There is an Arabian proverb that goes: "A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness blow all the rest away."
The making and keeping of friends is a deep and wonderful spiritual practice requiring large reserves of thoughtfulness, creativity, and patience. We learn through friendship to practice attention, being present, enthusiasm, forgiveness, gratitude, joy, listening, love, nurturing, play, wonder, and other key markers of the spiritual life.
In this 40-part e-course, we will look at the multifaceted meanings, recurring challenges, and enduring rewards of friendship with quotations from many of our favorite writers including Henri J.M. Nouwen, Eugene Kennedy, Joan Chittister, Gunilla Norris, Thomas Moore, John O'Donohue, Stephen Batchelor, Margaret Guenther, Hazrat Inayat Khan, Wayne Teasdale, and many others.
Each email includes a short, thought-provoking passage about friendship followed by a related practice to use during the day. We encourage you to invite a friend to join you in doing the e-course (or give the course as a gift) so that the full depth and breadth of the practices can be experienced with someone close.
(6 CEHs for Chaplains available.)
(choose your own start date and frequency)