Happy Circle February 20, 2018: Push and Pull Lake

We are all under the sway of four pairs of opposites: pulled by pleasure, perceived material or mental gain, fame, and praise; and the push away from displeasure, perceived loss, notoriety, and blame. There is constant tension between getting what we want and avoiding what we do not want. This is the root cause for discontent, scattered minds, and the shadow of unhappiness.

Introduction (1/7)

The first four meditations are Yoga Nidras that have been developed in a particular order. Based on the structure of Satyananda Yoga Nidra, each practice has body awareness, body stillness, breath consciousness, and observation of the mental space. The structure goes through the steps of pratyahara (sense withdrawal), dharana (focus), and dhyana (focused concentration or... Continue Reading →

Resources For Making Peace With Grief

This list includes resources from my research and reading as well as the recommendations from the Happy Circle meditation group. It has been heartwarming to hear how helpful the talk and meditation have been in the healing process within the group. As more recommendations come in over the weeks, they will be added to this... Continue Reading →

Meditation Groups In Ridgewood

In compiling this list, Ridgewood's hidden diversity has become apparent in the number of private meditation groups that offer oases of peace--from Centering Prayer to Vedanta and Zen/Buddhist teachings to Yoga meditations.  These are quietly welcoming communities that practice, and keep alive, the ancient traditions of meditation in a contemporary society. Some do not charge... Continue Reading →

Happy Circle May 26 Cancelled

Happy Circle May 26 Yoga Nidra is cancelled as it is the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. We will meet Friday, June 23, from 2-3 PM at the Senior Lounge, Village Hall, and then regroup in the fall. Please email me any thoughts, questions you may have. Have an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend!

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