1.13.16 Meditation: John Welshon’s, Author

Good Morning,

An interesting thing can happen to us in midlife. We can get lost in the drudgery of life and forget that our lives are the miracle they actually are….

We can start to look at all of life as “Been there, done that.”  We narrow the breadth of our experiences to relatively few things, hang out with a decreasing circle of people, listen to the same music, all while a creeping depression starts to move in on us as we wonder “is this is all there is?”    The good news is?   What I have witnessed time and again is that when people start asking this question, that’s when they really start living.

In this talk, John Welshons and I talk about the concept of “beginning again”, looking at life with fresh eyes so that we can allow our natural wonder to emerge, and how meditation facilitates our natural awe.  For instance, instead of getting bored with meditating on his breath for 47 years of meditation practice, I remember John once saying that the simple act of becoming aware of his breath has become exquisite!

Meditators develop an acute sense of experiencing the world that enables them to engage in life with gusto!  That is why you will see such enthusiastic meditators, and why people start to pursue creative projects after taking up a meditation practice.    During meditation we “metabolize” our lives so that we have greater energy and attention to engage with life off the meditation cushion, which generates amazing creativity and energy to fuel passion in life.  While we cultivate the discipline of this delicate attention, we learn to become more present to appreciate the subtler experiences of life, both the good and the bad, which makes life sweeter overall.

John has been practicing meditation for 47 years and has so much wisdom to show for it.  He shares his honed wisdom in three books that address life’s most challenging questions, Awakening From Grief, When Prayers Aren’t Answered, One Soul, One Love, One Heart.

To learn more about how John answers tough questions through his books, visit his website:   onesoulonelove.com



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Programs are held weekly, on Wednesday evenings,  at Unity Church of Albany, 21 King Ave, Albany, NY.

How Do We Love…Well?????    (It may not be what you think)
James Peterson, LCSW-R, Founder True Heart Path
Wednesday January 13 at 7:00 PM
Unity Church of Albany

Have you ever regretted how you ended a relationship wishing you had not taken certain things for granted?
Has someone who means a lot to you ever hurt you deeply by an offhanded comment?
If you were to die tomorrow, would you you be remembered by your deep love for those around you…or something else?

We would be well advised to keep these questions fresh in our mind.  At the end of our lives, we will review our choices, and how well we loved will be the most important questions we ask ourselves.    Unfortunately, these questions are often forgotten as we strive to meet the urgency of life’s daily demands.  But, in this class, James Peterson, LMSW-C, will remind us how important it is that we not only love…. but love well. 

What does it mean to love ourselves and others well?

Even more importantly, what keeps us from loving?

James created the True Heart Path Program to help people come back into alignment with what he calls, their “true heart.”  The True Heart is what resides underneath so many of our actions, however it’s expression gets obscured through life’s demands and challenges.  James reminds people of their deepest wisdom as he adeptly guides them back to their greatest teacher, the teacher within of the True Heart.

James guides people to see all of our circumstances as opportunities to release from what no longer serves us and discover true peace within.

See how you can learn to add more power and beauty into your moment to moment existence to help make your life and our world a better place for peace and love to prosper.

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

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