Monday, October 29, 2018

Found a supportive community for my spiritual journey

Over the last three weekends, I have participated in the Sunday morning Meditation Services at the Boulder County Meditation Circle (BCMC) every weekend. 

BCMC is composed of members and friends of Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF), the worldwide spiritual organization founded by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1920. BCMC provides silent meditation services and Reading services every Sunday morning and special commemoration services throughout the year. BCMC functions as a conduit to the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda for any interested seekers. 

The SRF-affiliated meditation circle of Boulder County could have been located anywhere in the 740 square miles area of Boulder County. It is my good fortune that it happens to be just a 20-minute walk away from my home. 😆🙏

BCMC's Sunday Meditation service usually consists of the following components:
  • 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM - Silent Meditation Practice.
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Reading Service (Reading from Paramahansa Yogananda's writings & his interpretations of passages from the Bible and Bhagavad Gita).

There were only 5-6 people at these services each time I was there. The small turnout is probably for the best when the focus is on meditation and communing with God. I have been able to sit quietly through the silent meditation service with a distracted mind for the most part. I am hoping that with regular practice through my participation at BCMC meditation services as well as daily meditation practice at home, I will be able to meditate deeply for longer and longer periods of time. 

I think it is fortunate for me that the path to spiritual enlightenment as well that of combating tumor recurrence goes through intense and deep meditation. 🙏🙏

Here is the full story of how I came to be here: 
The tumor recurrence in June and the resultant craniotomy in July started me off on a journey to figure out what else I should be doing to combat tumor recurrence in the future. That journey took me through many books including Autobiography of a Yogi. Reading Paramahansa Yogananda's autobiography turned my mind upside down and inside out. I discovered SRF from the book, and the SRF website told me about the Boulder County Meditation Circle

Pleasantly surprised to see the location is very close to my home. Makes it easy for me to commit to being a regular active member of BCMC going forward.

Here is the message SRF President Brother Chidananda shared with all the SRF members a few days ago. Sharing it here as I think it can be helpful to many:


Those interested in finding an SRF-affiliated meditation circle/center, please search at https://members.yogananda-srf.org/CenterSearch/SearchMap.aspx

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