1.2.15 Meditation: John Welshons, Author

Good Morning!
Welcome to day 2 of meditation!  Thank you very much for participating.

We apologize for loosing the video feed yesterday.  Although there was a total of 162 clicks into the feed, so thank you for interest and support!

Also we apologize for the multiple postings yesterday, another technical glitch.  I am on a learning curve, so please be patient with me.

You are in for a treat in this video.   It is with author, John Welshons, a 45 1/2 year meditator.   He says meditation only gets better!

Below is the meditation for today.  Take a moment to take inventory of how you feel now…and then compare it to when you finish this mediation….

Feeling better?

And you didn’t even take a drug with nasty side effects or change your diet!   How great is that??

Have a fabulous day,

Bethany

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1.30.16 Meditation: Glyne Griffith, SUNY Albany Professor

Now that the focused intention and meditation portion of the Albany Peace Project is drawing to a close for 2016, I wanted to share with you our hopeful vision for the coming year.
Meditation research is now expanding into a new area of study – the exploration of wisdom and how it is generated. This field of study is a natural extension of meditation research.  When we take our minds and anchor them down to the heart, a greater compassionate wisdom emerges that yields answers more comprehensive than those that only come from our analytical intellectual mind.

As Albert Einstein said, We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

If we are going to generate compelling results, we need to shake things up, and think about things from an entirely different perspective.  It is my hope that, through our willingness to cultivate heart-mind wisdom, we will uncover real solutions for humanity’s long-term challenges.

My dream for the Albany Peace Project is that people from all religions and ethnicities will contemplate peace, shoulder to shoulder, at an event for the benefit everyone in greater Albany.  We are already focusing our efforts in this direction, so stay tuned. We are working to organize an interfaith prayer meditation research study this summer, to coincide with other community events scheduled in the heart of Albany during late June and early July.

The Albany Peace Project was conceived with the acknowledgement that not all faiths can agree on doctrine, not all political viewpoints can agree on policy, and not all races can agree on what changes should occur in society. But we all can agree to employ focused healing intentions to reduce human suffering.

Throughout the year, I put out several calls for people from diverse ethnic backgrounds to participate in the Albany Peace Project.  I know they are out there, but they just haven’t found their way to me yet.  I asked Glyne Griffith if he could contribute to our guided meditations again this year, but he was unable to, although he said his heart and spirit was still very much with the project, . This was my interview with Glyne two years ago, and all that he shared with me then is still pertinent.

Please, for the next year, if you know of someone, or if you are a person of color, please reach out to me, so that next year we can have the Albany Peace Project better reflect the demographics of Albany. The message of the project will have the greatest impact when it reflects the authentic hopes and dreams of the residents of Albany.

To everyone who has supported the Albany Peace Project, please accept my heartfelt apology for the cancellation of this years Closing Concert.  Bottom line – we are still a very young organization, with extremely tight resources and limited people power.  We could certainly use more volunteers, and definitely more donations. With more support in the coming year, I may be able to outsource some routine work, which will free up my time to organize these important events.  This work may look easy, but it is actually a very very heavy lift, and given our tight resources, more hands would make it much lighter work.  I am, and will always be, very grateful for your support and interest.

We will be doing a version of the closing concert at the Unitarian Church on February 6 at 7:00 PM with Dr. Michael Wayne, who will conduct the keynote presentation titled “Quantum Revolution: The Power To Transform”.

Donations help us meet expenses to offer this work.  If you would like to donate, please click on the donate button or send donations to:  Numinous c/o Bethany Gonyea (be sure to include this)  at PO 1322, Clifton Park, NY 12065.  

Interview :

Today’s Meditation:

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

DONATION APPRECIATED OF $20 EACH SESSION.

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 allows you to 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, and 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 9 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.

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2.1.16 Bonus Meditation: Europa Baker

2.1.16 Bonus Meditation: Europa Baker

Hey There
Now that January has drawn to a close, I’d like to express once more my abundant gratitude to everyone who participated in the intentional meditations this year – you make change possible. And I especially want to give thanks to the group of highly-dedicated volunteers who helped make this past year a great success. Without them, we would not have been able to make such strides.

