24 Tips to Creating a Sacred Space: NCMC tip featured in Redfin article

Learn some simple steps to make an ordinary room your sacred space!

NCMC was asked by Redfin to participate in their article Transformative Tips for Creating a Sacred Space in Your Home. Kazi then submitted a tip on the importance of choosing the right seat. Check out their informative article here.

And by the way, don’t forget that Kazi’s Divine Light Sunday Morning 3-Part Series starts on March 14th at 9am EST and he’ll be going over some of his other advice on creating a sacred space and making good associations in the first session.

We appreciate the invitation from Redfin and their shining a little light on NCMC!


RISE AND SHINE YOUR LIGHT DIVINE: 3-Part Online Learning Series starts Sunday, March 14th

Live online Sunday learning sessions with Kazi guiding you in Meditations, Movement, Messages, and Meals to put the Mojo in your Mornings.

Register at ncmc-divine-light.eventbrite.com

Teacher: Kazi | Dates: March 14, 21 & 28 | Time: 9am to 10am EST | Donation: $20 suggested for the series | Age: Adults (Youths welcome for free accompanied by adults) | Level: All welcome, no experience necessary | Platform: NCMC Zoom.

Learn to:
Weed your time mind to align with nature’s auspicious and propitious cycles.
Seed your intentions in the soul-soil of the season.
Feed your soul roots vital chi food trapped in body tension via Xtension.
Bonus soul food vital break-fast recipe!

Bio-note:
Ib’nallah S. Kazi is a New York-based spiritual wilderness guide, born in Panama and raised in New York. He graduated from Adelphi University, in 1981 with a BA in Psychology. Following careers in human services, public education and public health in the New York City area, he then placed an emphasis on wellness and spiritual cultivation through his own program, presently known as Our Shaman Song. As a spiritual wilderness guide, he gently awakens the inner guidance of wellness seekers through the process of integrating the medicinal forces inherent in our Heavenly (spiritual), Human (social) and Earthly (natural) environments. Along with his friend and hiking partner Sala Nolan, Kazi founded the Harriet Tubman Hiking Society in 1988 to expose the African-American community to the strengthening, healing and spiritually grounding benefits of immersion in nature. He is the Spiritual Director and Meditation Medicine teacher with NCMC.

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A donation-based program of Newark Center for Meditative Culture, a New Jersey 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your tax deductible donations make it possible for us to continue delivering life-changing programs to the Greater Newark community and beyond.


BE THE CHANGE: Meditation & Gentle Yoga Series

Focusing on the intention of creating positive change in lives to cultivate self-compassion in order to foster compassion toward others.

Join in on any date and donate as you can! Youths free!

Register at ncmc-yoga-meditation-change.eventbrite.com

Sundays, February 7 & 14, March 7 & 14, 2021 | 2:00 to 3:00pm EST

Instructor Ella Moncur

This four session practice series on Zoom and taught by Ella Moncur focuses on the intention of creating positive change in our own lives; cultivating self-compassion so that we can effectively show up and foster compassion towards others. Participants will develop useful tools to support self-care practices.

Appropriate for beginners to experienced students and youths aged 13 – 17.

Donation-based Donations appreciated from Adults if you can. Youths 13-17 Free.

Registration Required.

Note: You will receive the access code to Zoom by email. The Zoom Link that you will receive by email is good for use on any date of this series.

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Bio-Note Ella is a Registered Nurse, Health and Fitness Coach, Personal Trainer, Yoga Instructor, and Holistic Practitioner. She is the owner and founder of Just Be Holistic Health & Wellness and is a guest instructor with NCMC.

A donation-based program of Newark Center for Meditative Culture, a New Jersey 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your tax deductible donations make it possible for us to continue delivering life-changing programs to the Greater Newark community and beyond.


Nov. 7 Newark IntraCity Urban Hike: Walk with us!

You’ll be guided to explore body, mind, and spirit by walking, seeing, listening, touching and movement meditation in both nature and city.

