Quote of the Week 333 - The Lens in the Beam
You are merely the lens in the beam. You can only receive, give, and possess the light as the lens does…
You will know life and be acknowledged by it according to your degree of transparency, your capacity, that is, to vanish as an end, and remain purely as a means.
Meditation (Click your selection, scroll down to view it)
- Audio Link: A Foundation for a Fruitful Meditation Practice: Science of Breath/Pranayama/Relaxation - Theory and Practice
- Meditation Basics - Expanded Version
- Meditation Basics - Condensed Version
- Mantra Meditation Basics
- Jewish Yoga Meditation
- Hebrew Mantras
- Hebrew Mantras, Part Two
- Hebrew Mantras, Part Three
- Hebrew Mantras - Adonai Hineni
- Healing Meditation: Ruach El Shaddai/Breath of Balance
- Meditating, Eating and Sleeping
- Shortcuts to Spiritual Development?
CURRENT TEACHING SESSIONS
I will be making the following presentation at the Vedanta Center of Atlanta on Sunday, October 4, 2015. The program begins with 30 minutes of meditation starting at 10:30 AM. The morning presentation will begin at 11 AM and last for one hour. There is a little meet and greet coffee session afterwards. The public is welcome, and there is no charge (although donations are accepted, but no plate is passed around) and no reservations are needed. The Vedanta Center of Atlanta is located at 2331 Brockett Road, Tucker, GA 30084; 770-938-6673. It is at the corner of Adrian and Brockett, one block from LaVista.
Date: Sunday, October 4, 2015
Time: 11 AM to Noon (preceded by 30 minutes of meditation starting at 10:30 AM)
Location: Vedanta Center of Atlanta; 2331 Brocket Road, Tucker, GA 30084; 770-938-6673. (Corner of Adrian and Brockett, one block from LaVista.)
Cost: Free. Donations accepted, no reservations needed. Open to the public.
NEXT SUNDAY'S TALK
October 4th @ 11am
“My Spiritual Practice”
Steven will speak on the topic, “My Spiritual Practice.” This personal narrative will discuss spiritual disciplines that are part of his daily life, and changes in his life that he attributes to his practices.
Steven J. Gold is the founder and director of Torah-Veda (formerly, the Yoga and Judaism Center) in Atlanta, GA. He has been a student, practitioner and teacher of spiritual self-realization and its related philosophy and psychology for over forty years. His background includes yoga, Vedanta, kabala, and eastern and western mysticism.
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TISH-SATSANGS OCT. 17 AND DEC. 12
In the spirit of inter-spiritual adventure, you are invited to attend Tish-Satsang gatherings:
Date: Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015
Time: 11 AM to 1 PM
This is the Saturday after Succot, and will be at Mitch Cohen's house in his Succah. Contact me to RSVP and for directions.
Date: Saturday, December 12, 2015
Time: 11 AM to 1 PM
This is Hanukah Saturday, will be at Elaine and Steve Gold's house, with latkes-enhanced pot lunch. Contact me to RSVP and for directions.
While “tish” is a Yiddish word related to a table, its historic meaning relates to a communal gathering of the spiritually-inclined around a table. “Satsang” is a Sanskrit word with a similar connotation of a gathering for spiritual inspiration, “sat” meaning “spiritual truth” and “sang” coming from a root connoting community.
This is an opportunity for communal sharing with the goal of building a spiritual community. Each person is asked to share something meaningful with the group.
We will assemble in some semblance of a circle and begin with twenty minutes of silent meditation, so bring a meditation cushion, chair or blanket. Following the meditation period:
1) A hat containing numbers will be passed around, with each participant taking a number.
2) A facilitator will call out a number. The participant holding that number will “have the floor” for 30 seconds to 5 minutes to do anything legal, with the idea to share with the group something of a spiritual/inspiring nature, loosely and broadly defined. There are no limits on what the participant can do while they “have the floor”, and they can enlist participation by others. Examples: sing a song, lead a chant, drum (including inviting others to drum), play an instrument, play a cd, dance, read (poetry, fiction, non-fiction), tell a story, share a piece of art, deliver a dvar, enact a play, tell us about your week, roll a ball around, play duck-duck-goose or musical chairs, show and tell, do nothing, guide a meditation, etc.
3) When your number is called, you can “pass”, but the idea is to come willing to participate. Nothing much will happen if there are too many “passes”.
4) No-one is to interfere while somebody else has the floor, although, as described above, that person can enlist participation by others. Even if you might elect to pass when your number is called, you should come expecting that somebody else might seek your participation when their number is called.
5) After each period, there will be a short period for comments/discussion, followed by the next number being called.
Afterwards, there will be a potluck Shabbat lunch. Please bring something to share.
Bring whatever else you want, including musical instruments, drums/other percussion, books, art, etc.
Please RSVP to me by June 10, so we have some idea of how many people are coming.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Two New Audio Links: (1) Abstraction, Form and Meditation Presentation at Vedanta Center of Atlanta; (2) A Foundation for a Fruitful Meditation Practice: Science of Breath/Pranayama/Relaxation - Theory and Practice
For those who have been looking for an audio file from me containing a guided meditation practice, here it is! The links will allow for you to download the presentations as mp3 files.
Abstraction, Form and Meditation
Meditation Workshop: A Foundation for a Fruitful Meditation Practice: Science of Breath/Pranayama/Relaxation - Theory and Practice