At Hridaya Hermitage we seek to reverse this negative trend through our continuous 24/7 meditational practice known as VaShi Yoga and an unbroken morning and evening practice known as the VaShi Mandala. Living as a group of devoted practitioners we strive to attain the pinnacle attainment of Yoga ( the
divine body). Through collective attention with the intention to reverse the
darkness of the world we seek to bring life to its full potential. The negative vibrations of the world are never at rest, to reverse what is, there must be an opposing force stronger than the one currently being put out. This is the mission of Hridaya. Throughout this special evening we will be demonstrating the full VaShi Yoga practice as we do at our mountain hermitage in Maine. All aspects of this Yoga are specific to the VaShi Yoga lineage, this is the oldest living lineage of Yoga in the world! Aspects of the practice include inversions, backbends, pranayamas, culminating with a devotional puja (ceremonial offering to life). Practitioners will describe the internal workings of the practice, showing how this rational approach can in turn create answer all questions and solve the problems of the world.
Beverly Littlethunder and Lushanya Echeverria, Standing Rock Agency Lakotas Spiritual Directors for Kunsi Keya Tamakoce
Kunsi Keya Tamakoce is dedicated to sharing the traditional teachings and sacred ceremonies of the Lakota people in order to support the health and wellbeing of the earth and all who live here. Beverly and Lushanya use the Lakota model of community building to address dynamics of oppression of power. Kunsi Keya provides a pathway for indigenous women from Lakota and other nations a place to come and reconnect to traditional ways, and a communal space for people of very different backgrounds to learn and practice respect for each other and the earth. Together, Beverly and Lushanya provide the KKT community opportunity to witness the honoring of native heritage, ceremonies, and community building through the perspective of multi-generations.
Reverend Amy “Gypsy” Ravish Principal Minister of The Temple of Nine Wells-ATC and Gidget Dancer a second degree Gardnerian High Priestess
Wicca, the modern revival of the Ancient Religion of Witchcraft, is the worship of the Great Mother seen in Moon and Earth and the stars that course through the Heavens. She and her consort, the God whose horns or antlers represent our connection with Nature, protect and watch over the destinies of all true Witches. To the practitionaers of Witchcraft, Goddess, God and Divine Spirit are immanent in all creation. All Nature and life is sacred and the Magick Circle is a temple where humans blend their wills with the Goddess and God.
We will be invoking Divine Assistance with focused words of power, candle lighting and sympathetic magickal techniques. Through ritual drama, guided meditation and visualization in addition to chants and song a spell for peace will be cast for our greatest good and the good of All. So mote it be.
Ambassadors for Raja Yoga Meditation: Brianne McCarthy, Diane Medeiros, Merrillyn Hener
Inner Space Meditation Center & Gallery aims to help people explore the true nature of mind and
consciousness, experience deep peace, and to empower themselves with the tools to succeed and lead more fulfilling lives. Inner Space, where people are free to discover their own inner strengths and values, is conveniently located in Harvard Square.
At Inner Space, most of our courses and talks are based on the philosophy and practice of Raja Yoga Meditation. The name "Raja" is derived from a sanskrit word meaning king or master. This method teaches us to regain mastery over our mind and senses, to return to a state of self sovereignty. There are no mantras or chanting used in this form of meditation. Raja yoga helps us to experience ourselves as souls, beings of light, whose original nature is peace. Through the experience of soul
consciousness, we are taught to connect to the Supreme Source in silence, to
regain the strength and spiritual power we have lost. It is this deep connection to the Divine that sets Raja Yoga apart from other types of meditation. This connection infuses us with the power we need to transform ourselves, our relationships, and our lives into their original state of peace, happiness and
Inner Space Meditation Center & Gallery 1110 Massachusetts Ave,
Rev. Lilia Cuervo Associate Minister at First Parish in Cambridge
Rev. Lilia Cuervo is our Associate Minister at First Parish in Cambridge. A native of Colombia, the first Latin American woman ordained in the Unitarian Universalist tradition, a Mother, Wife, Hospice Chaplain, activist in the political and social movements, to name but a few of her accomplishments as well as having a BA in Mathematics and Physics from the Teachers College in Bogota, an MA in Demography from Georgetown University, and an MA in Divinity from
Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley. She is a published author, loves art in all its forms, enjoys hiking, especially in the mountains, is fluent in English and Spanish, and enjoys conversing in Portuguese.
She will be offering a UU prayer for peace in addition to reading the UU 7 Principles, our mission statement, covenent and Right Relations policy.
Ambassadors for Sufism: Rahima-Sage Jennifer Teall and Friends Musician: Benjamin Beckwith
“Keep on knocking 'til the joy inside opens a window look to see who's there” - Hz. Mevlânâ Jelaluddin RUMI
Sufism is a timeless and diverse tradition. Tonight's prayers for peace will include Dances of Universal Peace and Zikr Allah which are two Sufi practices incorporating singing, breathing, and moving together. Everything will be fully taught. The evening may include stories, silent mediation and chanting
___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Muslim Peace Givers Muslim Peace Givers Latifa Ali, Wali Ali, Sajdah Benjamin and Imani Ziyad.