1.4.16 Meditation: Bethany Gonyea, Founder, Albany Peace Project

Good Morning,

Kirk Harbinger is always so good at asking great questions.  He has an amazing way of listening for broader themes and integrating information in a unique way.  You will get to hear from Kirk later in the month where he describes how meditation was a turning point for him as an athlete and referee.

In this interview, we briefly discuss how the Albany Peace Project got started, and how it actually helps people hit three key activities that happiness research has revealed greatly enhances happiness levels.

In today’s meditation, I will utilize a lot of light imagery.  You may notice that all of the meditations employ the use of light.  Lynn Mctaggert, author of The Intention Experiment, mentions that intention is “well-ordered light.”   Think of light as a way to highlight where your mind has traveled.  Light also implies understanding to the sub-conscious mind.

I personally love working with light in all my meditations.  To me, light seems to purify thoughts beyond the conscious mind to eliminate emotional static.  There have been times I have even felt a physical jolt when invoking light in my mind’s eye.  I remember hearing somewhere that light is one of the building blocks of the universe.  I believe it, because any meditation that uses light seems to be especially powerful.  Enjoy!!


Today’s Meditation

Programs are held weekly at Unity Church of Albany, 21 King Ave, Albany

Spiritual Conversations For Men
Facilitated by Glenn Hogue & Tim Moon, MA – CASAC
Wednesday January 6 at 7:00 PM

Conversations generated to support the most relevant concerns of men.  We are extremely fortunate to have Glenn Hogue and Tim Moon, Counselor.  These two have over 55 years of combined spiritual understandings to chart this prosperous territory.

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?

We would be well advised to keep these questions fresh in our mind as we interact with the people we love, because how we love has a powerful impact on ourselves and those around us.    Unfortunately, these questions are often forgotten as we strive to meet the urgency of life’s daily demands.    But, in this course, James Peterson, LMSW-C, will remind us how important it is that we not only love…. but love well. 

How do we love well in this moment? How do we love ourselves? How do we love our children? How do we love all of our different friends and stranger we make acquaintances? How do we love our body? How do we love this planet and all unique and diverse life forms on it?

Even more importantly, what keeps from loving???

We would be advised to keep these questions fresh in our mind as we interact with the people we love.

James created the True Heart Path Program to help people to remember 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. He provides individual and group support to people who are choosing to be the ‘One’ they are by creating highly individualized programs to walk your path back home to who you really are and the life you most want to be living.

Come bring your heart and mind to explore these questions with us! 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. Come learn to see how you are already perfect as you ARE!!

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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