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May your New Year be filled with the joy of selflessly giving and receiving Love!
Sofia's Gifts

The Tao Te Ching by Lao-tzu
     Stephen Mitchell, trans., chapt. 54
       (I think of the Tao as the Way of Love - Lawrence)

Whoever is planted in the Tao
will not be rooted up.
Whoever embraces the Tao
will not slip away.
Her name will be held in honor
from generation to generation.

Let the Tao be present in your life
and you will become genuine.
Let it be present in your family
an your family will flourish.
Let it be present in your country
and your country will be an example
to all countries in the world.
Let it be present in the universe
and the universe will sing.

How do I know this is true?
By looking inside myself.
Jai Kali Ma!

New Year Contemplation

Beginnings require preparation, heightened awareness, and loving attention.
The more significant the endeavor the more of these we must bring to the moment.

May you bring the full power of your heart, mind, body and spirit
    to the start of the New Year
    to this day
    to this hour
    to this moment!
    Right here, right now!

Remember that loving attention is the most valuable energy resource in the world.  Without attention nothing flourishes.  Without loving caring attention life withers and dies.

What do you truly love?  
What do you truly value?
What are you whole-heartedly committed to?
How much time and attention do you give each day to what you profess to value?

Globally, huge energies of transformation are stirring as people awaken to our interdependence with all people, creatures, plants – the entire web of life on our planet.

The old evolutionary paradigm of survival of the individual ensuring the survival of the species is collapsing.

We need to give our loving attention to the care of ALL.
There is no us vs them.  Our evolutionary challenge now is to evolve to an all-inclusive WE.

We can and will transform social and economic structures to serve the promotion of our loving care for ALL.

We can and will act to disempower those who seek domination, exploitation and control for amassing obscene levels of wealth and power.  Such people suffer a pathology that inflicts suffering on billions of people and countless living things.  Why seek to emulate them or hold them up as examples of good leadership?  The shadow side of the power drive in individuals, corporations, groups and nations needs to be illuminated, confronted, restrained and transformed.

In this moment, in this new beginning, commit your loving attention to your highest calling!

Bring your spiritual practices into every moment for the relief of suffering of ALL.

We are evolving peaceful warriors on a mission to bring loving care to All! Entire nations are waking up and showing the way with empowered women as true leaders!

Spiritual practice now includes awakened political, economic and ecological practices.  

Your awakened soul has tremendous power!  
The power of Loving Attention is yours!
Use it to assist in the relief of suffering for ALL life here and now!


Lawrence Edwards
Living Meditation: Deepening & Integrating Practices

Spring Meditation Retreat Led By Lawrence Edwards, PhD - March 20-22, 2020
Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY. 

Living Meditation will take you into the rich meditative practices and teachings found at the most profound levels of the great spiritual traditions.  This is where the ultimate state of non-dual awareness unfolds in all its ecstatic glory!  During this retreat you will learn to deepen and integrate meditation into everyday life, opening the mind and heart to the boundless love, joy and expanded consciousness of one's true nature. Living Meditation uplifts our home life, work, health and all that we engage in. Meditation begins as a set of practices and then the transformative power of meditation becomes apparent. We shed old conditioned patterns of mind that have us stuck.  The transformative processes of meditation develop and ripen, opening the boundless domain of the state of Living Meditation, also known as sahaja samadhi, in which the waking, dream and deep sleep states are illumined and transformed.  In this retreat you will learn how to deepen your practices, further empower the transformative process of meditation and discover the state of radical freedom, the state of Living Meditation.  This is the state of the Living Presence that already exists within you as your true nature.  Some call this their Buddha nature, or their Christ nature, or their Divine Self. Whatever we call it, it is beyond words, beyond the mind, yet at the very heart of our Being.  Come to know your state of radical freedom, come to know the living presence of the divine within.

The retreat will include instruction for all levels of practitioners.  We will dive into meditation, chanting, mantra, contemplations and integrative practices for bringing it all home. Discussions and Q&A time will help to further integrate the practices.  All the classic forms of Shaktipat Diksha are incorporated in the retreat and pass the living flame of Kundalini Shakti to everyone wanting to receive it.Give yourself this weekend retreat to joyfully deepen your meditation practice and immersion in the Divine. 

Program Fee: $230, plus Garrison Institute's accommodations fees. Visit the registration page for details.
Join us for a wonderful Spring weekend on the banks of the Hudson River!
Click here for more information and registration.  Space is limited, please register early.


Dear Friends,

May the New Year unfold for you the grace-filled gifts the Divine bestows moment by moment!

As we begin a new year and a new decade I want to give special thanks to all of you for your loving support. Because of your generous gifts we are entering our 19th year of serving meditators and seekers around the world.  Our mission at Anam Cara is to make meditation training freely available to everyone and to support people in their ongoing meditation practices. Given the state of turmoil in the world it is especially important that we have an inner state of calm centeredness that empowers us to bring wisdom, compassion and transformation into the world. 

We make meditation training available through free weekly programs, our website, retreats, courses, and this e-newsletter. We're looking forward to our annual Spring retreat at the Garrison Institute.  I hope you can join us for this joyous meditation retreat and delight in the blossoming of Spring on the majestic Hudson River!

The free weekly Thursday evening meditation programs are open to everyone, nothing to join, no registration needed, just come!  Please note that our Thursday night program will not be held on Dec. 26th. If a program is cancelled due to weather or other circumstances there will always be a cancellation announcement on our phone service - 914-219-8600.

As a non-profit educational organization we are grateful for the support of participants and donors whose generosity makes all this possible. I deeply appreciate the many ways people help us to fulfill our mission, including sharing this newsletter with others and telling people about our programs.  It's a privilege for me to serve the Anam Cara community.  Please contact me,, if you have anything you would like to share with me. 

With love and respect for all,

Lawrence Edwards, PhD - Founder & Director
Anam Cara Meditation Foundation

Weekly Meditation Program
Thursday Evenings  7:15-8:45pm
Anam Cara Meditation Center
2 Byram Brook Pl., Armonk, NY 10504
Open to everyone.  The program includes meditation instruction, chanting and silent meditation. Click here for more information.
Meditation Resources:
  • Free written and guided meditation recordings from Anam Cara Meditation.  Click here.
  • Meditation, Mantra and Kundalini resources from Lawrence.  Click here.
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