REGISTER NOW

Newark in Yin & Yang:

The Static Sidewalks of Brick City meet the Dynamic Nature of Branch Brook Park

Saturday, November 7, 2020 | 9am to 12pm | Lincoln Park to Branch Brook Park

Hiking Guide: Kazi (with other facilitators as well) | Distance: Up to 4.5 mi. | Difficulty: Easy | Fee: FREE, donations welcome | Age: 12 years or older (12-17 accompanied by an adult)

Walk, meet new friends, talk, listen, smell, look, touch, and practice moving and walking meditation.

Our IntraCity Urban Hike will depart Lincoln Park at 9am, with a stop in Military Park, passing through Washington Park and then ending at Branch Brook Park Lenape Trail (ETA 12:00pm). Depart as you please or return together on the bus or light rail at Branch Brook Park Light Rail Station.

For a shorter journey, attendees can meet us at Military Park (ETA 9:30am) and start from there or end your hike at Military Park or Washington Park.

We suggest you dress in layers so that you may adjust if the temperature changes over the course of the hike.

REGISTER NOW


Guide Bio:

Ib’nallah S. Kazi is a New York-based spiritual wilderness guide, born in Panama and raised in New York. He graduated from Adelphi University, in 1981 with a BA in Psychology. Following careers in human services, public education and public health in the New York City area, he then placed an emphasis on wellness and spiritual cultivation through his own program, presently known as Our Shaman Song. As a spiritual wilderness guide, he gently awakens the inner guidance of wellness seekers through the process of integrating the medicinal forces inherent in our Heavenly (spiritual), Human (social) and Earthly (natural) environments. Along with his friend and hiking partner Sala Nolan, Kazi founded the Harriet Tubman Hiking Society in 1988 to expose the African-American community to the strengthening, healing and spiritually grounding benefits of immersion in nature. He is the Spiritual Director and Meditation Medicine teacher with NCMC.



Consider making a donation for the hike to support our 2020 fundraiser. We need to raise $2K by Dec. 31, 2020 to reach our goal of $5K!

Our funding goal is for development and execution of a multi-purpose Learning and Community Room, including a library, tea room, and local artisan shop, in the adjoining space to our Meditation & Mindful Movement Room. This space will be available for students, volunteers, friends, and colleagues to gather together to connect, learn, and inspire each other.

However, if Covid continues and we are unable to actualize the Learning & Community Room soon enough, our secondary plan is to develop and provide even more online learning sessions and practice tools than we already are producing now.

Ways you can help:

• Donate through your hike registration by choosing a Donation ticket.
• Make a one-time donation directly through our!
• Make a small monthly recurring donation to fit into your budget!
• Pledge: If you know you will have the funds for us by 12/31, just let us know by email at and we’ll count you in!
• Throw a Facebook Watch Party of any of our Free Recorded Teachings on the NCMC YouTube Channel and use a donate button to support NCMC!


Want to make a purchase that also supports our fundraising?

Go to the NCMC Spirit Culture Shop for a few daily awareness products! (pictured below)


A free community service program of Newark Center for Meditative Culture, a New Jersey 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


Sunday, Oct. 25th — NCMC’s First Annual Fundraiser: CELEBRATING SPIRIT & CULTURE

A VIRTUAL GATHERING (on Zoom)

Sunday, October 25
1pm to 5pm ET
Online

Presenters:
Ven. Kaboggoza Buddharakhita • Akua Ishangi • Richard Ford • Mfundishi Khalil Maasi • Rebecca Li • Shaka Georges • Mesha Allen • Kamilah Crawley • Raul “Gorras” Moris • NCMC Board and more.

Join us for a live-emceed virtual fundraiser with exclusive video presentations and performances — a unique, at home experience for a meaningful cause!

We welcome you to become a Corporate Sponsor, Individual Benefactor, or General Admission Donor at an inclusive range of $5 to $600. For details on our background and $5,000 goal see About Our 2020 Fundraiser.

This event is appropriate for viewers aged 18 and older.

To learn more about the event or to attend go to:
ncmc-first-fundraiser.eventbrite.com.


