Creating Space for Those We Lead | An Interview with Thomas Wirthlin McConkie
Thomas McConkie is the founder of Lower Lights School of Wisdom and has a passion for the world's Wisdom traditions. Raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, at age 18 he discovered meditation, which remains a wellspring of inspiration over 20 years later. Thomas is trained as a developmental researcher, facilitator, and mindfulness teacher. He hosts the Lower Lights Sangha in Salt Lake City, Utah, with the intention of supporting seekers of diverse faith orientations to become all they are meant to become.
5:40 Transformations of Faith: participating willingly in the process of becoming as Christ is
7:30 Talking and listening is relationship and our relationship with God can also reach a level of profound intimacy
9:40 Our lives are moving at a frenetic pace and we have an opportunity to make space for stillness, opening up to connection and to the blessings God has waiting for us
15:00 Presence: the Kingdom of Heaven is among us and the more we open ourselves up, the more we understand that there are no ordinary moments
17:45 Why we need to practice being present in our lives: example of being in the grocery line
21:20 The more we connect with ourselves, the more we realize that all we are doing is offering our state of being to others: our quality of being is our service
24:35 Defining presence: being fully present in the body with both the physical, emotions, and thoughts
Part of being present is forgiving the conditions of life: Thy will be done
31:00 Metaphor of digestion
33:00 Experience with a coworker who explained his environment to explain any loss of presence
35:10 Fakeness: I'm overwhelmed and I don't know how to be more present so I'm going to fake it
Recognizing this in others
37:30 Stillness isn't about quiet but about being fully human
40:00 Connecting this to the first principles and ordinances
41:10 Repentance and creating space
Making space for the suffering of others is a first step toward healing
Helping someone begin a practice of mindfulness as a step toward repentance
Divine confidence: presence is a divine attribute
Getting out of the way so the Atonement can work in us
50:40 The pain of others resonates in us, and a commitment to practicing kindness within ourselves helps with the overwhelm
The more committed we are, the more people realize they can be themselves with us
Recognizing the pain body in others
58:45 Awareness that we are often defended against God: Can we notice the ways we keep the light out as a defense against the uncomfortable?
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Where to Start When Members Doubt | An Interview With Thomas Wirthlin McConkie
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