Planning for August Wellness Month with The 7 Dimensions of Wellness

When we consider wellness we often think primarily of physical health. But wellness is much more than that. Wellness is the multi-dimensional development and maintenance of seven aspects of life — that of the physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, environmental, and vocational dimensions. Rather than being seen as separate entities, these seven aspects can be viewed as an interconnected platform upon which wellness can be nurtured and balanced.

At this moment in time we’re all taxed and challenged by a broad range of problems that can have quite a “domino” on our overall wellness, especially in regard to mental health. How do we deal with it? This can be seen as multi-dimensional, too. We can improve our wellness through our own efforts, the efforts of our families and friends, through professional support, and within different settings such as at home, work, and play.

August is Wellness Month. In preparation, we can consider all seven aspects and work on creating and strengthening good habits — while weakening bad ones. We can start by accepting our inner and outer circumstances as they are — and work to reshape our wellness and our healing, together! This can be accomplished in a good-natured, pleasant, self-respectful (not self-punishing) way.

It will be up to you to design your plan and institute your changes. We’ll help you prepare by sharing information on the Seven Dimensions of Wellness. Here is the breakdown for you:

1. Physical Wellness • Move more and eat better.
2. Emotional Wellness • Develop mindfulness and optimism skills.
3. Intellectual Wellness • Stimulate and inspire your brain.
4. Social Wellness • Cultivate friendships and contribute to community.
5. Spiritual Wellness • Nourish your soul and open your heart.
6. Environmental Wellness • Love and care for the planet.
7. Vocational Wellness • Use and give your skills.

What are a few of these seven dimensions that you’d like to work on? How can you apply changes successfully on a daily or weekly basis in order to make a habit of them? Let’s get started together!

One way to start is go to our article The 7 Dimensions of Wellness in a Nutshell for more details about the seven dimensions.


Yoga-Meditation Course: 7 Chakras — Meditation, Mantras & Movement

An online yoga-meditation course where we’ll talk about each chakra, meditate on it, and move through it. Beginner to intermediate students.

Taught by ELLA MONCUR

STARTS MONDAY, AUGUST 10TH
OPTIONAL: Attend 4, 5, or 6 Sessions

ENROLL NOW

Dates Mondays, August 10, 17, 24, 31 & September 14, 21

Time 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Platform: NCMC ZOOM

Fee Scale: $45 for 4, $50 for 5, $55 for 6

Supplies Needed Please use a yoga mat. Have water available. No need to wear yoga clothes if you don’t have. Instead wear loose or stretchy pants (not jeans).

Objective Talk about each chakra, meditate on it, and move through it.

Course Each session will open with an overview and discussion of the energy center of focus, followed by an active yoga flow specifically geared to asanas that will help to open these centers, and ending with a healing meditation using vibrational sound music specific to each chakra as well as a mantra used as the centering thought for the meditation.

Curriculum

Week 1 ROOT CHAKRA has a direct correlation to our adrenal glands. This chakra is all about our physical identity, safety and security and ability to ground.

Week 2 SACRAL CHAKRA is associated with orange and has a direct correlation to the gonads, testes and ovaries. It is all about creativity, how we navigate through our personal relationships and intimacy.

Week 3 SOLAR PLEXUS has a direct correlation to digestion, the pancreas and liver. It is about our personal power, will power, self-esteem, mental focus and sense of belonging and purpose.

Week 4 HEART CHAKRA is correlated to our immune system and systemic allergies. It is about our ability to trust, forgive, love, and patience and compassion for all living.

Week 5 THROAT CHAKRA is correlated to our thyroid, ears, sinus, allergies. It relates to self-expression, communication and ability to live and speak our truth.

Week 6 THIRD EYE & CROWN CHAKRA Our Third Eye is about connection to our intuition and guidance to live in alignment with our higher self. The Crown Chakra is the absolute knowing, connection to spirituality, integration of oneness.

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Teacher Bio-Note
Ella Moncur 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 https://www.justbenlh.com/ and is a Guest Instructor with NCMC.


A fee-based program of Newark Center for Meditative Culture a New Jersey 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


31 New Video Teachings Ready for Your Viewing

In the past few months we’ve produced 31 videos to serve the community during social distancing. They include guided meditations, qigong, yoga, and mindfulness sessions ranging from 15 minutes to 1 hour. Please check them out on NCMC’s YouTube Channel. (Shown, a silent video clip with teacher Ib’nallah Kazi from a couple years ago.)

