1.12.15 Rev. Sam Trumbore, First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany

Happy Monday!
In todays video, I speak with Sam Trumbore, Reverend of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany who offers us his refined insights after 30 years of meditation.

I have often appreciated Sam’s open approach to just about everything.   I like how he addresses hot societal topics from the pulpit, while gently encouraging people to broaden their perspectives to a more inclusive view and observe life from a greater understanding, often from a more global perspective.

In this interview, we discuss how loving-kindness meditation constructively challenges our egos  to question the barriers we feel toward loving someone with whom it is difficult for us to interact.

He reminds us that although we may not always have positive experiences during meditation, meditation offers us skills to remain present with whatever “is” so that we are not ruffled by experiences, whether they be “good” or “bad.”

He reminds us that the ultimate goal of practice is to maintain our equanimity, which leads to our true liberation from the “ups and downs” of this world.

Get Inspired All year Long!

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1.12.15 Meditation; Sam Trumbore, Rev. First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany

Happy Monday!
In todays video, I speak with Sam Trumbore, Reverend of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany who offers us his refined insights after 30 years of meditation.

I have often appreciated Sam’s open approach to just about everything.   I like how he addresses hot societal topics from the pulpit, while gently encouraging people to broaden their perspectives to a more inclusive view and observe life from a greater understanding, often from a more global perspective.

In this interview, we discuss how loving-kindness meditation constructively challenges our egos  to question the barriers we feel toward loving someone with whom it is difficult for us to interact.

He reminds us that although we may not always have positive experiences during meditation, meditation offers us skills to remain present with whatever “is” so that we are not ruffled by experiences, whether they be “good” or “bad.”

He reminds us that the ultimate goal of practice is to maintain our equanimity, which leads to our true liberation from the “ups and downs” of this world.

Get Inspired All year Long!

If you would like to be notified of Numinous talks that offer similar content, Please click on the enter your email to the right of this link where it says “Get Inspired!”     www.NuminousOnline.com

Click here to like us on Facebook.  We could always use more “likes”!

If this meditation helped you, please consider donating to Numinous, sponsor of the Albany Peace Project click here.

If there are other ways you would like to contribute, or if you have comments or suggestions, we would like to hear from you

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Happy Monday!
In todays video, I speak with Sam Trumbore, Reverend of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany who offers us his refined insights after 30 years of meditation.

I have often appreciated Sam’s open approach to just about everything.   I like how he addresses hot societal topics from the pulpit, while gently encouraging people to broaden their perspectives to a more inclusive view and observe life from a greater understanding, often from a more global perspective.

In this interview, we discuss how loving-kindness meditation constructively challenges our egos  to question the barriers we feel toward loving someone with whom it is difficult for us to interact.

He reminds us that although we may not always have positive experiences during meditation, meditation offers us skills to remain present with whatever “is” so that we are not ruffled by experiences, whether they be “good” or “bad.”

He reminds us that the ultimate goal of practice is to maintain our equanimity, which leads to our true liberation from the “ups and downs” of this world.

Get Inspired All year Long!

If you would like to be notified of Numinous talks that offer similar content, Please click on the enter your email to the right of this link where it says “Get Inspired!”     www.NuminousOnline.com

Click here to like us on Facebook.  We could always use more “likes”!

If this meditation helped you, please consider donating to Numinous, sponsor of the Albany Peace Project click here.

If there are other ways you would like to contribute, or if you have comments or suggestions, we would like to hear from you.

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1.24.16 Meditation: Rev. Sam Trumbore, First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany

Pierre Zimmerman has a wealth of knowledge about using mindfulness.  Not only does Pierre specialize in offering mindfulness to people experiencing challenging illness, Pierre has a personal intimacy with these skills, because he relied on them as he recovered from Stage 4 cancer himself.
Pierre is ordained as an end of life Buddhist Chaplain and provides people a powerful opportunity to mindfully face uncertainty as he encourages them to practice as “if their life depended on it.”  How much more we would give to every day life,  and how much more would we savor our lives, if we could maintain this level of discipline?

Pierre has been working in Behavioral and Elder Health Care for over 30 years in many capacities including business administration, program development, and contracting and marketing in the US and in Canada. He holds a BA in psychology/philosophy and an MS degree in organizational management. Pierre was ordained as a Buddhist Chaplain from Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe in 2011 and worked at The D’Amour Cancer Care Center at Baystate Medical Center as an interfaith chaplain-in-training for American Clinical Pastoral Certification (ACPC). He is now mentoring chaplaincy students and teaching core programs at the Upaya Zen Institute in Santa Fe. Pierre can officiate weddings and funerals.

