Core Circle

Core Circle WSL - Simplicity

Opening Reading:

"The supreme good is like water, which nourishes all things without trying to.
It is content with the low places that people disdain. Thus it is like the Tao.
In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.
When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.

- from the Tao Te Ching, chapter 8

Core Circle WSL - Insight

Opening Reading:

Do not ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go and do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."

- Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman

Core Circle WSL - Freedom

Opening Words:

"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent."

Core Circle - WSL - Economy

Opening Reading:

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair, and having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear; though as for that the passing there had worn them really about the same,

Core Circle WSL - Divinity

Opening Words:

“A fire-mist and a planet, a crystal and a cell, a jelly-fish and a saurian, and caves where cave-men dwell; then a sense of law and beauty, and a face turned from the sod, -- some call it Evolution, and others call it God.”

Core Circle WSL - Common Ground

Opening Words:

"We do not have to think alike, to love alike."

- From the Unitarian Francis David, 1510-1579

Core Circle WSL - Change and Impermanence

Opening Reading:

"You are like a candle. Imagine you are sending light out all around you. All your words, thoughts and actions are going in many directions. If you say something kind, your kind words go in many directions, and you yourself go with them. We are ...transforming and continuing in a different form at every moment."

Core Circle WSL - Preparation

Opening Words:

"Where do we find ourselves? In a series of which we do not know the extremes, and believe that it has none. We wake and find ourselves on a stair; there are stairs below us, which we seem to have ascended; there are stairs above us, many a one, which go upward and out of sight."

Core Circle - Letting Your Life Speak

Opening Words:

“Sometime when the river is ice / ask me mistakes I have made.  Ask me whether what I have done is my life.  Others have come in their slow way into my thought, and some have tried to help or to hurt: ask me what difference their strongest love or hate has made.

Core Circle - Transformation

Opening Words

"We look with uncertainty

Beyond the old choices

for clear-cut answers