Centering for the Gathering

 

By Cathy McNally

 

Wow! Many things converging in my life – like a gift.

Yesterday I turned 60.

May 1, I have the pleasure of joining Rachel on The Haven’s monthly Q&A online session, topic: listening.

May 10–15, I am representing The Haven in Greece at the Centers Gathering!

So what is the thread here? In Confucian writing about aging, the wisdom goes: “at sixty my ear was attuned” – which I take to mean I am ready to listen well, hearing more of what is truly offered. This is a good thing because I believe that ‘listening’ is my primary task at the gathering in Greece.

The original impulse for International Holistic Centers Gatherings is still inherent today: a recognition of the genuine value in the Centers meeting in a relaxed way to exchange insights, information, and best practices – in a spirit of friendship, collaboration and mutual support. Centers come from all around the world, and broadly have – at their core – a shared intention to support improvement in the lives of the many thousands who attend their programs.

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This year's Centers Gathering is on the Pelion Peninsula in Greece. The film Mama Mia with Meryl Streep was filmed here!

At each gathering there is not a fixed formal program of speeches and presentations, rather each center is invited to propose their offering, and request any support they seek. The gathering self organizes, and – in my experience (I attended in 2005 and 2006) – the results are remarkable, bringing significant impact for all.

I am excited and looking forward to this journey. It is my intention to write and share about my experience as it unfolds.

Thanks for listening!

Cathy