We offer three avenues by which to deepen your knowledge and practice of meditation: simply drop by to meditate whenever you choose, participate in our Home Study Program or try our Advanced Meditation Program.
Mondays at 5:00p in North Park, Tuesdays at 7:45p in Normal Heights, Thursdays at 8:15p (Musical Meditation) in Normal Heights, and Sundays at 9:00a in Normal Heights. The Sunday morning Intro to Zen meditation class will consist of four lecture-practice sessions which will rotate on a permanent basis. Students can attend them over an extended period of time and in any order. The four introductory classes will be: 1) Your Motivation and Expectation – Is Zen Right for You? 2) Philosophy and Terminology of Zen 3) Practice Forms 01 – sitting form and group etiquette. 4) Practice Forms 02 – Kinhin (meditative walking) and bowing.
At the Pilgrimage of the Heart, we offer free meditation classes. Every class Sujantra McKeever, founder of Pilgrimage of the Heart, or Papaha Gosline offer free meditation as taught to them by their teacher Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007). Our time-tested meditation techniques are simple and effective, and have helped over 100,000 people learn meditation.
This program is on going: you can begin at anytime. The heart of the program is your own meditation practice, reading three books and attending a weekly group meditation.
(Detailed information is available at the yoga studio)
• Experience inner harmony, wisdom, and clarity;
• Expand your awareness and consciousness;
• Envision and embrace your future;
• Take the next step in your spiritual journey.
This program is on going: you can begin at anytime. The heart of the program is your own meditation practice, reading three books and attending a weekly group meditation. We hold five group meditations each week: Monday nights, Tuesday nights, Thursday nights and Sunday mornings.
Basics of the Program
This program is based on the meditation techniques, daily spiritual activities and life-transforming lifestyle decisions that were taught by Sri Chinmoy. They are safe, effective and time-tested (thousands of years old!)
The essence of the program is integrating spiritually minded activities into your day-to-day life. These can include: your personal morning meditation, 20+ minutes of exercise and yoga, 20 minutes of daily reading from the program books, keeping a journal, healthy living and eating (vegetarian diet recommended), and purity in your emotional life.
During the course of the program you will read 3 books: Meditation and Jewels of Happiness by Sri Chinmoy and Strategy for Success by Sujantra McKeever. You can buy the books at 20% off.
You will also need two CDs: Flute Music for Meditation by Sri Chinmoy for your daily meditation (assuming you enjoy the flute music we play at meditation) and Focus Relax Peace by Sujantra is composed of four 10-minute guided meditations.
After Completion of the Program
“Many roads lead to Rome,” yet to get to Rome you do need to decide on a road and stick to it. The same applies to the spiritual journey. Ultimately, we each need to find a path, a set of spiritual teachings, which resonates with us and in which we feel confident. The 6-week course will offer you the tools you need to find a path that meets you needs.
To learn more about the path of Sri Chinmoy, Sujantra’s teacher, please begin by visiting our retail section, which features a section of Sri Chinmoy’s books and writings. Here you will find selected books and videos that contain the ancient secrets for inner peace and fulfillment that he offered to the modern world.
“Just one smile immensely increases the beauty of the universe.” ~Sri Chinmoy
Experience the inner joy and happiness that is your true nature. Live and learn the timeless spiritual ideals and practices upon which genuine spiritual growth has been founded since time immemorial. This free program is centered on the teachings of Sri Chinmoy.
During this six-month program you will work directly with Sujantra as he shares with you the secrets to transformative personal and spiritual growth. He offers his personal experiences and insights garnered from 27 years of direct study with Sri Chinmoy.
This program is offered at no charge to eligible students. To learn more and apply to study please speak with Sujantra directly after the Tuesday night meditations.
Enjoy free weekly music and meditation classes on Thursday evenings from 8:15-9:15p at Pilgrimage of the Heart. Spring-boarding off our popular meditation class, we add live music, ancient mantras and storytelling to help you find the dynamic tranquility that we all possess. This practice is also traditionally know as Kirtan.
Take some time each day to explore your inner dimensions. Do some daily prayer and meditation to cultivate and expanded awareness of the Source of creation, That which sustains creation and That into which creation is transformed. Mere philosophy cannot compare to the actual experience of that inner dimension. Put in the time; in the beginning its tough but the effort is rewarded a hundred times.
Do some daily exercise: take a walk, a run, go for a swim, a bike ride or whatever moves you. It's a great way to reduce stress (the major cause of heart disease) and have some fun. While you’re exercising try to focus as much as possible on your breath; this will ground and center you, and get you beyond your mundane thoughts.
from smoking, alcohol and non-medicinal drugs; there's nothing better you can do for your body and awareness. There is plenty of energy in your body and nervous system for everything you want to do. Nature did an incredible job of creating you, so let your body work the wait it was designed to.
