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A new location for the Jan. 19 meeting of the Emerald Coast Meditation Society will be the Coastal Branch Library, behind the Courthouse Annex on Hwy. 331. Christ the King Episcopal Church, where it usually meets, has need of the parish hall that night.

The ECMS will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the library meeting room. The meeting, open free to the public, will begin with five minutes of silent meditation instead of the usual 30 minutes. And instead of the usual speaker, there will be a panel discussion on “Facing Our Fears in Troubling Times.” Member Tracey Tapp will give an overview of the program.

A three-person panel will talk briefly on noticing your fears, acceptance, and empathy. Then the group will break up into triads, or small groups, to discuss what they are most afraid of, how they experience this fear, and their response to the fear.

When the group comes back together, each triad will report on how noticing, acceptance, and empathy can help us work skillfully with these fears.

The group will do its 30-minute silent meditation from 7:30 to 8 p.m.

The ECMS is an ecumenical group open free to anyone. It meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month, September through June. Anyone who would like meditation instruction should come at 6:15 p.m. Questions? Contact Nancy James, nancyjames@embarqmail.com.
Facing Fears in Troubling Times at Library Room
Thu, January 19, 7:30 PM
Coastal Branch Library 437 Green Way Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459

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30-minute sitting meditation on the beach at Santa Clara beach access, corner of Bramble Grove PL on Scenic 30A. Here are details from Nancy James' email:
Wed., Dec. 21, is not only the December Solstice but also is my friend Caroling's birthday. She and I always do something special to celebrate. This Wed. we are having a sunset meditation, open to anyone who wants to come. It will start at 4:30 p.m. at the Bramble Grove dune crossover to the Gulf. This is a large parking lot with restrooms, maybe a mile east of Hwy. 395 in Seagrove Beach. We will go down the stairs to the beach, and set up facing the eventual sunset. If you come, bring a blanket and/or chair and/or sitting cushion, and dress warmly. If it should be a rainy afternoon, the thing will be cancelled.
Love, Nancy

On the December solstice, the shortest, darkest day of the year, join us in meditation.

Please like this event, even if remote. Here's a video of the place in summer, with lifeguard. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAsmLAwKQZo
Solstice Sunset Meditation
Wed, December 21, 2016, 5:30 PM
Santa Clara Regional Beach Access

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On 12/18, 2016, see 10 photos on the Facebook event entitled "Sunday morning preview of the Santa Clara Beach Access at Bramble Grove Pl at 3468 E. County Hwy 30A.". See them on this page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1782587492002419/
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Pat Carlyle, real estate broker who also practices meditation and mindful awareness, will present a program on the “Five Hindrances to Awareness” at the Dec. 1 meeting of the Emerald Coast Meditation Society.

The ECMS will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Christ the King Episcopal Church, at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach, one-half mile north of Hwy. 98. The meeting, open free to the public, begins with 30 minutes of silent meditation.

“Are your jingle bells feeling jangled” Carlyle asks. She will discuss how to use your meditation awareness to stay balanced throughout the holiday season. She will lead the group in exploring guided meditation, small-group interaction and individual meditation, and help people explore “the five hindrances to awareness and the knowledge and resources we each possess to create a joyful holiday season – no matter where, or with whom, you celebrate.”

Carlyle is a local real estate broker on 30A with Sotheby's and also a board member of Chelco, the Choctawhatchee Electrical Cooperative. Prior to her move to the area in 2002, she provided executive and board development and strategic planning to Fortune 500 companies all over the world.

She has been meditating since 1972 when she learned transcendental meditation. She is a reiki master, a facilitator of the work of Byron Katie and a Kripalu-certified teacher of dance yoga. She holds a bachelor's degree from Penn State in human development and a master of education degree from Temple University in “psychoeducational processes and organizational development.”

She says she is very excited to have just been accepted for a two-year teachers development program on Mindful Awareness Meditation with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach, two noted teachers with whom she has studied extensively.

The ECMS is an ecumenical group open to anyone. It meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month, September through June. The evening will end around 8 p.m. with a short guided meditation. Anyone who would like meditation instruction should come at 6:15 p.m. Questions? Contact Nancy James, nancyjames@embarqmail.com.
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Dawn Brooks, owner of Yoga Elements and teacher of various forms of yoga and reiki, will speak on the topic of “Yogic Breathing” at the Nov. 17 meeting of the Emerald Coast Meditation Society. She also will demonstrate this form of breathing and will teach audience members how to do it.

