Closing Ceremony

April 17, 2006

Closing the Circle

Filed under: Uncategorized — maf2 @ 10:02 am

Please use the space below to "bow out" of the Circle, by offering a word, phrase, and/or image that crystallizes and expresses your experience this weekend.  Thank you for being with us.

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  1. Beautiful work! Expresses the agony and the joy of the (re)birthing experience.

    Comment by Judy — April 23, 2006 @ 6:35 pm

  2. The webpage is so rich, a great resource of mind, body, spirit information which provided a foundation for the trials and victories of building community. The website must be visited again and again and I plan to do just that. It’s been a wonderful and beautiful excursion, navigating my way home – to myself in community.
    Truly and with the warmest regards. May each of you be healthy and well for all times. I will look for you in the winds of change and in the places where infinite possibilities exist.
    You are the light of the world.

    Comment by Muhjah — April 23, 2006 @ 8:21 pm

  3. Now that I’ve shed my panic about working on a GDOC next year: your work here has quite intimidated me, and yet seats me in the power of collective work…. now that I’ve finished shedding my tears from having been SO moved by your content here and how I can be moved by it beCAUSE of my first year experience in Learning Community… I can only say “thank you” and trust that you know the depths of what I mean and need to convey to you all! Thank you, GDOCers of 2006: you enrich me grealy! Blessings to you all and those whose lives you touch!!! xxx

    Comment by Mary Beth — April 23, 2006 @ 8:41 pm

  4. I, Anne leave this sacred space only temporarily, for I know I will return. My soul longs for the nourishment I find here.
    I exit as I came in…moving to the east, facing the rising sun and longing for wisdom and inspiriation.
    As I continue on my journey, I offer this blessing for all of you…
    Deep peace of the running waves to you
    Deep peace of the flowing air to you
    Deep peace of the smiling stars to you
    Deep peace of the quiet earth to you…
    Siochan beannacht leat
    Peace and blessings be with you
    Let it be so

    Comment by Anne Fox — April 23, 2006 @ 9:56 pm

  5. Thank you for weaving this blanket.

    For the ancestors, and for the descendents!

    Comment by Dane — April 24, 2006 @ 12:53 am

  6. I leave this space with a closing wish to my cohort group, teachers, and fellow sojourners in my native Spanish:

    Les deseo mucha fe, esperanza y amor…

    (I wish you all much faith, hope and love).

    Comment by Mary — April 24, 2006 @ 2:06 am

  7. I am very grateful for being able to work with my cohort preparing this project. It has been a journey of love for our process and for each other. I close with a feeling of peace, appreciation, and accomplishment.

    Thanks to all of our visitors and for their comments which mean a lot to us.

    Comment by Tom — April 24, 2006 @ 2:41 am

  8. from Rachel:

    I have listened to my body as she has communicated the deep inner movements that have been unfolding in me. Powerful dreams detailed in their imagery, and embodied feelings of exhaustion that I have been unable to ignore have been my body’s way of showing me wisdom in ways I often don’t see or pay attention to.

    I bow out of GDOC weekend with a deepend embodied awareness that I commit to bring into the world.

    Peace and love to all.

    Comment by doreen maller — April 24, 2006 @ 2:43 am

  9. In the end, it has been a labor of love – an attempt to explain some of the mystery we encountered the ‘wanting to know’ part and also the part about being Ok with the ‘not knowing’. we had a lot of anxiety about what TLC was and what LC was and what all this was supposed to be – we had frustration when no one was really able to explain any of that to us…so in the end, we decided to explain it to ourselves…it is hard for me to get distance to see if we did it or not. In the end I think we did the best we could…to explain and leave mystery, to share and know that the sharing does not in all cases do justice to the lived experience, but in a way, like a special cherished photography, it sparks a memory that is so much more than colors on paper…..I love you guys, I hope this helps make sense and I look forward to your discoveries as you continue your journeys.

    Comment by doreen maller — April 24, 2006 @ 2:49 am

  10. I leave this sacred space with a fullness of heart, breathing in the mystery of us, which will continue to be known each moment as that moment shifts. I deeply know that what I take with me will radiate to my other communities. I love you all. Namaste. I honor you. I honor the presence in you. I embrace you.

    Comment by Maryanne — April 24, 2006 @ 3:57 am

  11. the music from the meditation space is still lingering in my being…singing me into remembering.

    I am reminded that embodied wisdom, when read or said, is often so strikingly simple and redundantly ‘known’. The theory and constructs that spring from embodied wisdom can trick my mind into thinking that enlightenment is there.

    embodied wisdom has emerged.
    Thank you for having me in your journey. my learning over the past two years has been deep because of you.

    Comment by Suzy — April 24, 2006 @ 4:57 am

  12. I leave this sacred space with a sense of connections and belonging. As I read the stories of your journey I find the words for my own stories. My sense of self is expanded. My heart beats at the rythm of your collective heart.
    Thank you

    Comment by Caterina — April 24, 2006 @ 6:23 am

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