Simply Wholesome Health Food Store and Restaurant is a landmark in Los Angeles and has been a health and wellness resource in the community for over 30 years. Soulfulness4Life is proud to partner with Simply Wholesome to offer the Summer Soulfulness Meditation Series. I will be leading a guided meditation on most Saturday mornings on the patio throughout the summer. (see the full schedule on Facebook HERE.)
Join me as we nourish our bodies, minds, and souls!
With Peace, Love, and Soulfulness,
~Dr. Shelly Harrell
SIMPLY WHOLESOME ADDRESS:
4508 W. Slauson Ave. (at Overhill), Los Angeles, CA 90043
June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th
July 13th & 20th
August 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th
8:45am – Seating and Settling
Guided Meditations and Debriefing Reflections
10:00am – Meditation Ends
(Please arrive before 9am. The patio will be reserved for meditation beginning at 8:45am and the patio doors will close at 9:05am. Note that space is limited due to the capacity of the patio area.)
OPTIONAL items to bring
(but just bringing yourself is enough!)
**A hat and/or sunglasses as it is getting warm and sunny in the mornings.**
**A cushion, pillow, or towel for your chair to enhance your comfort.**
**A small notebook or journal for revelations and reflections.**
**A smooth stone to use for anchoring during meditation.**
**You may bring a purchased beverage into the meditation (water, a smoothie, juice, tea), but no food during meditation. You can place your breakfast order before meditation to be ready for you after. **
Other Helpful Information:
**Phones are to be turned off or placed on vibrate during the meditation.
(Meditation is about focusing and giving the present moment your full attention. It is an opportunity to practice resisting the urge to continuously check our phones.)**
**Unless it is urgent, please do stay for the whole meditation to minimize interruptions to the flow.**
**Children are welcome as long as they are capable of being silent during the meditation.**
**RESPECT is the central guideline… respect for the space, respect for others, respect for yourself.**
**This is a FREE event. However, if you are inspired, any donation is appreciated to cover our basic costs and support our work (paypal.me/soulfulness).**
Join us and let’s co-create a communal energy of wellness, inner peace, and liberation!
WHAT IS MEDITATION?
Meditation is taking a sacred pause to visit with yourself. It is a time to slow down, to turn down the volume on the noise of the world. It is a time to take a break the from the stories and chatter in your mind and move into conscious awareness of what is really going on in yourself and your life. It is creating the space for some quietude, to hear the voice of your inner truth and wisdom, to #feelwhatsreal…to connect to your #soulcalling… to free your mind and, as Maya Angelou says, time to “heal from the lies you’ve told yourself and the ones that have been told to you.”
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a type of meditation that emphasizes “being present in the present and becoming woke to what is”. It involves tuning in to both inner and outer experiencing– from the most subtle experiences of your senses, to relational experience, to what is happening in the world, to profound truths and inner wisdom, to what lies beneath words and beyond appearances. It is a courageous coming home to ourselves and our lived experience over and over and over again so that we can live in the world as more conscious, connected, and compassionate beings.
SOULFULNESS = MINDFULNESS + SOUL!
SOULFULNESS MEDITATION IS ABOUT…
Listening to Your SOUL
(where you deeply know and feel truth)
Connecting to Your BODY
(to its wisdom and resources for restoration and reconnection)
Freeing Your MIND
(emancipation from mental-emotional slavery and bondage)
Opening Your HEART
(to the power of real love, relatedness, and community)
Manifesting Your SPIRIT
(the transcendent and inspired energy to actualize your highest self)
Learn more about the Soulfulness approach to meditation HERE!
Meditation helps develop mental-emotional-spiritual clarity
so that you can center yourself in truth, in what matters most,
and RISE to your highest potentialities in the world.
IF YOU ANSWER “YES” TO ANY OF THESE THEN MEDITATION MIGHT HELP
Do you get caught up in ego, fear, or hype? in the nonsense and drama all around you?
Does your mind spin or race, darting from thought to thought? from one “shiny object” to another?
Are you zoned out rather than in-the-zone? distracted rather than dialed-in?
Do you feel shut off or shut down?
Do you go through days feeling disconnected, unconscious or on automatic pilot?
Are you stressed out? Don’t sleep well? Engage in unhealthy behaviors?
Have you lost your direction, your purpose, yourself?
Do you forget that you are a divine expression of Spirit with gifts to share?
THE WISDOM OF MEDITATION
Go within every day and find the inner strength so that the world will not blow your candle out.
The only possibility of stability for the person, is to establish an Island of Peace within one’s own soul.
Breaking out of your mental and emotional prison and deepening the range of perception enables you to link inner reflection and vision…with social, political action and lived experiences.
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds.
The soul’s guiding light still shines no matter the extent of our collective blindness. At any moment, at any time, we can turn toward this light to renew our spirits and restore our souls.
Meditation is not to escape from society, but to come back to ourselves and see what is going on. Once there is seeing, there must be acting.
~ Thich Nhất Hanh
Meditation is to see deeply into things, to see how we can change, how we can transform our situation.
~Thich Nhất Hanh
Now, make the body still. Meditate that you may know truth.
~Ancient Khemetic Saying / Egyptian Proverb
Comments from recent Meditation Workshops:
“This is EVERYTHING…Soulfulness is what we need!”. ~Tabatha J.
“Soulfulness4Life is the ‘compass’ that can guide you to who you’re meant to be- your ‘highest self’. ~Victoria M.
“Dr. Harrell is the embodiment of listening to, honoring, and following your truth as well as inspiring a genuine sense of confidence and hope that participants can also engage in this process.” ~K.N.
“It truly opened the door to my believing I can be successful with meditation for the first time in my life…I have tried meditation and taken educational session on meditation in the past. This is first time anyone has ever started with an explanation of the process and steps beyond a mere description of its many benefits”. ~Tori C.
“Soulfulness4Life helps you to unlock your truest self. The tools and practices are catered to those who want to have meditation and stress management as part of their everyday practice. So relateable and practical.” ~Iyana D.
“I’ve been blessed by this session.” ~Kecia B.
“Life changing workshop! I would definitely recommend it for anyone who wants to begin meditating and those with years of practice.” ~Cathia B.
“Dr. Harrell provided a very safe space to connect to the “soul”. The class was very informative, I learned about different meditation strategies to help me become more intentional, mindful, and grounded.” ~Dr Gregory C.
“Sitting together in a circle, I felt safe, respected and connected to my sisters and brothers…I’ve gone to workshops for meditation and attended group and I felt this inclusive to all cultures.” ~Susan AK
“Dr. Harrell is the most ingenious spirit I know who can conduct these workshops from the space of a sincere and tender heartspace.” ~Denise B.
“The techniques I learned will help me transition from stress to peace.” ~Nannette W.
“Sharing space with Dr. Shelly and the group was the sweet flavor I needed to bring in my birthday.” ~Jeannie S.
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Our Soulfulness4Life group space is located not far from Simply Wholesome near La Brea and Centinela in Inglewood where more extensive classes and workshops are offered at various times on Sundays. The summer schedule will be out soon so Join the Mailing List to stay updated!
Soulfulness4Life also offers meditation workshops and retreats for private groups (e.g., clubs, teams, friend groups, workplace departments) and Dr. Harrell can come to you!
And if you want special attention, you can schedule more personalized meditation-focused phone coaching sessions with Dr. Harrell! (email her directly at email@example.com)