Village View – Week of February 14

Village View – Week of February 14

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The Five Elements with Naima & Yaqin
Tuesdays, February 9 to March 16


In this six-part series, we will use a wide variety of methods, with an orientation towards enriching one’s experience of the basic, living, timeless practice of elemental breath.


The element breaths of earth, water, fire, air and ether are a foundational daily practice for those within the Inayatiyya lineage of Sufism.

This series will include an exploration of energy and purification; color, directions and landscapes; the elements with prayer and archangels; breath and wazaif


Learn more at the Inayatiyya website. Registration closes at the end of the day Monday, February 15. Those who register will receive the recording from the February 9th session.

Message Class
Thursday, February 18 | 7:00 PM ET


Our next two Message Classes will be led by Nur Gale! These classes will focus on settling the mind and body.



Awareness of Awareness:
Further Explorations into Settling the Body and Mind in Their Natural States
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During the next two Thursday Message classes – February 18th and 25th — we will continue with our exploring teachings and practices to settle the mind in its natural state and to sustain meditative stability, quiescence, luminosity and tranquility, better known as mushahada in Sufism and shamatha in Buddhism. Unlike mujahada practices, which rely upon “props” (eg, visualization, reciting wazifa, etc), mushahada is receptive. It is meditation without a support and associated with the non-conceptual direct experience of presence and self-.  We become passive witnesses.


By taking awareness itself as the object of meditative attention, mental events simply arise and dissolve and we settle in the what Pir Vilayat called the ‘”subtle mind.” We are not purifying the ego; rather the ego and sense of I-ness like a bear goes into hibernation.  Developing the  Samadhi of awareness of awareness is one of the simplest practices, yet its objective is elusive and indescribable.


During the class on the 25th, we will look at the practice of mushahada may be applied at bedtime before going to sleep to better induce lucidity during REM and to hold conscious awareness during deep sleep.All are welcome to join in the class!


Weekly Message Classes are free and open to all; held via Zoom on Thursdays with password: 119393

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Universal Worship
Sunday, February 21 | 11:00 AM EDT


Join us for February’s Universal Worship, led by Michael K’Shatriya Young!


Held via Zoom every third Sunday with password: 472313

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The Abode is a retreat and spiritual center situated in an 19th century Shaker Village on Mount Lebanon, NY.  Each year, the Abode welcomes visitors to its historic campus for contemplative and rejuvenating activities.


The Abode service team is a group of dedicated people helping to tend a facility and land that have been considered sacred since the land’s earliest known stewards, the Mahicans.  The Abode’s spiritual and service focus is the basis for offering sacred hospitality to all who cross our threshold.


During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Abode has been closed to guests, and has been working on a rejuvenation of its campus structures and facilities.  


As 2021 arrives, and we plan for a Spring opening, we are seeking to recruit experienced maintenance and facilities folks to help us undertake day-to-day care and upkeep and to facilitate upgrades. If you are looking to apply your skills and experience to preserving and rehabilitating something worthwhile, and to belong to a service-oriented team, please see the position descriptions below and connect with us!

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