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NYC-DR Roundtable Breakfast
Loosening our Attachment to Possessions
This presentation will begin with a meditation and lead to a discussion about the difficulties we all face in loosening our connection to possessions. Drawing from his mentor's meditation work, Harvey Newman will open this program with a short OPELI meditation. Following that he'll conduct a participatory thought experiment and then open up the discussion about the role of possessions in resolving conflict. Newman will stress the importance of experiencing our own attachments to possessions as we address conflicts in ourselves and in others. He'll also teach us the value of meditation in mediation and related processes!
Harvey Newman, a long time meditator and regular attendee of the monthly NYC-DR Roundtable Breakfasts, is a retired ordained Interfaith minister and chairman emeritus of A World Alliance of Interfaith Clergy. Harvey retired in 2004 after 21 years in marketing research. He has had varied interests and careers including teaching learning-disabled children, accounting, street performing, studying and facilitating consciousness-training and telephone interviewing. Harvey is founder and facilitator of Circle of Life-Mastery, a non-profit devoted to expanding consciousness and spirituality. His interests in meditation, consciousness and inner peace has involved him in work with the NGO Committee for Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns at the United Nations as well as co-founding Transformative Communities, a website consulting firm for not-for-profit communities of practice. His involvement in Universal Peace Day, a program commemorating the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, led him to create Circle of Peace. Currently he is devoting much of his time to care-giving for his wife who is in the early stages of dementia.
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