Pierre is passionate about offering these skills to as many people as possible.  Read more from Pierre at  http://www.mindfulliving.community

When I asked Rev. Sam Trumbore what we were going to discuss for this interview, we immediately launched into a long deep conversation, discussing a wide range of topics including stages of consciousness, systems theory and organizations,  and the sermon he was preparing about examining resistance to confronting racism.  There are so many topics I love discussing with Reverend Sam.
When we finally focused the topic on mindfulness, he settled on four states of love defined by buddhism, known as brahmavihara.  In this interview, he discusses how these states relate to the Albany Peace Project.

We have been very grateful to Rev. Sam and the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany for their support of the Albany Peace Project.

Reverend Sam offers a weekly meditation session each Sunday at 9:00 AM and services are offered at 10:00 AM.

Interview.

Today’s Meditation: 

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NUMINOUS LECTURE SERIES FOR JANUARY
Programs are held weekly, on Wednesday evenings,  at Unity Church of Albany, 21 King Ave, Albany, NY.

DONATION APPRECIATED OF $20 EACH SESSION.

Challenging Our Agreements, and How They Shape Us
Bryce Pullano, IT Specialist
Wednesday January 27 at 7:00 PM

One of the four agreements in the wildly successful book “The Four Agreements” by Don Miquel Ruiz, is “Don’t make assumptions.”

If we all took a moment to pause and consider how many assumptions we make in life, and how much these assumptions shape our destiny, we may become awestruck by their significance.   These realizations have the potential to be so profound, they may inspire us to make lasting change in our behavior, changes that can effect the entire trajectory of our lives.

In this talk, Bryce Pullano will ask us to challenge our most basic social contracts, and examine how much we assume things that simply are not be true at all.  He will help us expose these flimsy mirages for what they are, which can help us find the truth that we need to experience real-world growth. These non-truths are best eliminated, so that we can proceed confidently in life with clear unwavering vision that sustains us in times of darkness.  Come to this talk ready to challenge all areas of your life, and to mine new insights for positive change.

Spiritual Conversations For Men
Facilitated by Glenn Hogue & Tim Moon, MA – CASAC
Wednesday February 3 at 7:00 PM

Most spiritual programs are predominantly attended by women, which often causes women’s issues to be the focus of such programming.  However, at NUMINOUS, we wanted to provide new programs that would specifically support Men’s spiritual discoveries as they do the significant work of pioneering how to blend ancient spiritual teachings with contemporary culture’s expectations of masculinity.

This is critically important work, as we seem to be in a time in history when all sorts of established paradigms are falling.   The rugged individualism of the late 20th century is being challenged on all levels, especially in relationships. The traditional roles between male and female are also being blurred as well.

How do we maintain the integrity of our yang (masculine) energy while assimilating the gentler aspects of spirituality and still be effective in this world?   How do we learn how to connect, while maintaining our individual authenticity and truth?   Many of us have learned that we don’t need to do life alone, but we are unsure of how to skillfully include input from Spirit, women, and other men, without loosing connection with ourselves.

Learning how to skillfully partner, listen, and still assert our truth seems to be a huge piece of the mission of our generation of men. These Spiritual Conversations For Men will give us an opportunity to gain answers to the some of the most distracting questions of our lives.  In a quiet environment, we can safely discuss what matters to us most, and obtain invaluable insights from other men who have grappled with the same questions.  Through this exchange, we learn that we don’t have to do “life alone.”  Also, we learn how good it feels to be supported and to provide the same meaningful support for others.   These discussions offer us clarity and direction as we learn to connect, and yet still hold individual balance.

We are extremely fortunate to have Tim Moon, Counselor, and Fo Castle Owner/Operator Glenn Hogue facilitate these discussions.  These two have over 55 years of combined spiritual understandings to chart this prosperous territory.

Prosperity  – Living a Life You Love Living
Dr. Karin Reinhold
Wednesday February 10 at 7:00 PM

Can you imagine a life full of purpose and passion that you naturally enrich the lives of others around you and yourself?
Do you wake up each morning feeling energized and ready to start your day?
Do you enjoy higher levels of vibrant health, deep love, financial abundance, time freedom?
Do you experience the confidence that you can accomplish anything that you want?

