Welcome to our Mediation Circle

The Awakened Heart Meditation Circle meets each Wednesday evening from 6:00pm to 6:30pm at the Buzz Ware Village Center. 

We conduct weekly meditation sessions led by a variety of facilitators which explore an array of meditation techniques, styles and topics. 

All are welcome, regardless of prior meditation experience or practice. A Love Offering in greatly apprecated, but not necessary. Thank You!

Our Meditation Circle is on MeetUp. You are welcome to join us there via our Awakened Heart MeetUp page.

Wednesday Evening Meditation Circle

"Gaia and Guac"  
With Mike Berheide, RScP

Wednesday, May 31, 2023
6:00pm to 6:30pm
The Buzz Ware Village Center
2119 The Hwy, Arden, DE 19810

Come join with Mike Berheide, RScP this Wednesday, May 31st, in a visualization meditation of Mother Gaia's crystalline energies entwining with nature and cosmic, honey, golden light!

Float in an expanding sphere of awareness as our bodies and souls journey with a host of earthly and heavenly companions across the universe and beyond....!

Then relax in a beautiful post-meditation atmosphere of community sharing and some of Mike's amazing home-made guacamole! 

All are welcome to the meditation circle, regardless of meditation experience.

A love offering is greatly appreciated! Thank You!

Wednesday Evening Meditation Circle

"Meeting Your Unique Spiritual Guide" 
With Peggy Bradley

6:00pm to 6:30pm
The Buzz Ware Village Center
2119 The Highway Arden, DE 19810

Wednesday evening, May 3, Peggy Bradley invites you to join our Meditation Circle for a half-hour of calming centering and quietude. Spirit is abundantly present at all times in all places and Guides are available along our spiritual journey to enlighten the way.

Our theme will focus on creating the space to encounter your unique spiritual guide.

Here is the lovely guided meditation Peggy selected for our circle: "Meet Your Spirit Guides".

Poetry Quotes From  Whitman, Emerson & Shelley

On the Miracle of Spring
from our Poetry & Sound Meditation 4-30-23

"Why, who makes much of a miracle?
As to me I know of nothing else but miracles,
Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan,
Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky,
Or wade with naked feet along the beach just in the edge of the water,
Or stand under trees in the woods,
Or talk by day with any one I love, or sleep in the bed at night with any one I love,
Or sit at table at dinner with the rest,
Or look at strangers opposite me riding in the car,
Or watch honey-bees busy around the hive of a summer forenoon,
Or animals feeding in the fields,
Or birds, or the wonderfulness of insects in the air,
Or the wonderfulness of the sundown, or of stars shining so quiet and bright,
Or the exquisite delicate thin curve of the new moon in spring;
These with the rest, one and all, are to me miracles,
The whole referring, yet each distinct and in its place.

To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle,
Every cubic inch of space is a miracle,
Every square yard of the surface of the earth is spread with the same,
Every foot of the interior swarms with the same.

To me the sea is a continual miracle,
The fishes that swim—the rocks—the motion of the waves—the ships with men in them,
What stranger miracles are there?”
~Walt Whitman

Spring Prayer
“For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!

For blue of stream and blue of sky;
For pleasant shade of branches high;
For fragrant air and cooling breeze;
For beauty of the blooming trees,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

From "May-Day"
...“The world rolls around, - mistrust it not,
- Befalls again what once befell;
All things return, both sphere and mote,
And I shall hear my bluebird’s note,
And dream the dream of Auburn dell.
April cold with dropping rain,
Willows and lilacs brings again,
The whistle of returning birds,
And trumpet-lowering of the herds.
The scarlet maple-keys betray
What potent blood hath modest May,

What fiery force the earth renews,
The wealth of forms, the flush of hues;
What joy in rosy waves out-poured
Flows from the heart of Love, the Lord.
Hither rolls the storm of heat;
I feel its finer billows beat
Like a sea which me infolds;
Heat with viewless fingers molds,
Swells, and mellows, and matures,
Paints, and flavors, and allures,
Bird and brier inly warms,
Still enriches and transforms,
Gives the reed and lily length,
Adds to oak and oxen strength.
Transforming what it doth infold,
Life out of death, new out of old,
Painting fawn’s and leopard’s fells,
Seethes the gulf-encrimsoning shells,
Fires gardens with a joyful blaze
Of tulips, in the morning’s rays.
The dead log touched bursts into leaf,
The wheat blade whispers of the sheaf.

