Midweek Meditation

First Wednesday – Healing Meditation

Creating Heaven on Earth

September 2, 6:30 pm – Live via Zoom (links below)

Facilitated by Rev. Judy Pando and Chaplain Karsten Van Sander.

“Heaven on Earth is a choice you must make, not a place you must find.” – Wayne Dyer

Please join us for a moment of peace, quiet and queries into the mystical.  We will explore the possibility of creating a slice of heaven in the right her and now despite any and all appearances.  The Wholeness of Life includes it all, love and loss, joy and sorrow.  Instead of resisting and struggling against what is, we invite you to share an hour of our time together in community acknowledging, surrendering and allowing our pain.  In that process, our discomfort softens.  By leaning in and accepting it all, we can choose how we want to journey through it.

Albert Camus, “In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love.  In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.  In the midst of chaos, I found there was within me an invincible calm.  I realized, through it all, that in the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.  And that makes me happy.”

Rev. Judy Pando is a staff minister at VCSL and Karsten Van Sander is a Chaplain at LMVNA.  She also worked at UCLA Health, and is a facilitator of inter-religious dialogue.  He is a Quaker.

Love Donations graciously accepted at www.venturacsl.org/donate/

Second Wednesday
Kindness Meditation

September 9, 7:00 pm – Live via Zoom
Facilitated by Peter Frank, RScP

Inspired by Awakin Circle and the spirit of community.

The schedule will be 25 minutes of silent meditation followed by 35 minutes of discussion of the weekly Awakin Reading  https://www.awakin.org/read/

Awakin gatherings started with a few friends in the Silicon Valley and has spread to many cities around the globe. They are community spaces offered without any agenda, or a central teaching. We are grateful for the opportunity to host it in our local community.

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Third Wednesday – Creative Arts

A Meditation & Contemplation for Fall Equinox
September 16, 6:30 – via Zoom

Facilitated by Lida Martin, RScP

While this year’s actual Fall Equinox is next week on 9/22, we are beginning our celebration this evening to prepare for this potent time. Each year we experience two Equinoxes and two Solstices – the tipping points of each season. Indigenous cultures around the world recognized these four focal points of the year as stages of an inner spiritual journey – a spiritual cycle that you take within yourself.

The word “equinox” comes from Latin and means “equal night’ referring to the roughly 12 hour day and 12 hour night. The Fall Equinox signifies the transition from summer to fall in the Northern Hemisphere, while in the Southern Hemisphere the transition is from Winter to Spring. The Fall equinox is about finding balance, manifesting abundance, and expressing gratitude for your life and the lives of loved ones.

Traditionally food was harvested for the Fall Equinox. We also look at your energetic harvest of the fruits of your spiritual labor. This is an ideal time to meet with your authentic self and harvest the seeds sowed in the spring and nurtured during the summer. What are you harvesting and what sustains you both physically and energetically through the winter?

As we express gratitude to the Earth for the support, love, abundance and life we are fortunate to experience and as we prepare to shed with this natural rhythm of Fall, we are ushered into a space to create balance in our lives. Have you been giving too much and not allowing yourself to receive or give to yourself? Do you long to spend more time doing things that fill you up?? Do relationships need adjusting so there is more balance and peace and an even flow of exchange?

Sometimes it is challenging to find a balance in our personal life, professional life, daily obligations, relationships and everything else we do as humans. Fall Equinox is the opportunity to look and reflect and bring back and restore balance.

Please join our community for this powerful time together honoring the change in seasons.

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Any questions please contact Lida Martin at 805-890-2581 or email lidamartinloveslife@gmail.com.

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Fourth Wednesday – Way of Council
September 23, 6:30 pm

Facilitated by Kim Bryson, RScP, & Doreen Palermo, RScP

VCSL introduces The Way of Council, a practice that offers a way of communicating which encourages attentive listening as well as honest and compassionate expression.  This practice elicits an experience of true community recognizing that each voice needs to be heard; that every person has a gift and a story to share.

Come join us on the 4th Wednesdays of each month where we will gather Live, via Zoom, and listen to each other’s stories.

** Please join the zoom session on-time at 630pm.  In an effort to provide a sacred space without interruptions, once Council begins, we will close the call at 6:40pm (10 minutes after start time).  This session will also not be recorded.

If you have any questions, contact Doreen Palermo, RScP, at (805) 798-1258 or doreenpalermo@yahoo.com.

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