Today, I am talking with Anne-Marie Serre, an IT consultant who has been an amazing help to the Albany Peace Project! Anne-Marie has contributed in so many ways – we are extremely grateful for her infectious enthusiasm, her technical assistance, and her creative ideas.
In this interview, Anne Marie discusses the APP Certified Meditation Leaders program she established with Jerry Petell. Together, they created a basic meditation leadership program that only requires two evenings of formal training, and some dedicated homework. With the benefit of Anne-Marie’s and Jerry’s decades of mindfulness experience, the program certified 18 (!) new meditation leaders this year.
You have seen some of those newly certified meditation leaders share the benefits of their training in our meditation series this year. We would always appreciate more leaders, and we welcome the opportunity to help our volunteers develop new skills and accelerate their personal growth. If you are interested in participating, please let us know!
As an IT professional, Anne Marie experiences a substantial amount of stress in her job, and her meditation practice helps her maintain a calm presence in difficult situations. She will be offering her best mindfulness techniques in a unique class, “Mindfulness for Busy People”, on Wednesday, January 20 at 7:00 at Unity Church of Albany. For more information about this special Numinous program, please view the details below the meditation.
In this meditation, Anne-Marie asks us to stretch a little. She asks us to pause and offer peace to those people we see in the newspaper who commit criminal acts, and that we may want to pass judgement on. She gently invites us to see our own light and darkness, so that we are more likely to see the dark and light in others.
Today you get to meet the wizard who works behind the curtain to ensure these emails get to your inbox by 5:00 AM sharp each day, Bryce Pullano.
Bryce offers much insight and creativity behind the scenes, and he is always up for new challenges! His great heart and “can do spirit” (LOL – See clip from Big Bang Theory below…and see how we keep the mood light as we tackle the technical stuff) has helped move many APP projects along, all while we make each other laugh by sharing these video clips, and other geek humor.
In this interview, Bryce discusses how he experienced a violent crime at the very beginning of the first Albany Peace Project in 2014, and how it ignited his latent interest into the project. At the end of that first month, he felt so renewed he was compelled to “give back.” He has been a wonderful support person to the project ever since that time.
As usual, Bryce came up with a unique perspective to incorporate into his meditation. In this interview, we talk about how people are left with residual hurt after they suffer from a violent crime. This gave us the idea for all of us to take a moment to acknowledge the hurts that we feel…and to literally shed light on them to gracefully cleanse and let them go after we have usurped their wisdom.
If these meditations have been helpful to you, please consider helping the Albany Peace Project team continue offering this work by clicking on the donate button located at the top of this page.
Just for fun….we hope you enjoy this clip as much as we do – watch the first 26 seconds!
If so, you might also get a laugh from the supreme geeky-ness of this clip…
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.
Mindfulness For Busy People
Anne-Marie Serre, IT Specialist/Corporate Meditation Leader
Wednesday January 20 at 7:00 PM, Unity Church of Albany
This session will help you apply the transformative power of mindfulness to your busy life, helping you find the coherent calm space within you, as you focus yourself for whatever challenges you face.
Mindfulness is not mystical or magical, it is actually somewhat methodical. There are basic techniques you can use to broaden your perceptions at any moment, which enables you to resource a much broader palette of elevated feelings, including greater joy, clarity and sustained well-being.
As an IT consultant, Anne-Marie Serre, has had to hone her ability to stay calm under pressure. In this talk, she will share the best mindfulness techniques she has cherry picked to help us work gracefully under periods of intense stress. She will discuss how mindfulness techniques do not actually take any “time” at all, because brief periods of mindfulness actually improves focus, energy, efficiency and creativity all which yield greater results in less time.
Programs are held weekly at Unity Church of Albany, 21 King Ave, Albany
Challenging Our Agreements – How They Make or Break 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, states “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 inspire us to make permanent lasting change in our behavior that changes the entire trajectory of our lives.
In this talk, Bryce Pullano, will ask us to challenge our most basic social contracts, and 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 helps 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 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.
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