Listen, are you breathing just a little, and calling it life? - Mary Oliver

Big Ideas is an oasis for profound and practical transformation. It is a pool of clear water bubbling up from inner power and wisdom. It is a place to "dip your bucket down" and bring up your prophet, to draw your vision, power and soul from within. It is a sanctuary for your creative imagination and a channel to bring your soul qualities and aliveness into creative action. It is a forum for positive, inspiring energy to gather in community. It is the company of women and teens in Rich Conversation to discover and nourish seed ideas that are truly ours to do so we can participate in the ongoing creation of the world we want. Why is it so important now? Because the more we do this, the better our world will be. This is the edge of time when real change is possible. We are here to create, not in a self-sacrificing way, not at our own expense, but from true, strong, deep energy from the depths of our soul. It is contributing to others as a form of self expression like a rose gives off her fragrance.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Closing the Gap ~ Big Ideas Small Group Series August and September 2012

Later I was in a field full of sunflowers.
I was feeling the heat of midsummer.
I was thinking of the sweet, electric drowse of creation,
when it began to break.

The lightning brighter than any flower.
The thunder without a drowsy bone in its body.

Instructions for living a life:
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.   (by Mary Oliver, from poem Sometimes)

In August and September, we invite you to join our next small group series of 4 meetings as we take another creative pause between our Community Gatherings for Big Ideas.

You have two choices for the series:  Wednesday evenings 7 - 9 pm or Friday mornings from 10 am - noon.  Wednesday evening dates are August 8 and 22, September 12 and 26.  Friday morning dates are August 10 and 24, September 7 and 28.  You can substitute a date if you have a conflict in a particular week.

Join our small group success in Closing the Gap between brightening your awareness and getting it into your body where it can truly take hold and reshape your life into your wholehearted greatness.  And, we can say with great certainty that there is greatness in all of us.

However, insight alone never changes our behavior and experience of our life.  We transform our life when our awareness moves into our bodies ~ our thoughts, feelings and actions ~ and literally changes our brain chemistry.  This is how we can dare greatly.

We pay attention.
If we want to live and love with our whole hearts, and if we want to engage with the world from a place of worthiness, we have to talk about the things that get in the way, especially shame, fear and vulnerability.   

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown will guide us along with her new book Daring Greatly.  We will also draw from old wisdom stories, poetry, imagination, our dreams.  Whatever we give our attention to expands.

We are willing to be astonished.
You and I can close the gap between who we are being and who we truly are.  Unwiring habitual patterns and old emotions of shame and vulnerability changes our brain chemistry and we can begin to see a new landscape of possibilities.

Something stirs within us.  We discover the birthplace of joy, creativity and belonging to something bigger.  We feel our passion and purpose electrify in the greater Why?.

We tell about it.
We find others who are committed to participating in the evolutionary impulse and we connect in conversation focused on transformation regularly.   

We plan for it and own that the change is ours to do, yet not in isolation.  In a greater context, we access a greater source of energy that is bigger than ourselves and our plans. Small group conversations are the unit of transformation in the 21st century ~ for people, for communities and for the planet.

When you step further into the story you came to live, not only does the mythic territory open, but the deep self moves and the world of imagination and meaning comes towards you.  Michael Meade.

Carole Pecorrini
You may choose either the Wednesday evening series  ( 7 - 9 pm) or the Friday mornings (10 am - noon).  Each will be open for up to 8 women.  Preferences will be honored on a first come basis.  We will meet at my home for a more intimate setting.  18398 Riverside Drive (at Comstock) Sonoma 95476.  Doors will open for light refreshments 30 minutes prior to the program beginning.

Our gathering will include writing and rich conversation.  It will include new language and images for this creative territory we are in and old wisdom stories will offer us with fresh perspectives.  We will use books by Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly as guides.

This is my passion and purpose in life.  It is that something that lives in the center of my heart and soul and ripples out to others.  It is something I simply must contribute.  You have your something too.  We can tend to it.  We know about how to close the gap and will yet still discover more. 

Registration deadline is August 3 by check or online here using your credit card (see top right sidebar).  You may register for the entire Small Group Series of your choice with one payment of $180 or two monthly payment of $95 each due by August 3 and Sept 7.  Your check can be sent to Carole Peccorini/ Sonoma Big Ideas at the Riverside Drive address just above.  Will you join us?  What does your heart say?







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