There are predictable, repeatable, spiritual and scientific method for turning dreams into reality. I first learned of these steps from Mary Morrissey – a world renowned author and coach – and her program “Dream Building”

We’ll review the 10 keys of the manifestation process, and how these are rooted in spiritual principles.

The W/Holeness Continuum:  Moving from ‘Having a Hole to Fill’ to ‘Being Whole and Feeling Full’
Tim Moon
Wednesday February 17 at 7:00 PM
Unity Church of Albany

What are the conditions in our lives and in our thoughts about our lives that leave us feeling empty, lonely and in search of ways to fill the Hole?

There are an endless number of ways we attempt to fill the Hole; money, relationships, alcohol and substances, sex, new clothes, new cars, busy-ness, television, food…the list goes on.  Deep down we all know that we are supposed to feel good, which is the root of all substance abuse issues.   As we progress on the spiritual path, we learn that we need less and less of these external things, because we as we feel more spiritually whole, we learn to bask in the sweet satisfaction of that wholeness.  We don’t just know this intellectually, we feel this on a profound level as the truth of our whole being.

This workshop will explore paradigm shifting ideas from  past and present spiritual teachings and our current understanding of the science related to happiness, mindfulness, and empathy to assist us in moving from Holeness to Wholeness (without necessarily having to change our circumstances!!! Wow!).

Your Healing Story
Vicki Hart
Wednesday February 24 at 7:00 PM
Unity Church of Albany

Stories and myths have a way of reaching deep into the hidden places within us. Reoccurring themes from different times and places help us to know that we are not alone in our experiences.  In this talk, we will discuss ”Warming the Stone Child” and other stories about abandonment and the unmothered child.  Based on the work of Jungian psychologist Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Phd.

Learn through story how the psychology of abandonment in childhood affects us in later life.  Uncover the special gifts and powers of the unmothered child.

In this talk, we can discern what you can learn from your favorite childhood fairytale, and learn that we a personal fairy tale story of our own.

Hearing Only One Voice – The Voice of Wisdom
Bethany Gonyea, Founder Albany Peace Project
Wednesday March 2 at 7:00 PM
Unity Church of Albany

Do you ever wonder about the origin of that critical voice in your head?

Do you ever become curious about your internal dialogue….even why we have an internal dialogue?  (who exactly are we talking to???)

Well, neuroscientists at Yale have discovered some startling facts about the brain regions activated while we are experiencing this internal dialogue.

The set of brain regions responsible for this internal voices is now referred to as the default mode network.  It is most commonly shown to be active when a person is not focused on the outside world and the brain is at a wakeful rest, such as during daydreaming and mind-wandering.  Researchers have determined that this default mode network is responsible for us ruminating about four general areas, when we are 1)  thinking about others (what they think of us), 2)  thinking about ourselves (how we are doing), 3) remembering (processing) the past, and 4) planning (worrying) for the future.  This internal dialogue is vastly responsible for much of our mental health, either good or bad.

The good news is that not only are there cognitive strategies to help cope with the voice, but that skillful meditation actually silences it!  Learn how to lower the volume of the critical voice, and hear only the voice of wisdom.

Get Inspired All year Long!
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Bethany Gonyea on WRPI today at 12:00, Concert tomorrow Night!

Listen to Gary Goldberg interview Bethany Gonyea discussing how the Albany Peace Project is evolving into the Resonant Peaceful Cities project today on the FM dial at 91.5.
Streaming at Wrpi.org  is probably not going to work.

2017 Albany Peace Project Kickoff Program Concert –12/30

Participate in the Albany Peace Project This January and Awaken the Hero Within with the Albany Peace Project This January!

Friday Evening, December 30,
Unity Church of Albany
7:00 PM

with amazing musicians, Mark Shepard, Joy Adler, and Roger Mock!!

As the testimonials say below, amazing things happen when people participate in the Albany Peace Project.   The theme of this year is “Awakening the Hero Within,” because after three years of offering APP, we have heard some powerful stories of how when we advocate for the dignity and honor of others, we enlargen ourselves.  As we participate with the Albany Peace Project, we feel greater dignity, self respect and deep purpose with our lives.  In these times of great global turmoil, we can find a place in ourselves through these meditations, where we know we are connected to a Loving Intelligence that connects us all, and “vote with our heart” to accelerate the presence of peace on this planet.   Taking a stand in our own hearts for peace, instead of feeling victimized by media accounts, makes our head go up and our shoulders go back.  Meditation peace research has been demonstrated, however we need your help to get local measurable results.  We can’t just talk about peace…we must “be it”

Come join us for a catalyzing uplifting evening on Friday Evening December 30 with exhilarating group of musicians,  singers and and also inspiring speakers!!!   The program concert will help you to start 2017 off right and set you on a trajectory to make 2017 your best year yet!

