We will meet in the historic First United Methodist Church in downtown Salem, Oregon. We will meet in a room that hosts rotating exhibitions by local contemporary artists and which overlooks a peaceful courtyard. I will begin by introducing myself. I will then provide basic instruction on the practice of mindfulness meditation, which is a universal method of meditation that focuses one's attention on the present moment. The intention of this class will be to offer a skill that can help to reduce stress, improve mental clarity, as well as help you live a life characterized by peace, compassion, and gratitude. This will be a secular approach to meditation so it can be incorporated into your life regardless of any religious or spiritual affiliation. Following the basic instruction on how to practice mindfulness meditation we will meditate together silently for 15 minutes. I will begin and end the time of meditation by sounding a Tibetan singing bowl. There will then be a time for questions and answers. After this people are welcome to enjoy the art exhibition.
I am an artist, writer, spiritual director, and educator. I offer contemplative spiritual guidance and accompaniment to individuals in the Salem, Oregon area. I am a member of Spiritual Directors International and I abide by their code of ethics. I hold a Master of Arts degree in Theology and a certification in interfaith spiritual direction. I have been practicing mindfulness meditation for 14 years and I am passionate about sharing this practice with others. I am also fascinated by the intersections of art and spirituality and believe that art can be a powerful tool in leading us deeper into the experience of being human. I recently started The Salem Center for Art and Contemplation which showcases artwork by local contemporary artists who engage themes of spirituality and philosophy in their art.
The space where we'll meet is a room in the historic First United Methodist Church. It is typically used to host a weekly meditation group and it is a space for rotating exhibitions by local contemporary artists.
This experience is open to people of any religious background, or no religious background. It is also open to beginners and experienced meditators. Please be comfortable with 15 minutes of silence, though. Please be conscientious to maintain an atmosphere of peace for all involved.
Meditation Class in Historic Church