The ECMS will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Christ the King Episcopal Church, at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach, one-half mile north of Hwy. 98. The meeting, open free to the public, begins with 30 minutes of silent meditation.

“You can learn to use mindfulness, breath and intention to enliven the energy centers and channels in the body,” says Brooks. “The practices presented are simple meditations that move energy through the body to wake up energy channels and heal old injuries, no matter the cause.”

Brooks is an experienced yoga instructor with special interest in a spiritual path that includes meditation and “healing from the inside out.” She owns and teaches classes and workshops at Yoga Elements in Carillon Beach, Panama City Beach.

Brooks says she began practicing yoga in 2003 to help with her own assorted physical problems. She says she “fell in love with yoga” and began teaching it at a fitness center in 2005. In 2008 she attended Discovery Yoga Teachers Training in St. Augustine, a five-week, 200-hour course in kripalu yoga. This qualified her as a registered teacher with the Yoga Alliance.

In 2011 she completed 500 hours of advanced training, to qualify as a Master Yoga Teacher. Her continuing studies are in yoga as therapy, with a special interest in fibromyalgia and chronic pain.

She has been a registered nurse since 1984 and has practiced nursing in many different capacities, including in surgery and with pain-management patients. Brooks hails from Kansas, where she did her nurse’s training. She moved to this area in 2012. She is married and has two sons.

The ECMS is an ecumenical group open to anyone. It meets on the first and third Thursdays. The evening will end around 8 p.m. with a short guided meditation. Anyone who would like meditation instruction should come at 6:15 p.m. Questions? Contact Nancy James, nancyjames@embarqmail.com.
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Dr. John Savage, who has been practicing dentistry in Ebro along the Choctawhatchee River for 29 years, will speak to the Emerald Coast Meditation Society Oct. 20 on “Your Mind, Your Ego, and Meditation.” The free meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. with a 30-minute meditation at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach, one-half mile north of Hwy 98. The ECMS is ecumenical and does not follow any religion.

Savage has spent thousands of hours studying wisdom teachers and thinkers from diverse cultures, religions, and academic fields across the ages. He has distilled this exploration into what he calls “fundamental truths about life, peace, and the ego.” This lively and engaging talk will draw on Buddhism, Freud, Shakespeare, and Jesus to illuminate our “miraculous mind.” Savage’s hope is that by better understanding our minds and our egos, we will be better equipped to experience peace and happiness in our lives and in the world.

Savage was born and raised in Destin. However, his roots in this area date from 1870, when his great-grandfather began traveling by horse and buggy to treat dental patients along the Choctawhatchee River.

Savage earned a degree in dentistry from Emory University, and taught in the dental school while pursuing a law degree. While practicing dentistry in the Atlanta area he served 10 years in the Georgia legislature, representing two different districts for five years each.

He also served two stints in the U.S. Navy during Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica.

But he longed for the Choctawhatchee River. “The emotional appeal to return here never left me,” he says. Eventually his father and he bought parcels along the river, setting the stage for one of the most remote dental practices one could imagine.

He has thrived in his specialty, which is cosmetic dentistry – or helping people have pretty smiles, as he puts it. Now in his 55th year of practicing dentistry, he also finds delight in speaking to audiences around the country on his philosophy, which includes trying to learn something new every single day.

In 2008 he was a founder of the Destin Philosophical Society, which holds monthly meetings. Savage has one son, age 43.

The evening will conclude with a short guided meditation. The ECMS meets on the first and third Thursday of every month except July and August. Anyone who needs meditation instruction should arrive by 6:15 p.m. For information contact Tracey Tapp, tltapp@cox.net.
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Next meeting on January 19 is at a one-night change in place: Community Room at Coastal Branch Library at the Town Center on Hwy 331. 437 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459, At 6:30PM the title is "Facing Our Fears in Troubling Times" and will feature group discussion. Details to follow.
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Michele Jorge, an acupuncture physician and long-time yoga teacher, will present a program on “Kundalini Yoga and Gong Healing” at the Emerald Coast Meditation Society on Jan. 5.

The ECMS will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Christ the King Episcopal Church, at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach, one-half mile north of Hwy. 98. The meeting, open free to the public, begins with 30 minutes of silent meditation.

Jorge has been an acupuncture physician for 20 years and practices in her Santa Rosa Beach home. “The latest addition to my yoga practice and teaching is the Healing Gong,” Jorge says. “The Gong clears out anything that is not expanding or useful.”

