Wellbeing ~ Self Awareness ~ Transformation ~ Community
We gather because we believe that by weaving the threads of our lives together, in reverence for the sacredness of all of life, we can heal the wounds and divides within ourselves and our culture. Through conscious relating, social change, embodiment, and bearing witness, we intend to consciously awaken, peacefully create change, and to not just survive but thrive. All people are welcome to experience the teaching, scriptures and poetry, movement and breath, meditation, and the experience of ending in small sacred circles to share our stories, traditions, and acceptance. We draw from the wisdom practices and teachings of Zen, Buddhism, Classical Yoga, Christianity, and Bhakti. We share stories, ceremonies, and traditions to honor life and each other.
What good is living if we cannot experience unconditional positive regard for our true selves and share it with each other? We do this by seeing and hearing one another as whole beings, practicing active listening and accepting and supporting each other exactly as they are, without judgment. We encourage authentic relating about what is real. It’s about what you are feeling and experiencing in the bodily felt sense. It’s about your actual thoughts and emotions in the moment. It’s about the nature of connectedness when you look into the eyes of another being and remain deeply aware of your own center.
We cultivate a greater relationship with the temple of our being — the body. This may be through song, dance, movement, chanting, or breathwork. Awakening to our embodiment in these ways, we start to learn how to make conscious choices based on the wisdom of our body.
Becoming a Witness
We practice letting go of fixed ideas of ourselves, others, and the world. We continually enter into the mystery of “not knowing”, setting aside fixed points of view. We honor this through awareness of our inner world. It is where we can find security in our sense of self, the inherent interconnection of all living beings, and the place of the deepest rest where self-interest has not yet entered. The flow over stagnation of not favoring any one thing over another allows you to be within a boundless web of interconnection and to expand your circle of caring.
With education, community, and accountability, we can engage in difficult conversations and take action that can lead to social change. It has been done before, and it will happen again. It’s how society has changed not only laws, but cultural norms and expectations, leading to more acceptance and tolerance. This includes but not limited to, environmental change, racial justice, economic justice, and cultivating inclusivity to marginalized identities.
We have a (current max of 15 adults and 5 youth) and unlimited live stream. Any questions please call the institute direct at 616-719-2899. We follow all the current safety guidelines and will communicate when more in-person availability opens up.
We are a 501 (3) ©, we are supported by donations and our generous donors. There is no cost to attend. Children welcome.
Andrea Sulak | May 16th, 2021 | Chakras and Your Mental Health
The chakra system governs your subtle body energy which regulates how you interact and flow through life. If your chakras are blocked or moving slowly day to day living can be a real struggle. Many mental health issues can be explained by excessive or deficient energy flowing through your chakras. Join Andrea Sulak as she discusses the relationship between the chakras and mental health