Growing into diversity
We've all become more familiar with the term diversity lately, as well as its meaning. We "get" that it can apply to cultures, lifestyles, business, even ideas and constructs.
Even so, our lives may still be relatively homogeneous, through no fault of our own. We may still live in the same neighborhood or town in which we grew up. Perhaps the neighborhood hasn't changed much; maybe the Millers still live next door and the same cashier works at the local gas station.
So how do we insert diversity into our very own lives? How do we embrace it, experience it and practice it? Local is great, home-grown is delish, and the Millers are nice, but let's weave some diversity into the mix.
Unity Spiritual Center offers some ideas and events that will bring the flavor of diversity into your world. On Friday, June 9, adults and children are welcome to experience a revered saint from India, Amma Sri Karunamai, for individual blessings. The event starts at 11 a.m.; all are asked to arrive no later than 5 p.m. Amma describes herself as one whose intent it is to bring love and compassion into the world. She considers you one of her children.
On Saturday June 10, Amma will lead a meditation retreat at Unity. Tickets are $77 for the half-day retreat; $122 for the full-day retreat (includes lunch).
Would you like to have a more fulfilling relationship with your partner, friends or children? Come hear Master Steven Co teach about "Forgiving and Forgetting," including energetic techniques for healing all kinds of relationships. Powerful exercises and meditations are included. Free healing sessions will be offered after the workshop. Master Co is at Unity on Thursday, June 8, starting at 7 p.m. Donations are welcome.
Then join us for two very special evenings with Tibetan monks, June 27 and 28, at 7:30 p.m. The Drepung Loseling Monks of The Mystical Arts of Tibet, will present the topic, "Arousing the Mind of Universal Kindness." on June 27. The next evening begins with a potluck and meet-and-greet with the monks at 6 p.m., followed by a ceremonial prayer for wealth and prosperity at 7:30 p.m. A $10-$15 love offering is gratefully appreciated at each event.
The month closes with "Crown of Eternity," a sound journey and ecstatic chants session, on Friday, June 30, 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance.
Unity Spiritual Center is at 23855 Detroit Road. For more information or to register, call 440-835-0400 or visit unityspiritualcenter.com.
I enjoy writing about USC's events. Everyone is welcome at Sunday services, or at our numerous classes, and worshops!