Sarah McLean, the co-founder and lead meditation teacher at Montecito Meditation, which opened its doors just last summer, is embodying her McLean Meditation Institute’s motto of “sowing the seeds of peace” by offering free meditation over Zoom four times a day. “(It’s important to) take care of your nervous system and find more calmness during this difficult time.”
That’s why McLean – who first learned about meditation while training in the U.S. Army as a Behavioral Specialist learning to help soldiers address PTSD and later studied mind-body health with Dr. Deepak Chopra, eventually becoming the Program Director for the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, and then going on to found her own institute – is leading the free 30-minute sessions at 7 am, 9 am, 12 noon, and 4 pm daily designed to help participants find sanity, balance, and wellbeing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual gatherings, which began back on March 25, are accessible via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/9282040067 (password: peace) or by phone by dialing (408) 638-0968 or (646) 876-9923 and using the Meeting ID 9282040067. Visit www.facebook.com/events/153241605936080 for updates.
Summerland-based Energy Reader Vickie Luna is leading free weekly energy healing meditation/sound healing sessions streaming live on her Facebook page and YouTube channel every Sunday afternoon. “Energy is contagious, and the more people we have sending love and light into the world the faster we can make a miracle happen,” reads the invite on Facebook. “As more of us stay centered and focus on love the better off the whole world will be.” To that end, any and all are invited to find a quiet, comfortable place where they can be relaxed and ready to spread love into the world at 4 pm each Friday for the one-hour sessions. She’s also hosting an April New Moon Ceremony to set new intentions for the month ahead from 4-5:30 pm on Wednesday, April 22 ($50), and a four-week “Expand Your Intuition” course, to learn how to read energy by “unlocking your magic and opening your third eye, learning to read energy, practicing psychometry, learning how to use tools, and playing fun energy games.” Participants will be able to give mini-readings by the end of the course, which runs Thursdays, April 23-May 14, and costs $375, the invite suggests. Visit www.facebook.com/EnergyReader.
Sudama Mark Kennedy has been invited by the Healing Collective/Wellnet organization to offer weekly healing journey meditations, slated for every Tuesday at 4:30-5:30 pm. The format is a guided intuitive meditation journey – which Santa Barbara-based Sudama calls “a magic carpet ride” – followed by individual and group healing transmissions. The meditations will be slightly different each week, he said, but will go really deep every time and are perfect for self-nurturing and immune system boosting. Each week a batch of free tickets are made available, and when those are gone, admission costs $4.44 for early birds or $7.77 closer to the event. Visit www.universe.com.
The Inner Engineering Meetup from the Isha Foundation is inviting everyone aged 12 and older to invoke a measure of calming reassurance into their lives by beginning a daily meditation practice that takes just 12-15 minutes. In a one-hour session at 6 pm Wednesday, April 22, participants will learn Isha Kriya, a simple 12- to 18-minute practice to help you to become meditative effortlessly. Designed by Sadhguru, a realized yogi and a foremost authority in the field of yoga, Isha Kriya does not require any previous experience with meditation and can be done sitting in a chair. The sessions will be conducted by a trained instructor and online support will also be available at the end. Isha Foundation is also offering a number of powerful Yoga and Meditation tools that can be accessed at any time online for free at www.innerengineering.com/free-yoga-and-meditation. RSVP at www.innerengineering.com/webinar/meditation-for-beginners.