Beginning Wednesday, September 12 St. John’s will offer a midweek spoken service of Holy Eucharist Rite II at noon as we did last year. This simple service provides a wonderful way to sanctify the middle of your week and to reflect on the pattern of life of many of the great saints of the near and distant past. Gather with us in the chancel area for this simple service.
Meditation for Optimal Performance
Wednesdays in October, from 7-8:15 pm; Sherwood Room
You are invited to a meditation class where you will learn and practice relaxation, breathing, visualization and concentration techniques.
Relaxation and breathing exercises increase your level of energy and vitality by allowing your body to restore and rejuvenate itself. It has been medically proven that fifteen minutes of relaxation a day increases the hemoglobin (oxygen) count in the blood, as well as increasing our resistance to disease. You will also learn how to reduce critical self-talk, and change bad brain habits into positive ones.
Whatever your activities – golf, tennis, singing, entertaining, writing, public speaking, teaching – the visualization exercises you learn will help you perform the way you have always wanted to. By developing the ability to calm your body, mind and emotions, you will also reach deeper states of intuition, insight, creativity and spiritual awareness.
Integrating and practicing these techniques regularly will bring you to a consistent state of well-being that will expand your life in meaningful and optimal ways. The experience and knowledge you gain will be at your command to use whenever you wish.
Instructor: Irene Gubrud Finch
Irene Gubrud, soprano, a winner of the International Naumburg Voice Competition, has sung with all the major American orchestras, and given recitals at the Lincoln and Kennedy Centers as well as touring throughout the United States. George Crumb wrote "Star-Child" for her which she premiered with the New York Philharmonic. She was Artist-Faculty at the Aspen Music Festival and School for 31 years, and is now artist-faculty emeritus. A voice and meditation teacher, she co-founded with her husband, Steve Finch (St. John’s Director of Music), Sound-Mind Connections, a program based on the neuroplasticity of the brain that teaches how music and sound can be used to rewire the brain and help to maintain high levels of cognitive function throughout life.