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Silent Meditation & Satsang
Silent meditation: This is an unguided, purely silent meditation time for 30 minutes. We use an "OM" timer CD, which starts with a single, audible "OM," followed by 30 minutes of silence, and ending with another single, audible "OM."
Group synergy: Many people find that having a few minutes together, in a group, and in a physical space that is designated for meditation, is extremely useful to developing regularity in your practice.
Most days: This daily meditation time is always practiced unless there is a special need to be away. We may be alone or there may be several other visitors.
With or without notice: You are welcome to either come without notice, or to check with me to verify that I won’t be away (though I am almost always here at this time). It might be a good idea to check if you are traveling some distance.
Out of town visitors: If you are visiting from some distance, such as another state, you are most welcome to visit for meditation and satsang, bringing with you whatever questions you would like to discuss. The Fort Walton Beach area is a tourist area, and has beautiful white beaches and clear ocean water (summer is busy season). There are many hotels within 2-3 miles, and you might enjoy blending a vacation with meditation. The closest airport is Fort Walton Beach, designated VPS.
Talk & Training
Meaning of Satsang: Sat means Truth. Sang means coming together. Thus, Satsang means coming together in a spirit of awareness of Truth. Satsang is a very useful and enjoyable part of sadhana (spiritual practices), providing an informal time and place where any subject relating to spiritual matters can be discussed in a friendly atmosphere. It may be about philosophy and practices, or simply to talk about life in the context of spiritual practices. Such times can be a real key in bringing together practices and understanding, for having those "Aha!" moments of clarity. Bottom line: Satsang is fun and useful! :)
Personal training: This is also an ideal time for individual training in meditation, breathing, meditation postures, or the many other practices.If you're coming a longer distance: You are sincerely welcome to stop by any day of the week, although you might want to confirm that I will be here if you are driving some distance, such as Pensacola or Panama City.
Stay a while: It might be fun to come in the afternoon, stay for the 6:00 pm meditation, and then have tea, food, conversation, or a walk after the meditation.Occasional errands: I almost always make sure that I am here for the 6:00 pm meditation, but occasionally I need to do some errand just before that. If so, I usually leave a note on the door. Occasionally I may need to leave promptly at 6:30 pm, after the meditation. Or, we can schedule a specific appointment time if needed. Just let me know.