Meditation Class

Heart Centered MeditationIntroduction to Heart-Centered Meditation.
Saturday, November 14, 10 AM to Noon; 1:30 to 3:30 PM.

First Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto

We will practice ways to move from our intellect to the wisdom of the heart, restoring balance in body, mind, and spirit.

Please send registration by November 6 in order to attend. Wear flexible clothing and bring a pillow to sit upon. Questions? Mary White: Or locally, Sarah (650) 325-5659, extension 108.

How Can We Turn Information into Transformation?

Gregory StevensEach month in this section of the Spire, I will be asking, “How can we turn information into transformation?” In searching for a response to this question, I won’t be highlighting our wonderfully long straight-white-male tradition. Rather I’d like us to look to the margins of our own tradition and to the rich variety of other spiritual traditions. I hope this diversity in spiritualties, theologies, and practices help illuminate the Christ within your own heart. For this first practice, let’s look to the Interreligious Center for Compassionate Living at the Claremont School of Theology and their guided meditation for multi-faith engagement.

Anchor yourself in whatever way you have found most helpful. Perhaps with attention to your breathing or some other physical experience; or allowing yourself to dwell interiorly with a Sacred Presence or in a sacred place; or immersing yourself in music, sacred words, or memories.

Ask yourself: What seemed least…freeing…inviting…gracious…loving…in my day?”

  • Let your mind wander across the day and settle on what it will.

 Ask yourself: What seemed most…freeing…inviting…gracious…loving…in my day?”

  • Let your mind wander across the day and settle on what it will.

 Ask yourself: What grace or gift is offered to me through considering these questions?

  • Note to yourself what emerges in response.

 Ask yourself: What invitation is there for me in all of this?

  • Note to yourself what emerges in response.

 Offer a prayer in response to what has come to you in this time or express your response in some other way, a way that seems appropriate for you.  

Gregory Stevens

Meditation Group

labyrinth01One time Buddha was asked, “What have you gained from meditation?”   He replied, “Nothing!”   “However,” Buddha said, “let me tell you what I’ve lost:  anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity, fear of old age, and death!”

 A meditation group has recently started at First Christian Church of Palo Alto, 2890 Middlefield Road.  It meets on Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. in the Fireside Room.  Charlotte Jackson, a friend of FBCPA, who has been meditating for more than 25 years is leading the group.  Thelma Parodi is attending this group, so you may want to ask her about it.  All are welcome!