FROM KNEELING TO SELF-HEALING: A Call for a Men’s Martial Meditation Medicine Movement

An experiential day retreat exploring the revolutionary path of Self Healing via Self Knowing

Sunday, November 10th  |  10am to 4pm
Attend Full or Half Day  | Open to Men and Youth 14+
Index Art Center, 237 Washington Street, Newark NJ

Limited Seating. Register at ncmc-mens-retreat.eventbrite.com

The day will consist of a short talk on the critical importance of men incorporating Self-Healing protocols into their daily lives, Meditation, Qi Gong exercises, Sexual Health and Fitness, Wilderness Therapy, Medicine Drum Circle, and a talk about Healing Generational Trauma. Vegetarian lunch included.

Presenters:  Damani Saunderson, Khalil Maasi, J. Javier Cruz, Ihsaan R. Muhammad, Leslie Arthur, Ib’nallah S. Kazi (Presenter bio-notes available on the registration site.)

Suggested donation:
• Men Full-Day: $20 (10:00am-4:00pm)
• Men Half-Day: $15 (10:00am-1:30pm or 12:30pm-4:00pm)
• Young Men: FREE for ages 14 -17 accompanied by adult (limited tix)
• Male Students: $15 for ages 18 and over w/ID $15 (limited tix)
• Pre-Approved Volunteers: $10 (limited tix)

REGISTRATION AND DETAILS AT ncmc-mens-retreat.eventbrite.com

A donation-based program of Newark Center for Meditative Culture.


Tai-Chi Classes with Shaka: 6-Week Fall Series

2 Park Place  |  Newark, NJ
Wednesdays, 6:30 to 7:20pm
November 6th to December 11th

Teacher: Shaka Georges

In this six-week series you will be taught the Tai-Chi Yang short form and qi-gong exercises. It’s a gentle, healing, and easy-to-learn movement practice that you can develop to skillfully use the theory in your daily life. Youths aged 14-17 are welcome for free accompanied by an adult. Come as you can or join the entire series at a discount. There will be no class on November 27th.

Registration required at ncmc-tai-chi.eventbrite.com

A FEE-BASED SERIES
$60 per series (paid in advance; a $30 discount)
$15 per class (paid weekly at door come as you can at $90 for the 6-week series)
Free to youths aged 14-17 accompanied by adult

For more information contact us at info@newarkmeditation.org.


Meditation & Mindful Movement Classes: 10-Week Series

Tuesdays 6:30pm to 7:45pm
2 Park Place, Newark NJ

In this 10-week series you will learn and practice with J. Javier Cruz and Jennifer Becher both meditation and mindfulness along with mindful movement and how to integrate the practice into your daily life to bring less stress and more love and peace into it. Family friendly. Bring youths who can sit quietly. There will be no class on Nov. 26th.

DONATION-BASED (donate what you can and when you can).
For more information: info@newarkmeditation.org


BIG NEWS! Our First Home!

We’re excited to announce that Newark Center for Meditative Culture is leasing a space in Downtown Newark as our community center for both weekly and unique programming. Starting yesterday, October 1st, NCMC is located at:

2 Park Place
Newark, NJ 07102 

It’s a central convenient location on the corner of Broad Street and Park Place and we’re looking so forward to engaging with our community there.

Starting Tuesday, October 8th we will have Tuesday Hours from 6:00 to 9:00pm. We will begin there with a 10-week series of Weekly Meditation & Mindful Movement Classes with Javier and Jennifer from 6:30 to 7:45pm. They will also continue to provide Monthly Mindfulness & Meditation Workshops in the Ironbound starting on October 21st.

Later in October we plan to begin Wednesday Hours from 6:00 to 9:00pm, starting with Andrea facilitating a Mindful Activism Book Group Series using books by reputable and well-known teachers engaged in mindful activism. This group will run for several weeks from 7:45 to 8:45pm.

Then beginning Wednesday, November 6th, Shaka will begin a Tai-Chi Series. They will run for 6 weeks each with breaks so that students can build on their mastering. These classes most likely will start at 6:30. (Don’t forget our outdoor Tai-Chi Classes in Military Park with himare still on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 through October 16th. Today will be a hot one!)

