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.


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

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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!

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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!

 


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


 


The Power of Meditative Culture

By Ib’nallah S. Kazi

Often in our day-to-day lives our awareness is consumed by the task of maintaining our private and social faces. Much of the data we receive from our environment, from other humans and our own emotional and intuitive signals go ignored.

One of the precious benefits of maintaining a meditation practice is the cultivation of a more encompassing awareness.

As awareness expands, so does our ability to be present for others. This allows us to remain in touch with our own deep needs, desires, and questions, while simultaneously being open to the subtle signals we are exposed to by nature and humanity. It also  allows us to respond to the world from a place of awareness as opposed to habit.

When meditation practitioners gather together in a soul group, the result is the creation of a charged space. As the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, this now sacred space is infused with the collective breath of compassion and service, peace and love.

Everyone entering this space experiences a centering — a sudden sense of both release and surrender. Surrender to the felt presence of communion, cooperation and commitment. The shared experience within this sacred space signals the presence of meditative culture.

Upon leaving the collective each person takes with them a portion of the collective charge to share with all they encounter upon their way, sowing the seeds of meditative culture in their daily travels.

Meditative culture does not spread by coercion or marketing. It’s contagious. It expands organically in response to the people’s desire for change.  ncmc logomark_square_rgb.png


 


Gift Certificates Now Available for a Winter Retreat Day with Rebecca Li & Shaka Georges

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Sunday, February 24th, 2019  |  10:00am to 4:00pm  |  Index Art Center, 237 Washington Street, Newark, NJ

The recipient of this $30 gift certificate will receive a full-day pass to the winter meditation retreat day with Newark Center for Meditative Culture. They’ll enjoy a day out of the cold and into the warmth of a like-minded group.

Teacher Rebecca Li will guide the retreatants to relax the mind and cultivate clarity and teacher Shaka Georges will get their bodies into the flow of healing energy through walking meditation and qi-gong. The retreat will also include talks, discussion, and an art workshop.

No previous meditation experience required, but the retreat is appropriate for advanced practice as well. Youths under 18 must be accompanied by adults.Certificate Snowflake Graphic.png

Breakfast treats and a delicious vegetarian lunch will be included (with vegan and gluten-free options).

Purchase a Gift Certificate Today! $30




IMPORTANT RESTRICTIONS: Refunds can only be made to the credit card or account used to purchase. Refunds can be issued up to 30 days after date of purchase.
GIFT CERTIFICATE: A letter-size PDF of the Gift Certificate will be emailed to the purchaser within 24 hours from your purchase that can be printed out.

 


Thanks Giving Reflections from the Indigenous Culture of America

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NCMC wishes you a day of abundance or simplicity — and thanksgiving — for clear water, good food, and Mother Earth to sit on!

WITH ONE MIND
Greetings to the Natural World!

The Earth Mother
We are all thankful to our Mother, the Earth, for she gives us all that we need for life. She supports our feet as we walk about upon her. It gives us joy that she continues to care for us as she has from the beginning of time. To our mother, we send greetings and thanks.
Now our minds are one.

The Waters
We give thanks to all the waters of the world for quenching our thirst and providing us with strength. Water is life. We know its power in many forms — waterfalls and rain, mists and streams, rivers and oceans. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to the spirit of Water.
Now our minds are one.

The Food Plants
With one mind, we turn to honor and thank all the Food Plants we harvest from the garden. Since the beginning of time, the grains, vegetables, beans and berries have helped the people survive. Many other living things draw strength from them too. We gather all the Plant Foods together as one and send them a greeting of thanks.
Now our minds are one.

(Excerpted from a Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address)


INTERDEPENDENCE
The Three Sisters of Corn, Beans, and Squash

For many Indigenous People in the Americas, the triad of corn, beans, and squash is called the Three Sisters. Traditionally grown together, this crop trio are all interdependent on one another. Beans grow up the corn stalks and add the nutrients (nitrogen) to the soil that the others need to grow. Squash is planted in between them to keep the weeds out. These three staples remain the heart of most Indigenous diets and are often eaten in companion with each other.


