Life Worth Living
Amaris means ‘you are loved’ in Latin, and Amaris Salon is a gathering of people around the table for mutual encouragement, enrichment, and inspiration to pursue a life worth living. The goal of Amaris Salon is to offer a hospitable, healing presence as well as a place for individuals from different walks of life to feel valued, safe and free to engage in honest and heartfelt conversation about what is and how to live a life worth living.
The gathering will reflect upon some basic dimensions of life, and participants will be encouraged to engage in honest and heartfelt conversation find their own answer to what makes for a life worth living.
We will continue to explore the first step of ‘design thinking' to our own life -- which is "Starting Where You Are” in the four principal areas in life, namely, health, work, play, and love. This gathering, we will start exploring the subject of ‘love’.
Love comes to us in a wide range of types, from affection to community to eroticism, and from a huge array of sources, from parents to friends to colleagues to lovers, but they all that sense of connection. Who are the people in you life, and how is love flowing to and from you to others? Participants will be given an opportunity to share their definition of love as we explore the concepts of misplaced love, forgiveness, loving well, etc.
“Love is the thing that makes life worth living. It is the power that brings light and warmth to a world that would otherwise be dark and cold… To learn to love – this is the supreme, all –encompassing human task. It is the ultimate treasure worth searching and striving for, because it is the inspiration and the energy that makes every other objective worthwhile” (Norman Wirzba in Way of Love)
“Love isn't something natural. Rather it requires discipline, concentration, patience, faith, and the overcoming of narcissism. It isn't a feeling, it is a practice.... Love is not primarily a relationship to a specific person; it is an attitude, an ordination of character which determines the relatedness of the person to the whole world as a whole, not toward one object of love” (Erich Fromm in The Art of Loving)
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