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Welcome to the Conscious Living, Aging, and Dying
Community Conversations  

2nd Thursday of each month      9 - 11 am PDT       Noon - 2 pm EDT

We invite you to join us for our Conscious Living, Aging and Dying (CLAD) community calls on the 2nd Thursday of each month to participate in conversations of interest to you. We will be using this page to introduce the topic for each of our calls, to share any resources or information we think you might want to look at before or after the call and to give you the details of when and how to participate. Miss our last meeting? Watch it in our Archive!


This Month's Conversation will be on Dying to Live

Thursday, June 14th      9 - 11 am PDT       Noon - 2 pm EDT

THE GIFT OF YEARS

“The gift of these years is not merely being alive,

it is the gift of becoming more fully alive than ever.”

Joan Chittister

This month the Conscious Living, Aging and Dying Group will be discussing some of the qualities of aging, the purposes and concerns, the struggles and surprises, the potential and joys based on the book The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully by Joan Chittister. Reading the book before the call is not necessary, and an invitation.

Our conversation will call on us to investigate the burden and discover the blessings of these years and how to overcome the challenges. Ms. Chittister is convincing as she writes about how this is a special period of life – maybe the most important of them all, the time in which a whole new life is in the making, again.

There is a panoply of inspirational reflections to choose from. Here we have chosen a few, however, feel free to bring your own:

REGRET A burden of these years is that, unless we come to value the choices we have made in the past, we may fail to see the gifts they have brought us.

A blessing of these years is___.

LETTING GO A burden of these years is the temptation to cling to the times and things behind us rather than move to the liberating times ahead.

A blessing of these years is___.

FEAR A burden of these years is the possibility of giving in to the fear of invisibility, of uselessness, of losing our sense of self and human obligation. Fear tempts us to believe that life is over —rather than simply changing.

A blessing of these years is___.

FORGIVENESS A burden of these years is that we run the risk of allowing ourselves to be choked by the struggles of the past.

A blessing of these years is___.

DREAMS A burden of these years is to think that our dreaming days are over and become mired in the past. We refuse to grow. We make past mistakes the definition of our life.

A blessing of these years is___.

FUTURE A burden of these years is assuming that the future is already over?

A blessing of these years is to give another whole meaning to what it is to be alive, to be ourselves, to be full of life. Our own life!

YOU GET THE IDEA…

Joining Our Conversations

We will be using Zoom video conferencing, which is very easy to access by computer or regular telephone. If you choose to use your tablet or smartphone, be sure to download the Zoom app ahead of time. We will be starting each meeting on time so please connect 15 minutes before the call so that the host can help with any technical difficulties or questions you may have. Once the call starts the host will be unable to help with connection issues.

Link here for instruction and access to Zoom video conferencing.


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Watch past CLAD Community Conversations in our Archive!

We would also love to hear your suggestions for conversation topics for 2018! Please let either of us know if there is an interest you may have related to conscious living, aging and/or dying that you would like to explore in a CEN community conversation. You can reach Pam at pam@areteinternational.com  and Carol at CarolTornow@comcast.net .