Join us for our Weekly Meditation at the library!
The library will offer online Weekly Meditation through the summer, every Wednesday from 12:15 - 1 PM.
View the instructor schedule through September! Find out more about each instructor below.
No registration required. Click this link to connect via Zoom. Password: 3GWdHC
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of meditation can I expect?
+ This program is a collaboration between the library and local practitioners. The format of the meditation will change based on the teacher. See descriptions below.
Do I need to have prior experience? Do I need to register?
+ No. These sessions will be drop-in, and appropriate for all levels of experience. Our volunteers have introduced many new people to the practice of meditation.
Should I eat before I come?
+ We recommend not eating a large or heavy meal just before meditation.
Do I need special clothing?
+ Comfortable, non-restrictive clothing is best. You will be sitting or walking for up to 45 minutes.
Will I be meditating on a cushion or in a chair?
+ As we're meditating at home now, it is up to you! Please ask your instructor if you have questions about comfortable posture.
About the Volunteer Teachers
Avi Magidoff belongs to the 43rd generation of the LinJi Meditation School, and has been a student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh for more than two decades. He practices acupuncture in Portsmouth, teaching mindfulness, meditation and acupuncture in North America, Europe and Asia. Avi says: “In each session we practice sitting meditation as well as walking meditation for calming the mind as well as developing, concentrating and observing our habitual patterns so as to gain insight and free ourselves of those patterns. We shall then extend the space created within ourselves to daily life through telephone meditation, eating meditation, etc.”
Cathy Okhuysen will lead contemporary and traditional chants from different traditions as a way to center and focus before and during meditation. Cathy has offered contemplative singing in a variety of public spaces, sacred places and retreats settings.
Suzanne Woodland is an attorney who has had an established meditation practice for over 20 years. She has led meditation at her workplace, and at the Aryaloka Buddhist Center in Newmarket and the Portsmouth Buddhist Center. The last several years she has been practicing and sharing the meditation techniques offered by the Dharma Ocean community. Her emphasis is on the body as the object of mindful attention, tender awareness. You will be invited to arrive in and explore the breathing body and what arises in that process of being present. Through the gateway of the body work, other meditation practices are unfolded.
Liz Korabek Emerson is a certified mindfulness instructor, experiential workshop leader and a member of the Brunswick-Portland Shambhala Meditation Center. She is committed to helping people to become more resilient through the practice of mindfulness. Drawing from contemporary science and the wisdom traditions, her programs are designed to be creative, accessible and practical. She will offer a simple mindfulness practice focusing on the breath, walking meditation and contemplation.
Ellen Kingsbury is a nurse practitioner in psychiatry/mental health at Whole Life Health Care in Portsmouth. She provides psychotherapy for individuals, adolescents, and groups. She encourages the use of daily journal-keeping and meditation practice as tools for wellness. Ellen has completed the Transcendental Meditation program and the Kabat-Zinn mindfulness meditation program. She is a firm believer in the mind/body benefits of a regular meditation practice, and makes meditation a daily practice in her own life.
Maia Rizzi will lead a visualization to create healing energy, calming you and focusing the subconscious mind to connect with the body. Maia is a Clinical Hypnotherapist whose work focuses on combining Hypnosis with energy work and integrative core counseling. She is certified by the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners as well as National Guild of Hypnotists. She has practiced this work for over twenty years, in the United States, the Caribbean, and Asia. She is opening a private hypnotherapy practice in the Portsmouth/York area.