Kundalini yoga, says Jorge, “is one of the more spiritual styles of yoga.” Kundalini literally means “coiled,” she says, and is represented by a metaphorical coiled snake at the base of your spine. “It helps open your heart, build strength and release the energy at the base of your spine.” It is one of the oldest forms of yoga, she says, having been practiced in India since 500 B.C. It was brought to the West in 1969.

“Kundalini yoga focuses on breath and movement, and challenges its students both physically and mentally,” she says.

Jorge graduated in 1996 from the Acupuncture & Massage College in Miami, with the title of acupuncture physician. Acupuncture, she says, includes the insertion of needles, the application of moxibustion to parts of the body, and the use of electroacupuncture, Qi Gong, oriental massage, herbal therapy, dietary guidelines and other related therapies.

Jorge also teaches chair yoga and hatha yoga. She is a certified Barkan Method Hot Yoga Teacher and also a licensed esthetician since 2007. Her personal mission is to “support and encourage individuals to participate in their own health and well-being while using ancient drug-free medicinal practices to heal.”

She owns Acupuncture & Yoga at 75 E. Pinehurst Dr. in Santa Rosa Beach.

Following an introduction by Nancy James of the ECMS, Jorge will lead the entire evening’s activities, including the opening 30-minute meditation and the 5-minute closing one.

The ECMS is an ecumenical group open free to anyone. It meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month, September through June. The evening will end around 8 p.m. Anyone who would like meditation instruction should come at 6:15 p.m. Questions? Contact Nancy James, nancyjames@embarqmail.com.
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Sarah Holt, a certified holistic health coach and aromatherapist, will present a program on “Aromatic Meditation” at the Dec. 15 meeting of the Emerald Coast Meditation Society.

The ECMS will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Christ the King Episcopal Church, at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach, one-half mile north of Hwy. 98. The meeting, open free to the public, begins with 30 minutes of silent meditation.

Holt says she will help the group discover how aromatics can enhance the meditation experience, and ways to incorporate it into a daily meditation practice. Some of its benefits, she says, are to help you go deeper, become more relaxed and have a quieter mind.

In addition, she will give an overview of how aromatics have been used in spiritual settings, what different aromatics are good for, and how to use them to find a match for what you want to accomplish with your meditation.

Originally from the Washington, D.C., area, Holt worked for various government agencies before settling on a career path that focused on helping people. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Goucher College and received her health-coaching training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, where she learned the importance of holistic thinking when approaching life and wellness.

She is an avid reader and loves to spend time on the beach. She is also a wellness advocate who spends her days educating people on essential oils and healthy lifestyles. She lives and practices in Navarre, and also makes home visits in a wide area.

The ECMS is an ecumenical group open to anyone. It meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month, September through June. The evening will end around 8 p.m. with a short guided meditation. Anyone who would like meditation instruction should come at 6:15 p.m. Questions? Contact Nancy James, nancyjames@embarqmail.com.
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Meeting on December 1at 6:30PM CST. Pat Carlyle will speak after meditation.
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Dawn Brooks, owner of Yoga Elements and teacher of various forms of yoga and reiki, will speak on the topic of “Yogic Breathing” at the Nov. 17 meeting of the Emerald Coast Meditation Society. She also will demonstrate this form of breathing and will teach audience members how to do it.

The ECMS will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Christ the King Episcopal Church, at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach, one-half mile north of Hwy. 98. The meeting, open free to the public, begins with 30 minutes of silent meditation.

“You can learn to use mindfulness, breath and intention to enliven the energy centers and channels in the body,” says Brooks. “The practices presented are simple meditations that move energy through the body to wake up energy channels and heal old injuries, no matter the cause.”

Brooks is an experienced yoga instructor with special interest in a spiritual path that includes meditation and “healing from the inside out.” She owns and teaches classes and workshops at Yoga Elements in Carillon Beach, Panama City Beach.

Brooks says she began practicing yoga in 2003 to help with her own assorted physical problems. She says she “fell in love with yoga” and began teaching it at a fitness center in 2005. In 2008 she attended Discovery Yoga Teachers Training in St. Augustine, a five-week, 200-hour course in kripalu yoga. This qualified her as a registered teacher with the Yoga Alliance.

In 2011 she completed 500 hours of advanced training, to qualify as a Master Yoga Teacher. Her continuing studies are in yoga as therapy, with a special interest in fibromyalgia and chronic pain.

