Afternoon Nature Meditations
Guided by Rev. Kelly Dignan
Mondays and Wednesdays 4:30 - 5:00 pm Mountain Time
No meditation February 7, 9, 14, 16
Join with others for a meditation to get grounded, centered in your body and connected to the natural world and all its healing properties. Kelly uses guided visualization to lead you on a journey to a natural setting. Forests, clearings, ponds, ocean beaches are some of the settings we visit in our spiritual imaginations. Once there, we feel the power and energy of earth, sky, elements, animal and plant worlds. We invite that healing power to move over and through our energy bodies (chakras). The circle we create together is sacred and confidential. You'll be invited to name any concerns for yourself and the world so we can shower them with love and the energy of nature. Then you'll be invited to name what brings you joy. There's never any pressure to share. We end with gratitude.
Many people come regularly. Others pop in and out. All are welcome; invite your friends. If you can contribute, voluntary offerings are appreciated and can be made here. Most people send something at the beginning of each month.
Missed it? You can listen to some recordings here.
Also, we honor the seasons of the year with a special meditation marking each one (on or around the dates below):
Winter Solstice - December 21
Spring Equinox - March 21
Summer Solstice - June 21
Autumn Equinox - September 21
There are four other dates to celebrate the natural world. On or near these dates, Kelly describes the celebration, and we honor the time of year.
This started as a two week experiment in March 2020 as we "sheltered in place" due to COVID-19. It's working, so we continue on. I'll provide updates here, on Facebook and through email if anything changes. To follow me on Facebook, click here or search for Kelly Groves Dignan. There may come a time when I'll need to give you a password for Zoom. That means I'll need your email address.
So please subscribe here to receive those emails.
If I can support you in any other ways, let me know. Much love, Kelly
Here's how to use Zoom:
If you are an Apple user, download the Zoom app to your phone or iPad.
You don't have to create an account. Just download the app; the link is here.
For Android phones and tablets, here's the app.
Then from your phone or tablet, click on this link:
The app will open up.
This link has a password embedded in it. But if it prompts you for a password, use: meditation
If you use Chrome as your browser, you don't even need the app. You can just click the Zoom link.
You can choose to have the video on or off. Once we get started, I'll invite you to mute yourself. Then when it's time to share, I'll invite you to unmute yourself. Please silence your phones and watches, and try to limit any background noise (you'd be surprised how loudly things come across the microphones when we're unmuted!) It is best if you use head sets to avoid that background noise, too.
I'm excited to be one of eleven Reiki meditation leaders to bring this 21 days of rest and renewal to you!
In a nutshell, Reiki is the practice of connecting to Universal Life Force Energy which is the energy of harmony, unconditional love and healing. ‘Rei’ represents the Universe, Higher Intelligence, the Divine, the power that guides us. ‘Ki’ means vital life energy. This energy is always working for good; there are no negative effects.
Reiki is a spiritual practice that can be added to your current meditation practices or become your primary practice. It is from Japanese descent and has been passed down through a lineage starting with Dr. Mikao Usui with the intention that it be shared. I was trained in and honor that lineage.
I became interested in Reiki when I realized that my spiritual life had become mind-based. I was analyzing everything and often perseverating over events and relationships. This doesn't mean I’ve turned off my mind or don’t have moments of stressful thought patterns now. And I don't use Reiki to spiritually bypass issues that are alive for me. It’s just that with Reiki, I can hear my inner wisdom and connect to my essence more fully. I can feel Universal Life Force Energy surrounding, supporting and guiding me. I also notice that my centeredness and inner peace is shared with the people and the world around me, simply by the way I show up if I'm connected to Universal Life Force Energy.
If I try to analyze Reiki, I don’t get very far. The best way to know Reiki is to experience it, practice it, be curious about it, and open to the power of it. In this 21 days, you can do just that!
Learn more and sign up here for the 21 Day Restful Reiki Renewal.
And if you want to learn even more, I'll be co-leading a workshop in March, 2022.
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