On Sunday, November 10th, NCMC will hold our first men’s retreat day off-site at Index Art Center, From Kneeling to Self-Healing: A Call for a Men’s Martial Meditation Medicine Movement. It includes six presenters and will consist of a short talk on the critical importance of men incorporating Self-Healing protocols into their daily lives, Meditation, Qi Gong exercises, Sexual Health and Fitness, Wilderness Therapy, Medicine Drum Circle, and a talk about Healing Generational Trauma. 

It is open to youths aged 14 and older and we believe it will prove to be a positive, even transformational, experience for our men and boys. Please go here for more information or to register.


We hope you will consider joining us for any of these programs we’re providing to our community. And if you’d like to show your support to NCMC for them, please do consider making a small donation through the link below.


Thank you all for your continuing support of Newark Center for Meditative Culture.

Peace and love,
Kazi, Marcie, Cornelia, Andrea, Ihsaan, Kamilah, Jennifer, Javier


Free 10-Week Fall Meditation with Mindful Movement Classes: Traducciones en español • Translations in Spanish as necessary.

10-Week Fall Series: Thursdays, Sep. 12 thru Nov. 14. An after-work meditation and mindful movement group. Starts Thursday evening 5:30-7:00pm. Free fall session meditation and mindful movement classes led by J. Javier Cruz. Practice meditation and mindfulness to integrate less stress, and more love and peace into your daily life. Feel free coming late if necessary! Family friendly. Held at 317 Elm St. Newark NJ.
Sesión de otoño de 10 semanas: jueves 12 de septiembre al 14 de noviembre. Un grupo de meditación y movimiento consciente después del trabajo. Comienza el jueves por la noche de 5:30 a 7:00 p.m. Sesión de caída libre del clases de meditación y movimiento consciente dirigidas por J. Javier Cruz. Practica la meditación y la atención plena para integrar menos estrés, y mas amor y paz en tu vida diaria. ¡Siéntete libre de llegar tarde si es necesario! Familia amable. Held at 317 Elm St. Newark NJ.
A free program of NCMC in cooperation with Ironbound Community Corporation Family Success Center.


Free Six-Week Fall Tai-Chi Series in Military Park

Join us for another free six-week series of Tai-Chi Classes using the Yang short form and qi-gong exercises with Shaka Georges, visiting teacher with NCMC. Gentle, healing, and easy-to-learn movement practice. No registration required, join as you can. Weather permitting on the Meditation Lawn on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30pm, Sep 11 through Oct 16. | A free program of NCMC in cooperation with Military Park Partnership.


Tai-Chi with NCMC in Military Park to begin September 11th

Join us in September for another free six-week series of Tai-Chi Classes using the Yang short form and qi-gong exercises with Shaka Georges, visiting teacher with NCMC. Gentle, healing, and easy-to-learn movement practice. No registration required, join as you can. (Shaka’s class will also run for 6 weeks in the fall.) Weather permitting on the Meditation Lawn on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30pm, Sep 11 through Oct 16. | A free program of NCMC held in cooperation with Military Park Partnership.


Conscientious Cooperative Living and the Environment is First Topic of Deep Ecology II Interviews

WATCH NOW: An interview with Abe Gruswitz of Our Community on the cooperative housing movement and it’s benefits for our environment.

These Deep Ecology II interviews with guest presenters, experts in their fields, are hosted by Ib’nallah S. Kazi throughout August 2019 and will be posted on NCMCs YouTube channel and other social media. This is a continuing program based on our Deep Ecology I lectures in 2017.

If you like the content of this video please consider making a small contribution to NCMC to help sustain our programming. Peace and love.

A free program of Newark Center for Meditative Culture in conjunction with The Spirit Centered Life.


Newark Center for Meditative Culture invites you to attend: EMBODIED MINDFULNESS

mindfulness retreat summer 19

A Half-Day Retreat

Sunday, August 11, 2019 from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Index Art Center, 237 Washington St., First Floor Gallery, Newark NJ

Co-teachers Cornelia Santschi and J. Javier Cruz 

To attend go to: ncmc-summer-retreat.eventbrite.com

Suggested donations: $20 adult, students 18 or older $15, pre-arranged volunteers* $10, youths 12-17 free.

