Match: A Practice to Bring Heart and Will into Alignment
with Gunilla Norris and Laurie Blefeld
To bring one’s heart and will into alignment is no small task. To act on the desire to do so, we may need a way to be inspired and guided. This program offers a way to begin in the companionship of others. It is based on Gunilla Norris’s book, Match, about which Parker Palmer wrote that it, "describes a life-giving practice towards transformation."
The practice engages with matches and a matchbox, "to help us get out of whatever internal box we might be in," explains Gunilla. "We need something to hold on to while we explore what we want to give ourselves to and how to proceed. To have something small and utterly do-able is steadying and comforting.”
Because this is a 90-day practice participants will meet on four Saturdays: September 16, 2017 (9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) and October 14, November 4, and December 16, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The $175 fee includes all four program meetings and lunch on September 16.
The first all-day gathering will explore and identity a heartful longing that we wish to embody. We will work to find the words and images that support our deep desire and so be able to make the matchboxes that we will be using throughout the coming days.
Material for images will be provided. In the next three meetings we will be "making camp" to talk about what has happened as we practice. We will also make those changes to our matchboxes and affirmations that our experience indicates. The most important part of these meetings is the mutual support and learning we can offer each other to make this journey rich and doable. Our last meeting is a celebration of completion. It will also be a time for further focus and planning to help us continue our spiritual journeys.
Please bring a box of kitchen matches. Most hardware stores carry them. Also bring a journal and a questing heart. Participants are required to purchase the book on their own.
Gunilla Norris has been a psychotherapist in private practice for more than 40 years and has felt privileged to accompany many people on their journeys to growth and empowerment. She has published eleven children’s books, two books of poetry, and seven books on spirituality including: Becoming Bread, Inviting Silence, A Mystic Garden, Simple Ways, Embracing the Seasons, Sheltered in the Heart, and Match. To know more, visit her website.
Laurie Blefeld, MA, a writer, spiritual director, counselor and retreat facilitator, has worked for over 25 years as a counselor for women and families, who have experienced emotional, physical and sexual abuse; domestic violence; and homelessness. In recent years, she provides spiritual direction for incarcerated women at York Correctional Institution, and facilitates a transformational program designed to provide the opportunity for inmates to deepen their spiritual lives and develop tools for spiritual and emotional healing. Laurie’s reflection on her work at York, “Mirror Mirror on the Wall,” was published in March 2011 in Presence Journal, an international journal of spiritual direction, and “What Nourishes Your Soul?” published in Sacred Journey, March 2009. Laurie’s recently completed book, Ordinary Moments of Grace, is currently being reviewed for publication. Visit Laurie's website.