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 (5)

Practical Self Care **On Zoom!

Online event

This gathering offers support toward developing a more compassionate and loving relationship with your Body, Mind, and Spirit, guided by Sarah Karnes. Sarah has 15 years of experience in guiding healing meditations, transformational coursework, and shifts in mindset. Our evening of "TLC" evolves based on the group's energy and needs. It may include some or all of the following: Exploring new perspectives and perceptions of our physical body, self-awareness exercises to develop a compassionate, witnessing self, guided imagery for healing, meditation and/or centering practices, examining our "self-talk" and choosing a kinder approach or exploring self-expression through art mediums. All of these are shared within a container of love, safety, and aliveness. Online , you can dial in from any phone OR or log in from your tablet or computer if you have Zoom on your computer, Join the Zoom Meeting with this link https://zoom.us/j/7885420058 Meeting ID is :[masked] if you are asked to give a password, it is[masked] OR Dial in with One tap mobile from your smart phone using this : [masked],,[masked]# OR Dial from any phone [masked] then enter Meeting ID:[masked] if you are asked to give a password, it is[masked] RSVP: either here or directly to Sarah at[masked] or by email: [masked] Fee by donation. ** while we are doing these meetups virtually, Donations can be made through pay pal using the following account SN[masked]@gmail.com http://www.SarahDKarnes.com www.meetup.com//Spiritual-Nourishment-Chicagoland. **NOTE: We try to meet most regularly on 3rd Thursdays of the month. AND Please check this meetup for the most up to date schedule. Occasionally there may be a timing &/or date change or cancellation We will make every effort to contact you personally by email if a change/cancellation occurs less than 3 days before the event.

Outdoor Practice & Support @ St. James the Less with live Zoom feed by NSMC

***PLEASE NOTE: All attending in person will honor social distancing protocols and masks will be required in order to participate (Although they will not need to be worn at all times). We are limiting the number of on-site attendees to twenty total so please be considerate of others and update your RSVP promptly if your ability to attend changes. If the weather does not cooperate we will only meet via Zoom. FYI: Those who will be meeting outdoors should 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. Applying bug spray in advance is highly recommended. TIME: Our meeting time will be 6:30 pm so please arrive as close to 6:30 pm as possible. We will begin our meditation promptly at 6:40 pm. This meetup should end by approximately 8:15 pm. 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. We will be meeting outside around the Labyrinth. If you need some additional help finding us, please feel free to contact the event host prior to the closing of RSVP's. ZOOM INFO: Those joining us on Zoom can utilize any of the following methods in order to attend: 1.) Direct link: https://zoom.us/j/6678474673?pwd=K0twNnl0aThJL0toV2pFNnpjS241Zz09 2.) Via computer, tablet or smartphone app (preferred). Sign in to your personal account then enter the meeting ID & password: Meeting ID:[masked] Password for WEB or SMARTPHONE APP: peace 3.) BY PHONE (audio only). Dial one of the numbers below, then enter the meeting ID and numeric password when prompted: One tap mobile - [masked],,[masked]#,,#,070264# US (Chicago) [masked],,[masked]#,,#,070264# US (New York) Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/ad8Pi8gEDX Enter Meeting ID:[masked] **PHONE ONLY password:[masked] Dial *6 to mute or unmute. GENERAL FORMAT: Those new to meditation and mindfulness practice are encouraged to arrive early for some brief instruction and practice from 6:30 - 6:40pm. At 6:40pm, once everyone has arrived, we will begin with either a body scan, gratitude or Metta (Loving Friendliness / Kindness) practice in order to center. On occasion we will perform several basic mindful movement exercises (yoga or qigong) and partake in a period of walking meditation (both are optional) before we begin our formal practice which is described as follows: During our first fifteen minute sitting period we will practice Samatha (Tranquility / Calming the mind and body through one-pointedness). We will primarily use Anapanasati (Mindfulness of the breath) in order to accomplish this. The remainder of the first period will be held in noble silence. During our second twenty five minute sitting period there will be a Vipassana (Clear seeing / Insight) exercise offered for contemplation. When we finish there will be time for introductions, sharing and questions during our mindful communication period. Finally a reading or audio presentation will sometimes be offered to assist with learning more about the practice for those who would like to participate. TODAY'S EVENT HOST: Tony has had a daily mindfulness meditation practice for nearly 4 years and has experienced overwhelming benefits from the practice. In the past year, he has added qigong (think slow movements with focus on the flow of energy in the body) as a physical compliment 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: A voluntary donation to help offset expenses would be most appreciated but is by no means expected. If you have any questions about this particular sitting or our meditation community in general, please feel free to contact us. With Metta, Mark and Tony

