"What is the sense and significance of life on Earth, and human life in particular?"
The Red Mountain Study Group will offer a free showing of Meetings With Remarkable Men on Thursday, August 25, at 6:30 P.M. The address is 1014 24th Street South, Birmingham, AL, 35205-2308. It is the large green house next to Impact Counseling and near the Garages Cafe. Please call 205-320-0013 to let us know that you plan to attend.
We have been asked to begin a new meditation group that will take place on Thursday nights. We will 'sit' for 30 minutes and then discuss the Gurdjieff ideas for 30 minutes.
You are encouraged to wear clothing that is loose and comfortable. We offer sitting on a cushion, a bench or a chair. It is important to be comfortable and relaxed so you may wish to come early and experiment with the way your body wishes to 'sit'.
The Gurdjieff Work is not a belief system and we ask that you verify everything for yourself. We study the ideas so you will further understand why you are 'sitting'.
The sittings are led by senior members of the Gurdjieff Group.
'...and from then on there gradually arose in me that "something" which has brought the whole of me to the unshakeable conviction that, apart from the vanities of life, there exists a "something else" which must be the aim and ideal of every more or less thinking man, and that it is only this something else which may make a man really happy and give him real values, instead of the illusory "goods" with which in ordinary life he is always and in everything full.'
excerpt from Meetings With Remarkable Men G.I. Gurdjieff
The moment we wake up it begins. The rush through lives. We meet the modern world’s momentum with every tick of the clock – into the shower, on the highway, off to work. Images and soundbites bombard us …billboards, television, newspapers …seeding doubt and worry. War abroad, local violence, familial discord, problems in the office, a friend suffering from depression. Our minds are either five steps ahead – imagining what we’ll do and say, planning for the next hour, for tomorrow …or running over yesterday … consumed by memories and regrets. And at the end of the busy day, before the routine begins anew, there’s a slight sense of never having been. The questions come:
What do I do all this for?
What is this strange sense I have, the sense that I do not truly inhabit my life?
What would it mean to not always be focused on the future or on the past?
Is there a key to understanding the discord in my life, the discord around me?
The Gurdjieff Foundation of Alabama (Red Mountain Study Group) invites inquiries from men and women, no matter what their beliefs, who are still searching for meaning in their lives now and here. Our Work is based on the teaching of G.I Gurdjieff .