Vulnerability as Spiritual Practice: Listening with the Body
Friday, September 23 – Sunday, September 25, 2016
:: Led by Erika Murphy
While God embraces us in our completeness, we often reject parts of ourselves that we see as “unworthy.” What happens when, instead of trying to struggle against our vulnerabilities we dive into them, beginning a journey of becoming even more intensely human? This retreat will explore the possibilities of Spirit that arise when we honor our full selves and begin to listen (and speak) with the most vulnerable aspect of our humanity: our bodies. Qi Gong exercises and guided moving meditation will allow us to take root in the spiritual “alignment” and centeredness that we all naturally possess. During these practices of harmony and stillness we will reflect on what we hear: what are our bodies telling us? What do we need to embrace about ourselves in order to become more connected to ourselves, others, and God? Participants will have the opportunity to interweave their thoughts and reflections with these guided practices as we find ways to appreciate the gift of our humanity. Join us as we bring our bodies and minds – and their accompanying vulnerabilities – into the vibrant light of spiritual awareness.
Erika Murphy, M.Div., Ph.D., teaches religious studies in Fairfield, CT. Her work in theology and spirituality has led her to explore the rich world of the mind-body connection through meditation and other mindfulness practices. In her academic work, Erika is often drawn to explore the theological resonances between vulnerability and spirituality. She is also a practitioner of the internal martial art I Liq Chuan, an art based on Tai Chi philosophy and Zen principles, which focuses on the body as a path to awareness, stability, and mindfulness.
Cost: $275; deposit: $80