I was unable to record an interview with Europa Baker, but she was kind enough to send in a meditation.  If you enjoyed the other meditations, I suggest you listen to Europa’s.  Europa is a gifted teacher and as a Kripalu certified instructor, she is very attentive to subtleties of the meditative process, both physically and mentally.  Enjoy!

Donations help us meet expenses to offer this work.  If you would like to donate, please click on the donate button or send donations to:  Numinous c/o Bethany Gonyea (be sure to include this)  at PO 1322, Clifton Park, NY 12065. 

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The Quantum Revolution: The Power to Transform

Sat. Feb. 6 at 7pm, Michael Wayne will be giving a talk and book signing at the Unitarian Universalist Church405 Washington Ave.in Albany.

In addition to my talk, there will be music with some really great musicians. Here’s the roster of musicians:

Roger Mock (Music Director, Unity Church)
Joy Adler (vocalist)
Rich Goodhart (shamanic sound healer)
Mark Shepard (singer/songwriter)
Pete Furlong (percussion)

A new positive future is emerging, and we have a golden opportunity to midwife it along. Make no mistake, there is much volatility in the air, and much to be concerned about. Yet, the future belongs to those who see what is upon us.

More and more people are awakening to what this future is: it is a world of peace, of love, of a place where people act out of the greater good, where actions are based on how they impact future generations, and where things are valued if they give meaning.

This is not some pipedream. It is a world in the making and this awakening is creating a revolution – the Quantum Revolution. This could be one of the greatest social and cultural transformations in history, with the potential to create a peaceful, just, holistic, compassionate and sustainable society and world for a long time. 

And you are invited to be a part of this revolution.

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

DONATION APPRECIATED OF $20 EACH SESSION.

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 allows you to 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, and 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.

ALBANY PEACE PROJECT VOLUNTEER MEETING
Wednesday, March 9 at 7:00 PM
If you would like to volunteer for the Albany Peace Project, please come out to this meeting.  If you can’t make it, but you are still interested, please email us at: Info@NuminousOnline.com

Hearing Only One Voice – The Voice of Wisdom
Bethany Gonyea, Founder Albany Peace Project
Wednesday March 16 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!
If you would like to be notified of Numinous talks that offer similar content, Please enter your email to the right of this link where it says “Get Inspired!”     www.NuminousOnline.com

Help us get to 3,300 Likes on Facebook!  We are at 3,203 Likes, we only need 97 More…“Like & Share” the Albany Peace Project Facebook Page by CLICKING HERE!

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1.15.16 Meditation: Bryce Pullano, IT Consultant

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.

Good morning…
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.

Interview.

TODAY’S MEDITATION

Just for fun….we hope you enjoy this clip as much as we do – watch the first 26 seconds!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsPTxAkUDKY#t=20m10s

If so, you might also get a laugh from the supreme geeky-ness of this clip…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-WLvYIp2Nw

If this meditation was helpful to you, please consider donating by clicking here.

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.

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

Help us get to 3,300 Likes on Facebook!  We are at 3,203 Likes, we only need 97 More…“Like & Share” the Albany Peace Project Facebook Page by CLICKING HERE!

If this meditation was helpful to you, please consider donating by clicking here.

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1.28.16 Meditation: Maia Boswell-Penc

1.28.16 Meditation: Maia Boswell-Penc

Good morning.  I love speaking with Derek Healey, because he is so passionate about making a difference.  Derek returned to college later in life and is currently working as an interfaith activist at SUNY Albany, while he carries a full course load to graduate with a double major.
Derek has been meditating since he was about 10, which has dramatically shaped his life.  We often talk about how meditation inspires people to want to serve. Derek’s entire life is an example of that.

In this video, Derek discusses the delicate work of being an interfaith activist. He makes it clear that working in the interfaith realm doesn’t encourage you to abandon your faith. Instead, as you affirm the faith orientation of others , your own faith is strengthened.

This year, The Albany Peace Project has a mission to expand our efforts to do a one week interfaith prayer meditation study in July when the crime is often the most pronounced.  We will need an abundance of people from different faiths to become involved.  Please encourage your place of worship to participate.

