Saturday, January 31, 2015

Enter the Stillness through Movement and Prayer


With Kimberly Beyer


certified yoga therapist, spiritual director, Reiki Master, Qigong instructor and comparative religion scholar

First Congregational United Church of Christ
Beginning Feb 3, 2015
Cost: Donations Gratefully Accepted

Christian Chair-Assisted Yoga
10-11:15 Tuesday Mornings in the Fellowship Hall
Join Kim for an experiment in a truly Christian yoga class, framed by the Iona Community Celtic prayer tradition and grounded on the “peace that passeth all understanding”.  Excellent class for those who would have trouble getting down on the floor and back up. No experience necessary, just a willing heart; this is a beginner or “gentle” yoga class.

Qigong (chee-kung) for Freer Movement and Better Balance
10-11:15 Thursday Mornings in the Fellowship Hall
Kim teaches a form of qigong (a slow, flowing, mindful exercise done to quiet music) that builds muscle for better gaiting and balance.  The practice also helps stabilize emotional moods.  You’ll find this movement can be done from a chair or standing.  No experience necessary.

Mat-Based Hatha Yoga Class
10-11:15 Wednesday Mornings in the Fellowship Hall
For those students ready for a classical Hatha yoga practice, this class will include elements of posture practice, breath work and deep relaxation.  There is no experience necessary for this class, but you should bring your own mat and be able to get down to the floor and back up without assistance. Kim emphasizes the mindful work of Yoga, and all the poses will be done with a sense in inner exploration and compassion for our bodies.  Christian approaches to a traditional Hatha Practice will be frequently explored.

Centering Prayer in the Chapel
Join Kim Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 for a period of silent meditation in the chapel No experience necessary—just a desire for half an hour of silence in the company of others.


Soul Friending (Spiritual Direction)

Soul Friending
at the First Congregational United Church of Christ
with
Kim Beyer, MA, CHHC, CYTh, SD, RM




“Where is God in this?”
With a single question, a simple knock, a door opens and the journey begins. This is not the work of fixing, not the work of just the mind, and has nothing to do with strategies or control.  This is the time when we listen, together, for the still, small voice of God and learn to trust and work from that center of groundedness in ourselves.

Rather than counseling, which seeks to create actions that are based on full sense of a healthy ego and move you forward into the future functionally, this work is seeking the deeper ground of how we “live, move and have our being”.  As much about trusting and loving God as trusting and loving yourself, soul friending steps out the round  of “doing” and helps you to experience “being”. The fruits of the practice are sometime subtle, and occasionally deeply moving as you set aside masks and come face to face with Another.

What Happens in the First Session?
First we meet and just visit a bit.  It’s important that you feel comfortable and safe with me, and I with you.  I’ll tell you a little about myself, how I came into this work and how I understand the intimate nature of Soul Friending, including rules I hold myself to and the kinds of disclosures to the state I must make if they arise in our time together.  If everything seems harmonious, we’ll continue.  

Otherwise, I may suggest other resources in the community that will serve you better. 

Going Forward Together:
If we decide to continue meeting, you will come at the agreed-upon time. You enter into a quiet room.  A candle is lit, a small prayer said, and then you and I will enter into silence.  When you are ready to speak, you begin.  If you wish to spend a great deal of time in the quiet, I will be there with you, praying with and for you and for the guidance of the Spirit to work through us both. I am not the expert, the superior, the counselor.  I am just holding space for you, asking questions that will turn you again and again to God.  I try to be a simple hollow flute, and get out of the way.

Does this cost anything?
I put out a donation bowl for this service.  In big cities, folks pay as much as $75.00 an hour for this time together. I work in a different way, loving barter (flowers, yarn, veggies from your garden, etc) as much as cash.  I keep little envelopes in the basket and you decide what you would like to leave for the day. It’s that simple. Trust the Spirit.

For appointments, you may leave me a message at the First Congregational United Church of Christ.  

About me:

Kim holds a master’s degree in comparative religion and a graduate certificate in holistic healthcare from Western Michigan University. She completed a year of adult spiritual formation classwork with the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado.  She is a certified 500 Hour Yoga Therapist with the Rocky Mountain School of Yoga and Ayurveda and has been teaching for over twenty years in both hospital and community settings.  She is a Reiki Master, a spiritual director for over 15 years and qigong for balance and movement enhancement instructor.  A hand-weaver and author of science fiction, comparative religion non-fiction and poetry books, Kim lives a life full of creativity and joy that spills out to her students. She looks forward to meeting you in person!

