Personal Wellbeing 

“If only everybody could realize this! But it cannot be explained. There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.” – Thomas Merton

 

Each of us has an inner radiance. Jesus referred to it as “the kingdom within.” St. John described it as “abundant life.” St. Paul spoke of it as “the mind of Christ.” Meister Eckhart explained it as a “peaceful heart.” Teresa of Avila depicted it as an “interior castle made of a single diamond…in which there are many rooms.”

 

Though our inner essence is “shining like the sun,” ignorance and mental clutter often obstruct its radiance. These knots in the mind breed personal misery and often generate the suffering we inflict upon others.  

 

Meditation is a spiritual practice, thousands of years old, which has been shown to be effective in quieting the mind and cultivating the capacity for concentration, presence and awareness. Helping to purify the mind of hindrances which block our inner radiance, meditation can open an individual to their deepest nature. The insights that arise from these contemplative states can initiate a personal transformation that alters our way of being in the world and helps us realize that we “are all walking around shining like the sun.” 

 

The Earth & Spirit Center offers meditation classes designed to initiate participants into a deep, loving relationship with the God. Through step-by-step guidance, participants become familiar with the inner world of the mind and emotions as they move toward the innermost experience of Spirit. 

Free Intro to Meditation Workshop

Free Intro to Meditation Workshop
This Free 60-minute workshop offers a basic introduction to theory and practice of mindfulness meditation. CEOs, attorneys, healthcare professionals, educators, and the military are paying attention. The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Time Magazine are putting it on the front page. Modern science is learning that the ancient spiritual practice of meditation is relevant to addressing complex modern problems. - Learn More

Benefits of Mindfulness

Benefits of Mindfulness
Mindfulness has become tremendously popular because of rigorous scientific research demonstrating its many benefits. - Learn More

Med 1 - Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

Med 1 - Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation
10-week Beginning Meditation classes are offered every fall and winter/spring. - Learn More

Med 2 - Path to Inner Freedom

Med 2 - Path to Inner Freedom
Meditation 2 - Path to Inner Freedom - Learn More

Med 3 - Embracing the Life We Are Given

Med 3 - Embracing the Life We Are Given
This course is for meditators who want to probe essential spiritual questions. - Learn More

Med 4 - Opening the Heart & Nurturing Compassion

Med 4 - Opening the Heart & Nurturing Compassion
This course explores the methods of meditation for cultivating compassion, loving-kindness, and empathy that enable us to be agents of healing in a wounded world. - Learn More

Med 5 - Continuing Meditation

Med 5 - Continuing Meditation
This class illuminates a simple and accessible path to finding inner peace and bringing peace into your relationships. - Learn More

Cultivating Feminine Wisdom

Cultivating Feminine Wisdom
Cultivating Feminine Wisdom - Learn More

Basic Mindfulness for Stress Resilience

Basic Mindfulness for Stress Resilience
This four-week course provides a basic introduction to mindfulness and meditation, based on the Koru Mindfulness program developed at Duke University for emerging adults by psychiatrists Holly Rogers, MD and Margaret Maytan, MD. - Learn More

Mindfulness Workshop for Kids and Parents

Mindfulness Workshop for Kids and Parents
Back to School Mindfulness Workshop for Kids and Parents - Learn More

The Gift of Aging

This four-session series will explore various cultural settings with their approaches to aging, expectations from family and friends, fears and apprehension that commonly arise, and some of the many ways we have of holding aging at a distance, even as its call persists. - Learn More

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program designed to help find peace of mind, learn to cope, and wake up to life. This challenging and rewarding experience combines comprehensive training in mindfulness meditation with mindful movement and lifestyle practices. - Learn More

Mindfulness Meditation Training Program

Mindfulness Meditation Training Program
Mindfulness Meditation Training Program - Learn More

Meditation - Summer School

Meditation - Summer School
The summer meditation school program offers systematic instruction and a supportive community to help sustain a personal practice of meditation. - Learn More

Mindfulness Based Healthy Relationships

Mindfulness Based Healthy Relationships
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program designed to help find peace of mind, learn to cope, and wake up to life. This challenging and rewarding experience combines comprehensive training in mindfulness meditation with mindful movement and lifestyle practices. - Learn More

Integral Spirituality Course

Integral Spirituality Course
This course employs the work of Ken Wilber to offer a multidimensional perspective on how meditation enhances the evolution of consciousness and personal transformation. - Learn More

Monthly Interfaith Meditation

First Saturday Silent Sitting
On the first Saturday of each month, this interfaith gathering offers contemplative support for meditators of all traditions. Each session includes brief meditation instruction and longer periods of silent sitting, interspersed with opportunities for walking meditation. - Learn More

Monthly Meditation Support

Monthly Meditation Support
On the third Saturday of each month, this interfaith gathering offers contemplative support for meditators of all traditions. - Learn More

Enneagram Part I - Introduction to the Enneagram

Introduction to Enneagram
This workshop presents the Enneagram as a tool of self-discovery and an aid to spiritual growth. It will introduce participants to the nine personality types described by the Enneagram – offering a detailed explanation of how each type thinks, feels and relates to others. - Learn More

Mindfulness Training for Educators

Mindfulness Training for Educators
This program offers basic training in mindfulness for teachers, counselors and school administrators who work with students of all ages. - Learn More

Contemplative Men's Group

Contemplative Men's Group
This course is for meditators who want to probe essential spiritual questions. - Learn More

Spiritual Guidance Community

Spiritual Guidance Community
Are you looking to deepen your spiritual path and understanding? - Learn More

Mindfulness Mentors

Mindfulness Mentors
Mindfulness Mentors share mindfulness practices with Louisville’s underserved communities and support networks. - Learn More