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.
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’
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
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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