MIND, BRAIN & MEDITATION: Insights from the Nervous System — A Four-Part On-demand Online Workshop

A FOUR-PART ONLINE WORKSHOP

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Teacher: Cornelia Santschi, PhD

On-demand access: Access for each video starts at 1pm each Thursday, October 1, 8, 15, and 22 on our YouTube Channel, available 24/7. Access to all videos will end on October 29.

Length: 50 minute sessions

Platform: NCMC YouTube Channel

FEE SCALE

Individual fee: $40 for access to series

Group rate: $100 for access to series

Purchase series: $150 to own files and reuse (not for resale or distribution). NOTE: Allow two weeks from course end to receive the files.

Level: No background skills or knowledge necessary.

Summary In this series of on-demand video sessions, neuropsychologist and meditation teacher Cornelia Santschi will guide you in an exploration of the brain, mind, and nervous system to show you the potential that mindfulness and meditation can bring to reduce stress and heighten our empathic nature. Includes talks, guided meditations, practice exercises, and opportunity for questions to be answered. (Individual students or group representative can submit questions via an online form and receive a collective audio-file response from the teacher.)

SESSION TOPICS

Session 1: FOUNDATIONS – Using the Mind to Change the Brain | Oct. 1, avail. for 7 days.
Session 2: FIGHT, FLIGHT, FREEZE – Polyvagal Theory and Self-Regulation | Oct. 8, avail. for 7 days.
Session 3: AWARENESS IN THE BRAIN – The Neural Circuits of Mindfulness | Oct. 15, avail. for 7 days.
Session 4: UPPER REACHES OF HUMAN POTENTIAL – Compassion, Kindness, and Empathy | Oct. 22, avail. for 7 days.

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Teacher Bio-note
Cornelia Santschi, PhD is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader Program through Spirit Rock and Insight Meditation Society and is now an insight meditation teacher. She has been a vipassana (insight) meditator and dedicated student of Buddhist psychology for over 15 years. She is the director of Neuropsychology at the Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery in NJ, and founder/director of Anatta World Health & Education Outreach, a grassroots non-profit that creates and supports medical and educational programs in developing countries. Cornelia, co-founder of NCMC, also serves as the Lead Insight Meditation Teacher and MBSR Coordinator with them.


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


Our New Sign is Up!

Our sign is finally put up in the front lawn of 2 Park Place that houses our Center! Some day soon we’ll be able to start in-person practice together again. Thank you to Newark Community Cycling Center for moving their sign and helping us to put up ours — certainly “sharing the road.”


Moyo Kazi QIGONG for Beginners: A Downtown Outdoor Workshop on Tuesday, October 13

VISITING TEACHER
Mfundishi Khalil Maasi

Tuesday, October 13 (Rain date Oct. 20)
3:00 to 4:30 pm
Church Back Lawn (608 Broad St.),
across the street from NCMC (2 Park Place).

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NCMC is providing this beginners workshop in Newark to introduce the community to the gentle, powerful practice of Qigong that is especially helpful in this uniquely stressful time effecting the physical and mental health of many.

Participants will be led by Khalil in these Moyo Kazi Qigong exercises and standing meditations. The goal of this practice is to heal and strengthen the body, improve respiratory and cardiovascular function, strengthen the immune system, reduce stress, and bring the practitioner to a state of mindfulness and calm.

These exercises will be simple and easy to do by participants of all ages who have basic physical mobility. These standing exercises are no impact and do not require physical interaction. Youths are welcome to attend. Beginning to intermediate level.

Suggested Donation: $5

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Social Distancing:
All guidelines will be in effect if and as required.


Teacher Bio-note
Mfundishi Khalil Maasi is the son and a senior student of legendary meditation and martial arts Grandmaster Shaha Mfundishi Maasi. He now teaches his father’s system of mindfulness and internal martial science, Moyo Kazi AKA Dikitisa Ngolo, an integrated system of Qigong and Mindfulness Meditation that he developed from over 50 years of study of various internal martial traditions. You can go to their site for more information about the practice.


A donation-based program of Newark Center for Meditative Culture in cooperation with Trinity & St. Philip’s Cathedral.


