Mindfulness meditation has awakened within me.
I am once again being guided by my good friend and co-founder of the Center for Contemporary Mysticism, Joe Irwin a former church pastor.
Before the pandemic hit, five or six of us would meet in a small chapel at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia every Wednesday morning at 9 am sharp. We’d listen to a recorded message that was a guided meditation by one of the prominent mindfulness teachers practicing in the world today.
We’d then share our feelings and discuss what – if anything – the meditation resonated within each of us. It was one of the most pleasant and relaxing spiritual activities of my life, the past four or five years.
COVID-19 ended it all as the church closed and health concerns forced us to abandon our person-to-person contact some two years ago.
Things turned around in the past several weeks. Joe called me, wishing me a happy birthday, and advised me that the meditation could be hooked into by telephone. He sent me an e-mail instructing me to call a certain number and type in a pre-coded number.
I hooked up shortly before 9 am on a Wednesday morning along with two other persons and was guided like it was old times again. It felt so “enlightening,” if I can use that phrase.
In two weeks, some ten people joined the program. The meditation has helped me with my regular practice and I feel optimistic about staying spiritually connected with like-minded people.
If you are interested in tapping into this weekly practice on any Wednesday morning, you can simply dial: (667) 770-1486. Next, type in the code: 606393 #
Look forward to hearing from you mindfully!
The following instructions provided by the moderator can be very helpful for guided meditation:
Call 667) 770-1486. Next, type in the code: 606393 #
1. Please log in no later than 9:00 am, if possible
2. Introduce yourself when you connect
3. At 9:00 we’ll do a roll call to see who is there
4. We’ll go around the “circle” to check in with everyone
5. When meditation starts your mic will be muted
(to eliminate extraneous sounds)
6. After meditation everyone is free to share