“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.”
from Ode on a Grecian Urn, John Keats

We concluded our month-long look at poetry for our MLUC Meditation Group I with the theme of beauty with an interview of John O’Donohue. You can also read about our sessions on IntimacyVulnerability and Pain & Suffering.

Finding beauty inside and out

In the introduction to his interview, O’Donohue observes, “beauty . . . is about an emerging fullness, a greater sense of grace and elegance, a deeper sense of depth, and also a kind of homecoming for the enriched memory of your unfolding life.” When we recognize beauty, it helps us pause. To reflect on gifts we receive as well as wishes and dreams we carry.

Participants shared the beauty they’d experienced in the past week, including listening to music, observing animals, and being connected with others.

Listed below are some of the poems and readings that were shared:

“Whatever happens.
Whatever what is is is what I want.
Only that.
But that.”
Galway Kinnell, A New Selected Poems


Mindfulness & Meditation for Positive Habit Change
Choose one or all: 9/18, 10/9, 11/20, 12/11

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Learn to train your brain to break old habits and adopt new ones!

September 18: Identifying Habit Patterns
October 9: Accountability and Reminders
November 20: Patience and Self-Compassion
December 11: Sustainable Change

Examples of habits to be addressed include technology use, self-
compassion & self-care, physical fitness, and procrastination.

7 – 8:15pm. No cost to attend.
Tredyffrin Library, 582 Upper Gulph Road, Strafford


Men Meditating in the Mountains – October 12-14

We are proud to offer a weekend retreat. Wholehearted: A Men’s Meditation Retreat takes place in Wilkes-Barre at a beautiful rural property full of opportunity for reflection, connection, hiking, fishing and learning. The fee of $230 includes meals, lodging and a guided meditative experience accessible to beginners and experienced practitioners. Visit our event listing to sign up and learn more.

An offering of: Cntr4SC_Letterhead

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