What god is this imperial Heat,
Earth’s prime secret, sculptures seat?
Doth it bear hidden in its heart
Water-line patterns of all art?
Is it Daedalus? Is it Love?
Or walks in mask almighty Jove,
And drops from Power’s redundant horn
All seeds of beauty to be born?...”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

To a Skylark
Hail to thee, blithe Spirit!
Bird thou never wert,
That from Heaven, or near it,
Pourest thy full heart
In profuse strains of unpremeditated art.

Higher still and higher
From the earth thou springest
Like a cloud of fire;
The blue deep thou wingest,
And singing still dost soar,
and soaring ever singest.

In the golden lightning
Of the sunken sun,
O’er which clouds are bright’ning,
Thou dost float and run;
Like an unbodied joy
whose race is just begun.

The pale purple even
Melts around thy flight;
Like a star of Heaven,
In the broad day-light
Thou art unseen, but yet
I hear thy shrill delight,

Keen as are the arrows
Of that silver sphere,
Whose intense lamp narrows
In the white dawn clear
Until we hardly see,
we feel that it is there.

All the earth and air
With thy voice is loud,
As, when night is bare,
From one lonely cloud
The moon rains out her beams,
and Heaven is overflow’d.

What thou art we know not;
What is most like thee?
From rainbow clouds there flow not
Drops so bright to see
As from thy presence
showers a rain of melody.

Like a Poet hidden
In the light of thought,
Singing hymns unbidden,
Till the world is wrought
To sympathy with hopes and fears
it heeded not:

Like a high-born maiden
In a palace-tower,
Soothing her love-laden
Soul in secret hour
With music sweet as love,
which overflows her bower:

Like a glow-worm golden
In a dell of dew,
Scattering unbeholden
Its aereal hue
Among the flowers and grass,
which screen it from the view:

Like a rose embower’d
In its own green leaves,
By warm winds deflower’d,
Till the scent it gives
Makes faint with too much sweet
those heavy-winged thieves:

Sound of vernal showers
On the twinkling grass,
Rain-awaken’d flowers,
All that ever was Joyous, and clear,
and fresh, thy music doth surpass.

Teach us, Sprite or Bird,
What sweet thoughts are thine:
I have never heard
Praise of love or wine
That panted forth a flood
of rapture so divine.

Chorus Hymeneal,
Or triumphal chant,
Match’d with thine would be all
But an empty vaunt,
A thing wherein we feel
there is some hidden want.

What objects are the fountains
Of thy happy strain?
What fields, or waves, or mountains?
What shapes of sky or plain?
What love of thine own kind?
what ignorance of pain?
With thy clear keen joyance
Languor cannot be:

Shadow of annoyance
Never came near thee:
Thou lovest: 
but ne’er knew love’s sad satiety.
Waking or asleep,
Thou of death must deem
Things more true and deep
Than we mortals dream,
Or how could thy notes
flow in such a crystal stream?

We look before and after,
And pine for what is not:
Our sincerest laughter
With some pain is fraught;
Our sweetest songs are those
that tell of saddest thought.

Yet if we could scorn
Hate, and pride, and fear;
If we were things born
Not to shed a tear,
I know not how thy joy
we ever should come near.

Better than all measures
Of delightful sound,
Better than all treasures
That in books are found,
Thy skill to poet were,
thou scorner of the ground!

Teach me half the gladness
That thy brain must know,
Such harmonious madness
From my lips would flow
The world should listen then,
as I am listening now."
~Percy Shelley

Quotes From Emerson

"“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson 

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To get up each morning with the resolve to be happy is to set your own conditions to the events of each day. To do this is to condition circumstances instead of being conditioned by them.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson 

“This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great person is the one, who in the midst of the crowd, keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson 

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson 

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety. Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in. Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson 

“The good news is that the moment you decide that what you know is more important than what you have been taught to believe, you will have shifted gears in your quest for abundance. Success comes from within, not from without.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson 

“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday Evening Meditation Circle

"Finding Inner Stillness" 
With Dave Jones

Now the the holidays have wound down, now is a good time to give ourselves rest and quietude which can go a long way toward giving us a sense of restoration and well-being. Once we have entered into stillness of body and mind, what insights might emerge for us?

Join us this evening for a half-hour meditation with poetry, prose and a brief video about finding stillness within. Our meditation is open to all, regardless of meditation experience. Beginner and advanced alike are welcome. A love offering is always appreciated, but not necessary. Thank You!

You can view a video about finding stillness in the beauty of the seasons and in nature here.