The thoughts of humanity's greatest philospohers are available to us all through the world of books. Turn off the television and spend some time with some of history’s most interesting minds. Start anywhere you're inspired and follow the train of thought; it’s an exciting ride. Great thinking gives rise to incredible actions. Your thoughts and actions can change your world and help others in theirs.
Find Your Connection
The earth and everything on it (that includes you) is linked by the universal creative urge. Expand your awareness of reality beyond the physical. Step back and watch the cosmic flow of energy pulse through your body, mind and emotions. Its and incredible show. Follow it to the Source …that's true release.
Teach Respect for the Earth and All Living Things
That is a bumper sticker I put on my suitcase and into my mind. Dwell on it and see what it resonates with in your own life.. Try living a day, or an hour, or even a minute in without harming others in deed, word and thought. It's a challenge but someone- about 2000 years ago- said it was a way to become perfect.
The 10-Minute Relaxation Plan
By learning to consciously relax your mind and body, you can reduce the level of stress in your life. Stress is the major cause of heart disease and can lead to unhealthy habits. Check out our “Lifestyle for the 21st Century” for some suggestions regarding daily habits to reduce stress. In just 10 minutes a day, you can consciously reduce stress and bring peace and harmony into your system. The Focus-Relax-Peace CD offers you four 10-minute guided meditations with soothing background music. The following is a script that you can print out and adapt for your own use. Remember: daily practice is the key to learning the art of relaxation and focusing of the mind. It is just like developing any skill: it takes practice. A healthy mind is the result of regular effort. Here goes: The first step is to find a comfortable but alert position. If you do this exercise lying down, you will most likely fall asleep. Sit up either in a chair or on the floor to learn the exercise. Your position should be firm but pleasant. Let your hands rest on your thighs or lap. Gently close your eyes, or keep them slightly open if you start to fall asleep. Try to keep your eyes still by focusing on a single point. Now focus on your breath; if possible breathe in and out through your nose, it is easier to be conscious of your breathing as it moves through your nose. If you are congested, use your mouth as much as necessary to compensate. Now come the key to the exercise: each time you breath in you are going to focus on a particular area of your body; as you exhale consciously release and relax the muscles in that area. It is as simple as that: breath in awareness, release tension as you exhale. The results will amaze you! Begin by breathing in an awareness of the muscles in your forehead; release those muscles as you exhale. Devote 7 or 8 breaths to each area. The majority of your daily stress is held in your forehead, around your eyes, in your cheeks and jaw and in the back of your neck and shoulders. Each of these areas will take you 30 seconds to 2 minutes to relax. You can extend your relaxation technique- and I highly recommend this- to your chest muscles and the muscles in your abdomen. These are two areas where we take quite a bit of our deeper emotional stress. This is clearly documented through heart disease and ulcers. Remember: your heart is a muscle and your body reacts to your state of mind. You can also use this technique to relax groups of muscles in your back, arms, hands, legs and feet. Once you have relaxed specific areas of your body I suggest spending a minute of two and allow yourself to fell the sensation of being relaxed. The more you can impress this feeling upon your mind and body the more easily you will be able to enter and maintain that relaxed state of body and mind. Remember, regular daily practice is the key to learning this skill.
Focus – Relax – Peace (Audio)
Learn safe, simple and proven techniques for concentration, relaxation and meditation. Over 25,000 people have learned meditation using these effective exercises. Download here for $8.95
Seven Secrets to Super Health
by S.G. McKeever This fascinating book blends the ancient mystic secrets of the East with modern scientific discoveries. The result is a recipe for amazing health. Topics include: conscious eating, prayer, sacred sex and more. Ordering Information $5.95
Learn To Meditate
by S.G. McKeever This book is the result of Mr. McKeever's efforts to convey the essence of meditation to thousands of seekers during his free seminars and classes offered around the world. The book provides an understanding of the essential principles underlying the practice of meditation. McKeever offers precise relaxation and meditation exercises which you can learn and practice on a daily basis. Sample Chapter Ordering Information $9.95
Paths are Many, Truth is One
by S.G. McKeever Exploring the Unity of All Religions Read scholarly, authentic translations of the works upon which Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Taoism are founded and understand 17 themes central to all spiritual inquiry. Attain an in-depth knowledge of the spiritual teachings and philosophy of the Old Testament prophets, Jesus Christ, Lord Buddha, Lao Tzu, Muhammad, Sri Krishna, the Vedic seers and others. Learn about the personal experiences upon which all religions are founded. Sample Chapter Ordering Information $12.95