She has been a registered nurse since 1984 and has practiced nursing in many different capacities, including in surgery and with pain-management patients. Brooks hails from Kansas, where she did her nurse’s training. She moved to this area in 2012. She is married and has two sons.

The ECMS is an ecumenical group open to anyone. It meets on the first and third Thursdays. The evening will end around 8 p.m. with a short guided meditation. Anyone who would like meditation instruction should come at 6:15 p.m. Questions? Contact Nancy James, nancyjames@embarqmail.com.
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"The Dialogue Within" will be the topic when Peter Snyder addresses the Emerald Coast Meditation Society on Nov. 3.

The free ECMS meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. with a 30-minute meditation at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach, one-half mile north of Hwy. 98. The ECMS is ecumenical and does not follow any religion.

Snyder says he will discuss how to approach this never-ending inner voice and cultivate compassion and equanimity through our emotional tones.

A dharma teacher trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Snyder leads an MBSR program for the public and another in a prison setting. In 2014 he completed teacher training in MBSR from the University of Massachusetts, where the program was started by author Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1995.

Snyder has been in training in the Kwan Um school of Zen Buddhism since 2009 and in 2014 became a full dharma teacher. He also is a certified yoga teacher and has almost completed his second 200-hour yoga teacher certification. He teaches yoga in Panama City to both the public and to people who have suffered traumatic brain injury.

He holds a bachelor of social work degree from Florida State University and a master’s degree in social work. Born in Plattsburgh, N.Y., Snyder first went to Panama City 14 years ago, then tried other parts of the South. He has lived in Panama City for the last seven years.

The evening will conclude with a short guided meditation. The ECMS meets on the first and third Thursday of every month except July and August. Anyone who needs meditation instruction should arrive by 6:15 p.m. For information contact Nancy James, nancyjames@embarqmail.com.
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"Four Immeasurable Meditations" is the title of a talk to be given at the Emerald Coast Meditation Society Oct. 6 by Kabe Woods, facilitator of the Mindfulness Practice Center of Fort Walton Beach.

The free meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. with a 30-minute meditation at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach, one-half mile north of Hwy. 98. The ECMS is ecumenical and does not follow any religion.

In our world with too many "things to do," sleepless nights and angry moments, says Woods, “wouldn't it be nice to have a place of refuge where love and compassion are the norm and not the exception?” In his talk Woods says he will share the Buddhist practice of the “Four Immeasurable Meditations” that develop our consciousness and the consciousness of our community to live in peace and love.

A retired senior executive with past leadership roles at AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent and ADVO Inc., Woods started his meditation practice in 1978. Since 1994 he has practiced in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, who ordained him into the "Order of Interbeing" in September 2013. He is a member of the Magnolia Grove Mindfulness Practice Center & Monastery community in Batesville, Miss. He is also a member of Unity Church in Ft. Walton Beach where he is a prayer chaplain trainer, teaching centering prayer and meditation.

The Mindfulness Practice Center of Fort Walton Beach was established in June 2013. It is open for meditation practice six days a week.

The ECMS meets on the first and third Thursday of every month except July and August. Anyone who needs meditation instruction should arrive by 6:15 p.m. For information contact Nancy James, nancyjames@embarqmail.com.

The photo is by Kabe Woods posted on the Meetup site of the Mindfulness Practice Center.
Event Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1776403922575058/
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Meditation "sitting in a circle" "non-sectarian" "meditation-related presentations and practices" "local speakers"
Introduction
Founded
March 2009, following two meetings of local people interested in meditation. The group decided to meet twice a month.

Location
Parish Hall
Christ the King Episcopal Church
480 N. Co. Hwy. 393
1/2 mile north of Hwy. 98
About
Meetings consist of a 30-minute meditation at 6:30 followed by a program and a five-minute closing meditation around 8 p.m. We meet twice monthly September through June, are non-sectarian, do not charge, and include practitioners of many forms of meditation.

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The usual meeting place is the parish hall at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, half a mile north of Hwy. 98 in Walton County. Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. If you would like meditation instruction please arrive at 6:15. 

Mission
Meditation and related topics. Programs consist of presentations by meditators, therapists, psychologists, teachers and practitioners of a wide variety of alternative healing methods and of healthy practices such as yoga, qigong, tai chi and reiki. Most of the presenters are local but occasionally the group hears from a visiting Zen priest or Vipassana teacher.

Would you or someone you know like to address our group after meditation? We're interested in a wide range of subjects that you think might be relevant to people who meditate.  Contact Nancy James @nancyjames@embarqmail.com
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