  • After participating int the Albany Peace Project for two years, it is still hard to describe what participaing in the Albany Peace Project does…but it just changes you…for the better.
  • I asked my husband to join me meditating Jan 1 as part of the Peace Project, not something he would choose to do.  We selected 5:00 pm as our time. Yesterday at 4:50, he asked if we were going to be meditating. Thank you for creating this project. Peace starts at home. It has descended here!
  • I was very moved by today’s meditation, and I’m very moved by your work.  Thank you.
  •  First, your guided meditations this year are beyond wonderful.  I am loving them all.  
  • You’ve got some interesting people you’ve interviewed. 
  • Great interview & meditation today. Thanks
  • Wow! I LOVE your guided meditation. You are so sweet and gentle.  Having us envision Albany residents in scenarios is brilliant! You are a gem; APP is fortunate to have you on the team. 

Albany Peace Project – January 1-15

From January 1-15 we will be sending daily meditation inspiring peace in Albany with daily interviews of inspiring thought leaders.  Please participate, and encourage your friends to participate as well.

See below for SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY for people meditating for the
 Albany Peace Project!!!

The Art of Feminine Presence
Jill Boyd
1/8/17 at 2;00
Spirit Tree Connections
987 New Loudon Road,Latham NY

If you are a woman who has been on a personal and spiritual growth path for quite some time and wanting to stop pushing to make things happen, come and experience an informational session and demonstration on the Art of Feminine Presence. It is a series of unique and tangible practices that increases a woman’s presence, feminine energy and vocal power so she can be heard, be seen and inspire change. These are practical tools that create massive results. You will see the change in yourself and other women immediately. It is undeniable. It is not where we intellectually discuss whether the feminine needs to be more present in our society. We already know that. It is not that we dance on a beach with hip scarves in the hope it will change our lives. We can do that on our own. Imagine walking into any room or any situation with a magnetic presence and attract the attention you want in your career and in your relationships. Your life will be transformed.

Jill Boyd is a certified teacher in the Art of Feminine Presence. She is an iconic image stylist. She is licensed in New York as a registered nurse and aesthetician. She received a masters degree from Long Island University in Community Mental Health Counseling. She graduated from Austin’s School of Spa Technology and afterwards received training from the Stoltz Image Institute in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Gabriel Productions in Miami, Florida; The Universal Style System in San Moreno, California; and the Conselle Institute of Image Management in Provo, Utah.

$25 Donation Appreciated

Dealing with Difficult People for Spiritual People© 

Bethany Gonyea

Sunday January 15 from 2:00-4:00 PM

Spirit Tree Connections,

987 New Loudon Road,Latham NY(For GPS: Cohoes)

Do you have someone in your life that no matter what you do, you just can’t get the relationship to work?  Have you tried advice from relationship books only to have it fail miserably?  Are you working hard to maintain your compassion with someone whose behavior is highly questionable?  

In this class, we will be discussing the limitations of common spiritual practices in certain relationships.  We will be discussing statistics regarding the presence of serious mental health challenges of the general population, and how as spiritual people, we need to see these challenges clearly so that we can finally utilize these situations for the growth they provide.  New Age 101 will certainly not work with certain types of people.  You will leave with new and empowered perspective as to how to approach approach your challenging relationship differently. 

Law of Attraction: Manifesting Through Being, Not Force

Bethany Gonyea

Sunday January 22 from 2:00-4:00 PM

Spirit Tree Connections,

987 New Loudon Road,Latham NY(For GPS: Cohoes)

“The universe responds not to what we want, but who we are being.”  Dr. Joe Dispenza

In our highly scheduled world, we often have no time in our lives for our spirit to roam in the spheres from which we came.  We follow the same schedules day after day, maintaining the same inner state each day, and wonder why our lives don’t transform.  We often hear about amazing synchronicities happening for other people, and yet we don’t see evidence of that in our lives.  Our culture is so focused on getting things accomplished and achieving in temporal time, our higher nature never has the opportunity to ‘kiss” our efforts with grace.  In this class, we will discuss how important it is for us to maintain our state of being, not goals. We will learn that we need to attend to our minds similar to how we would attend to a new born baby meeting it’s varying needs throughout the day.  We will discuss what it means to maintain a state of being and open focus which widens our perceptual fields and generates new opportunities.

