EARTH STRONG

A Stoem by Mesha Allen

“Somebody told me it’s the end of the world and that’s just for some,
peace to the dead,
strength to the chosen…
Quicksand millennium,
quicksand millennium…”

Like The Roots, I rose From the Ground Up;
my branches spreading wide and bark growing thick.

My leaves grow healthy and the chlorophyll in them
becomes a rich dark green.

I think I will remain a sturdy foundation for the rest of my days.

Slowly I begin to absorb the elements around me, Read More


Move That Chi on May 5th!

Spend the Cinco de Mayo afternoon doing a little African-Asian-American mindfulness!

HALF DAY WORKSHOP
Mindfulness, Meditation, & Martial Movement

Taught by Khalil Maasi with assistance by Andrea Lee

Sunday, May 5th, 2019  |  1:00pm to 5:00pm
Index Art Center, 237 Washington St., First Floor, Newark, NJ

This donation-based workshop is appropriate for all people and of any discipline — beginners through advanced students. Teacher Khalil will be using internal martial arts exercises, though this is not a fighting workshop. It is rather a means of using these disciplines for healing (energy work), mindfulness, and achieving a state of “no mind.” Guidance from Andrea will include a sitting meditation and sound healing meditation. Suggested donation of $25 adults/$15 students 18 or older. Youths 12-17 come free.

To attend go to: ncmc-spring-workshop.eventbrite.com.

A program of Newark Center for Meditative Culture.


Spring Youth Hike in Palisades Park

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Led by Kazi with Friends

Saturday, May 4th, 2019  |  10:00am to 3:00pm
Palisades Interstate Park, Fort Lee, NJ

Limited Group Size: Sign up soon!

This is a free program geared toward youths aged 12-18. Individual adults, families, and youth/student groups (up to 7 youths per chaperone) are welcome. Join us for a day of nature immersion, hiking, tai-chi and art sessions, Hudson River Views, and more! Includes free vegetarian bag lunch for all and free backsacks for youths (limited quantity)! Transportation and parking fees not provided. We might be able to help with transportation for individuals from Newark and back.

General Schedule
Gather/Check-in — 9:30-9:50am
Opening Circle — 10:00am-10:15am
Hike, Special Sessions, Lunch — 10:15am-2:45pm
Closing Circle — 2:45pm-3:00pm

For questions contact Marcie at info@newarkmeditation.org.

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


REVIEW: Ladies First – From Superwoman to Self-Care

By Andrea Lee

This weekend’s Women’s Retreat was a multi-generational gathering of nearly 50 women of diverse backgrounds and from all different walks of life. The retreat was mindfully and lovingly guided by five women who are leaders in their own fields. We kicked off the retreat with a moving spoken word opening by TaNisha Fordham who brought nine teen-aged students to the retreat. Jillian Faulks-Majuta lead a Kemetic Yoga session that physically grounded guests in the power of self-care. The day continued with passionate workshops about caring for mind, body and spirit.

Kamilah Crawley, who organized and emceed the event, offered sessions about the intersection of mindfulness and women’s self-care and lead discussion groups on the complex and nuanced notions of the modern Superwoman. Michelle Beadle Holder explored mindful eating and the frequent everyday choices we make about how we nourish our bodies and helped us become more mindful of the environments where we break our bread and buy our food. Her presentation was followed by a nutritious and soulful lunch provided by Arelis Hernandez and Rabbit Hole Farm.

Aleah Gathings presented on the power of words and affirmations and guided retreatants in a symbolic ceremony to release unconstructive thought patterns. Mandara Parashakti Akiwumi facilitated a process to help participants “Stop the Story”, release narratives that hold us back and re-narrate our current truth. We ended the retreat by writing self-care letters to our future selves — to be mailed and opened just when we most need the reminder.

Throughout the day retreatants were encouraged to hold a non-judgmental space for everyone’s opinions and experiences and to self-reflect through conversation and journaling. Participants readily shared their own resources and several lists were compiled with books, websites, and places of interest for people to visit to continue the deep work that was initiated at this retreat.


