On Saturday, November 12th, 21 of us gathered together for a six hour experiential workshop journeying through the chakra system, with Jennie Shillingford leading the way. 

The day started with a Zoom visit with Fran Correa, a multi-talented musician from Toronto who described the sounds that relate to each chakra. Fran led us in sounding the chakras, assisted by Paul Gellman, while Brenda Gaertner played her crystal bowls. 

Next we had a group discussion about the first seven chakras, with a visual representation of the chakras identifying the relevant colours and qualities that each chakra represents. 

We partnered up to learn and share the experience of chakra balancing. Using small pendulums, we held them over each chakra point to find areas of balance and imbalance, and perhaps inform ourselves of the ultimate balance within each of us. 

A short yoga practice incorporating partner and chair yoga once again directed attention to each chakra, ending in a brief silent meditation.  A delicious pot luck lunch followed, with teas, tonics and smoothies for each of the seven chakras.  

After lunch, we continued to explore the lesser known higher chakras, followed by a chakra-guided meditation to close the session. It was a powerful and enlightening experience, and we all gained insight and awareness of the power of chakra focus in terms of healing, grounding and growth.   

Thanks to the generosity of the group, this event resulted in a sizeable donation to the Tibetan Nuns Project.

 

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November Reflections

November 3, 2022

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November can represent an end to a cycle. The ultimate transition of fall to winter brings wild skies, rain storms and winds. Some of us seek shelter during these times, warming our homes and being quiet in front of our fireplaces or close to our heat sources, whatever they may be.

The cycle doesn’t necessarily end, only transitions to a different environment as we continue to find purpose in our lives, gratitude for all the gifts we have received, especially the gift of life, and for what we are able to create together. And so even through the change of seasons, we carry on in our individual social, mindful and spiritual pursuit.

In Mexico and in Mexican communities through the world, The Day of Dead is celebrated on November 2nd.  It is a celebration of life and death. It is unique in the world and serves to honour deceased loved ones and welcome their spirits back to celebrate together with the living. Family altars offering photographs, candles and memorable decorations of the deceased are displayed in homes. Foods and offerings are shared in community gatherings. Parades, ceremonies, and markets highlight those who have passed throughout the year, and all of these encourage a strong connection between the living and the dead.

Also called All Soul’s Day in many Christian denominations around the world November 2nd is a day in which deceased friends and relatives are remembered in various ways such as prayer, intercession, alms, lighting of candles, bringing photos of deceased loved ones to church and visits to cemeteries.

In Canada, November 11th is also an opportunity for remembrance. Remembrance Day is intended to honour the soldiers who lost their lives for the preservation of our freedom. Gathering together to remember is a ritual of respect that we honour each year.

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” W.B. Yeats

In the coming month of November we at Gabriola Ecumenical Society continue to create some magic and offer programmes that embrace one truth through many paths. These programmes encourage each of us to try to view life through pure awareness, sharpening our senses, avoiding filters and distortions and exploring possibilities for our own spiritual growth. Being mindful of ego and focussing on the love for ourselves, each other and our universe can only lead to deeper understanding and expanded spiritual growth.

Please check out the events for November on our website and, hopefully we’ll see many of you there!

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This month we had 17 people show up for a thought-provoking discussion on the beautiful teachings of the book Braiding Sweetgrass at the spiritual book club. We all shared a few words on what the book meant to us, such as: gratitude, commitment, inspiration, reciprocity, integrity, and responsibility. Ruth told us about changing her veggie stand to a Stand of Gifts after having read the book, and brought us all gifts of delicious homemade cookies and bags of wildflower seeds. We were challenged to start making changes in our own lives, however small they may be.

The next session is on Thursday, Dec. 15th and our December book is Spiritwalker: Messages from the Future by Hank Wesselman. Don’t forget to register!

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An Enduring Legacy of Generosity and Appreciation

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Our senses are exploding with the gifts of Spring in May! The trees send vibrant colours through. Buds take their time to open and colourize our world. […]

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Good Friday (April 15, 2022)  proved to be a blustery day on Gabriola, with rain clouds looming on the horizon and cold winds sweeping across the Commons. […]

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Happy April, happy Spring!

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Meditation, Chanting and Potluck with Pandit Tejomaya Review

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