The Gift of Longing – January 2017

The Gift of Longing: Capturing the Spark
January, 2017


Every seeker’s journey begins with some form of longing, the desire to break free of personal limitations, to connect to God (or some spiritual source), and know the truth about who we are as human beings. This sacred longing — this flame of discontent — is our greatest ally on the path of awakening.

In this month’s edition of The Seekers Forum, we’ll be exploring the gift of longing, and how to cultivate an ongoing desire for wisdom and spiritual liberation. It’s all too easy to go to sleep in our lives, but when this flame of discontent is kindled, the need to seek — to wake up — becomes urgent in us. But how to cultivate sacred longing? How to interpret the messages this longing brings with it, including the need for life changes and new directions that serve our higher, deeper purpose.

Longing is our initial focus in The Seekers Forum this year. In 2017, we’ll be exploring the universal steps in a seekers life and how to integrate our so-called spiritual selves with our day to day personalities.

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Program Content

Seekers Session Teleconference

Video Lessons

Guest Interview with Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg is one of the foremost voices in American Buddhism today. Born in New York City, Sharon was among the first wave of seekers to bring Buddhist meditation, mindfulness, and lovingkindness practices to this country. Along with Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein, Sharon co-founded the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, Massachusetts in 1975, and has spent the past four decades deeply engaged in this work of integrating Eastern and Western spiritual traditions. She is the New York Times Best selling author of many books, including Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, A Heart as Wide as the World, and Real Happiness – The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program (2010).