During the period of Lent, Christians from many difDferent denominations focus intensely on their spiritual selves through a variety of devotions and disciplines.
From fasting to good works to prayer, Lent is a period for people to step back from the busyness of life and reflect on the religious or spiritual paths they are called on to undertake.
Knox United Church in downtown Calgary on Sunday is hosting a Tibetan Singing Bowls event which, through sound and light, helps people adopt a more meditative experience throughout this Lenten period.
This is the second time Knox has hosted John Akim Gosaw, says Rev. Drew Strickland.
“It was an overwhelming response last year,” he says.
Many people resonated with the meditative sound and light experience.
“We’re heading into the spring. Lent in the Christian traditions is about the lengthening of days,” adds Strickland. “There’s a lot of people who are moving in the meditative direction either doing meditation, mindful meditation or yoga of various types. John is someone who came to my attention, probably about five years ago, because . . . he has sound sessions for therapy.
“The sound of the Tibetan bowls historically and today touches people and touches deep areas of their unconsciousness and it tends to bring people into the state of real peace where they are decluttered. And their inner interior decluttering opens them for healing to take place in their lives.”
The Tibetan Singing Bowls with John Akim Gosaw takes place Sunday at 7: 30 p.m. at Knox United Church, 506 4th St. S.W. For more information and tickets contact www.knoxcentre.ca or 403-266-6450.
Strickland says the evening will move people into a reflective state of awareness. It’s an opportunity to go deeper in the understanding and practice of meditation and prayer.
According to the website promoting this event, Gosaw, at age 15, was initiated into the nada or sound. He discovered the Tibetan Singing Bowls after a near-death experience at age 25. “True healing and insight touched him from the sounds and vibration from these ancient instruments.”
Strickland says the Lenten time of the year is a time of preparation for the great celebration of Easter and traditionally that has included the spiritual practice of fasting.
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