The Sacred Bedroom© Volume 1 – Sleep

Bethany Gonyea

Sunday January 29 from 2:00-4:00 PM

Spirit Tree Connections,

987 New Loudon Road,Latham NY(For GPS: Cohoes)

“Instead of going to sleep, we are going to God.”   Bethany Gonyea

So many people are lying awake night after night worrying and wondering about their lives.  It is common also for people to fall asleep and wake up in the night unable to go back to sleep.  These are often the same people who say they don’t have time to meditate.  The bedroom is often where we come back to ourselves at the end of the day, sometimes exhausted and defeated, endlessly chatting in our heads about unfinished business.   However, what if we changed that perspective to what is actually happening?….What if we remember the evening is a time of returning home to our eternal nature that remembers we are one with the Infinite.

In this class, Bethany Gonyea, will be discussing how we can use highly skilled intentional meditation to blur the edges of our energy fields and liberate our spirit to feel connected to the Infinite.  Going be bed becomes a time of sacred expectation and relief from the daily grind of this world, and a time when we are can cultivate in a profoundly healing transcendent state and wake up repaired and ready to meet the demands of the next day with a blessed heart. 

Participants will leave with an audio download to practice skills.

SAVE THE DATE:  Coherence For A Cause!  February 4, 6:00 – 10:00 PM in Albany

Friends! In celebration of four successful years of the Albany Peace Project, on February 4th, 2017, we invite you to “Coherence for a Cause: A Midwinter’s Night Benefit,” from 6:00pm – 10:00pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany.

With inspiring leaders, including Keynote Speaker Albany Chief of Police Brendan Cox,  Silent Auction, and Special Concert Performance by Albany’s own “School of Rock,” this will be an interactive festivity highlighting some of the Albany Peace Project’s largest attempts at reducing violence in the Capital Region by creating a much safer, more mindful, and more peaceful community through mind-body coherence practices.
 
Please join us for hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and special presenters such Albany Peace project founder, Bethany Gonyea and Dr. Karin Reinhold of the University at Albany, for six special showcases detailing the heart-mind  evidence based high impact solutions for reducing violence.

Please, R.S.V.P. by January 30th, 2017 by registering at http://coherenceforacause.eventbrite.com.  Early-bird Tickets are $45, and $60 at the door.  Please ask us about our special 3-Level Member sponsorships. For more information, please contact:  Derek Healey at dhealey@albany.edu /917-259 -2866

Special Opportunity for people meditation for the Albany Peace Project! 

Individuals who meditate for each of the 15 days in January during the Albany Peace Project this year, are able to get 30% off of a float….which makes any meditation better!

What is Floating?Floatation therapy provides a unique experience where you can relax the mind and body simultaneously. You enter a float tank with about 1,200 lbs of epsom salt dissolved in 10 inches of water that is warmed to skin temperature. The dense solution lets you float effortlessly, regardless of your body type, and allows your body fully relax without gravity pulling you down. There are a lot of physical benefits to soaking in epsom salt – muscle recovery, soothing aches & pains, sunburn relief, skin exfoliating, healing dry skin.

Float tanks are often called sensory deprivation tanks because they provide an environment that reduces sensory input, for the first time since birth your brain no longer has to process all the sights, sounds and smells around you. Without gravity, temperature or sensory input to process the brain slows down and begins to produce theta waves which kind of act as a bridge between the conscious and subconscious mind.

Theta wave state promotes creativity, relaxation, learning ability and focus, floating can encourage and even propel you into a state of meditation, allowing you to reorganize your thoughts, reduce stress and even make positive suggestions and reprogram the subconscious mind for positive change in your life.

So, Why Float?

Some people float to relieve pain or just to unwind and keep their stress levels in check, some float for mental clarity or introspection. The restricted environment of an isolation tank allows just about anyone to reach deep meditative states after a few sessions making everybody’s experience a unique and personal journey.

Research on floating and Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (R.E.S.T.) has been conducted since the early 1960’s after it’s invention by Dr. John C. Lilly. A lot of claims can be made about it’s benefits but it’s often best to keep it simple, so here are a few of the primary benefits of floating in an isolation tank.

Relaxation

The first and best reason everyone should try it out, think about it, when was the last time your brain got a chance to rest? Inside a float tank there are no sounds or smells, nothing to see, no pop-up ads or distractions, heck, there’s barely any gravity dragging you down. It’s the ultimate stress free environment, in fact just 1 hour in the tank is comparable to 4 hours of deep sleep, it’s the perfect reset.

