After quite a lengthy hiatus from Examiner, I have decided it’s time that I spread the news about what is happening in and around Birmingham in the area of spirituality.
You see, for those of you who don’t know me or this page, I am a non-mainstream thinker. I don’t follow a political stance; I do not have a favorite college football team; I do not believe that one religion is “right” while the others will send us into eternal damnation; I do not believe in watching much TV; I don’t follow the media’s plight to get us to buy all sorts of things we don’t need; and the list goes on.
I will not use this page for any proselytizing, because you have a right to believe exactly what feels right to you, and what you and your understanding of the Infinite has decided is your path.
Are you still reading? If so, thank you for your time.
What I have decided to use this page for is to help spread the word about all the alternatives to mainstream religion that are out there–here in Birmingham and surrounding areas mostly–and anywhere else that comes across my email lists. I have decided to help my friends who are amazing yoga instructors get the word out about workshops or classes, or anything else that’s going on through their groups. And in the spreading of the word of such events, I hope to also educate folks who really don’t know much about non-mainstream spirituality but are interested in finding out more.
For starters, yoga is an amazing portal to a very freeing type of spirituality. You see, yoga actually means “yoke” which is “to join.” Join what? you might ask. It’s a joining of the mind to breath to body to spirit to Divine (whatever you call it is up to you). Many people go to their first yoga class at a fitness facility, and they find that it’s a pretty challenging exercise that professes to strengthen your balance and help increase flexibility. Many instructors at these facilities have studied and trained for years to be able to lead and instruct, but many have gotten the watered-down mainstream-style training that is available in a six-hour workshop. But if you take the time and make the effort to go to one of the beautiful studios around town and practice, even once, with one of the gifted instructors who has been trained in yoga that is steeped in spirituality, you will find that it is so much more than a physical practice. (Look for full descriptions of the types of yoga offered around town later.)
What about meditation? Funny you want to know, because we have meditation groups popping up all over Birmingham. We have yoga studios offering meditation mixed with a few poses; we have meditation held at a Buddhist Center but is not “Buddhist” per se; we have a Buddhist teacher leading classes at a studio; we have independent people who have been called to begin a group practice; we have a new meditation group that will begin this week which is geared toward aiding in recovery and will follow the 12 Step Program; we have workshops led by international figures, national spiritual gurus, and local residents.
And energy healing? Yes! We have practitioners of all kinds around town! We even have folks who will use energetic techniques on the chakras of your pets.
Study groups? Yes!
Book clubs? Yes!
Intuition/psychic groups? Not that I know of, but I bet they are just waiting to be formed!
I think you get the picture.
Stay tuned and keep reading for updates and calendars of events. If you are “one of us,” then please help spread the word. It’s time that the rest of us know we are here, and that we are no longer alone.
Laurie M. Knight is author of spiritual novel Journal to the Center of the Soul, and can be reached through her site www.WritingbyKnight.com.