One pathway there

Testing leads to trust
trust leads to following
following leads to submission
submission leads to a million glowing stars

© Meisaan Chan

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Opening door, glowing light

Opening door, glowing light
joy and sorrow enmeshed
as I leave the old behind

© Meisaan Chan

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Tending hope

Tenderly I wash the wound
and know that wholeness will come

© Meisaan Chan

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That feeling that something is missing

If something is missing, come first to me, God says
and I will fill every hole;
or you can come last to me
and I will still fill every hole,
but there will be many more of them

© Meisaan Chan

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Home to you

The path plunges into darkness
but I have chosen this path carefully and know its destination
so I need not fear my blindness:
home to you, home to you
in the darkness, step by step
I’m traveling home to you

© Meisaan Chan

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You’re invited: An Evening of Calm and Grounding

Tend to the space within.

Welcome to a candlelit, stained-glass chapel in Chicago and step into the quiet; receive a candle to sit with when you arrive. Feel free to bring journals, books, and/or things that help ground you. Zafus (sitting cushions) and zabutons (sitting mats) will be provided.** Chairs/pews are also available, and you are welcome to sit anywhere in the chapel you would like or lie down on the pews, if you wish.

For those who desire, there will be time for group reflection. There will be time for optional group prayer as well.

This evening is open to the entire spectrum of people of faith and doubt and no faith.

Come for all or part of the evening:
6:30-8:30pm – silent reflection
7:30-8:15pm – optional group reflection
8:15-8:30pm – optional group prayer*

Date: July 19, 2017, 6:30-8:30 PM
Location: Cenacle Retreat and Conference Center (513 West Fullerton Pkwy., Chicago 60614)
Cost: Free, donations welcome.
Parking: Free.

* We are all somewhere along the spectrum of faith and doubt and no faith, of different religions and spiritualities and philosophies. If you pray in specific religious/spiritual terms, know that that is your experience alone and is not to be assumed or proscribed for others. If you believe in a God and have a particular name for God/imagery, you are welcome to address God using that name/imagery. However, that is your experience alone. Our time of prayer is open to all people who want to join. There is to be no teaching, preaching, evangelizing, debating, or shaming for what someone else believes or doesn’t believe.

** Thank you to Chicago Zen Meditation Community for lending their zafus and zabutons.

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In the darkness, the senses shift

Eyes need light but ears do not;
they do not fear the dark

© Meisaan Chan

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