It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way…
Charles Dickens’ opening paragraph from A Tale of Two Cities, aptly describes “the new normal” that we have been, are, and may be living with for some time, into the future. It is a time fraught with inner and outer turbulence that we have never before seen. We are in the midst of the “perfect storm” at sea that we will have to navigate. What do we really need to make it through these very tumultuous times of pandemic crisis, social and racial injustice, precipitous economic downturn, and hostile divisiveness in our country and globally?
We will focus on three dimensions of transition and the inner transformations that will provide a port and an anchor in the storm. First, you will be invited to take a closer look at yourself and what you are experiencing and how you have been reacting, in your body, mind, heart and spirit.
Second, you will be encouraged to respond in new ways through prayerful reflection and the development of greater simplicity, patience and compassion. Third, you will be encouraged to continue to allow God’s Spirit to nourish these transformations in your daily life.
Dr. Robert Weber
Dr. Weber is a former Jesuit and a retired Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Bob has a longstanding interest in the interrelationships among mental health, spirituality, and aging. He has coauthored a book entitled The Spirituality of Age: A Seeker’s Guide to Growing Older. He continues his private, psychological practice in Cambridge, MA, and continues to lead workshops, days of prayer, and retreats. And he loves to play and pray with others. Visit his website at SpiritualityofAge.com