weekly offerings

 

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LIVING HEARTFULLY

community practices

*heart wide open* facilitates two practice circles — Singing with Heart and Seeds from Silence.

“I believe the practice of singing and the practice of silence are two paths to the same place — they both open the heart, clear the mind, offer us a deep connection with ourselves, each other and the universe, and create space for transformation.” — Heidi Kalyani

The intention of the weekly/bi-weekly gatherings is to cultivate a fertile and nurturing environment for exploring community-supported personal transformation and the power of bringing both heartfulness and mindfulness into our everyday lives.

“Spaces designed to welcome the soul and support the inner journey are rare. But the principles and practices that shape such spaces are neither new nor untested.” — Parker J. Palmer

Join *heart wide open* as we explore ancient and established traditions in exciting new ways!

 

Singing with Heart

a rejuvenating and transformative practice

“Chanting is a way of getting in touch with yourself. It’s an opening of the heart and letting go of the mind and thoughts. It deepens the channel of grace, and it’s a way of being present in the moment.” — Krishna Das

Discover the energizing and clarifying power of singing and chanting, speaking into the circle, digging into what matters, and moving — with mindfulness and intention — towards who and how we really want to be!

In addition to sharing our voices in song and chant, we will connect (or reconnect!) with what really matters to us, helping us to live more authentic, fulfilling, whole lives!

Inspired by the ancient Indian yogic tradition of Kirtan (keer-tun), the *heart wide open* Singing with Heart practice is a supportive and enriching place to expand our hearts and nourish our souls!

“Only from the heart can you touch the sky.” — Rumi

Weekly practice sessions are facilitated by Heidi Kalyani, and include a short qi-gong or yoga warm up, lots of call-and-answer style singing and chanting (in Sanskrit — lyric sheets provided), queries and exercises designed to awaken and deepen our inner knowledge, opportunities for expanding our clarity about how to design and create the more beautiful life, relationships, and world our hearts know are possible, as well as sharing personal reflections and discoveries.

Experience the transformative power of the combination of solitude and community. “Chanting is a pleasure that transcends the senses, it takes us beyond the bounds of time and space… It soothes on a cellular level. It merges our finite identity with the infinite, and so dissolves us.” — Donna Quesada

Weekly practice sessions (fall term) will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm. Pre-registration is required. Please try to attend at least 3 of the 4 sessions per month. There is a suggested contribution of $7 – $10 per session, depending on financial ability. Everyone welcome!

No previous experience with singing or chanting is needed. Bring a pen/pencil, notebook, water bottle, yoga mat and a blanket/cushion to sit on. You are invited to stay for herbal tea and conversation at the end of each session.

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Seeds from Silence

a contemplative and transformative practice

“There is a quality of listening that is possible among a circle of human beings, who by their attentiveness to one another create a space in which each person is able to give voice to the truth of [their] life. Where there is this kind of listening and speaking, a new kind of community is born — a community of life.” — Rebecca Parker

Discover the energizing and clarifying power of sitting in silence, speaking into the circle, digging into what matters, and moving — with mindfulness and intention — towards who and how we really want to be!

In addition to sitting together in silence, we will connect (or reconnect!) with what really matters to us, helping us to live more authentic, fulfilling, whole lives!

Inspired by ancient wisdom traditions and contemplative practices, the *heart wide open* Seeds from Silence practice is a supportive and enriching place to expand our hearts and nourish our souls!

“Let the beauty we love be what we do.” — Rumi

Bi-weekly practice sessions will be co-facilitated by Heidi Kalyani and Bruce Dienes, and will include sitting in silence (on the floor or on a chair), exploring queries and exercises designed to awaken and deepen our inner knowledge, opportunities for expanding our clarity about how to design and create the more beautiful life, relationships, and world our hearts know are possible, as well as sharing personal reflections and discoveries.

Experience the transformative power of the combination of solitude and community, where, as William James wrote, “We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface, but connected in the deep.”

Bi-weekly practice sessions (fall term) will be held on Sunday evenings from 7-9pm. Pre-registration is required, and regular attendance is helpful. There is a suggested contribution of $7 – $10 per session, depending on financial ability. Everyone welcome!

No previous experience with sitting in silence is needed. Bring a pen/pencil, notebook, water bottle, yoga mat/blanket/cushion to sit on (if you prefer sitting on the floor!). Chairs are provided. You are invited to stay for herbal tea and conversation at the end of each session.

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