Interfaith and Spiritual Exploration Center Calendar

Interfaith and Spiritual Exploration Center Calendar

Spring 2019 Meditation Offerings

  Spring Meditation Offerings at the Evergreen Interfaith and Spiritual Exploration Center
 Through the offerings of meditation and contemplative practice, the Interfaith and Spiritual Exploration Center assists students, staff and faculty to connect with their individual spiritual identity and to mobilize the heart’s will to create a more peaceful, interconnected world. These gatherings aim to provide an opportunity for all to become more centered and aligned within themselves, within the community, nation, world, and universe. 
All levels of experience and interest are welcome to attend. 

 Please contact Isha Strasser at for more information.

Mondays at Noon

Compassion Meditation Practice — 45 minutes 

Building upon the work last semester, this guided meditation practice cultivates radiance of heart and mind, develops loving-kindness toward the self and others, mobilizes the energy of light and love as a force of good in the world. 

Tuesdays at 1PM

Silent Meditation — 45 minutes 
This dynamic approach to stillness can be used for a range of possibilities: from relaxation to connecting with a higher self. All are welcome to enjoy the silence of group meditation with little external guidance and room to explore your own spiritual identity. 

Thursdays at 5:30PM

Relax and Align: Unwinding Stress to Cultivate Peace — 60 minutes 
Through a series of gentle stretches, mindful breathing exercises, and visualization, this class utilizes the postures of restorative yoga to create a balanced internal state of being. By interrupting patterns stress, Relax and Align will provide ongoing practical tools that may be utilized anytime to induce internal peace and wellbeing. 
Meditation/Inspirational Quotes 

“Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.” 

—Teilhard de Chardin 

“Rabbi Jonathan Sachs talks about love as justice. Love can’t simply be a feeling in our hearts. It has to be translated into action. ... [Love as justice] means celebrating the rich diversity of human spirituality.” 

—Rabbi Rachel S. Mikva, Herman Schaalman Chair in Jewish Studies 

“We have to look at people as spiritual beings and see no strangeness in others. We have to see in everyone the attributes of the Creator. The time in humanity’s development is for this love and inclusion. It is not the time for separateness.” 

—S. Valerie Dana, National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahai’s of the US 

“There are many differences between one religion or faith and another, yet if we look at the real purpose behind the different philosophies, teachings and methods, we find it is actually the same. All teachings offer advice on becoming a good human being, on the need to live one’s daily life in the right way, and the need to practise love...Far from being a difficulty, the fact there are different philosophies and religions is particularly useful since people themselves have different mental dispositions.” 

—Dalai Lama 

“God is Love – three words which open up an unending realm for the thinker who desires to probe the depths of the secret of life.” 

—Hazrat Inayat Khan 

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” 

—Martin Luther King Jr. 

“Syrian monk, Isaac of Niniveh: Many are avidly seeking but they alone find who remain in continual silence. …If you love truth, be a lover of silence. Silence will unite you to God himself... In the beginning we have to force ourselves to be silent. But then there is born something that draws us to silence...If only you practice this, untold light will dawn on you in consequence….” 

—Thomas Merton, Contemplative Prayer