03. July 2020 - 11:00 till 16:00
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I THINK THEREFORE: Gifts & challenges of working with people in their heads | London Centre for Spiritual Direction | Friday, 03. July 2020

I THINK THEREFORE...The gifts and challenges of working with people ‘in their heads’.
Maria Manuela Silva
Thinking doesn’t always get a good press. Richard Rohr has said that ‘I think therefore I am’ is the lowest point in our understanding of ourselves for it reduces us to one third of our left-brain hemisphere. Whether you agree or not, none of us can escape our thoughts. Thinking brings depth, height and breadth of insight. God calls us to ‘come and reason together’. But what happens when thinking keeps us from being truly present ‘to what is’? What are the reasons, the mechanisms, the traps?  
This day will explore thinking as both a gateway and a barrier to spiritual growth as well as practices that will take our directees further into loving and serving God with all their heart, mind, soul and strength.
Maria has been involved in church ministry in some of the most economically and ethnically diverse London boroughs and currently lives in SW London. In addition, she is a Year 3 Tutor with the Encounter course. Maria is passionate about human flourishing, spiritual formation, the Portuguese sun and her three grandchildren!