Guided Meditation for Inner Balance & Quieting the Mind - with Ellen Radha Katz

THIS SESSION WILL BE CONDUCTED VIA ZOOM. To Join the Zoom Meeting via computer, tablet or smartphone app (preferred): https://zoom.us/j/6678474673?pwd=K0twNnl0aThJL0toV2pFNnpjS241Zz09 Meeting ID:[masked] Zoom now requires a password for added security. Password for WEB or SMARTPHONE APP: peace To join BY PHONE (audio only) : One tap mobile - [masked],,[masked]#,,#,070264# US (Chicago) [masked],,[masked]#,,#,070264# US (New York) **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: [masked] US (Chicago) [masked] US (New York) 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 Every third Tuesday of the month, Ellen (Radha) offers a gentle, guided healing meditation. The sessions begin with gentle stretches, moving into breath, space and internal sensory awareness. Afterward, Ellen guides us through a journey into our pre-conscious and subconscious selves. With her gentle voice and intentional words, she creates a space where our individual capacities for healing and love reside. These sessions are organic; they provide a process that builds a bridge which connects us intimately with ourselves. In doing this practice regularly, we cultivate an internal sense of emotional safety. The combined meditations and group consciousness offer us an experience of deep restoration. Ellen (Radha) Is both a licensed psychotherapist and a seasoned meditation instructor. She integrates teachings from a variety of traditions, having studied and immersed herself in a wide range of spiritual teachings and communities over the course of her life. These programs are offered without cost. Please share your love, kindness, and compassion generously with all you come in contact. If you would like to make a contribution supporting Inner Balance, feel free to send it to: Inner Balance at 350 Pfingsten Rd. #107, Northbrook, IL 60062, or you can donate via this Meetup.

Practical Self Care **On Zoom!

Online event

Meeting online , you can dial in from any phone OR or log in from your tablet or computer if you have Zoom on your computer, Join the Zoom Meeting with this link https://zoom.us/j/7885420058 Meeting ID is :[masked] if you are asked to give a password, it is[masked] OR Dial in with One tap mobile from your smart phone using this : [masked],,[masked]# OR Dial from any phone [masked] then enter Meeting ID:[masked] if you are asked to give a password, it is[masked] This gathering offers support toward developing a more compassionate and loving relationship with your Body, Mind, and Spirit, guided by Sarah Karnes. Sarah has 15 years of experience in guiding healing meditations, transformational coursework, and shifts in mindset. Our evening of "TLC" evolves based on the group's energy and needs. It may include some or all of the following: Exploring new perspectives and perceptions of our physical body, self-awareness exercises to develop a compassionate, witnessing self, guided imagery for healing, meditation and/or centering practices, examining our "self-talk" and choosing a kinder approach or exploring self-expression through art mediums. All of these are shared within a container of love, safety, and aliveness. RSVP: either here or directly to Sarah at[masked] or by email: [masked] Fee by donation. Please consider making a generous donation to support the ongoing existence of INNER BALANCE, and to offer some support to the generous facilitators who contribute their time, energy and gifts to make these sessions available to the public. ** while we are doing these meetups virtually, Donations can be made through pay pal using the following account sn[masked]@gmail.com http://www.SarahDKarnes.com www.meetup.com//Spiritual-Nourishment-Chicagoland. **NOTE: We try to meet most regularly on 3rd Thursdays of the month. AND Please check this meetup for the most up to date schedule. Occasionally there may be a timing &/or date change or cancellation We will make every effort to contact you personally by email if a change/cancellation occurs less than 3 days before the event.

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