Pain Relief

Immediately after laying down in the tank you begin to feel every muscle in your body unwind and loosen up, your blood pressure starts to drop as you begin to hear your heart rate (can’t turn that sound off) and blood circulation increases throughout the body. This relaxed state combined with a 1,000 lbs of epsom salt is an excellent way to boost recovery in athletes and to reduce chronic pain and inflammation. Recent studies have shown that floating may be the best therapy to mitigate the effects of fibromyalgia and other neurological pain disorders. We are participating in a massive world wide case study on the effects of floating on fibromyalgia, if you’d like to learn about how you could try it for less than half-price, check out the Fibromyalgia Flotation Project.

Exploration

Think about the last time you sat down to reflect upon an issue without immediately getting distracted by a phone, facebook or a crooked picture frame on the wall. Meditation is a means to mental clarity but it requires a great deal of discipline and practice, floatation therapy provides a shortcut to these deep introspective states which can enhance creativity, clear the mind and allow one to overcome previously daunting life challenges. Floating allows your brain to fall into a slower brainwave known as theta which is often described as a bridge between the conscious and the incredibly powerful subconscious mind.

To obtain your 30% discount, please forward the email you receive from the Albany Peace Project for each day from January 1-15 to this email address:  floatationmeditationdiscount@juno.com.  

Fees:
1 Hour Float – $50 (with 30% discount $35)
2.5 Hour Float – $65 (with 30% discount 45.50)
2 Hour Float – – $80 (with 30% discount $56)

We will contact you regarding how to receive your discount.

To learn more visit: Requiescent.com

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Meditation Incentive…& Kickoff Concert on 12/30

Meditation Incentive…& Kickoff Concert on 12/30

SAVE THE DATE!!!  2017 Albany Peace Project Kickoff Program Concert –
Participate in the Albany Peace Project This January and Awaken the Hero Within with the Albany Peace Project This January!

Friday Evening, December 30,
Unity Church of Albany
7:00 PM

with amazing musicians, Mark Shepard, Joy Adler, and Roger Mock!!

As the testimonials say below, amazing things happen when people participate in the Albany Peace Project.   The theme of this year is “Awakening the Hero Within,” because after three years of offering APP, we have heard some powerful stories of how when we advocate for the dignity and honor of others, we enlargen ourselves.  As we participate with the Albany Peace Project, we feel greater dignity, self respect and deep purpose with our lives.  In these times of great global turmoil, we can find a place in ourselves through these meditations, where we know we are connected to a Loving Intelligence that connects us all, and “vote with our heart” to accelerate the presence of peace on this planet.   Taking a stand in our own hearts for peace, instead of feeling victimized by media accounts, makes our head go up and our shoulders go back.  Meditation peace research has been demonstrated, however we need your help to get local measurable results.  We can’t just talk about peace…we must “be it”

Come join us for a catalyzing uplifting evening on Friday Evening December 30 with exhilarating group of musicians,  singers and and also inspiring speakers!!!   The program concert will help you to start 2017 off right and set you on a trajectory to make 2017 your best year yet!

  • After participating int the Albany Peace Projet for two years, it is still hard to describe what participaing in the Albany Peace Project does…but it just changes you…for the better.
  • I asked my husband to join me meditating Jan 1 as part of the Peace Project, not something he would choose to do.  We selected 5:00 pm as our time. Yesterday at 4:50, he asked if we were going to be meditating. Thank you for creating this project. Peace starts at home. It has descended here!
  • I was very moved by today’s meditation, and I’m very moved by your work.  Thank you.
  •  First, your guided meditations this year are beyond wonderful.  I am loving them all.  
  • You’ve got some interesting people you’ve interviewed. 
  • Great interview & meditation today. Thanks
  • Wow! I LOVE your guided meditation. You are so sweet and gentle.  Having us envision Albany residents in scenarios is brilliant! You are a gem; APP is fortunate to have you on the team. 

Albany Peace Project – January 1-15

From January 1-15 we will be sending daily meditation inspiring peace in Albany with daily interviews of inspiring thought leaders.  Please participate, and encourage your friends to participate as well.

See below for SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY for people meditating for the
 Albany Peace Project!!!