The Albany Peace Project has been created with the acknowledgement that not all faiths can agree on doctrine, but can agree to employ focused healing intentions to reduce human suffering.

This will be a great opportunity for people of faith to demonstrate peace through religious tolerance by contemplating peace shoulder to shoulder with people of different races, religions and ethnicities.  If you are interested, please stay with us during the next 5 months as we organize.

In our interview today, Maia Boswell-Penc discusses mindfulness and environmental sustainability.
You may wonder what does sustainability have to do with mindfulness?  Maia helps us to see that sustainability has a everything to do with mindfulness because it allows us to slow down, to remember our humanity, and that our lives depend on the world around us.  We are not “islands of one.”

The side effect of mindfulness is that it fosters great compassion and a desire to be of service to the world around us.  Maia recognizes that until people sit still, and experience things as they are, both the good and the scarey, that we won’t be truly motivated to make change.

Someone sent me this tweet today:   The 3 C’s of life:  Choices, chances, and changes.  You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change.

Mindfulness helps us to slow down and face where we are now, to look at thing squarely, and then choose appropriate actions to change what we realize needs attention.   A side effect of practicing mindfulness is the desire to be of greater service to the world around us.  People who are mindful just want to give….that is why I put all my energy into the Albany Peace Project.  I know that encouraging others to sit still will inspire them to act as well.

If you would like to learn more about becoming sustainable, or you would like to talk to Maia about creating a place in Albany where sustainability practitioners can rent commercial space, please reach out to Maia at:  http://retreatwithmaia.com.

Today’s Meditation: 

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

DONATION APPRECIATED OF $20 EACH SESSION.

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 allows you to 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, and 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 9 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.

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1.14.17 – Bethany Gonyea – Collective Emotion and “Global Coherence”

1.14.17 – Bethany Gonyea – Collective Emotion and “Global Coherence”

Please consider donating if these meditations are helpful to you.  We are rapidly expanding and could really use more financial support to keep up with growth.  You can donate here at:  https://peacefulcities.org/donate/, or send a check made to Numinous, c/o Bethany Gonyea (this is important otherwise they don’t recognize the PO box) at PO Box 1322, Clifton Park, NY 12065.

Interestingly, I am finding myself having trouble finding words to write, because  I am overwhelmed with unspeakable gratitude.

Thanks to everyone for participating in Albany Peace Project 2017.  We asked for people to step up and become “heroes” this year, and definitely more people responded!!   Whether or not we reached the tipping point is yet to be evaluated, however, approximately 125-150 more people participated each day this year!    Thank you so much for hearing the call to lift the world and doing your part to facilitate Global Coherence.

As you can learn from the Institute of Heartmath’s video,  gobal coherence is a very real possibility and phenomenon, and you have all heard your Hero’s call to catalyze a quickening of it.  Please inspire your friends and family to do the same.  I want to acknowledge you for taking personal responsibility to better your own life and others.  As you continue to ‘vote with your heart’ I can tell you from personal experience, you will only continue to reap more benefits of of this historic work.  I can also vouch that the benefits you reap get better as well!

The Albany Peace Project is evolving into the Resonant Peaceful Cities Project, and I am working toward having the peaceful cities “cross pollinate.”  Our initial peaceful cities are Schenectady, Boston, Phoenix, Mexico City and possibly Dallas and Chicago.  These cities have spontaneously emerged with only a brief one minute video tagged on at the end of a webinar last August with Dr. Joe,  and we are still working hard to catch up with demand.  I am confident that when we do officially launch the Resonant Peaceful Cities Project and “open for business” we will be flooded with inquiries.

At least initially, we are not charging any fees to these cities, and we are funding meeting these additional demands  through Numinous.  I am starting my sixth year of still working only as a volunteer for Numinous.    I strongly urge you to attend Numinous events or offer a small monthly donation to help us fund this rapid expansion. You can make a small recurring donation at this link: albanypeaceproject.com/donate/

This is a unique opportunity where common ordinary citizens can “vote” with their heart and have their intentions recorded and documented!!  This documentation of coherence research is going to be what is required to mitigate the current tide of relentless meaningless human suffering.  We need your help to provide the  documentation that this work works!  Evidence based” tools are what is required to garner support, so lets continue to raise awareness and add to the current research as an independent organization to duplicate other research and give the world something to talk about….or should I say, something positive to talk about!

