May our time together hold a beautiful spiritual
deepening for you!
Depending on the venue and time, expect 1/2 hour to two hours of meditation, music, and talks by Shiva, followed by a lively discussion period.
Where do I sit?
Most attendees sit in chairs, but sit on a cushion up front if you prefer.
What if I’m here with a companion?
Here’s a suggestion that may not make sense at first. When attending a session with a friend or companion, try sitting a bit apart from each other.
Naturally, people tend to focus on their friends. You’re here to focus on yourself, right? Sitting a bit apart will allow the evening to be an energetically uninterrupted experience for each of you. Share all you want at the break or afterward. You’ll have more to talk about!
What about money?
The dharma is free but logistics are not! People attending for the first time are our guests and do not need to donate. Absolutely no one
will be turned away for lack of funds. $20 is an honorable offering. This covers the cost of the hall, preparation, incidentals (snacks,
documents) and travel assistance for the teacher. All donations are accepted in grateful appreciation.
Is there a spiritual etiquette?
Yes, in fact. But it’s not complicated or heavy handed. You are here to advance yourself spiritually, and even if you are just checking things out, you’ll be more comfortable with the scene if you are sensitive and respectful. Naturally, it is always good to be gentle and kind to each another.
What should I wear?
Obviously being clean and well dressed makes sense. You already do that when you attend any significant event. A bit of preparation sets a
powerful intention that will be reflected back to you throughout the evening and on into the next day. Your thoughtfulness benefits both you and others.
What about conversation?
To foster an atmosphere of stillness and receptivity, it’s best to speak quietly and keep everyday conversation to a minimum before, during and immediately after the meditation. Feel free to visit with friends or guests in the outside area or hallways.
How do I prepare my mind?
Yes, we all have egos, and yes, we are all full of doubts and concerns. Only human. But to the extent you are able, try to quiet your mind and leave it gently at the door. You’ll have a richer experience this way. Others will too.
Why the focus on a teacher?
A true teacher is focused on you, not on themselves. And they take their responsibility very seriously. To focus on the teacher is to focus on your
own spiritual awakening. It is not about giving your power away to another. It is about finding your own power. A real teacher wants nothing else.
Can I ask questions?
Questions are encouraged, and no question is inappropriate if it comes from the heart. Often the questions and answers will speak as powerfully to others as to the questioner. When someone asks a question, listen deeply. Respect their process and their inquiry. Focus on the overall interaction they are having with the teacher. Pay attention to the content and energy that is being exchanged. It’s all a learning and deepening experience—for you.
Does the place matter?
A meditation hall is a special, holy place and by our appropriate attitude and action, we honor and create an environment that fosters everyone’s spiritual deepening.