Tools for Wellness Month in August

To support your wellness plans for Wellness Month of August 2020 we put together an article Seven Dimensions of Wellness in a Nutshell. Corresponding to this we are offering a few complimentary tools to help you along your path to holistic wellness:

1. We’ve prepared a digital Wellness Month Calendar that you can either download the fillable PDF or print it and jot down your plan. An empty calendar can be intimidating, but it can also free you to thoughtfully consider your wellness plan without limitations! Truly think about the 7 Dimensions of Wellness and what beneficial changes you can implement in the month of August that you can then sustain and build on in the future. 

2. Also check out the Sample Daily Wellness Plan Calendar we prepared that might inspire you. We chose a plan to practice just one dimension of wellness a day for each of the 7 days of week. You might also prefer to plan daily, weekly, or monthly practices to develop good routines along with exploring one time practices such as shown.

3. On NCMC’s YouTube Channel  there’s free access to all our Video Teachings to use for your Wellness Month. They include beginner’s meditation, chair yoga, gentle qigong, guidance in walking meditation, mindfulness tips, and more. 

4. If you’d like to discuss anything about your wellness plan we can offer a one-time free 15 minute phone consultation through August 15th in wellness areas that we are skilled in. These include health and wellness, spirituality, mindfulness based stress reduction, stress resilience practice, loving-kindness meditation, Insight Meditation, and Medicine Meditation. Contact us at info@newarkmeditation.org.


If these tools, tips, and teachings we’ve compiled are helpful to you, would you consider making a small donation to Newark Center for Meditative Culture? We are a New Jersey 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your tax-deductible donations make it possible for us to continue delivering life-changing programs to the Greater Newark community and beyond.


The 7 Dimensions of Wellness in a Nutshell

August is Wellness Month and we’ve put together an overview of the 7 Dimensions of Wellness.

Consider designing your own wellness program for August with good planning and a goal to sustain and build on it!

We’ve also provided a fillable Wellness Month Calendar that you can print out to use and we created a month of daily suggestions to inspire you. There’s other tools described available for your use that might help too.

What are a few of the dimensions below that you might like to work on? How can you apply changes successfully on a daily or weekly basis in order to make a habit of them?


1. PHYSICAL WELLNESS

Move more and eat better.

Tips and suggestions:

• Exercise daily.
• Control your meal portions.
• Eat healthy foods/avoid processed and junk foods.
• Get adequate rest.
• Protect yourself against injuries.
• Learn to recognize early signs of illness.
• Use alcohol in moderation or not at all.
• Stop smoking and protect yourself from second-hand smoke.

Without physical health, it is more difficult to be mentally and emotionally healthy, so the two key components are to exercise and eat well. Improving physical wellness involves personal responsibility and often leads to the psychological benefits of enhanced self-esteem, self-control, determination, and a sense of purpose.

Another important element — we think very important in your wellness practice — is to use mindfulness to manage your compulsions and obsessions that drive bad habits. In fact, if you can’t necessarily add good behaviors during Wellness Month, start by mindfully trying to remove bad behaviors.


2. EMOTIONAL WELLNESS

Develop mindfulness and optimism skills.

Tips and suggestions:

• Tune-in to your thoughts and feelings.
• Cultivate an optimistic attitude.
• Seek and provide support.
• Learn time management skills.
• Learn meditation and mindfulness techniques.
• Learn stress management techniques.
• Deal with anger constructively.
• Accept and forgive yourself.

Emotional wellness is by nature a dynamic state that fluctuates along with your other six dimensions of wellness. It is important to develop a positive outlook on life and surround ourselves with positive people. Uniquely, time management is an important factor of emotional wellness, allowing time for ourselves and minimizing stress-induced situations.

Practicing mindfulness helps to really be present in the moment so you don’t jump onto the wrong emotional train. Expressing your feelings of love, gratitude, and other positive feelings can help alleviate alienation. During Wellness Month you might pick just a few negative habits to weaken, using your own daily prayers to reinforce your efforts.


3. INTELLECTUAL WELLNESS

Stimulate and inspire your brain.

Tips and suggestions:

• Take a course or workshop.
• Teach others.
• Learn or perfect a foreign language.
• Seek out people who challenge you intellectually.
• Read books and watch more educational programs.
• Attend museums, exhibits, and theater.
• Travel and explore other cultures.

