As we look at what is ahead of us, religious traditions have advised us for centuries to always look with a positive lens – something we now call ‘Hope’.
This week our retreat directors explore what hope means in different religions. How do we remain hopeful in spite of adversities? How can we keep the hope alive? How can we develop a healthy hope?
In this episode our segment for spiritual practice will be guided by Lance Ng, a Catholic Christian Spiritual Director of the Ignatian tradition, leading us in the centuries old reflection known as the Consciousness Examen.
WHY THIS ONLINE RETREAT?
The COVID-19 pandemic has left many of us isolated, frustrated, and even anxious. Our usual sources of spiritual well-being like temples, mosques, and churches have been suspended or have had services greatly reduced.
‘A Dose of Spirituality’ is an interfaith retreat that brings together 5 retreat directors from 5 faith traditions to explore 5 themes relevant to our COVID-19 circumstances over the next 5 weeks.
Hinduism: Kathirasan K – Co-Founder, Hindu Hub
Taoism: Master Steven Ong – Taoist Priest
Buddhism: Phra Goh – Buddhist Monk
Christianity: Lance Ng – Catholic Spiritual Director
Islam: Ustaz Mizi Wahid – Founder, Safinah Institute
WHY A RETREAT NOW?
Many of us are already in a good place for a spiritual retreat:
Away from our usual lifestyles;
Isolated from our normal communities;
Feeling more irritable and frustrated;
Sensing inner turmoil more than inner peace;
Desiring more balance in our daily lives.
Since our movements are already restricted, spending a lot of time at home, or going for walks in nature, this might be the perfect moment for a simple retreat to notice where we were, where we are, and where we are going.
RETREAT DETAILS & THEMES
For every session, each will share some spiritual wisdom from their tradition for a few minutes, and then a different one each week will guide us on a simple faith-neutral practice we could do at home.