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2:00-4:00 pm, with refreshments until 5 pm
"For thousands of years, spiritual traditions have taught meditation as a way to awaken to our true nature. Yet many people find meditation tedious and difficult, a never-ending struggle to quiet the mind or focus the attention. This has led to the popular misconception that meditation requires great discipline and years of practice."
Peter Russell shows that the key is giving up all trying and effort. The mind in its natural, unperturbed, state is already at ease. Nothing needs to be "done" to find inner peace, we simply need to let go of the thinking that keep our minds busy and tense. The beauty of this approach is that nothing needs to be changed or eliminated. It is simply allowing the mind to relax so that we can drop back into our true nature, and come to rest in the ground of being— the "I am" at the heart of every experience.
Originally studying mathematics and theoretical physics, Peter became increasingly interested in the nature of consciousness, and in the late sixties traveled to India, to study meditation and Eastern philosophy. On his return he established a meditation center in Cambridge, England, and went on to pioneer the introduction of personal growth programs to corporations. He is the author of a dozen books, including The Global Brain, Waking Up In Time, and From Science to God.
Suggested donation: $10 to $20, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Where: 8476 Sonoma Ave, Sebastopol, CA
Park on Sonoma Ave, walk down short driveway to to house with carport.
Arrive 10-15 minutes early for the best seat.
Co-Sponsored by Open Circle & Maja Apolonia Rodé
Saturday, December 8th in Petaluma 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Note the Revised Time!
71 Windsor Lane
Suggested donation: $20
No one turned away for lack of funds
No pre-registration required
Join Maja and like-hearted company to celebrate the true spirit of the holidays — with the gifts of love that we each possess and impart. This afternoon “concert of consciousness” will weave silence and stillness together with holiday-inspired contemplative rhymes, songs, sing-alongs, and gentle dialogues. Together we will invoke a heightened sense of the sacred that is uniquely available at this time of the year.
Sangha and Refreshments following. You are invited to bring a savory or sweet snack (vegan/vegetarian) to share. We will provide beverages and light snacks.
Maja’s music and poetry:
You can find some of Maja’s music and poetry on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/majaarode/posts/ Maja’s music and poetry reflects influences of Buddhist, Hindu, Sufi, and Judeo-Christian traditions as well as more than two decades of her own nondual exploration of life and love.
Reflections from past concert participants:
“My heart opens wide. Maja has given me such a gift with her music.”
“There was a playfulness and joy coupled with the holding of an incredibly sacred space that was quite unique indeed”
“I was so happy afterward, it felt like I was sparkling all the way home.”
“I wish all my loves could be here to share this wonderful evening.”
Maja Apolonia Rodé shares an inspiring array of creative expressions with one common purpose: to support the realization and flowering of our true nature. From ethereal chants to irreverent raps, mystical rituals to playful games, sacred arts instruction to magical culinary creations,
Maja worked closely with spiritual teacher Adyashanti for almost two decades as the Creative Director of Open Gate Sangha, where she offered contemplative music and poetry at countless events and silent retreats. She has performed at numerous retreat centers, conferences, and private events including: Esalen, the Science and Nonduality conferences, the Nondual Wisdom and Psychology conferences, Sofia University, and Rumi’s Caravan.
The daughter of a technology pioneer, Maja grew up immersed in the true heart of Silicon Valley with its innovative creative spirit and its world-changing impact.
You can learn more about Maja’s diverse offerings at majamuse.com.
Cellular: 530 701 8162