 


Our First Grant Received: Funding of 33 Online Sessions

Newark Center for Meditative Culture (NCMC) received our very first grant as a 501c3 non-profit organization in early April from the Victoria Foundation Fund and the Thrive Neighborhood Initiative Fund in partnership with the Greater Newark LISC. Part of the funding was allocated to assist with online meditation workshops and sessions due to the covid19 emergency. A portion was to support online workshops specifically in two neighborhoods of Newark, but viewership broadened in scope.
NCMC is grateful for the opportunity provided us by the leaders of these organizations to be able to serve the community virtually in this difficult time we are in.
The sponsorship enabled us to provide two 2-part qigong workshops, two 2-part yoga workshops, one 8-part guided meditation in spanish, two 4-part guided meditation series, and one 3-part meditation series. As well, we produced six online community self-care mindfulness workshops. These online sessions were also used to support Newark’s Be Still Monday initiative.
In total there were 31 videos (of 33 sessions produced) ranging from about 15-60 minutes each. You can see our developing video library on NCMC’s YouTube Channel.



In the Face of the Pandemic and Social Injustice: Living in UNCERTAINTY with CLARITY & COMPASSION: • Dr. Rebecca Li • ONLINE Wed. June 3, 10, 17 7PM ET

A FREE 3-Part Practice Series on Zoom
Guided Meditations and Dharma Talks including Q&A’s and Dialogue

3 STAND-ALONE SESSIONS:
Choose as many sessions as you like.
Good for beginning to intermediate meditators.

ALL WELCOME. REGISTRATION REQUIRED: https://bit.ly/2BdNRUz

WED. JUNE 3 • 7PM EST
Part 1—Practicing in Uncertainty
Guided meditation and talk on how to use meditation practice to handle anxiety and frustration in the face of continued social injustice amidst the stress caused by the pandemic. It will be followed by a Q&A.
(LIVE guided meditation, talk, and Q&A with Rebecca.)
WED. JUNE 10 • 7PM EST
Part 2—Cultivating Clarity
Guided meditation followed by a talk on how meditation can help us cultivate clear awareness of our body, mind and environment and allow joy into our heart when we are in a stressful situation.
(Recorded talk and meditation by Rebecca; LIVE discussion with Kazi.)
WED. JUNE 17 • 7PM EST
Part 3—Cultivating Compassion
Guided meditation followed by a talk on how we can use meditation to be fully present with ourselves and to cultivate compassion to ourselves and people around us.
(Recorded talk and meditation by Rebecca; LIVE discussion with Marcie.)

ALL WELCOME. REGISTRATION REQUIRED: https://bit.ly/2BdNRUz


ABOUT THE TEACHER
Dr Rebecca Li a Dharma heir in the Dharma Drum lineage of Chan Master Sheng Yen, started practicing meditation in 1995. She began her teacher’s training with him in 1999 to become a Dharma and meditation instructor. Later on, she trained with John Crook and Simon Child to lead intensive retreats and received full Dharma transmission from Child in 2016. Currently, she leads Chan retreats, teaches meditation and Dharma classes, and gives public lectures in North America and the U.K.  She is the founder and guiding teacher of Chan Dharma Community and a sociology professor at The College of New Jersey, where she also serves as faculty director of the Alan Dawley Center for the Study of Social Justice. You can find her talks and writings at www.rebeccali.org. Rebecca is a Visiting Teacher with NCMC.


A program of Newark Center for Meditative Culture. Sponsored by the Victoria Foundation.


