Spirit Pause returning to Central Hall Commons

After a winter post-holiday break, Central Hall Commons is eager to restart its popular weekly, virtual mindfulness meditation program, Spirit Pause, starting on Monday, Feb. 1 from 8:30-8:50 a.m. This weekly Facebook Live broadcast was started in June as a response to the perceived need especially in this time of the COVID pandemic for people to have tools to cope with stress, sadness and anxiety. Since starting Spirit Pause, its leader, Lesley Fernow, has covered such wide-ranging topics such as coping with chronic pain, living with uncertainty, meeting conflict in relationships, releasing clutter and finding stillness. The first session in 2021 will be called “The trance of unworthiness.”

Mindfulness is described by teacher Jon Kabat-Zinn as “Paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” Spirit Pause provides a classroom to explore the many ways we can do this using a meditative practice-oriented approach in the virtual presence of others. This creates a field of mutual participation and a sense of belonging that can offer support and healing in this very difficult time. The hope is that as we move beyond COVID there will also be opportunity for in-person meditation classes and practice sessions at Central Hall.  

Dr. Fernow says, “As we approach the season of love and the month of Valentine’s Day, it is most appropriate that we look to ways we can offer love to ourselves and care for ourselves and others through becoming mindful and intentional in our lives. I am looking forward to reconnecting both with former participants and with new people during this weekly 25-minute session.”To join this live broadcast go to facebook/central hall commons or contact Central Hall Commons at to sign up for reminders.

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