What we're about

"Inner Balance Meditation" is a virtual space dedicated to sharing conscious, meditation-related and/or non-affiliated (no specific religious orientation) but spiritually uplifting and nourishing opportunities with the larger Chicago and suburban (north and northwest) community.

INNER BALANCE itself is a physical space that is dedicated to encouraging conscious, compassion-filled, vital lives. Classes, recurring events and a range of coaching and therapeutic treatments are available at Inner Balance in Northbrook and Chicago. Many events are free or donation based. More information about Inner Balance can be found at www.innerbalancenow.com.

A monthly 90-minute guided meditation session, open to the public, is led by Ellen Radha Katz, psychotherapist and meditation teacher. Each week is unique. The session often begins with gentle breath awareness and/or yoga based stretching for centering, followed by a deep guided meditation. Other instructors contribute to the sessions, in such areas as Mindfulness, Chakra Balancing, Present Time Consciousness, Jin Shin Jitsui, Reiki, Kirtan (bhakti yoga through devotional chanting) and other practices.

At times this Meetup will share information about a program that is happening elsewhere but may be of interest to some of the Inner Balance Meetup members. They are endorsed by this Meetup.

Ellen can be reached personally for further information here as the coordinator, or at her website: www.ellenkatz.net.

Upcoming events (4+)

Creative Power Hour

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How will you stay awake, enlivened, and engaged as we move through this ever-changing Life?
Is your creativity feeling anything less than lively?
Do you need a way to get your creative juices flowing
so you can feel more aliveness and resilience?

This is a come as you are event😊

Bring pen, paper and a glass of water.
Experience simple practices for getting unstuck,
so you can connect with your aliveness and creativity,
shifting old /unhelpful habits.

Suggested Donation $10 via paypal
Workshop via Zoom
Text or Call Sarah[masked] for the zoom link

Life Mission Exploration

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Join Life Mission Exploration

Get answers and insights to questions like:
Why am I here?
What am I here to do?
Who am I here to become?

Each Session is custom created for, and with, those in attendance.
Join us to deepen inspiration, grow your voice, increase your confidence, courage and impact in the world.

We will explore:
• Clearly defining and recognizing what you want in your life
• Uncovering and embracing You, and your uniqueness
• Empowering you to take action and stay the course

Your investment: Your time and attention in showing up here!

Bring your willingness to more fully know and appreciate who you are.
If you find this valuable, please invite your friends, family and colleagues.
Donations are welcomed via PayPal if you choose to contribute financially.

Join by clicking this link
https://zoom.us/j/7885420058 Meeting ID is :[masked]
No passcode required.

Dial in with One tap mobile from your smart phone using this :

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RSVP: Sarah Karnes[masked], Email: [masked]


Hybrid Meditation Practice & Support @ St. James the Less and on Zoom

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Welcome back to St. James the Less!
We hope you can join us as we continue our twelfth year of practice together, either virtually or as we return to in-person meetings as well. This meeting will be a Hybrid offering.

All teachers agree: The key to a successful meditation practice is regular practice. Therefore this meetup is looking for practitioners who are willing to make a dedicated effort to sit together weekly in order to fully realize the benefits of group practice.

All levels and schools of thought are welcome. Meet like-minded individuals while expanding your own personal practice in a non-competitive and supportive environment. Feel free to join us for a sitting and experience increased self awareness and inner peace by way of your journey inward.

You can join via phone or audio/video online.

To Join Zoom Meeting via computer, tablet or smartphone app (preferred):

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Zoom now requires a password for added security.
Password for WEB or SMARTPHONE APP: peace

To join BY PHONE (audio only) :
One tap mobile -
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**PHONE ONLY numeric password if prompted:[masked]

To join manually by PHONE (audio only) :
Dial one of the numbers below, then enter the meeting ID and password when prompted.

Dial by your location:
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Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/ad8Pi8gEDX

Meeting ID:[masked]
**PHONE ONLY numeric password:[masked]

Dial *6 to mute or unmute.

