1.31.16 Meditation: Silent with Verbal Prompts

Good Morning!  Well, if you lasted this long with the Albany Peace project…..then on behalf of myself and the citizens of Albany,  Thank you so much!  We are exceedingly grateful.
Your willingness to stretch your heart to hold the well-being of complete strangers is something worthy of being acknowledged.  The more people willing to cultivate such compassion and understanding, the more likely we will see some real changes in the upcoming years.

Please stay tuned for future Numinous happenings.  We already have new programs on the horizon, and we definitely will need your passion to help us move them forward.

In March, we will be meeting to start organizing volunteer efforts for a one week interfaith prayer meditation in July and for January 2017.   We could use help with the following skill sets:

• video editing  • marketing  • graphic artists   • website design    • fundraising   • promotion   • events  •  meditation leaders

If you have a unique skill you would like to put in service of APP, please reach out.  We are always interested in new suggestions.

Come out and meet some wonderfully kind people who love to laugh as we do our best to spread light in this world.

Have a great year, and please stay in the loop, because there is more to come.

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.

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

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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.

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!

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

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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. 

BONUS MEDITATION: 

Also, you may want to put the following dates on your calendar.  If you would like to be notified of future NUMINOUS events, please enter your email at the red box at www.NuminousOnline.com

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!

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

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1.27.16 Meditation: Glenn Hogue, Fo’ Castle Farms Owner/Operator

1.27.16 Meditation: Glenn Hogue, Fo’ Castle Farms Owner/Operator

In today’s interview, Glenn Hogue eloquently describes how his meditation practice has changed over the 22 years, from “bullet train racing thoughts” to feeling a benevolent love that just gets “bigger.”Glenn talks a lot about putting space between our thoughts, and how that leaves plenty of room for “not knowing.” As we start to let go of the surface mind, the part of us that always wants to “know”, we leave room for awe and wonder, and that is when we start to suspect there is a loving intelligence that connects us all.  We begin to not just feel love..but be love, and we sense that we are part of something larger.I often refer to myself a “tenderizer.”  My work is to tenderize people, to poke holes in their rigid thought structures so that they finally allow their natural well-being to emerge.  When well-being rises, it rises with such force, we just know it was there all along!  It is because I trust this process implicitly that I work so hard to bring this information to as many people as possible.I think Glenn does a great job at describing this process, and I would recommend listening to his 1:39 minute poem to help you set the tone to put some space between your experiences and your thoughts before you begin the meditation.This interview was pre-recorded, so the NEXT Spiritual Conversations for Men’s group at Numinous is Wednesday February 3, at 7:00 PM at the Unity Church of Albany.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.

1.39 minute poem written by Glenn to facilitate a mindset for Meditation: Today’s Meditation: NUMINOUS LECTURE SERIES FOR JANUARYPrograms 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 UsBryce Pullano, IT SpecialistWednesday January 27 at 7:00 PMOne 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 MenFacilitated by Glenn Hogue & Tim Moon, MA – CASACWednesday February 3 at 7:00 PMMost 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 LivingDr. Karin ReinholdWednesday February 10 at 7:00 PMCan 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 MoonWednesday February 17 at 7:00 PMUnity Church of AlbanyWhat 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 StoryVicki HartWednesday February 24 at 7:00 PMUnity Church of AlbanyStories 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 WisdomBethany Gonyea, Founder Albany Peace ProjectWednesday March 2 at 7:00 PMUnity Church of AlbanyDo 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.comHelp 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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1.28.16 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.

Get Inspired All year Long!
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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!
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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