The intellectual dimension encourages learning, growth, and creativity. An active and open mind leads to a life filled with curiosity, passion, and purpose. Just as our bodies need motivation and exercise, so too our minds. If we are not intellectually stimulated, life can be mundane and this can lead to depression and resentment.

Tied to our emotional wellness, it is easy to compare and judge ourselves if we don’t feel intellectually competent or aren’t comfortable with and made peace with our own capacity. To ensure our personal maximum intellectual wellness we can take advantages of available resources to find new hobbies, read, take a course — simply keep learning!


4. SOCIAL WELLNESS

Cultivate friendships and contribute to community.

Tips and suggestions:

• Cultivate healthy relationships.
• Contact old friends and make new friends.
• Get involved.
• Contribute to your community.
• Share your talents and skills.
• Communicate your thoughts, feelings and ideas.

Personal connections contribute to a long and fulfilling life — whether they are family, friends, community groups, or even global connections. When you nurture relationships you create healthy support networks, contribute to the greater good, and builds a sense of belonging.

This means practicing good communication skills and developing intimacy with others. Social wellness also includes showing respect for others as well as yourself. An active social life can be incredibly stimulating and conducive to positive changes in all seven dimensions of wellness.


5. SPIRITUAL WELLNESS

Nourish your soul and open your heart.

Tips and suggestions:

• Explore your spiritual core.
• Spend time alone to reflect.
• Meditate regularly.
• Take pauses to pay attention to your breath.
• Be inquisitive and curious.
• Try to be fully present in all you do.
• Listen with your heart and live by your principles.
• Allow yourself and those around you the freedom to be who they are.
• See opportunities for growth in the challenges life brings you.

When we develop a set of guiding beliefs and principles it gives a sense of meaning and purpose to our life. Keeping an open mind in a spirit-centered life may bring up thoughts of despair, fear, and doubt as we grow, but out of it can come joy, happiness, and wisdom.

It is important to spend quiet time each day, reflecting or meditating, or simply pausing to take a few minutes to breathe properly. Spiritual wellness includes developing a deep appreciation for the depth and expanse of life and natural forces of the universe.


6. ENVIRONMENTAL WELLNESS

Love and care for the planet.

Tips and suggestions:

• Stop your junk mail.
• Conserve water and other resources.
• Minimize chemical use.
• Reduce, reuse, recycle.
• Rethink your living space.

To be environmentally well we need to be aware of the delicate state of the earth and the effects our daily habits have on the physical world. When we help to take responsibility for the health of the planet we can bring a sense of accomplishment and well-being into our own life.

It is also important to be aware of our home environment — how the materials and objects we choose to surround us have an effect on environmental wellness. The more we get out into nature mindfully the more we will understand this. We need to remember that we are an integral part of the environment and that caring for the environment is self-care.


7. VOCATIONAL WELLNESS

Use and give your skills.

Tips and suggestions:

• Explore a variety of vocation options.
• Create a vision for your future.
• Choose a career that suits your personality, interests and talents.
• Be open to change and learn new skills.
• Balance work with life.
• Learn to budget your lifestyle with your vocation compensation.
• Use unemployment or retirement to hone your skills or develop new ones.
• Volunteer your vocational skills if you aren’t fulfilled at work.

This dimension of wellness focuses on enriching your life and that of others by sharing your special gifts, skills, and talents. Our job may not fulfill us, we may be unemployed or retired, but there are always ways to use our skills, knowledge, and passion in other meaningful ways to serve our family and society, and to enhance our self-esteem.

Vocational wellness also involves preparing, planning, and creating a positive attitude to reshape your personal goals at work. Whether through work, parenting, or volunteering, you can make a strong impact and reap the health benefits of adding purpose to your life.

Are you inspired yet? Ready to fill out your Wellness Calendar? Let’s get started together!


If these tools, tips, and teachings we’ve compiled are helpful to you, would you consider making a small donation to Newark Center for Meditative Culture? We are a New Jersey 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your tax-deductible donations make it possible for us to continue delivering life-changing programs to the Greater Newark community and beyond.