Remember this? “Ladies and gentlemen, we are experiencing unexpected turbulence, so I have turned on the ‘fasten seatbelt’ sign.” In these hard and challenging times, we all can use a good seatbelt. After 7 months of flying through COVID, “Being at Ease” offers each of us a reliable seatbelt by engaging Mindful Self-Compassion and the way of Jesus as a doorway into being at ease through turbulent times. This evidence-based, wisdom-informed conversation, along with practical spiritual exercises, helps us navigate our twists and turns and awakens our sense of ease within despite what is happening around us.
Zoom link and preparation materials available with paid registration
About the leader(s)
From the Upper Great Plains to the urban shores of the Pacific Northwest to the New England Seacoast John Kiemele has assisted individuals, small groups, classrooms and congregations with intentional soul care. John is a wellbeing educator and spiritual director who currently companions individuals, teaches various lifestyle classes, leads contemplative retreats, and also serves as Program Director at Rolling Ridge. Prior to his recent move to the Northeast, John founded and served as executive director of Selah Center, a dispersed community of contemplative companions in the greater Seattle area. Recognizing how intentional pausing and listening unlocks life, John strives to engage the whole person – body, mind, soul – in the lifelong process of living well. John received his PhD in education/spirituality from Talbot School of Theology, and holds post-doctoral certificates in Spiritual Direction, the Enneagram Spectrum, Wellness Coaching, and Mindful Self-Compassion. He is also an ordained pastor who has served congregations across the US and Canada. John enjoys spending time with his wife, Marissa, baking, walking, traveling, visiting cathedrals and monasteries, attending live theater, and rummaging through antique shops.