"I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my soul.” - Rumi
Ever since I can remember I have been a seeker, reading and writing voraciously, taking courses, attending workshops, lectures, and even lecturing, myself. I have been exploring the BIG questions and have been intrigued with philosophy, since my undergraduate years at Framingham State. I have an extensive library of books concerning matters of the spirit, and, I have utilized the voices of “the experts,” quoting them, as I quote Rumi above.
Open Spirit: A Place of Hope, Health & Harmony is providing me with a sacred space inhabited by like seekers. As I more deeply listen to the voices shared in community by people of all faith traditions, I listen “to the teaching of my soul.” My spirit has indeed, “opened,” to new possibilities as a result of these community connections. We share books in community, and the workshops and classes I attend at Open Spirit are far different than I experience in self- study, on college campuses, and/ or in study with people of my own faith, exclusively.
Through the modeling of Open Spirit meditation and yoga teachers, I am cultivating a deeper sense of listening to my body, leading with my heart, and dissolving the unnecessary mind chatter which distracts me from fully engaging with life.
In our ever-changing world, which presents many challenges, Open Spirit provides a safe haven for ALL. I am so grateful to be a part of the Open Spirit Community and to have the opportunity to play my small part in the organic evolution of something uniquely BIG and spacious.
Rosanne Kates, M.Ed.
Coordinator of Community Connections
Founder and Director of The Nourishing Teachers/
Strengthening Classrooms Project