Midweek Meditation

Ancient Wisdom Ministry – First and Third Mondays – 6:30-8:30 pm

Brock Travis, PhD, Ministry Leader

The Ancient Wisdom Ministry, facilitated by Brock Travis, PhD, offers a new approach to ancient concepts that have helped people throughout the ages.  Attendees learn practical skills to bring these concepts to life in personal ways.

Participants in this ministry often experience greater peace and self-fulfillment through a gentle journey.  This ministry is an extension of the mystical conversation of our spiritual community, centering us in Light, Love, Meditation, Ceremony, and Service.

This group meets on the first and third Mondays of the month, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, downstairs in Martha’s Hall.  For more information about the Ancient Wisdom Ministry, please contact Brock Travis, PhD.

Oneness Deeksha Meditation – First Wednesday – 6:30-8:00 pm

Lida Martin, RScP, & Diane Ruiz, RScP, Ministry Leaders

The Oneness Deeksha ministry meets once a month to provide a mid-week touchstone for centering, meditation, and healing.  Deeksha is a hands-on transfer of divine energy that initiates a profound journey into higher states of consciousness to accelerate an ongoing spiritual awakening in the individual.

Everyone feels a blessing by being together, giving/receiving love.  This ministry blesses the world by cultivating inner peace.  Deeksha supports our individual and planetary awakening.  Our Deeksha meditations also include prayers for the world and loved ones.

Kindness Meditation – Second Wednesday – 6:30-8:00 pm

Peter Frank, Ministry Leader

Based on the work of Nipun Mehta, the Kindness Meditation Group gathers once a month to sit in silence for an hour and share about “aha” moments from the month’s inspirational reading, or weekly “Act of Kindness Smile Deck Card”.  Afterwards, participants are welcome to enjoy a healthy vegetarian pot-luck meal in a spirit of gratitude and community.

This month’s Kindness Challenge:  Say “It is an honor to be served by you,” or “It is an honor to serve you.”  Say this silently or out loud every time you encounter service.  See how it changes your world view to one of wholeness and Grace.

For more information, check out this video from Nipun Mehta’s TedTalk:  Designing for Generosity.  Also, see this video where Nipun talks about Smile Cards.

Creative Arts Meditation

Wednesday, February 20, 6:30 pm; facilitated by Mary Kerrigan, RScP

Love Offerings to support the ministries of VCSL.

Special Guest Meditation  – Zikr Devotional Practice, 6:30 pm

Featuring Hugh A. Rose

A Zikr is a devotional practice.  It can take the form of a breathing exercise, chanting the names of God, physical movment, or any comination of the three.  In this gathering, Hugh will demonstrate and ask participants to join in three Zikrs:  The Great Chant of Islam, The Zikr of Liberation, and the Turn of the Mevlevi Dervishes. 

Please bring heavy socks in order to practice the turn.  

Love Offerings Accepted.

Drumming Circle – 5th Wednesday – 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Led by Jennifer Merlich

Playing drums in groups generate powerful healing energy for the group and each individual.  “The evocative power of the drum can be compared to the Trinity.  The drum’s frame comes from the trunk of a tree, and that tree has a spirit.  It is not dead wood.  There is also spirit in the animals skin.  If there wasn’t, it would not produce sound.  Those plus the spirit of the person playing become an irresistible force.”  (Babatunde Olatunji)

Jennifer is our talented and passionate guide on this rhythm journey. She uses a simple, efficient method to teach and lead small groups of individuals to quickly play music together and as part of a larger ensemble. Bring your own drums and rattles! Extras drums and rattles provided. No experience necessary. Come with an open heart! 

Photo by Wendell

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