SPECIAL APPEAL: We need your immediate help to secure our first rental space!

Donate Now on GoFundMe

Dear Friends of NCMC,

We are appealing to you for your immediate help at this turning point in our development as a center and in our efficacy in building a much-needed meditation community in Newark, NJ.

The goal of Newark Center for Meditative Culture (NCMC) is to develop integrated and broad applications to bring mindfulness and meditation in their many forms and life practices to the community. We do so through providing mostly donation-based or free programs to the community.

Your kind donations will allow us to continue to provide these life-enhancing programs regardless of any participant’s present economic circumstances.

To take our goal to the next level, we need to have a home base where we can offer more weekly programming and a hub for our community to gather (rather than ad hoc venue rentals).

We are excited to now have a commitment for a rental lease of rooms in a landmark building in a central downtown location near Military Park, Newark, NJ.

What we need immediately is the funding for at least 1-1/2 years of a two-year lease, approximately $10,800.

This is the immediate need of our First Priority ASK. You can help by donating now to our GoFundMe campaign.

We understand that money can be tight — please know that even $5 helps us get closer to our goal!

Donate Now on GoFundMe

Securing the funding for the rental space is our most important requirement so that we can develop our programs without the pressure of worrying about rent for a while.

Beyond this, being able to purchase needed supplies, services, and equipment is important to keep the flow of resources going for people to stay connected. Developing a library will ground our community in knowledge.

You can read our full 2019 Business Plan for an in-depth overview on NCMC and our budget proposal including our prioritized ASK.

Can you help us to reach our immediate need of $10,800 of our First Priority ASK? It’s vital to get into our space quickly! 

Donate now!

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your potential funding please contact our Treasurer, Andrea Lee, at treasurer@newarkmeditation.org.

Thank you for your time.

With much gratitude,

Kazi, Marcie, Cornelia, Andrea, Ihsaan, Kamilah, Jennifer, Javier
Board of Directors, Newark Center for Meditative Culture

ps. If you are more comfortable with donating directly through PayPal, donate here. Checks are also welcome made out and sent to Newark Center for Meditative Culture, PO Box 182, Newark, NJ 07101. Please let us know that you have sent a check.

pss. Please share this appeal with like-minded friends who may want to support the development of our meditation center in the diverse urban community of Newark, NJ.


You are invited to attend: MINDFULNESS, MEDITATION & MARTIAL MOVEMENT thru African-Asian-American Fusion HALF-DAY WORKSHOP

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Sunday, May 5, 2019  |  1:00 PM5:00 PM
Index Art Center, 237 Washington Street, First Floor Gallery, Newark, NJ

Taught by Khalil Maasi assisted by Andrea Lee

LIMITED SPACE!

Suggested donation of $25 adults/$15 students 18 or older. Youths 12-17 come free.

This workshop is appropriate for all people and of any discipline — beginners through advanced students.

Teacher Khalil will be using internal martial arts exercises, though this is not a fighting workshop. It is rather, a means of using these disciplines for healing, mindfulness, and achieving a state of “no mind”. Briefly, the disciplines we will be working on are:

1. Standing Meditation: Zhan Zhuang, Standing Like a Tree, a standing meditation that’s initial goal is to relax and release all the tension in your body. This method cultivates the body’s natural energy called chi — a simple practice with extraordinary mental and physical benefits.
2. Healing Science: Chi Gung (qigong) is a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for the purposes of health, spirituality, and martial arts training.
3. No Mind: This is a mental state called mushin in Japanese and wuxin in Chinese. Zen and Daoist meditators are said to reach this state, along with disciplined artisans and trained martial artists. They practice this mental state of emptiness, free from attachment, during everyday activities.

There will be sessions with Andrea who will offer a Sound Healing Meditation using Tibetan bowls and a Guided Sitting Meditation.

