Exploring Your Compassionate Heart

A 4-part study circle with Karen Hensel


Thursdays – October 3, 17, 31 and November 14
10 am to 12 pm
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Lounge

Over four sessions, meeting every other Tuesday, our circle will journey together using a study group format to explore and apply the practices found in the book: “A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives”. Along with using this book as the basis for our discussion and sharing, we will also explore daily practices, guided meditations and poetry to help us open our compassionate hearts to ourselves, our families, our communities, and our world.

Thupten Jinpa, PhD., author of “A Fearless Heart” writes: “Compassion offers the possibility of responding to suffering with understanding, patience, and kindness, rather than fear and repulsion.” He goes on to say: “We are being urgently called to foster the spirit of coexistence and cooperation. We actually are in this together. This reality of the oneness of humankind is what compassion is all about.”

Cost: $85 (4 Thursdays)

This circle is full.

Meet Karen, your circle facilitator:

“After 30 years practicing law, I followed my heart’s desire when I trained in the art of Spiritual Direction with Sycamore Spirituality Center. In meeting with individuals and small groups for interfaith spiritual companioning, I hold space, deeply listen, and notice how Spirit moves through our many different lived experiences. I’ve facilitated women’s retreats and small groups over the years, and am always in awe of wisdom shared and healing connections made when people gather in circles.

As Jinpa writes in his introduction: ‘I hope to bring compassion down from the pedestal of high ideal and make it an active force in the messy reality that is everyday human life.’ I am excited to gather in a circle with you!”