Peace, Silence, Stillness
The Spirituality Center brings together spiritual practices from various sources to provide you with a set of tools you can use to achieve harmony within yourself, compassion towards others, and, ultimately, have a positive impact on the outside world.
The Center leader is Daniel Johnson, O.P.A. who, in addition to being an Episcopal priest, has studied Eastern philosophy extensively. His diverse background allows him to blend Western ideas and Eastern spirituality into a caring approach that you will find both stimulating and fun. Daniel will lead the workshops described below.
Please note: these are non-religious events.
The Spirituality Center offers events throughout the year. Check back here or on Facebook often to see what’s next.
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During this uncertain time, we invite you to join us in our Online Meditation Room, a peaceful space where we can reflect, meditate, and explore our spiritual lives in community.
WHERE: via Zoom
LEADER: Daniel Johnson, O.P.A.
This is a non-religious event
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Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary – a Meditation Workshop
TO BE RE-SCHEDULED
“Now you see it …or did you?”
“Wait, what did I just have for lunch?”
“Has that music been playing all this time?”
Often, we slide through life, doing many things each day but not really experiencing any of them. We are not mindful; we are not in the moment – savoring each experience for all it is worth. Please come experience Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary – a Meditation Workshop. In this free two-hour session, we will practice using ordinary objects to focus our energy to reach new levels of inner understanding while helping us engage with the world around us in a new, intense and rewarding way.
NOTE: This session will include 70% practice.
Bubble, 1000 Lotus Petal and Walking Meditation
Join us on January 11th for this second workshop in our meditation series. At this free two-hour session, we will focus on two distinct forms of meditation: Bubble Meditation and the 1,000 Lotus Petal Meditation. Both meditations use words and images to help focus the mind and observe thoughts without judgement. These meditations are particularly helpful for those who are more visual or those who have difficulty quieting the
mind. We will also, once again, practice Walking Meditation… the common activity of walking helps to focus the mind and achieve tranquility. For those with mobility issues an alternative form of meditation will be offered.
Loving Kindness Meditation
Join us on February 15th for the next workshop in our meditation series: Loving Kindness Meditation. In a Psychology Today article entitled “Eighteen science backed reasons to try Loving Kindness Meditation” author Emma Seppala, Ph.D., cites the evidence for this meditation technique giving practitioners:
Feelings of joy, contentment, confidence and hope; Fewer migraines; Less chronic pain; Increased capacity for compassion; Slower biological aging; Better interpersonal relationships
In this free two-hour session, we will practice the techniques that will make you a happier, more compassionate person. In a Loving Kindness Meditation, you focus your love first on yourself, then someone close to you, then a neutral person and, finally, someone you don’t like. As your love spreads out from you, it doubles back to you. We will practice repeating a few simple phrases like “I am strong and my body is healthy” first about yourself and then about others and see how it can actually quiet your inner critic. Experience these extraordinary outcomes for yourself!