• Practice Leader at the Prairie Zen Center in Champaign, IL

    Interview with Ed Russell

     

    In this issue, we interview Ed Russell, practice leader at the Prairie Zen Center in Champaign, IL, and Darmha Heir of Elihu Genmyo Smith, who, in turn, was the first Darmha Heir of Charlotte Joke Beck, founder of the Ordinary Mind Zen School.  Ed hosted a Day of Zen here at IMU in early May. For more information about Ed Russell and the Prairie Zen Center, visit prairiezen.org

    Please watch our monthly newsletters for notice of upcoming workshops and events.

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  • Meditation is not what you Think it is - Interview with Sugatha DeLorenzo



    Q & A with Dan Sugatha DeLorenzo


    Long-time Chicago jazz bassist, certified Feldenkrais instructor, and IMU member, Dan Sugatha DeLorenzo has been meditating for more than forty years.  His music has been featured at the Chicago Jazz Festival, The Green Mill, and Sip Restaurant, where he appears the last Monday of each month with jazz band Petra’s Recession Seven.   He also teaches Feldenkrais Awareness through Motion classes at the Ridgeville Park District in Evanston, Wednesdays at noon, and

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  • Standing Rock Sioux - Saving the Water, Saving Mother Earth

    For this month’s newsletter, we interviewed IMU member Nasya Mancera, a retired Chicago Public School teacher. She lives in Pilsen with her husband, Jim Becker, a local musician. She is the mother of two grown children, and grandmother of one.

     

    In November, Nasya and Jim drove to North Dakota to support the Standing Rock Sioux in their stance against the construction of an oil pipeline underneath the Missouri River, which the Indigenous nations say would threaten their water supply and

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  • All About Meditation

    We asked Amona Buechler, co-founder of IMU, to give us some thoughts on meditation.

    Since moving from Chicago in April 2015, Amona currently travels the world, assisting in Professional Feldenkrais Training Programs by giving Functional Integration sessions to students, while also working on a private basis in various locations.

    (Feldenkrais is a movement therapy method that can support injury recovery and prevention; improve fine motor skills (such as playing an instrument, dancing, or repetiti

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  • A Metamorphosis

    A Message from Amona:

    Dear Friends,

    Put to a test:
    The True Welfare of One Human Being is the True Welfare of All.”

    This is a quote which Jeffrey and myself had put onto the backside of our first business cards in Chicago about 15 years ago. And now it is being tested more so than ever in my life.

    For those who do not know yet, Jeffrey lives in Germany since a couple of years and pays brief visits to Chicago. Myself, I am getting ready to also leave Chicago by about March next year. What that

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  • Racing Your Mind: Sport as Meditation

    Very often we hear people say that running is their meditation, or biking, or golf, or some other sport. By moving the body, the mind seems to still. And when we “lose” ourselves in activities like this it can feel very restful and relaxing afterwards. We even incorporate activity in a few of the meditative techniques we practice at IMU, such as Total Dancing and our monthly Hiking Meditations. But is there a limitation to this type of practice? Is it really meditation? Is it enough to help us a

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  • You Were Born to Flower

    By Bhashkar Perinchery

    Unlike all other living beings on this planet, the human being has the capacity to understand life more deeply. To experience reality in such a way to not only realize that we are part of something natural and mysterious, but also to manifest our capacity and energies to mold the life process. To participate in the creative process.

    In order to do this, we need to confront our issues. We need to confront who we are, what we are and experientially understand it.

    In the

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  • Life Support: A Mini-Meditation for November

    We are all part of a great mystery. Yet very often we forget that to be part of the life process is a blessing, and we are supported by life at every moment of every day. All it takes however to remember and recognize this is to breathe!

    In every moment as you are breathing in and breathing out (in reality it is more that ‘life’ is breathing into you and breathing out through you) your body, which you have been given, is being supported. Regardless if you are awake or asleep, it is continuously

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  • Reigniting the Energy of the Child Inside

    When you look back do you remember your childhood as a golden childhood? A special time where life was lived intensely with greater vitality?

    As we grow up, involved in and identified with different roles and goals, we often lose track of what made our childhood so alive and beautiful. This is why we often remember our childhood as a golden age. But in reality, circumstances were not very much different, nor were greater things happening outside when we were young. There was however, a differen

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  • IMU Meditation News: Issue #5

    In our 5th edition of IMU Meditation we share an alternative to “traditional” meditation practice, how meditation can help with decision making and pain management, and why acceptance is key to finding joy. Don’t forget to message us via Facebook, Twitter or Google+ if you see an article we should share in future editions!

     

    You Don’t Have to Just Sit There
    When you hear the word “meditation” do you automatically envision having to sit silently crossed-legged on a cushion, then immediately think

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