** If joining online, the numeric password will not work. Please enter the password "peace" lower case without quotes: peace

IN PERSON LOCATION: The Episcopal Church of St. James the Less is located at 550 Sunset Ridge Road in Northfield, IL (detailed directions above).

SAFETY: All attendees will be required to have been fully vaccinated. Masks will now be optional. We will space ourselves comfortably apart. Additionally the Church has recently installed a new filtration system that greatly reduces the spread of airborne illnesses. Furthermore we will attempt to hold as many periods as possible outdoors as weather permits.

It is our goal to make all attendees feel safe and comfortable but we do realize that everyone has there own unique comfort level so if this doesn't feel right for you now please honor your feelings and we'll look forward to seeing you whenever you're ready.

FYI: Chairs will be available for those who prefer to use them. For those who choose to sit on the floor please bring your own; meditation cushion, bench, pillow, yoga mat or zafu cushion if you prefer.

6:50 - 7:05 Welcome and technology familiarization
7:05 - 7:20 Seated centering practice
7:20 - 7:35 Mindful movement (Qigong, walking meditation, etc.)
7:35 - 7:45 Contemplative offering
7:45 - 8:10 Samatha/Vipassana meditation
8:10 - 8:30 Optional group sharing/discussion

TODAY'S EVENT HOST: Tony has had a daily mindfulness meditation practice for over 5 years and has experienced overwhelming benefits from the practice. He also practices qigong (flowing movement with focus on moving "qi" energy in the body) as a physical complement to his sitting practice. Tony has found a true passion in championing and coordinating meditation in his community and workplace and is honored to be part of the North Shore Meditation Community.

COST: Throughout this challenging period we have elected to forego accepting donations on behalf of the Sangha and we will continue that practice for the time being. The expenses that we have incurred and the time and energy that we have invested into presenting these events have gone and will continue to go towards enhancing our own respective practice's of Dana (Generosity). However if you still feel compelled to make a contribution we would be honored if you chose to donate those funds to one of the organizations we currently support instead: Feed My Starving Children, A Just Harvest or La Casa Norte.

If you elect to sit with us in person a voluntary donation to help offset expenses would be most appreciated but is by no means expected. May your practice of Dana bring you much Mudita (Altruistic joy)!

If you have any questions about this particular sitting or our meditation community in general, please feel free to contact us. We are looking forward to sitting in practice and sharing energy in the present moment with all who choose to attend.

With Metta, Mark and Tony

OUTDOOR Singing Bowls Sound Meditation. (See location)

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We're so pleased to have Bekah return and offer another sound healing program to the community. We hope you can be present with us as we take advantage of the warm weather by taking our practice outdoors.

***PLEASE NOTE: We will honor any remaining Covid 19 protocols. Vaccine's are required in order to participate. Masks are optional. We will continue to cap the number of attendees to thirty five total for now so please be considerate of others and update your RSVP promptly if your ability to attend changes.

FYI: Please bring a chair to sit on. If you prefer to utilize a meditation bench or cushion you may also wish to bring a blanket or beach towel to place underneath it on the grass.

TIME: We will begin promptly at 5pm. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early in order to settle in. There will be some time for questions after the meditation ends at 6pm.

LOCATION: The Episcopal Church of St. James the Less is located at 550 Sunset Ridge Road in Northfield, IL near the intersection of Willow & Sunset Ridge (NW corner). Ample parking is available in the Church's lot. We will be meeting outside. If you need some additional help finding us, please feel free to contact the event host prior to the closing of RSVP's.

We will begin with a brief grounding meditation and breathing exercise, then gently transition into the sound healing meditation. Quiet your mind and relax your body with the beautiful sounds of multiple Alchemy Crystal Singing Bowls. Let the unique sound and vibration of each bowl wash away what is energetically no longer needed. You will feel grounded, relaxed and refreshed following this wonderful experience.

Donations are much appreciated, help offset facilitator costs and make these events possible.

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