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Your Heart Was Made for This

Contemplative Practices for Meeting a World in Crisis with Courage, Integrity, and Love
by Oren Jay Sofer

A yearlong book journey with Evolving Enneagram

December 29, 2023 - December 31, 2024

You’re invited to year of gentle discovery together!

Start your journey at ANY point throughout the year!

Come when you can.

Pay what you can.

Your Heart Was Made for This is a practical roadmap to cultivating the heart’s capacity to face and transform our greatest challenges—like the climate crisis, oppression, anxiety, and burnout.

Written by meditation teacher and best-selling author of Say What You Mean, Oren Jay Sofer, this book is a guide to living a life of meaning and purpose in a time of great social, environmental, and spiritual upheaval. 

Through touching stories, insightful reflections, and concrete instructions, Sofer offers powerful tools to strengthen our hearts and nourish the qualities that can transform our world. 

Each chapter guides you to cultivate a quality essential to personal and social transformation like mindfulness, resolve, wonder, and empathy. 

You’ll learn ways to . . .

  • Find more choice and freedom in life
  • Strengthen focus, sustain energy, and accomplish goals
  • Identify burnout and take steps to renew yourself
  • Imbue your daily activities with clarity and vitality
  • Respond more effectively to collective challenges

What to Expect

Weekly brief reflection and discussion prompts by your facilitator, Evolving Enneagram Adjunct Faculty Macha Greenleaf-Maple, for your active engagement. These will be posted to a private Facebook group for pre-approved book journey participants only. You are encouraged to share your own insights, reflections, and questions throughout the year! See Topics (tracking the book) and schedule below.

Twice per quarter opportunity, you are invited to gather via a 1.5 hour zoom call. We'll open with a brief contemplative practice followed by community sharing. Dates are below.

For those participating in our 2024 Contemplative Practices & the Enneagram (CPE) cohorts, you'll have the opportunity to deepen with the book journey topic through a weekly Enneagram-informed reflection by Nhien or another CPE facilitator.


Live Zoom Discussion Groups

Mark your calendars. The Zoom link will be posted to our private Facebook group a few days before the call.

Note that these dates and times are based on Central Time and we observe Daylight Savings time. Please be sure to check the dates/times based on your Time Zone!

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 6:00-7:30 pm CST

Saturday, Mar. 23, 10:00-11:30 am CDT

Wednesday, May 1, 6:00-7:30 pm CDT

Saturday, June 15, 10:00-11:30 am CDT

Wednesday, July 31, 6:00-7:30 pm CDT

Wednesday,  Sept. 11, 6:00-7:30 pm CDT

Saturday, Oct. 26, 10:00-11:30 am CDT

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 6:00-7:30 pm CST

Topics by Date

We will explore each of the 26 topics in Sofer’s book for two weeks. We will post a reflection on that topic to our book journey private FB group on the dates provided below. The journey will begin December 29, 2023 and end December 31, 2024.

Starting Dec 29: Attention 
Starting Jan. 12: Aspiration 
Starting Jan. 26: Energy 
Starting Feb. 9: Mindfulness 
Starting Feb. 23: Concentration 
Starting Mar. 8: Wisdom
Starting Mar 22: Curiosity 
Starting April 5: Courage 
Starting April 19: Renunciation 
Starting May 3: Kindness 
Starting May 17: Ease 
Starting May 31: Patience 
Starting June 14:Equanimity
Starting June 28: Empathy 
Starting July 12: Integrity 
Starting July 26: Resolve 
Starting Aug 9: Joy 
Starting Aug 23: Rest 
Starting Sept 6: Wonder 
Starting Sept 20: Gratitude 
Starting Oct 4: Generosity 
Starting Oct 18: Devotion 
Starting Nov 1: Play
Starting Nov 15: Compassion 
Starting Nov 29: Contentment 
Starting Dec 12: Forgiveness  

Questions? Check out our FAQ

What does it mean that this is a book JOURNEY not a book STUDY? We’ll read and cognitively digest the book together, yes — but we’ll also focus on integrating the concepts into our felt emotional and physical responses to the invitations Oren J. Sofer has so generously offered in this book. It’s our hearts and our bodies that often get left out of our lives, and while how we conceptualize our worlds is immensely impactful, we need the whole of our beings — mind, heart, and body — to fully empower the action of our souls within this lifetime.

I'm new to the Enneagram. Is knowledge of the Enneagram mandatory? In our private FB community and on our Zoom calls, we will welcome Enneagram-informed insights and questions, as well offer some of our own. Note, however, that Enneagram knowledge is NOT mandatory for participation. We welcome anyone interested in journeying together based on the themes in Sofer's book.

What is the registration fee? This book journey is being offered on a Pay What You Can - Pay It Forward basis. The recommended "love offering" (voluntary contribution) is $5-$15 per week.

Voluntary contribution to Evolving Enneagram program

This book journey is being offered to all who need it irrespective of ability to pay. Please consider that your voluntary contribution here is not meant to be “in exchange” for services offered to you but rather is intended as a pay-it-forward offering to help keep programs such as this thriving and open to all who need it.🫶❤️ The suggested contribution is $5, $10, or $20 per week or $65, $130, or $195 per quarter. Please pay what you can. Pay it forward.

Meet Your Facilitator

Macha Greenleaf-Maple, MSW (she/her/hers) began studying the Enneagram in 2016 and quickly recognized the potency of this tool to help herself and others! Bringing over 40 years of experience joining with individuals and small groups to facilitate exploration and connection in a variety of circumstances, Macha currently serves as adjunct faculty for Evolving Enneagram. Her personal journey includes transforming the experience of a painful childhood and multi-generational patterns of trauma, healing from addiction, embracing authentic sexual identity, and overcoming clinical depression and debilitating chronic pain. She bears witness not only to the profound capacity of the individual to remember and embrace wholeness, but also to the ripple effects this personal work can have in one’s family and community. Using the practices of contemplation (internal communion), connection (interpersonal communion), and consciousness (by awakening the inner observer and engaging behavioral choice), she continues to transform her own experience and to welcome the opportunity to meet others where they are along the road. 

Full Bio

Your heart was made for love: for connection, belonging, and meaningful relationship with other people, beings, and the earth. Your heart was made to give and receive; to know joy, purpose, and freedom. All of this is possible for you and for each of us.

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