You have great power to positively influence history.  I hope you start with participating in the Phoenix Peach Project launching this summer.

Volunteers are desperately needed.  We will have our first volunteer meeting in mid March to begin planning for Albany Peace Project 2018.  Please look for more information on that soon.

Thanks to Kirk Harbinger again for introducing us to the term, common coherence!  Let’s make coherence a household word.

We hope to have a grand opening for the Resonant Peaceful Cities Project that will be streamed among the cities, but until then check out our new website( still under construction) at:  www.PeacefulCities.org

PLEASE NOTE: Albany Peace Project 2017 will be ending this Sunday.

If you want to continue to hear about Numinous events in Albany please visit the Numinous website and enter your email in the red box on the home page; www.NuminousOnline.com 

****We are trying to separate the lists from Numinous and Albany Peace Project because we know there are non-local people on the Albany Peace Project list, and we don’t want to flood non-local people with local events.

Upcoming NUMINOUS events: 

Coherence for a Cause: A Midwinter’s Night Benefit

Saturday Evening February 4.  Doors open from 6-10

https://peacefulcities.org/events/coherence-for-a-cause/

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coherence-for-a-cause-a-midwinters-night-benefit-for-the-albany-peace-project-tickets-29879836395

This is a benefit to raise support the Albany Peace Project/Resonant Peaceful Cities Project www.PeacefulCities.org.  Please consider attending.

Dealing with Difficult People for Spiritual People©

Bethany Gonyea

Sunday 1/15/17 2-4 PM

Spirit Tree Connections

987 New Loudon Road | Cohoes, NY 12110 (near Century House in Latham)

$25 Donation Requested

* Learn why some relationships don’t respond to common spiritual approaches and learn the alternate spiritual from the shamanic traditions that actually work and why it does.

$25 Donation Requested

Law of Attraction: Manifesting Through Being, Not Force

The universe doesn’t respond to what we want, but who we are being.”  Dr. Joe Dispenza

Bethany Gonyea

Sunday 1/22/17 2-4 PM

Spirit Tree Connections

987 New Loudon Road | Cohoes, NY 12110

(near Century House in Latham)

* Learning not to manifest from the head, but from the body.

$25 Donation Requested

The Sacred Bedroom; Volume 1 – Sleep©

Sunday 1/29/17 2-4 PM

Spirit Tree Connections

987 New Loudon Road | Cohoes, NY 12110

(near Century House in Latham)

* So many people are lying awake night after night who say they don’t have time to meditate. Use the middle of the night to train yourself how to surrender into your highest self.

* audio download will be offered to participants

$25 Donation Requested

10 Months to Total Transformation – Change your Trajectory – Transform with a TribeAdvanced Intentional Master Class with Bethany Gonyea

Introduction to the 10 Month Curriculum

Saturday February 11 2:00-4:30 PM (Venue has had us change this date,  Tentative for 3/11 check back for details.)

Spirit Tree Connections

987 New Loudon Road | Cohoes, NY 12110 (near Century House in Latham)

People struggle with change for decades because they often do not understand that enduring transformation occurs at the level of the nervous system, not at the level of thought.  Without mastery of basic nervous system, energetic, and interpersonal and intentional skills we are set up to fail when it comes to change.  This will be an introduction to the curriculum of a ten month master class with only ten slots open.

If you were to undergo a metamorphosis in 10 months, who would you want to become?

$25 Donation

Legacy/Reinvention For the Second Half of Life 

Gerri Ratigan

2/19 at 2:00 PM

Spirit Tree Connections

987 New Loudon Road,Latham, NY(For GPS, enter cohoes)

(right next the the Century House)

While you may need a tweak or even a gentle shove to embrace creating a more rewarding life, the truth is that it’s never too late.