Artwork by David Jones

Quotes about stillness from various authors

"Love works miracles in stillness."
~Herbert Read

"My heart is tuned to the quietness that the stillness of nature inspires."
~Hazrat Inayat Khan

"Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen - that stillness becomes a radiance." ~Morgan Freeman

"True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment."
~William Penn

"True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found."
~Eckhart Tolle

"Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness."
~Eckhart Tolle

Let us leave a little room for reflection in our lives, room too for silence. Let us look within ourselves and see whether there is some delightful hidden place inside where we can be free of noise and argument. Let us hear the Word of God in stillness and perhaps we will then come to understand it.
~St. Augustine

"The easiest and quickest way to reach the still point is in nature. There is a tremendous amount of stillness in the busyness of nature. If we can find the still point in nature, we can find it in our bodies. Our body is nature. The still point in nature is also the still point in us."
~ Donna Goddard

“Within you there is a stillness and sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself”
~Eckhart Tolle

Wednesday Evening Meditation Circle

"Finding Gold In The Autumn of Life" 
With Dave Jones

When contemplating the wheel of the year, autumn is often associated with the golden years of maturity, with a view to the advancing years of old age. The reality of aging is often seen as a specter to be feared and dreaded. A lot depends upon one's outlook and perspective on such matters. Aging is an inevitable reality, how we approach and interact with it is where we may have creative power.

Supported and inspired by nature's turning of the seasons, join us this evening as we reflect on the openings and challenges that aging presents and how we might more actively engage in choosing how we experience our later years.

In preparation for our meditation you may enjoy listening to Mary Anne Multer's presentation from our October 23 Celebration of Life service, which you can view  here

All are welcome to attend, no previous meditation experience necessary. A love offering is always welcome, but optional. Thank you!

Join us if you can, we would love to be with you!

Artwork by Autumn Skye @ autumnskyemorrison.com 

Wednesday Evening Meditation Circle

"Embodying Balance"
With Dave Jones

Wednesday Evening, September 28, 2022
6:00pm to 6:45pm - In person
The Buzz Ware Village Center
2119 The Highway, Arden, DE 19810

This evening we explore and embody the important concept of balance. As we move from the sign of Virgo into the sign of Libra, symbolized as a pair the scales, we find the perfect time to contemplate balance in many ways.

Join us as we use easy body movements and gentle mind exercises to explore and experience balance between light and dark, mind and heart, spirit and body, masculine and feminine, action and stillness, thinking and silence, structure and creativity, and work and play.

We conclude with a soothing and healing guided meditation "Libra October New Moon Meditation for Balance and Inner Peace", by Narayanjot Records.

Join us if you can, we would love to be with you! Love offering is greatly appreciated!

Artwork from Pinterest 

Wednesday Evening Meditation Circle

With Dave Jones

Wednesday Evening, September 14, 2022
6:00pm to 6:45pm - In person
The Buzz Ware Village Center
2119 The Highway, Arden, DE 19810

This evening, we continue our meditations upon the feminine energies or qualities within ourselves and within the universe. This feminine aspect is often associated with the moon in both ancient and modern natural philosophy.

From the Hindu tradition the moon is personified as the god Chandra, interestingly a male figure, but with feminine qualities. After a brief exploration of the mythology of Chandra we will relax into the deeply meditative and beautiful music of recording artist Sheila Chandra and associated musicians. Learn more about Sheila's music here.

Join us if you can, we would love to be with you! A love offering is greatly appreciated.

Artwork by "K.D." posted from Pinterest.

Wednesday Evening Meditation Circle

"The Sun In Virgo - Honoring the Divine Feminine"
With Dave Jones

This evening, join us as we honor the feminine principle, energy and life of Woman. Science of Mind philosophy teaches that both masculine and feminine energies, both cause and effect, seed and soil are required in order for the creative process to bring forth manifestation into the material world. Having reflected upon the masculine and solar energies of the summer Sun in Leo, we now turn to meditate upon the feminine and earthly energies of the Earth, as signified by the constellation of Virgo, the woman.

This is a time of fruitfulness, of harvest, of being fed and nurtured. It is a time of embodiment and of realization. Our meditation features the beautiful song celebrating womanhood, and of woman's connection and oneness with Mother Earth called "Rose", by Ayla Shafer. 

Artwork at right by Lori Menna

A Study of the construction of the playing surfaces of the Dayan and Bayan tabla drums shows, similar to crop circles, that the ratios in size of the Earth and the Moon are encoded with fairly precise dimensions. These two tabla images may not represent all tabla drums, but each of these photographed images do show the correct ratios fairly accurately. Symbolically then, could we say that when musicians play the tablas, with their ability to play both tempo and melody, the listeners are being Moonsung?