We live our lives embodied, yet can find ourselves so caught up in thought that we forget this simple truth. The human mind and body are intimately interconnected yet so often we ignore their communication. Awakening to the body from the inside through mindful awareness can greatly increase our capacity to be present with kindness for all aspects of life. In this half-day insight retreat we will explore this first foundation of mindfulness through an interweaving of guided sitting meditation, movement practices, talks and dialogue. This semi-silent retreat is appropriate for all regardless of previous meditation experience. Refreshments will be served.  |  A donation-based program of Newark Center for Meditative Culture.

Volunteers needed.

We need a few volunteers to help us with set-up and break-down, check-in desk, refreshment service/clean-up, etc. Contact the retreat coordinator for the program, Jennifer Becher at jennifer@newarkmeditation.org to apply as a volunteer before registering for this program.

To attend go to: ncmc-summer-retreat.eventbrite.com


One Brick at a Time

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The beginning of a new year has become the traditional time to evaluate our lives. So let’s do it! And let’s use a brick as our multi-purpose metaphor.

As a starting point, we’ll take this well-known quote by actor Will Smith: “You don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say ‘I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been built.’ You don’t start there. You say, ‘I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid. You do that every single day. And soon you have a wall.”  There’s a lot of wisdom in these words, but let’s examine brick laying more closely as it applies to our meditative and spiritual perspectives.

First of all, who are we?

When we reflect on who or what we are, we might imagine that we are a person carrying 5 piles of bricks on our shoulders. These bricks might represent the five aggregates in buddhist psychology —  form, feeling, perception, fabrication, and consciousness. We hold tight to these constantly changing piles of bricks trying to keep these activities from changing.

We can let these aggregates/bricks weigh us down. So why not instead of carrying piles of bricks on our shoulders, we take them off and lay them along the ground and simply observe and adjust them.

Why am I where I am today?

Let’s go back to the brick wall. Some of us may need to dismantle our wall and start a radical new wall. Others might just have one brick to start with. Others of us may have already built a beautiful brick wall, basking in our glory, only to see ourselves like Humpty Dumpty, falling, out of our carelessness or mistakes. Or, we might be building around others who are effecting us with their rubble, their taller walls, or poorly made walls. Then it’s vital to practice non-judgement and patience as we build our own.

Or, we may have fallen from no apparent reason at all to us! That’s just how it appears sometimes. Humpty Dumpty couldn’t be put together again when he fell off his brick wall. However, we can find that there always is a way to start over — again and again and again — but  under different conditions and possibly with different aims in building our new “biggest, baddest, greatest wall”.

Then what direction should we take?

Now that we’ve laid our aggregate bricks on the ground, we can use these bricks rather than have them use us, to construct a beautiful pathway. For example, we might see the pathway we construct as the buddhist eightfold path: upright view, thought, speech, action, livelihood, effort, mindfulness, and concentration. When we apply our concentration and mindfulness through the practice of meditation, it can have good effect on the other bricks on the path.

Is this a perfect “yellow brick road”? Not quite, there will be bumps and road blocks along the way, but the sense of well-being and inner happiness that continue to develop will be worth the practice of these meditative life skills. Once you have a committed practice you can broaden your road and even jump on and off the pavement to move skillfully through many modes of life situations.

How can we merge spirituality with success?

There is nothing wrong with wanting to go first or be the best, provided that our intention is to help pave the way for others along the way! We can help make others’ paths more easy — we can give them a little mortar or offer a brick.

There’s a quote attributed to the Sufi sage Rumi: “Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.” But then, why do some of us not get what we work hard for and want? We can’t all be great hip-hop artists or brain surgeons, but our passion for music might manifest in a different way in our work or at home. Our ability to be deft with our hands and make quick decisions might not manifest as becoming a surgeon, but instead as a wonderful conscientious activist homemaker.

So what about inner happiness?

Let’s start building with the brick of breath. Breath is form. We take one breath at a time, aware of the moment, aware also of our body, which is also form — with perhaps a little smile on our face — and be happy, that’s all. Be happy with ourselves as we are.  Oprah Winfrey is quoted as saying, “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

Perhaps we can each become a BRICK HOUSE of Inner Happiness! Happy new year! Peace.