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Anam Cara Meditation Foundation
         Nourishing meditators since 2001
  • Weekly Zoom meditation group! Links to our new YouTube channel, Chants & Mantras and Heart Sutra chanting sheets
  • Sophia's Gifts - Wisdom from around the world.
  • Living Meditation Retreat - postponed to Oct 30-Nov1
  • Meditation Resources
  • Like us on Facebook! Click here.
Thursday Evening Virtual Meditation Sessions

We've shifted our free Thursday night meditation program to Zoom in order to continue safely supporting people in their meditation practices and to offer a calm center in the midst of the turmoil that we are facing.  From now on our extended sangha, which spans the world, will be able to join us in the loving heart of meditation, which envelops us all, regardless of what continent we're on. We've had friends joining us from Australia, Canada and around the US.  Our European friends haven't been able to join in since it is a live event and occurs in the middle of the night there. Now we have the Anam Cara Meditation YouTube channel with video recordings of past meditation programs that anyone can view anytime. Click HERE to go to the YouTube channel. 

We've made the sheet of Chants & Mantras, along with the Bhagavati Maha Prajna Paramita Hrdaya Sutra (Heart Sutra), which we chant on the 4th Thursday of each month, available on the Anam Cara Meditation Foundation website.  Click HERE to go to that page, scroll down and you'll see the downloadable guided meditation audio files and the chanting documents.  
When we're able to resume our weekly meditation programs at our center in Armonk, NY, we will continue to use Zoom to support those who can't attend in person.  I look forward to hearing how this works for you and any suggestions you might have for improving things.  You are welcome to email questions, comments or greetings that we can share in the program.  This will be a recurring meeting for Thursday night meditation at 7:15pm New York time.

Zoom audio with the chanting works best through a computer with speakers or headphones. It will work with smart phones, but the music components of the program suffer.

Join Zoom Meeting: use this link Thursday evenings. 

Topic: Anam Cara Meditation
Time: Mar 26, 2020 07:15 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
        Every week on Thursday at 07:15 PM
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 665 891 390

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Anam Cara is a 501 C 3 nonprofit and we depend on your generous support for putting on our meditation programs.  Though we won't be meeting at our center, our rent and other expenses continue. If you can make a donation to support our mission to make meditation available to everyone please use this link: 
For the benefit of all our loved ones and all we care about, we need to be fully present in the moment.  The fear driven mind so easily drags our attention into its imagined past or future, diminishing our power in the present moment.  Through meditation we empower ourselves to be fully present, clear, awake and aware with our capabilities and skills available to support us acting skillfully and compassionately, here and now. Plus, meditation boosts our immune system!  Let's strengthen our meditation practices together! 
Yours in love and service,
Sofia's Gifts

The Drop That Became The Sea: Lyric Poems of Yunus Emre
Kabir Helminski and Refik Algan, trans., p.80

Oh disciple of love, open your eyes,
look to the face of the land.
See these subtle plants, how their flowering passes.

With such care they grow toward the Friend -
ask them what goal they have in mind.

Each flower has a thousand ways it flirts with Truth.
Every bird with its song is remembering the One.

They praise Her Ability, Her Presence in every detail,
yes, and as they see the shortness of life, they pale.

Each day their color changes,
until they fall to the ground.
This is a teaching for the wise to understand.

Your coming doesn't lead anywhere.
Your laughter isn't funny.
Your only destination is death,
if you haven't learned to love.

Yunus, forget about talking,
take your hand off your self.  What can you do?
Not a single thing, good or bad, is apart from God.

Living Meditation: Deepening & Integrating Practices

Spring Meditation Retreat Led By Lawrence Edwards, PhD has been postponed to Oct 30 - Nov 1, 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. 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. 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 autumn weekend on the banks of the Hudson River!
Click here for more information and registration. 
Space is limited, please register early.


Dear Friends,

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. Because of your generous gifts we are in our 19th year of serving meditators and seekers around the world.

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

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  7:15-8:30pm
Online Anam Cara Meditation Center
For the next several weeks we will have a virtual meditation group via Zoom.
Everyone is welcome.  This is a recurring meeting for Thursday night meditation starting at 7:15pm New York time.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 665 891 390

Download Chants & Mantras and the Heart Sutra HERE.
If you have any questions please email
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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