As the tablas appear to encode the ratio of Earth and Moon, we remember that the temple called Stonehenge also encodes these same ratios. Is it possible that what we see in the modern art of crafting tablas represents the preservation or transmission of an ancient  knowledge or wisdom tradition stretching back to the time of the the builders of the great stone circles and pyramids? Is it possible that the appearance of the sacred ratios of Earth and Moon encoded in both tablas and Stonehenge points to a common source of knowledge and tradition which weaves together both Celtic and Hindu cultures in the distant past? Of course what we see here could well just be a misinterpretation, a coincidence,  or even beyond the realm of rationality,

This unique image of The Fool from the tarot arcana,  by Erike Miranda, shows the fool (or sage) poised mid-way , between the realm of day and night, the sun and moon in the upper half of the image, and between the upper realm of air and fire and the lower realm of earth and water. The Fool can be seen to be a hero figure beginning his journey into the under world, or the realm of incarnation.

This image also can be interpreted from the standpoint of psychology as the exploration of the conscious and subconscious sides of ones self, or of the ego and shadow, the masculine and feminine or the thinking and feeling aspects of the psyche. 

The fool/sage is standing on a platform of  7 boards representing the seven principles of the Kybalion hermetic tradition and the 7 virtues or "VIRTUS". The first hermetic principle is: ""The All is Mind; The Universe is Mental." This principle forms the basis of the philosophy and teachings of the Science of Mind. This image may suggest that the sage is the metaphysician who stands between pattern and matter, cause and effect, thought and form, which again, are symbolized by the upper realm of spring/summer and the lower realm of autumn/winter and their associated elements.

The dog, which has  hold of the hem of the sages garment and which appears to be restraining him from stepping off the platform, may suggest that the sage should remain in a position of balance between the two realms and not plunge completely into the world of effect, thus suffering the amnesia that can attend the act of incarnation, whereby one forgets one's true Self. Notice the circular symbol above the sages head, possibly representing thought or mind which should participate in both realms simultaneously. 

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New Crop Circle @ Etchilhampton Hill, Nr Devizes, Wiltshire. Reported 24th July. Does this formation have any relationship to the mandala above? Let us see..

Some initial observations in mapping out this formation. Note especially the larger circle at the bottom of the triangle with the smaller circle inscribed within it based upon its center point.

Additional geometry in the form of eight hexagons is described and the ratios of several of the circles inside the formation are highlighted. Also the centerline (in red), representing an horizon, dividing the design into  equal upper and lower regions.

Having become familiar with the size ratios of the earth and moon from previous studies, I wondered if any of the circles in this formation encoded that ratio.

The blue and yellow circles from inside the formation were copied and placed tangentially to each other and superimposed on the graphic of the earth/moon and scaled up while maintaining their proper ratios. The result can be seen, a near perfect fit.

The earth moon ratio can be further applied by placing a "moon circle" inside the surrounding hexagons. Although not a technically perfect fit, it appears to be close enough to suggest that the hexagons could represent a lunar orbit around the earth, and we may as well include the 8 phases of the moon as seen in the mandala posted a couple of days ago, and inferring a time period of one month.

The smaller yellow circles in an arc can be seen as the moon traveling through the night sky from its rising on the eastern horizon to its setting on the western horizon inferring a time period of one night. This design thus mirrors the path of the sun, from sunrise to sunset, as seen in the mandala posted a couple of days ago.

The central circle appears to have design elements, highlighted in yellow and orange, that could symbolize the sun, with 8 rays. Symbolically, this formation also could include the sun in an moon/earth relationship.

So perhaps our answer is yes, there does appear to be a nice correlation between the symbolic representations of our earth, the moon, and the sun and the cycle of the seasons as shown in our mandala above.

Venus in The Lotus Pendant- by Rebecca Anderson

About Our Group Meditation

Each Wednesday evening Awakened Heart offers a group meditation to provide a mid-week space for spiritual practice, centering and connection with Spirit and each other.

We meet The Buzz Ware Village Center in Arden, DE both indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather.

The meditation will vary from week-to-week, led by a variety of people featuring a rich diversity of meditation methods and perspectives.

The guided meditations have varying themes and techniques, ancient and modern.

This group is for those who want to experience group meditation to bring peace, power and poise into one's everyday life.

This Group Meditation is also a MeetUp group. You are welcome to join the MeetUp group to connect and communicate with others engaged in developing their meditation practice.