Eremos Fall Book Reflection

We Were Made For These Times:
10 Lessons for Moving Through Change, Loss, and Disruption

by Kaira Jewel Lingo

“Whatever travails or transitions you are facing in this moment, please remember: we were made for these times.” – Kaira Jewel Lingo

With a challenging presidential election on the horizon and other stressors in the daily news, many are experiencing moments of anxiety about the future or their ability to handle what’s up ahead just beyond their awareness.

Calling on her fifteen years of experience as a Buddhist nun and teacher of mindfulness worldwide, Kaira Jewel Lingo gently guides us through ten lessons to help us navigate these tumultuous times with more grace and peace in her book, We Were Made For These Times

Each chapter includes a short teaching, a meditation supporting the teaching, a suggested practice for daily life, and a journal exercise—all designed to make these teachings accessible, doable, and immediately useful.

“Times of darkness hold the power and potential for deep transformation. Kaira Jewel Lingo is a wise and inspiring guide in navigating the challenges of our times with courage, equanimity, and compassion. She shares timeless teachings and practices that reveal our belonging and free our hearts.” –Tara Brach

Join us for four weekly conversations about the wisdom shared, our experiences with the meditations and practices, and time to practice together some of the meditations.

Book Reflection Details

Four 90-minute facilitated sessions, beginning OCTOBER 2024 (dates vary by group).

Unless otherwise noted, all groups will be facilitated over Zoom.

Sessions include time for silence, reflection, and sharing.


Investment: $50 + book.

Partial Scholarships available


See chart below for a complete list of facilitators and the dates/times their groups meet. Unless otherwise noted, all groups will be facilitated over Zoom.

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(90 Minute Sessions)
Dianna AmordeWednesdays from 7:00 – 8:30pm Oct. 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rdVIRTUALLY (Zoom)Open
Laurel DixonMondays from 7:00 – 8:30pmOct. 7th, 14th, 21st, & 28thVIRTUALLY (Zoom)Open
Whitney MyersWednesdays, 1pm to 2:30pmOct. 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rdVIRTUALLY (Zoom)Open
Whitney MyersTBDTBDHome in South AustinOpen


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Dianna Amorde’s Group: Wednesdays from 7:00 – 8:30pm
Zoom Oct. 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd
$ 50.00
11 available
Laurel Dixon’s Group: Mondays from 7:00 – 8:30
Zoom Oct. 7th, 14th, 21st, & 28th
$ 50.00
12 available
Whitney Myers’s Group: Wednesdays from 1 - 2:30pm
Zoom Oct. 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd
$ 50.00
12 available

About Kaira Jewell Lingo

Kaira Jewel Lingo is a Dharma teacher who has a lifelong interest in blending spirituality and meditation with social justice. Having grown up in an ecumenical Christian community where families practiced a new kind of monasticism and worked with the poor, at the age of twenty-five she entered a Buddhist monastery in the Plum Village tradition and spent fifteen years living as a nun under the guidance of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

She received Lamp Transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh and became a Zen teacher in 2007 and is also a teacher in the Vipassana Insight lineage through Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Today she sees her work as a continuation of the Engaged Buddhism developed by Thich Nhat Hanh as well as the work of her parents, inspired by their stories and her dad’s work with Martin Luther King Jr. on desegregating the South. 

In addition to writing We Were Made for These Times: Skillfully Moving through Change, Loss and Disruption, she is also the editor of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children. Now based in New York, she teaches and leads retreats internationally, provides spiritual mentoring, and interweaves art, play, nature, racial and earth justice, and embodied mindfulness practice in her teaching. She especially feels called to share the Dharma with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, as well as activists, educators, youth, artists, and families. 


FACILITATOR: Dianna Amorde
Dianna is the Executive Director of Eremos and has been facilitating these book groups since she arrived 8 years ago. She considers them one of her favorite ways of connecting with and supporting the Eremos community and delights in the opportunity to hear different points of view.

FACILITATOR: Whitney Myers
I’ve been participating in Eremos Book Reflection groups since 2013.  I love meeting others through these groups and participating in meaningful conversations about the selected books.   The women and men I’ve met over the years have listened while I’ve offered my reflections, and they’ve shared thoughtful insights that have enriched my life.

Laurel Dixon is extremely happy to a part of Eremos. She has lived in the San Antonio area for almost 20 years after spending more than 20 years in the greater Austin area. Laurel is an English teacher who teaches for the North East Independent School District. Laurel began teaching in 1999 where she taught for nine years at the same high school, teaching English, Journalism and Photography concurrently with advising the school’s yearbook and newspaper. Laurel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and a Master of Arts degree in Secondary Education, both from Texas State University. Additionally, Laurel earned a Master of Divinity degree from Austin Seminary in 2011. She is an ordained minister, and board-certified chaplain where she worked for many years as a professional chaplain for both hospitals and hospices. Laurel is a blood cancer survivor. She is extremely devoted to a strong belief in volunteerism, among a long history of that volunteerism, she currently volunteers with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and a local San Antonio non-profit, Hearts Need Art. She enjoys cooking, baking, movies, writing, photography, hanging out with friends and even hanging out with her sweet cat, Mabel.

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