Legacy/Reinvention is about your new life – even if it just means reinvention from within!

Come learn the best kept secrets to transforming limitations into reality. Discover how you can begin reinventing yourself at any age, clarify your legacy and move passionately toward your dreams.  It doesn’t get much better than that, right?

Here’s what you’ll gain from coming to this talk:

– Create a sense of clarity about how to move past age limitations

– Find the essential building blocks for creating a whole new and exciting YOU

– Identify the most powerful actions that will move you towards the joyous new life you desire

Gerri Ratigan is a life coach who runs a highly successful meetup group Capital District Single professionals 50+. She has lead programs on a variety of topics including Divorce Recovery, the Law of Attraction,  life purpose, success and self-esteem. She is past President of the Albany International Coaching Federation, founder and leader of the Women’s Success Network, and the Manifestation Project.

$25 donation appreciated

Shamanic Reiki and the Circle of Life:  Transformation Through Destruction

Joe Sweeney

2/26 at 2:00 PM

Spirit Tree Connections

987 New Loudon Road,Latham, NY(For GPS, enter cohoes)

(right next the the Century House)

Is there something about your self or your life – possessions, beliefs, habits, relationships – you would like to leave behind? If so, join us as Joe take you on a powerful Shamanic journey that will strip your psyche down to it’s core, liberate you from the programming that no longer serves you, and guide you in rebuilding to the highest and best vision of you.

$25 donation appreciated

SAVE THE DATE:  Funny You Should Say That  – Spiritual Comedy Night – with medium, Brandon Russ

Saturday evening March 11, at 6:00.

Shenendehowa Adult Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Court, Clifton Park, NY

Did you ever find spirituality funny?  

Have you ever snickered at the ironic situations that emerge as we attempt to skillfully walk between the worlds of Maya and Mystery?  

Have you ever stepped back from the latest spiritual book you were reading and say to your self, “What the heck and I reading?”   

Or better yet, put a book cover over it?

NUMINOUS invites you to sit back, relax and laugh at the spiritual life with medium and comedian, Brandon Russ.  Brandon will give us an entirely different perspective on the latest spiritual book we are reading so that we smile the next time we pick it up to read.

It is well known in shamanic traditions of indigenous healers that only when we can laugh and take ourselves lightly are we capable of any spiritual mastery.  It is common for shamans to be “tricksters” and set up clever situations to challenge people to lull themselves out of their dull day dreams and remind themselves of the adventure everyday life really is.  So come on out this Saturday evening, and laugh yourself to heightened consciousness…all for the greater good, of course!

More information coming soon….

SAVE THE DATE:  Yoga Comedy Night –   “I’d rather be in Samadhi”

Saturday evening May 13, at 6:00.

Shenendehowa Adult Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Court, Clifton Park, NY

Have you ever had a yoga wardrobe malfunction exposing a little too much?

Or pretend you don’t see that happening to someone else?

Have you ever felt impossibly inflexible as you see others in what would be considered anywhere else, a “compromising’ pose.  

Have you ever gone to a hot yoga class and forgotten the clothes to change into after your shower?

When people start to attend yoga classes, they often want to spontaneously break out in laughter.  It is natural.   Then, we tend to get used to the language, the ambiance, and the poses, and unfortunately, it is tempting to take it  a little too seriously!  At this first annual yoga comedy night, we are going to remember why yoga is so funny!  We will be inviting several yoga studios to participate!  Please reach out if you are interested!

Albany Peace Project 2017 will be ending this Sunday.

If you want to continue to hear about Numinous events in Albany please visit the Numinous website and enter your email in the red box on the home page; www.NuminousOnline.com 

We are trying to separate the lists from Numinous and Albany Peace Project because we know there are non-local people on the Albany Peace Project list, and we don’t want to flood non-local people with local events.  

If these meditations are helpful for you, please consider donating.  We are rapidly expanding and could really use more financial support to keep up with growth.  You can donate here at: https://peacefulcities.org/donate/, or send a check made to Numinous, c/o Bethany Gonyea (this is important) at PO Box 1322, Clifton Park, NY 12065.

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