Friends, I’m happy to announce that for 2024, I’m creating a series of 24 guided meditations that I will be sharing with everyone who supports this blog with a Patreon Membership.
Over the course of the year 2024, about twice a month I’ll release a new guided meditation. You can join me on Zoom for the live meditation, or download the recording to use at your convenience. Each of these meditations is designed to help you grow deeper in your contemplative practice through the insight and guidance of three great spiritual wisdom traditions.
This series of guided meditations will draw from these three sources:
- Christianity: The Beatitudes, Jesus’s eight principles for joyful living;
- Celtic Spirituality: The Wheel of the Year: eight key dates that represent the turning of the seasons and the cycles of nature;
- Buddhism: The Noble Eight-Fold Path, the Buddha’s practical, down-to-earth teachings for how we can reduce suffering in our lives.
Braid these three sources together, and you have 24 keys to contemplative living. And in 2024, I’m writing a guided meditation for each one, and will be sharing these with Patreon supporters over the course of the year.
Each meditation will be launched at a Zoom call for Patreon members; but then both audio and video recordings of the meditation will be available for members to watch or listen to at your convenience. By the end of the year, we’ll have a library of guided meditations based on the great wisdom of Jesus, the Buddha, and the Celts!
I’ll share the first of these 24 meditations at a Zoom call on Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at 7 PM Eastern USA Time. This live event is open for everyone, even if you’re not a Patreon member. So I hope you’ll register to join with me and our circle of friends to meditate together and reflect on the wisdom of Intention and Aspiration. Any spiritual practice, from Centering Prayer to Zen, begins with intention: a desire or commitment to grow spiritually. Our meditation will celebrate and acknowledge the courage and power in each of our hearts — and the grace that comes from an even deeper source, the Spirit’s abiding presence — and we’ll reflect on how accessing our innate intention and aspiration can help us to deepen (or begin) our contemplative spiritual practice.
If you can’t be there on the 23rd, register anyway — I’ll make sure you get access to the recorded version of the meditation.
Sound interesting? Come meditate with me! Please join us on January 23. Future meditations will be just for Patreon members, but this one is available for everyone. Hope to see you there!
As I said above, the entire series is available specifically as a gift for the members of Patreon.
If you’re not familiar with Patreon, it’s a crowdfunding website for individuals who support bloggers, podcasters, musicians, artists, and other content creators. Anamchara.com has been member-supported since 2017.
Each year I create something special as a thank you gift for the supporters who join Patreon to help keep Anamchara.com going. I’ve written poetry, meditations, and study guides for writings of mystics like Julian of Norwich and Howard Thurman. Everyone who joins patreon has access to these materials.
For 2024, I’m trying something new. During the Pandemic I began hosting regular Zoom calls for Patreon members, and those are still going strong: I affectionately call them “Contemplative Salons.” They usually include time for meditation, a short presentation from me, and then time for conversation/group discussion.
I do these calls m0re or less biweekly (the schedule fluctuates because of my own travel schedule), so basically 24 Zoom calls over the course of the year.
For 2024, I thought it would be fun to do a series of guided meditations, drawing from the three sacred traditions that I find especially meaningful: Christianity, Buddhism, and Celtic spirituality. Please join me for the free meditation on January 23, and then join Patreon to gain access to all 24 of these guided meditations.
Here’s a video of my talking about this new program. Hope to see you on Patreon!