The Monday Morning Meditation Meeting is focused around Sufi explorations, study and practice.
It is open to anyone who would like to participate, no experience necessary.
We begin at 9:30 AM with a brief reflection about the previous week’s meditation and how it may (or may not) have kept us company over a 7 day stretch.
Then we have a few minutes of silent meditation followed by a recitation of Al-Fatiha, the opening prayer, in Arabic (I bring printed copies so everyone can try it on, as you wish).
Then we have a few more minutes of silent meditation.
We read one chapter from the Sufi Book of Life, written (or compiled, may be more accurate) by Saadi Neil Douglas-Klotz. Each chapter focuses on one of the 99 Beautiful Names of God from a Sufi perspective including stories, poems, sayings of a wide variety of Sufi teachers, saints, prophets…
After reading the chapter, we recite the week’s name of God 99 times.
Each chapter includes a suggested meditation to invite a deeper experience of the name… we often adapt (or completely re-write) the meditation for our purposes, but we like having Saadi’s suggestions.
After we work with a meditation practice, we recite the name 99 more times and then rest in silence for several minutes.
We close the morning practice reciting the prayer Katum, as given by Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan.
Our gathering ends around 10:30 AM.
Feel free to drop in and give it a try.