1.19.16 Meditation: Jerry Petell, MSW, Tai Chi Instructor.

Today, you will meet Rev. Crystal Muldrow, the new senior minister at Unity Church of Albany.  Rev. Crystal has a heart of great service as she holds three ordinations from both the Zen and Christian traditions.  She beautifully demonstrates how different faith traditions can blend seamlessly in one person.
I had a lot of fun chatting with Rev. Crystal both on and off camera as she shared her path with me.   I learned she was raised in the Unity tradition of practical Christianity, and how her mom piqued her interest in Buddhism by having her having read a texbook on World Religions to help Rev. Crystal overcome dyslexia.  Rev. Crystal also started her own ministry geared toward young adults.

Rev. Crystal has a gentle nonassuming presence, and she is looking forward to getting to know individuals in the Unity Community to learn what their vision is for Unity Church of Albany.

Today you get to meet Jerry Petell. Jerry has contributed greatly as an APP volunteer and mentor from the project’s beginning. His energy just puts you instantly at ease, and helps the group get things done while having fun. 
In this talk, Jerry shares some great insights he received from a week long meditation retreat he just experience in Costa Rica with some leaders in the mindfulness field.  As a Tai Chi teacher, Jerry is skilled at combining subtle energy practices along with meditation techniques through movement.  In this talk he also discusses a unique technique for stopping unwanted racing thoughts! 
Jerry and I got into such a lively conversation that we forgot to mention that he works with Anne-Marie Serre to offer the Albany Peace Project Meditation Leader Certification program.   If you are interested in becoming an APP certified meditation leader, please look out for future trainings.  We will most likely be offering a program in the spring of 2016.
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Programs are held weekly, on Wednesday evenings,  at Unity Church of Albany, 21 King Ave, Albany, NY.


Mindfulness For Busy People
Anne-Marie Serre, IT Specialist/Corporate Meditation Leader
Wednesday January 20 at 7:00 PM, Unity Church of Albany

This session will help you apply the transformative power of mindfulness to your busy life, helping you find the coherent calm space within you, as you focus yourself for whatever challenges you face.

Mindfulness is not mystical or magical, it is actually somewhat methodical.  There are basic techniques you can use to broaden your perceptions at any moment, which enables you to resource a much broader palette of elevated feelings, including greater joy, clarity and sustained well-being.

As an IT consultant, Anne-Marie Serre, has had to hone her ability to stay calm under pressure.  In this talk, she will share the best mindfulness techniques she has cherry picked to help us work gracefully under periods of intense stress.  She will discuss how mindfulness techniques do not actually take any “time” at all, because brief periods of mindfulness actually improves focus, energy, efficiency and creativity all which yield greater results in less time.

Programs are held weekly at Unity Church of Albany, 21 King Ave, Albany

Challenging Our Agreements, and How They Shape Us
Bryce Pullano, IT Specialist
Wednesday January 27 at 7:00 PM

One of the four agreements in the wildly successful book “The Four Agreements” by Don Miquel Ruiz, is “Don’t make assumptions.”

If we all took a moment to pause and consider how many assumptions we make in life, and how much these assumptions shape our destiny, we may become awestruck by their significance.   These realizations have the potential to be so profound, they may inspire us to make lasting change in our behavior, changes that can effect the entire trajectory of our lives.

In this talk, Bryce Pullano will ask us to challenge our most basic social contracts, and examine how much we assume things that simply are not be true at all.  He will help us expose these flimsy mirages for what they are, which can help us find the truth that we need to experience real-world growth. These non-truths are best eliminated, so that we can proceed confidently in life with clear unwavering vision that sustains us in times of darkness.  Come to this talk ready to challenge all areas of your life, and to mine new insights for positive change.

Spiritual Conversations For Men
Facilitated by Glenn Hogue & Tim Moon, MA – CASAC
Wednesday February 3 at 7:00 PM

Most spiritual programs are predominantly attended by women, which often causes women’s issues to be the focus of such programming.  However, at NUMINOUS, we wanted to provide new programs that would specifically support Men’s spiritual discoveries as they do the significant work of pioneering how to blend ancient spiritual teachings with contemporary culture’s expectations of masculinity.

This is critically important work, as we seem to be in a time in history when all sorts of established paradigms are falling.   The rugged individualism of the late 20th century is being challenged on all levels, especially in relationships. The traditional roles between male and female are also being blurred as well.

How do we maintain the integrity of our yang (masculine) energy while assimilating the gentler aspects of spirituality and still be effective in this world?   How do we learn how to connect, while maintaining our individual authenticity and truth?   Many of us have learned that we don’t need to do life alone, but we are unsure of how to skillfully include input from Spirit, women, and other men, without loosing connection with ourselves.

Learning how to skillfully partner, listen, and still assert our truth seems to be a huge piece of the mission of our generation of men. These Spiritual Conversations For Men will give us an opportunity to gain answers to the some of the most distracting questions of our lives.  In a quiet environment, we can safely discuss what matters to us most, and obtain invaluable insights from other men who have grappled with the same questions.  Through this exchange, we learn that we don’t have to do “life alone.”  Also, we learn how good it feels to be supported and to provide the same meaningful support for others.   These discussions offer us clarity and direction as we learn to connect, and yet still hold individual balance.

We are extremely fortunate to have Tim Moon, Counselor, and Fo Castle Owner/Operator Glenn Hogue facilitate these discussions.  These two have over 55 years of combined spiritual understandings to chart this prosperous territory.

Prosperity  – Living a Life You Love Living
Dr. Karin Reinhold
Wednesday February 10 at 7:00 PM

Can you imagine a life full of purpose and passion that you naturally enrich the lives of others around you and yourself?
Do you wake up each morning feeling energized and ready to start your day?
Do you enjoy higher levels of vibrant health, deep love, financial abundance, time freedom?
Do you experience the confidence that you can accomplish anything that you want?

There are predictable, repeatable, spiritual and scientific method for turning dreams into reality. I first learned of these steps from Mary Morrissey – a world renowned author and coach – and her program “Dream Building”

We’ll review the 10 keys of the manifestation process, and how these are rooted in spiritual principles.

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