Be Still Monday Zoom Sessions Continue: Enroll with Links Below

Mondays, May 18, June 1, and June 8: Enroll in as many FREE Zoom sessions as you like. You must register to access Meeting ID and Password:

10:00 AM Sessions
ENROLL AT: https://bit.ly/3bf8MTp
5/11 Re-Connecting with the Natural World (Cornelia)
5/18 Taking a Pause for Deep Relaxation (Andrea)
6/1 Chair Yoga: You Are Creator of Your Experience 1 (Ella)
6/8 Light Yoga: You Are Creator of Your Experience 2 (Ella)

1:00 PM Sessions
ENROLL AT: https://bit.ly/2WBvmQQ
5/11 Meditative Resurrection of the Daily Constitutional (Kazi)
5/18 Yoga: Relax & Renew — Making the Mind-Body Connection (Fadja)
6/1 Yoga: The Breath — Elevator and Regenerator (Fadja)
6/8 Re-Connecting with Our Inner Wellness (Cornelia)

7:00 PM Sessions
ENROLL AT: https://tinyurl.com/y8dafpmx
5/11 Building a Mindful Community (Kamilah & Andrea)
5/18 Mindfully Managed Stress: Using Your Toolbox (Kamilah)
6/1 Mindful Household Budgeting Workshop (Andrew)
6/8 Plant Spirit Meditation Medicine: Stress Resilience (Kazi)

Contact us at info@newarkmeditation.org with any questions.


FREE ON YOUTUBE: Distance Practice Offerings in April

For Stress Resilience, Well-Being, and Practice Development (Includes a Spanish-Language Offering)

Stress Resilience Meditation Series
Postings on Wednesdays 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6

A free series of four short talks with guided meditations (10 minutes each). Giving clear and concise advice, reflections, and effective simple-to-do meditations, teacher Kazi will emphasize the concerns of stress on health and how meditation and mindfulness can help you meet the challenges of your day with strength, patience, and wisdom. No registration required.
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Mindfulness Meditation & Qigong for Well-Being Workshop
Postings on 4/16 & 4/23

In this free two-part workshop (approx. 1/2 hour each), teacher Khalil Maasi will show you quick and simple methods that you can integrate into your daily regimen to boost your well-being.
Simple REGISTRATION REQUIRED to get ACCESS LINK to premier video. 


Mini-Meditaciones Guidas Básicas
Postings on Martes y Jueves 4/14, 4/16, 4/21, 4/23, 4/28, 4/30, 5/5, 5/7.

Una serie gratis de ocho charlas cortas y meditaciones guiadas (15 minutos cada uno) en español para no meditadores y principiantes enseñado por J. Javier Cruz que presentarán prácticas básicas de meditación y atención plena. El contenido será apropiado para adolescentes a través de personas de la tercera edad para ayudar a traer tranquilidad, reducir el miedo, reducir el estrés y abrir el corazón. Mire en grupos o solo. Se pueden proporcionar folletos en español.
No se requiere registro.
Suscribirse a nuestro canal de YouTube para recibir notificaciones sobre publicaciones de video.

¡Nuevo! Sección de Prácticas en Español en nuestro sitio web con hojas de práctica de meditación para individuos y familias.


Muscle-Tendon Changing Qigong for Wellness Workshop
Postings on Thursdays 4/30 & 5/7

In this free two-part workshop (1/2 hour each), teacher Shaka Georges will introduce you to Muscle-Tendon Changing Qigong through a series of exercises that coordinate with the breath. When practiced consistently they can enhance physical health and mental well-being dramatically. This form of exercise can be a key element to strengthen muscles and tendons and to promote strength and flexibility, energy and stamina, and balance and coordination of the body.
Simple REGISTRATION REQUIRED to get ACCESS LINK to premier video. 


NEW! Free Personal Meditation Coaching • NEW! Weekly Online Practice Tips

NEW! FREE Personal Meditation Coaching by Email or Phone
While physically unable to practice with us, if you feel a need for meditation and mindfulness coaching or guidance or simply have questions about your practice, just email us at info@newarkmeditation.org and we will connect you with the appropriate teacher for a phone or email interview.
NEW! Weekly Online Practice Tips on Video
Check out the on-the-go videos that we’ll post weekly on Facebook, Instagram, and our Website starting next Wednesday. We’ll offer reflections, tips, and short meditations and exercises. We hope to see your comments and questions on the posts too!

We are closing our center to the public until further notice.

To support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 we are closing our center to the public until further notice.

CURRENT PROGRAMS POSTPONED
Monday Yoga with Ella
Tuesday Meditation with Javier

POTENTIALLY POSTPONED
Wednesday Tai Chi with Shaka (3/25 start)
Monday Yoga with Fadja (4/20 start)

We will make decisions on rescheduling and
starting new programs as the situation warrants.

Please check our Website, Facebook, and Instagram posts for updates.

For information contact us at info@newarkmeditation.org.