“It is so stunningly humbling and awe-inspiring to be alive every day that I cannot help but think that having the opportunity to age and grow older is a privilege worth celebrating.”
Growing older offers us the chance to actually grow.
Quarreling with getting older, while understandable and human, reduces our ability to be present and actively engaged in the precious, passing moments in which we are actually alive.
Join us for a spirited yet practical exploration of aging that invites you to engage with life more fully and gratefully—just as it is, just as you are.
Together in this new CIRCLES series, we will explore the following questions:
We will also practice short meditations, look to poetry for inspiration and wisdom, turn towards inner wisdom through reflective writing exercises, engage in dialogue in small groups, and learn a variety of in-session and at-home practices.
Let’s age more gratefully. Let’s learn to experience aging as the opportunity and privilege that it is.
SESSION 1: MARCH 21
Treasuring the Body as Our True Home
We begin our journey by cultivating greater awe for the miraculous bodies in which we experience the progression of our lives.
Session 2: MARCH 28
When we allow ourselves to embrace what we cannot know, predict, or control, the wonders of spaciousness and mystery are there to greet and hold us.
Session 3: APRIL 4
Befriending Our Whole Selves
Deepening acceptance and appreciation for our internal landscapes—thoughts, imagination, and emotions—helps us to develop greater compassion and ease as we age.
Session 4: APRIL 11
Living gratefully awakens us to more fully recognize and invest in our relationships. We thrive as we acknowledge and tend the blessings of our belonging.
Session 5: APRIL 18
Living a Grateful Legacy
Our capacity to live with open hearts, to practice and feel gratitude for the lives we live, is what allows us to have—and then leave behind—the meaningful life we long for.
Kristi Nelson is the author of Wake Up Grateful: The Transformative Practice of Taking Nothing for Granted. From 2014 – 2023, she was Executive Director at A Network for Grateful Living and continues to serve in the role of ambassador. Kristi’s current work focuses on uplifting the beauty and power of living gratefully through teaching, speaking, interviews, and writing. Being a long-time stage IV cancer survivor moves her every day to live and love wholeheartedly, and to support others to do the same.
Kristi’s work as a consultant in the non-profit sector has focused on leading, inspiring, and strengthening organizations committed to progressive social and spiritual change, including the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Spirit in Action, Institute for Jewish Spirituality, Wisdom 2.0, and The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, among others. She also served as Executive Director of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, founding Director of the Soul of Money Institute with Lynne Twist, Director of Development at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and Director of Development and Community Relations for the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society with Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Kristi received her BA from UMass/Amherst, a graduate certificate in Business and Sociology from Boston College, and her Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) with a concentration in Leadership Studies, from Harvard University. She currently cherishes the blessing of living among beloved friends, family, and farmland in western Massachusetts.
Women Together CIRCLES is designed for women who want to explore current challenges, situations and possibilities in their lives with the support and wisdom of other women. By meeting virtually with the same small group over a period of several weeks, you can relax into consistency and continuity, discover new ideas and solutions for life’s surprises and complications, and experience trust in a community of women—while also gaining new understanding about yourself and others.
In each one-hour CIRCLES session, you will interact in your small group via breakout rooms on Zoom. With helpful guidelines, you will serve as resources for one another in getting to the bottom of things, making important decisions, and opening to new possibilities and potential.
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