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SUMMER SUSTENANCE

Start 2021 with a discovery of practical wisdom and learn how it can be applied in daily life.

Embrace Greatness

A talk by Mrs Christine Lawless

Greatness, talent, potential, gifts. Whatever we call it, our natures abound in it and can cultivate and develop it fully. It is knowable, realisable, reachable and essential. It came inherent in us into this life and lays latent ready to be awakened.

So what’s stopping us?

Why do we tend to avoid activating potential, instead hiding our light, rarely seeking out that in which we shine most brightly nor expending the effort to realise that which is completely natural to us and can lead to happiness and a full, useful life?

We can feel overwhelmed by what it might mean to discover our gifts and develop our potential. Or fearful of failure, of wasted time and energy. Perhaps it feels egotistical to even think of a greatness or talent? Do we believe we don’t have any and it’s only others who have it? What could I possibly have to contribute? I’m okay with how things are and maybe I’ll think about that later.

What if our potential were something reachable right now? If all we had to do was make the right effort and watch it unfold? What if to do so, was the greatest service to humanity? Socrates said “I set to you—each one of you, individually and in private—what I hold to be the greatest possible service. I tried to persuade each one of you to concern himself less with what he has than with what he is, so as to render himself as excellent and rational as possible.”

William Shakespeare, someone we can easily recognise as having developed gifts, suggests we embrace greatness. “Do not be afraid of greatness; some are born great, some achieve greatness and others have greatness thrust upon them.”

This interactive discussion draws on inspiration and wisdom to consider this age old question of what is my purpose, how can I can take steps to awaken and develop it, and why is it not just important, but essential to do so?

WHEN
Sat 16 January, 9-11.30am

WHERE
Face to face at 9 Chippendall Street, Milton

COST 
$10

Please note this workshop is for current and past students of the School of Practical Philosophy and is limited to 16 people.

Resilience: advancing despite adversity    - SOLD OUT

A talk by Mr Thomas Atkin

“YOU HAVE POWER OVER YOUR MIND—NOT OUTSIDE EVENTS. REALISE THIS, AND YOU WILL FIND STRENGTH.” – MARCUS AURELIUS

With the great Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius as our guide we will explore how we can develop resilience within ourselves and continue to advance despite adversity.

Sometimes we have periods in which daily experiences seem to conspire to keep us off balance and out of sync. These circumstances push us away from our natural character, away from the person we wish to be. Stresses from outside forces can sap us of the vital energy needed to see the beauty in the world. Once we start rolling downhill toward negativity it’s hard to slow the momentum and turn upward.

Marcus Aurelius encourages us to exemplify our virtues and bring them to bear on the challenges we face in daily life.

‘It is my bad luck that this has happened to me.’ No, you should rather say: ‘It is my good luck that, although this has happened to me, I can bear it without pain, neither crushed by the present nor fearful of the future.’

‘Because such a thing could have happened to any man, but not every man could have borne it without pain. So why see more misfortune in the event than good fortune in your ability to bear it?’ Marcus Aurelius

WHEN
Sat 23 January, 9-11.30am

WHERE
Face to face at 9 Chippendall Street, Milton

COST
$10

Please note this workshop is for current and past students of the School of Practical Philosophy and is limited to 16 people.

Being untouched by worldly events

Beginning of term talk by Mr Rex Howard, Head of School

WHEN
Wed 27 January, 7-9.30pm

WHERE
Face to face at 9 Chippendall Street, Milton

COST
$10

Please note this workshop is for meditating students of the School of Practical Philosophy Brisbane and is limited to 16 people.