gatherings at which I have > experienced this extraordinary quality of deep and attentive listening. > In its presence I feel alive and find it easy it is to be present to > others. I feel real and well-nourished afterward. I hope the deep > listening at Hopework suppers and story circles have helped expand your > "safety nets," too. Thank you for expanding mine.> > John and I are pleased to invite you to the last Hopework supper this> fall on Sunday, October 30. Four weeks ago, eleven of us greeted each> other around the table and shared a meal. Afterward we went around the> circle to tell a story of a time when we had promoted health and well > being by adopting a strategy to either reduce something that had a toxic> effect on us, or to add in or increase something that was positive for > us. Stories included using the money saved by walking to work to buy an > expensive backpack that made it doable; healing a psychological wound in > oneself by serving others; taking a risk for oneself; searching for and > finding the right home for an ailing parent; avoiding toxic > conversations and finding more people with whom to have nourishing > conversations; listening and asking questions rather than seeking > solutions on one's own; meeting with others to provide mutual support to > sustain healthy practices; and paying attention to place--being aware > that it's who you know and what you do in a place that gives it meaning.> > Hopework is the name that John and I use for the work we do. Hopework is> the practice of creating safe spaces for people to get to know and like> each other, and finding renewed hope and purpose in life with and from> each other. John and I host a pot-luck supper on the last Sunday of each > month September-November and January-April as a way to reconnect with > friends who have shared in our work and to meet new acquaintances who > share our interests. Each month we look forward to greeting new and > long-time Hopework friends, Philosophy Camp/Lives Worth Living alumni > and fellows, and other friends and acquaintances who share our > interests. Please join us when you can!> > Last Hopework Supper this fall> > Date: Sunday, November 30> > Time: Arrive at 4:00 pm; meal will begin at 4:30 pm. We usually finish> and clean up about 7:00 pm.> > Menu: Please bring a dish or beverage to share. I'll provide a> vegetarian soup or main dish and water, tea, and coffee.> > Topic: I am interested in examining health and wellbeing--what is alive> for us and what we resist or put off. This month I'm interested in our> experiences of feeling in charge of our health, or of not feeling in> charge of it.> > Lynn Englund and John Wallace> The Metro Lofts building> 2650 University Ave West, #315> Saint Paul, MN 55114> > 651-646-0069 (home)> 612-710-7287 (cell)> > Map and directions: http://tiny.cc/FkhvY> > Park on University Ave. near Dunn Bros., or in the lot along the east> side of the building. The entrance is on the east side of the building,> just south of Dunn Bros. entrance. Push 300 on the security box to have > me buzz you into the building. The elevator is to the right of the > lobby. Turn left when you get off on the 3rd floor.> > Dates for Spring: January 25, February 22, March 29, April 26.> > Lynn and John> > > > ------------------------------> > _________________________________________________________________> To unsubscribe or modify your subscription options, please visit:> http://lists.hopework.org/mailman/listinfo/hopework-l> > > End of Hopework-l Digest, Vol 36, Issue 1> ***************************************** _________________________________________________________________ Windows Live Hotmail now works up to 70% faster. http://windowslive.com/Explore/Hotmail?ocid=TXT_TAGLM_WL_hotmail_acq_faster_112008
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