 


Overview of our Newark IntraCity Park Hike

Capturing the Spirit of Autumn

It was a spectacular day on Saturday, November 10th for a hike through a 5.5 mile stretch of Newark NJ. The weather was a bit chilly, sunny, and breezy so we were bundled up. This was Newark Center for Meditative Culture’s first such program, though we have done shorter nature walks and hikes through Branch Brook Park and South Mountain Reservation. This particular hike was held in cooperation with Hikeolution and The Spirit Centered Life.

It was also a day of renewal for one of our urban hikers as this was the way she was spending her birthday – and we shared in her renewal.

We started off with a prayer for guidance and protection by co-leader Kazi, spiritual director of NCMC, forming a circle around a large tree near the northern corner of Lincoln Park.

Walking north on Broad Street for a while, we then entered Military Park, the base for NCMC’s warm season outdoor meditation and tai-chi. Here we picked up a few more hikers. We again made a circle. This time on the Great Lawn where Kazi lead us in a graceful flowing tai-chi movement called Wave Hands Like Clouds.

We continued along Broad to Washington Park studying the monuments. A nice surprise participant to our hike was Suzanne Joblonski of Newark Centric City. She gave us an informal and informative tour of the landmarks and background of Newark along the way. We also had two members of the Appalacian Mountain Club join us too — one from NYC and the other all the way from Philly!

We learned from co-leader Keyana Jones that we were following the yellow-blazed Lenape Trail of the Lenni-Lenape, indigenous people of this area. She pointed out a marked tree on James Street and we were to continue on this trail through Branch Brook Park. Her associate, Leslie Arthur, described how this trail is 34 miles long. Newark and Millburn are at either end, the trail bowing all the way north just into Passaic County.

We continued to make our way, our hike zig-zagging back and forth along concrete and grass, crossing over Route 280 to Branch Brook Park. Following along the blazed trail, we stopped along the way to reflect on the lakes and absorb the colors of the berries in purples, reds, oranges, and golds.

Our “great ascent” was to climb the some 25 steps up to a large meadow. Here we practiced a qi-gong standing meditation that Kazi called The Mother, an energy harvesting form that in just a few minutes of practice, the group felt results.

Almost there, we sauntered a little while longer close to the cherry blossom groves and crossed over into Belleville at 5.47 miles. Retracing our steps back a little way into Newark, we ended our beautiful and peace-filled urban nature hike.


Change-Makers: Fall Back into Self-Care Day Retreat with Meditation, Movement & Medicine for the Season

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Sunday, November 11, 2018
10:00am to 3:00pm
ICC Early Learning Center
1 New York Avenue, 2nd Floor
Newark, NJ 07105

Ideal for healthcare workers, social workers, activists, community organizers, teachers, students, radical artists, and other change-makers. We work so hard to improve the lives of others. Now enjoy a relaxing, intentional day for yourself.

Join us to learn season-specific techniques and tools for self-care: stress resilience, immunity boosting, health promotion, and methods to boost your creativity and mental sharpness.

Taught by Ib’nallah S. Kazi (Kazi), spiritual director of Newark Center for Meditative Culture (NCMC). Kemetic Yoga Session with Jillian Majuta-Faulks is in the morning. Drum Circle to be led by Akua Ishangi is in afternoon. (See their bios at registration site.)

Youths aged 8-17 can attend if the guardian can manage them. Venue has wheelchair and elevator access.

Cost
Adults: Suggested Donation $30
Kids: Free

Registration on Eventbrite Required
No Walk-ins!

About Lunch
All attendees are asked to participate in lunch as it is integral to the workshop (unless you are fasting). Menu will include vegan, lacto-ovo-vegetarian, and gluten free vegan food. You can brown bag it if you have unique food allergies or specific food requirements.

Volunteers Needed!
If you’d like to help before, during, or after the program please let us know when you register. Or, if a family member would prefer to volunteer rather than participate, that’s okay too!

Important Contact Information
Please no phone calls to the venue. Call NCMC at 862-227-3288 with inquiries or preferably by email at info@newarkmeditation.org.

REGISTER NOW!