Besides sharing these mental, spiritual, and physical refreshments we will also provide a fusion of snack and beverage refreshments during break.

*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 volunteer coordinator for the program, Jennifer Becher at jennifer@newarkmeditation.org to apply as a volunteer before registering for this program.

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Presenter Bio-notes
Khalil Maasi is a lifelong student and practitioner of meditation, mindfulness, martial science and it’s related integrated systems of knowledge. To understand the fruit, you must understand the root. And the root in this paradigm is Khalil’s father, well-renowned meditation and martial arts Grandmaster Shaha Mfundishi Maasi. He teaches under Shaha Maasi’s tutelage their family system known as Moyo Kazi (Energy Work) through their organization The School of Heaven and Earth which is based in Baltimore, Maryland. Moyo Kazi is a system of Chi Gung (internal martial healing science) developed and based on the study of internal healing martial traditions from around the world. Khalil is also a initiated Yoruba Priest (Minister) in the traditional African/Nigerian spiritual system of Ifa (Isese) and is an associate Minister at The Ifa Temple Of Light in East Orange, NJ. Khalil often teaches the African connection to these practices during his classes and workshops. As well, Khalil is a certified child assault prevention counselor in the state of New Jersey working primarily in the Newark and Essex County school system.
Andrea Lee is a Preschool Assistant Teacher at Montclair Cooperative School in her hometown of Montclair, NJ. She is an intern organic farmer at Rabbit Hole Farm in Newark where she resides. She is a senior disciple of Reverend Jaganath Carrera, Spiritual Head and Founder of Yoga Life Society. She recently completed seminary training and was ordained a Yoga Life Minister. She is a certified Yoga instructor and performs Kirtan with Mirabai Catherine Moon. Andrea is founding Treasurer of NCMC where she also instructs in meditation and mindfulness and provides yoga and chanting sessions. Newark Center for Meditative Culture is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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A program of Newark Center for Meditative Culture.

 


Review: February 24th Retreat

The Art of Seeing and Bringing it Home

Teachers Rebecca Li and Shaka Georges guided once again an engaging retreat for NCMC — expecially important since the majority of the students were beginners. The students asked excellent questions during the Q&A’s. The reflections got personal and the students empathized, connected, and learn from each other because of it. Of concern to many was how to bring what they learned on the cushion home to the people they live with and see often.

A couple teachings that were taken home to practice were: a) See things for what they are and not what you think they should be. So pay attention as the ideas in your mind are most often not what is right in front of you, and, b) Suffering provides us with the opportunity to observe and experience our habits. We always have a choice to continue acting out our habits or free ourselves to expose the truth through mindfulness.

One student commented that they would take home the art of seeing people the way they are and another about how it helps to practice with others and to hear their questions about the practice.

We had one 10 year old participant who had lots of fun with the movement meditations and was the first to volunteer to show her drawing and explain it during the Art of Seeing workshop.

The vegan lunch was a hit! People came back for seconds and there were plenty of compliments. We thank our volunteers Elena, Marcus, and Teneka for their support at the retreat. And kudos to Elvis for his beautiful art photography of the program. We are especially grateful for the teachers Rebecca and Shaka for practicing with us.

And, as always, thank you to Lowell, director of Index Art Center, for providing assistance, and this time, such a colorful venue to experience… and well, see!

 


Women! Drop Your Cape for the Day on March 31st!

Ladies First: From Superwoman to Self-care

It’s a wonderful line-up for the day. You can register for full-day or part-day. Here’s a quick listing of bio-notes of your presenters:

Mandara Parashakti Akiwumi is a trauma informed, evidence-based pastoral and spiritual counselor, wellness coach, and equity, diversity, and inclusion trainer. She is certified in mindfulness, yoga, and multiple somatic traditions. She received her training from Hunter College, Brooklyn College, Walden University, The New Seminary, and many teachers.