Praying with the Mind, Body and Spirit


ucc alpena

In Christian circles, ministers and lay folks talk about an idea called the “Emerging Church”. So what does that mean?  Here is my poetic definition: “Emerging” is a term that should bring to mind wet butterfly wings, or the way the sun emerges from the horizon line on our Lake Huron.  The caterpillar is still part of the butterfly, the sun never left, but rather, we turn toward it again each morning.  It is the breathing rediscovery of a very ancient way of “being” Christian.


The First Congregational United Church of Christ in Alpena, Michigan works hard at holding the tension between the Protestant Christian tradition’s call to organic inner and outer growth and the wealth of spiritual technologies, both ancient and new, that support such maturation.  Beginning February 3rd, they are adding some community classes in this Emerging Church vein.  Tuesdays, a Christian Chair-Assisted yoga class will start, with a Centering Prayer period in the beautiful chapel.  Wednesday, come explore a traditional mat-based yoga class framed by small elements of the Iona Community liturgy.  Thursdays, students can participate in the gentle flowing movements of qigong (Chee Kung) set to quiet music.  National research centers like Emory University have shown that this practice helps decrease the severity of falls in senior populations, can support aging knee joints and ease the symptoms of depression.  Centering prayer will again be offered after this class in the chapel.  Classes begin at 10 each day, with meditation periods lasting from 11:30-12:00.  There is no set charge for any class; the instructor, Kim Beyer, a certified yoga therapist, comparative religionist and spiritual director, simply puts out a donation bowl and gratefully accepts barter products as well. Please contact the church if you have questions: http://www.uccalpena.org/

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

This Nurturing Awe: The 99 Beautiful Names of God is LIVE




My newest book of poetry:  This Nurturing Awe: Poems Inspired by the 99 Beautiful Names of God is now available on Amazon.com as a paperback.  Kindle edition should be live by this evening, and the Audible edition should be live by the end of February. You may also search under my name: Kimberly Kay Beyer.

These poems were all written between August 2014 and Mid-January 2015.  The project began as a personal spiritual practice, a way to remind myself that the terrorist thugs who claim so much of our national media's attention are the small shadow to the much more significant light that shines through the tradition we know as Islam.  These poems have been written through sickness and health, through endings and beginnings in my life, and through a cross-country move. They captures the holy in the daily, in nature, in the intimacy between lovers.  

I would like to thank Kathy Haug of Fern  Creek Associates for the lovely cover design...I can hardly wait to hold the "actual" book in my hands!

If you get a chance to read this work, or perhaps have read some of the poems in their draft form on this blog, I'd love to hear from you.  :-)  Blessings to you all.



Friday, January 2, 2015

This Nurturing Awe: Poems Inspired by the 99 Beautiful Names of God


Coming soon in Kindle, Paperback and Audio editions.

An-Nur: A Knowing Light


Aor: Hebrew for the first light of creation, as in Genesis

With aor did You call it forth,
Separating the darkness from the light,
That each might better know itself
In relationship.
If all the cosmos is love,
Then this duality of light and dark is
the manifest canvas,
Where the signature of God
Fades from what we know
Into what we do not know yet.
Praise the dark as well as the light,
That draws our curiosity forward,
Into places we have not tread,
And let us,
On that journey
Still discover within us
The light from the beginning time.


KBN

Find the entire poetry collection This Nurturing Awe:  Poems Inspired by the 99 Beautiful Names of God at

http://www.amazon.com/This-Nurturing-Awe-Inspired-Beautiful/dp/1507733429/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429536332&sr=8-1&keywords=this+nurturing+awe+poems+inspired+by+the+99+beautiful+names+of+god

Thursday, January 1, 2015

An-Nafi’: The Blessings of Union


“Arafa nafsahu faqad ‘arafa rabbahu—
Whoever discovers their self discovers their Sustainer.

Today, a prayer-
A simple supplication-
Thy Will Be Done.
I stand trusting, not with anxious expectation
Or fear or trepidation,
But rather,
The patient way the wind puffs the brown oak leaf
Over the long course of the yard,
And nestles it with other along the fence.
Piece by piece,
I set up the masks and veils of myself
Around a common table,
And promise not to laugh,
When “we” drop such artifice away-
One,
Two
Three.
So many oak leaves, drifted together,
And every one, a face of God.

KBN

Find the entire poetry collection This Nurturing Awe:  Poems Inspired by the 99 Beautiful Names of God at

http://www.amazon.com/This-Nurturing-Awe-Inspired-Beautiful/dp/1507733429/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429536332&sr=8-1&keywords=this+nurturing+awe+poems+inspired+by+the+99+beautiful+names+of+god