The Art of Feminine Presence
Jill Boyd
1/8/17 at 2;00
Spirit Tree Connections
987 New Loudon Road,Latham NY

If you are a woman who has been on a personal and spiritual growth path for quite some time and wanting to stop pushing to make things happen, come and experience an informational session and demonstration on the Art of Feminine Presence. It is a series of unique and tangible practices that increases a woman’s presence, feminine energy and vocal power so she can be heard, be seen and inspire change. These are practical tools that create massive results. You will see the change in yourself and other women immediately. It is undeniable. It is not where we intellectually discuss whether the feminine needs to be more present in our society. We already know that. It is not that we dance on a beach with hip scarves in the hope it will change our lives. We can do that on our own. Imagine walking into any room or any situation with a magnetic presence and attract the attention you want in your career and in your relationships. Your life will be transformed.

Jill Boyd is a certified teacher in the Art of Feminine Presence. She is an iconic image stylist. She is licensed in New York as a registered nurse and aesthetician. She received a masters degree from Long Island University in Community Mental Health Counseling. She graduated from Austin’s School of Spa Technology and afterwards received training from the Stoltz Image Institute in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Gabriel Productions in Miami, Florida; The Universal Style System in San Moreno, California; and the Conselle Institute of Image Management in Provo, Utah.

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Dealing with Difficult People for Spiritual People© 

Bethany Gonyea

Sunday January 15 from 2:00-4:00 PM

Spirit Tree Connections,

987 New Loudon Road,Latham NY(For GPS: Cohoes)

Do you have someone in your life that no matter what you do, you just can’t get the relationship to work?  Have you tried advice from relationship books only to have it fail miserably?  Are you working hard to maintain your compassion with someone whose behavior is highly questionable?  

In this class, we will be discussing the limitations of common spiritual practices in certain relationships.  We will be discussing statistics regarding the presence of serious mental health challenges of the general population, and how as spiritual people, we need to see these challenges clearly so that we can finally utilize these situations for the growth they provide.  New Age 101 will certainly not work with certain types of people.  You will leave with new and empowered perspective as to how to approach approach your challenging relationship differently. 

Law of Attraction: Manifesting Through Being, Not Force

Bethany Gonyea

Sunday January 22 from 2:00-4:00 PM

Spirit Tree Connections,

987 New Loudon Road,Latham NY(For GPS: Cohoes)

“The universe responds not to what we want, but who we are being.”  Dr. Joe Dispenza

In our highly scheduled world, we often have no time in our lives for our spirit to roam in the spheres from which we came.  We follow the same schedules day after day, maintaining the same inner state each day, and wonder why our lives don’t transform.  We often hear about amazing synchronicities happening for other people, and yet we don’t see evidence of that in our lives.  Our culture is so focused on getting things accomplished and achieving in temporal time, our higher nature never has the opportunity to ‘kiss” our efforts with grace.  In this class, we will discuss how important it is for us to maintain our state of being, not goals. We will learn that we need to attend to our minds similar to how we would attend to a new born baby meeting it’s varying needs throughout the day.  We will discuss what it means to maintain a state of being and open focus which widens our perceptual fields and generates new opportunities.

The Sacred Bedroom© Volume 1 – Sleep

Bethany Gonyea

Sunday January 29 from 2:00-4:00 PM

Spirit Tree Connections,

987 New Loudon Road,Latham NY(For GPS: Cohoes)

“Instead of going to sleep, we are going to God.”   Bethany Gonyea

So many people are lying awake night after night worrying and wondering about their lives.  It is common also for people to fall asleep and wake up in the night unable to go back to sleep.  These are often the same people who say they don’t have time to meditate.  The bedroom is often where we come back to ourselves at the end of the day, sometimes exhausted and defeated, endlessly chatting in our heads about unfinished business.   However, what if we changed that perspective to what is actually happening?….What if we remember the evening is a time of returning home to our eternal nature that remembers we are one with the Infinite.

In this class, Bethany Gonyea, will be discussing how we can use highly skilled intentional meditation to blur the edges of our energy fields and liberate our spirit to feel connected to the Infinite.  Going be bed becomes a time of sacred expectation and relief from the daily grind of this world, and a time when we are can cultivate in a profoundly healing transcendent state and wake up repaired and ready to meet the demands of the next day with a blessed heart. 

Participants will leave with an audio download to practice skills.

SAVE THE DATE:  Coherence For A Cause!  February 4, 6:00 – 10:00 PM in Albany

Friends! In celebration of four successful years of the Albany Peace Project, on February 4th, 2017, we invite you to “Coherence for a Cause: A Midwinter’s Night Benefit,” from 6:00pm – 10:00pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany.