Michelle Beadle Holder, PhD, President and CEO, Food at the Center, Inc. is a medical sociologist dedicated to doing her part to improve the social and physical health of black families. Her research has appeared in the Journal of African American Studies, Substance Use and Misuse, and American Journal of Health Behavior. In 2018, Dr. Holder founded Food at the Center, Inc., an educational and research social enterprise that uses food to build meaningful connections, improve health, and celebrate the culinary genius of people of African descent.

Kamilah Crawley, MPH, CHES is a public health professional who has provided health education workshops and trainings for various populations. She currently focuses on the intersection of public health, mindfulness and meditation as a tool for healing and healthy living. Kamilah was born and raised in Newark and is an alumni of University High School. Her degrees are from Temple University and the Rutgers School of Public Health.

Aleah A. Gathings, JD, MPH is an advocate for children and a proponent of the medical-legal partnership model. Aleah believes in the power of hope, love, and the ongoing fight for social and health justice.

Jillian Faulks-Majuta, Founder and CEO of Majuta Wellness, is committed to bringing wellness to individuals, groups and communities who are interested in living their most fulfilling lives possible. Through journaling, Kemetic Yoga™ and Holistic Health Coaching (July 2019). Jillian creates spaces for people to feel safe enough to challenge their bodies, thoughts and habits.

For more information and to register, go to

ncmc-womens-retreat.eventbrite.com.


A program of Newark Center for Meditative Culture co-sponsored by Ironbound Community Corporation Family Success Center. ncmc logomark_square_rgb.png


A Walk That Feeds Newark

Pictured above: Bhikkhu Bodhi (left), founder of Buddhist Global Relief with Jennifer and Shaka of Newark Center for Meditative Culture.

This past November, NCMC participated in a Walk to Feed the Hungry event hosted by Buddha Path of Montclair. Representing us at the walk were Jennifer Becher and Shaka Georges. At our suggestion 10% of the proceeds from the walk, $500, will go to St. John’s Soup Kitchen in Newark, who in 2018 prepared and served over 500 meals daily to those in need. The remainder of the proceeds went to Buddhist Global Relief (BGR) to fund their domestic and global hunger relief projects. We thank Buddha Path for their generosity of spirit and Deborah Steincolor for coordinating our participation. NCMC has participated in several of the annual local BGR Walks to Feed the Hungry and we hope to continue with this tradition.  ncmc logomark_square_rgb


 


RELAXING INTO CLARITY & FLOW: A Daylong Meditation Retreat on February 24th (Part-Day or Full-Day)

RELAXING INTO CLARITY & FLOW:
A Daylong Meditation Retreat
Guided by Rebecca Li & Shaka Georges

Sunday, February 24, 2019  |  10:00am to 4:00pm  |  Morning Only 10:ooam to 1:30pm  | Afternoon Only 12:30pm to 4:00pm

Index Art Center, 237 Washington St., Newark, NJ

Registration for:
• Adults FULL-DAY: $30
• Adults PART-DAY: $20
• Youths: FREE (Aged 10-17 accompanied by adult) (limited tix)
• Students: $15 (Aged 18+ w/ID) (limited tix)
• Pre-approved Volunteers: $15 (limited tix) Request to volunteer*
• Gift Certificate/Guest Pass Holders

REGISTER NOW

You will enjoy a heart and body warming day of winter practice in semi-silence with a like-minded soul group. Your retreat will include relaxing into clarity through meditation (chan) with Rebecca, flowing with healing movement (chi-gong) with Shaka, a creative Art of Seeing workshop, Truth Talks, and engaging dialogue. Also included are healthy breakfast treats from during check-in and a delicious vegetarian lunch. See Teachers Bio-notes.

*You must request to volunteer BEFORE registering. Contact the retreat coordinator (email below). You can discuss the volunteer opportunities then.

Registration Required on Eventbrite.

REGISTER NOW


Contact information:
Retreat Coordinator, Jennifer Becher, jennifer@newarkmeditation.org.

A Program of Newark Center for Meditative Culture.