Imperfect Souls: How to Love Your Inner Idiot
Starts: May 8 2010 - 9:00am
Ends: May 8 2010 - 4:00pm
Today people assume that it’s important to acquire and accomplish things, to know as much as possible, and to succeed. The soul sometimes works by a different logic. It comes to life with special effect when we are emptied through failure and loss. The key is our attitude toward the imperfect life and how we deal with loss. Spiritual traditions teach the importance of the mysterious and of toning down our need to know so much. In this workshop participants will reflect on sources like the Tao Te Ching, the Heart Sutra, Cultivating Ignorance and Conversations with an Idiot by Nicolaus Cusanus, and In Praise of Foolishness by Erasmus. We will also consider Samuel Beckett’s empty hat, Oscar Wilde’s empty plate of cucumber sandwiches, Rene Magritte’s paintings, and various poems and Sufi stories. We will try to see the wisdom in our follies, stupidities, illusions, and failures, and we will learn more about loving the imperfect soul. An increase in this kind of love may inspire more satisfying work and deeper relationships.
Brunswick, ME 04011