With inspiring leaders, including Keynote Speaker Albany Chief of Police Brendan Cox,  Silent Auction, and Special Concert Performance by Albany’s own “School of Rock,” this will be an interactive festivity highlighting some of the Albany Peace Project’s largest attempts at reducing violence in the Capital Region by creating a much safer, more mindful, and more peaceful community through mind-body coherence practices.
 
Please join us for hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and special presenters such Albany Peace project founder, Bethany Gonyea and Dr. Karin Reinhold of the University at Albany, for six special showcases detailing the heart-mind  evidence based high impact solutions for reducing violence.

Please, R.S.V.P. by January 30th, 2017 by registering at http://coherenceforacause.eventbrite.com.  Early-bird Tickets are $45, and $60 at the door.  Please ask us about our special 3-Level Member sponsorships. For more information, please contact:  Derek Healey at dhealey@albany.edu /917-259 -2866

Special Opportunity for people meditation for the Albany Peace Project! 

Individuals who meditate for each of the 15 days in January during the Albany Peace Project this year, are able to get 30% off of a float….which makes any meditation better!

What is Floating?Floatation therapy provides a unique experience where you can relax the mind and body simultaneously. You enter a float tank with about 1,200 lbs of epsom salt dissolved in 10 inches of water that is warmed to skin temperature. The dense solution lets you float effortlessly, regardless of your body type, and allows your body fully relax without gravity pulling you down. There are a lot of physical benefits to soaking in epsom salt – muscle recovery, soothing aches & pains, sunburn relief, skin exfoliating, healing dry skin.

Float tanks are often called sensory deprivation tanks because they provide an environment that reduces sensory input, for the first time since birth your brain no longer has to process all the sights, sounds and smells around you. Without gravity, temperature or sensory input to process the brain slows down and begins to produce theta waves which kind of act as a bridge between the conscious and subconscious mind.

Theta wave state promotes creativity, relaxation, learning ability and focus, floating can encourage and even propel you into a state of meditation, allowing you to reorganize your thoughts, reduce stress and even make positive suggestions and reprogram the subconscious mind for positive change in your life.

So, Why Float?

Some people float to relieve pain or just to unwind and keep their stress levels in check, some float for mental clarity or introspection. The restricted environment of an isolation tank allows just about anyone to reach deep meditative states after a few sessions making everybody’s experience a unique and personal journey.

Research on floating and Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (R.E.S.T.) has been conducted since the early 1960’s after it’s invention by Dr. John C. Lilly. A lot of claims can be made about it’s benefits but it’s often best to keep it simple, so here are a few of the primary benefits of floating in an isolation tank.

Relaxation

The first and best reason everyone should try it out, think about it, when was the last time your brain got a chance to rest? Inside a float tank there are no sounds or smells, nothing to see, no pop-up ads or distractions, heck, there’s barely any gravity dragging you down. It’s the ultimate stress free environment, in fact just 1 hour in the tank is comparable to 4 hours of deep sleep, it’s the perfect reset.

Pain Relief

Immediately after laying down in the tank you begin to feel every muscle in your body unwind and loosen up, your blood pressure starts to drop as you begin to hear your heart rate (can’t turn that sound off) and blood circulation increases throughout the body. This relaxed state combined with a 1,000 lbs of epsom salt is an excellent way to boost recovery in athletes and to reduce chronic pain and inflammation. Recent studies have shown that floating may be the best therapy to mitigate the effects of fibromyalgia and other neurological pain disorders. We are participating in a massive world wide case study on the effects of floating on fibromyalgia, if you’d like to learn about how you could try it for less than half-price, check out the Fibromyalgia Flotation Project.

Exploration

Think about the last time you sat down to reflect upon an issue without immediately getting distracted by a phone, facebook or a crooked picture frame on the wall. Meditation is a means to mental clarity but it requires a great deal of discipline and practice, floatation therapy provides a shortcut to these deep introspective states which can enhance creativity, clear the mind and allow one to overcome previously daunting life challenges. Floating allows your brain to fall into a slower brainwave known as theta which is often described as a bridge between the conscious and the incredibly powerful subconscious mind.

To obtain your 30% discount, please forward the email you receive from the Albany Peace Project for each day from January 1-15 to this email address:  floatationmeditationdiscount@juno.com.  

Fees:
1 Hour Float – $50 (with 30% discount $35)
2.5 Hour Float – $65 (with 30% discount 45.50)
2 Hour Float – – $80 (with 30% discount $56)

We will contact you regarding how to receive your discount.

To learn more visit: Requiescent.com

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