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Transitioning to Zoom

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By Craig Sargent

When One Door Closes, Another Door Opens

Due to COVID-19, we closed our Center in Lexington KY on March 14th. Broken hearted, we purchased a Zoom Pro account later that day, and began our transition to Zoom. We held our first Council meeting in Zoom two days later and began offering group meditation sessions later that week.

While we all are sheltering at home, we are scared. People we know have tested positive for COVID-19; people we know have died from COVID-19. We yearn to stay connected with each other, to practice together, and Zoom gives us a vehicle to do that. Just by seeing each other’s smiling faces, our facial expressions soften, our eyes well with tears, and we feel each other’s open hearts. Our online practice sessions feel as powerful as they do when we all meet live in our Center.

Shastri Shelley Heinz leading a White Tara practice session

Now, we have a palette of offerings online. Our free weekly offerings to the public include: White Tara three times per week, Qigong Basics twice per week, and Café Shambhala once per week, each led by someone from their own home. Our last White Tara and Café Shambhala sessions each had roughly 20 participants. We held a Yoga workshop last weekend, and soon will be offering two Shambhala Online classes through Zoom (Shambhala Online Letter). Continue…

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