Meditation with Gertrude Reif Hughes

grhMany of us are familiar with the practice of meditation from experience of its Eastern forms, such as those commonly used in yoga. Rudolf Steiner introduced a new form of meditation specifically for use in today’s world. He created verses and exercises to support a regular practice of inner contemplation, emphasizing the need to cultivate our inner resources of emotional stability and clear thinking.

In her book, ‘More Radiant Than The Sun,’ Gertrude Reif Hughes explores Steiner’s path of self development, sharing insights inspired by her own extensive experience. She describes how a healthy meditative practice can enable us to see things of a soul or spiritual nature, enhancing our own lives as well as the world around us.

Please join us at Meadowbrook on November 8 at 6:30 pm for a unique opportunity to explore Rudolf Steiner’s teachings on meditation. This is a wonderful opportunity to deepen your present practice, begin a new one or simply learn about a different way of working in the world.

Please share this link with anyone who may be interested in the topics, or about learning more about the work of Rudolf Steiner.

This event is open to the public. A $10 donation per person is suggested.

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Sympathy and Antipathy– more than a feeling?

Colleen O’Connors has been a Waldorf teacher for more than 20 years. Originally from RI, she began teaching in Switzerland when her daughter was in kindergarten. Colleeen has a son at Meadowbrook and is currently our 5th grade teacher. Here she writes her reflections from the weekly, faculty study.

In Lecture 2 of Practical Advice to Teachers, Rudolf Steiner develops various aspects of language development and sets them in direct relationship to the two fundamental gestures of sympathy and antipathy, sometimes translated as affinity and aversion. It is very easy to limit the scope of these immense concepts to the familiar sentiments of our feeling life; setting sympathy equal to “I like it” and antipathy to “I don’t like it.” In order to understand what these two ideas have to do with the development of speech (and as we will see, in a wider sense with human development), we need to widen our sense of sympathy as that which unites us with the world, the power that overcomes all that separates us from the other Continue reading →