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Jim’s Core Message
At my introduction to the retreat at the weekend Masses I stress that God’s Love is always shining down on us. His Grace is always available to us. He is steadfast in his unconditional Love for each one of us. It is we humans who at times choose to block out His Love.
To further this concept we open each session with the song, “You Are Near”. We then spend a minute or so basking in God’s presence. During this meditation we start to understand who we really are: children of God, made in His image and likeness. This moment of basking in God’s presence gives us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with our Creator. Hopefully the participants will take this on as a new habit and practice this basking every day, or better still, at many times during the day. This short practice can be encouraging and consoling, helping us to be more aware of God’s constant Grace and Love for us.
During each session we focus on our human side: how we can leave behind stress and worry so we can be more open to experience God’s Love. In the first session we explore what happy people are like, discussing eight characteristics of happy people. In the second session we talk about managing our thoughts. So many people believe that their thoughts are their lives. Some people drive themselves crazy with negativity. In these two sessions we focus on our human nature and work on strategies to relax and be in the moment so we can live the life we are called by Christ to live. In the final session we talk about how to start to live heaven on earth. That’s where it’s all leading: to live a life according to Christ’s teachings. Those teachings show us the Way.
Author of “Simple Happiness” and “Aha Moments 1 & 2” -- available at JimRyanTalks.com and Amazon.com
Simple Happiness, 52 Easy Ways to Lighten Up, Jim’s inspirational book has met with rave reviews and has served as a blueprint for living a life of joy and fulfillment. It has been read and re-read by tens of thousands both in the USA and around the world.
“It was the first time I looked forward to the next session and I’m 88 years old. There is no priest I know who could have done a better job than Jim. People like Jim Ryan give me so much hope for the future of the Church.” Margaret M.