Update 5/21/20: The governor has lifted additional COVID-19 restrictions effective Friday, May 22, which will allow us to open for limited services. We want to take a prudent path, so we are proceeding cautiously.
We are prepared to re-open our facility for our weekly Open Meditation and access to our bookstore, beginning Monday, June 1, 2020 (Monday after Memorial Day). To ensure proper social distancing, we will maintain the following restrictions (last updated 5/31/20):
- Limit of 5 visitors in the building at any time. Proper social distancing will be enforced, including spacing of seating in the sanctuary, and visitors in the bookstore.
- All visitors must wear an appropriate face mask while in the building. Put your mask on before entering the building.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided. Please use it when entering and leaving.
- Limit your visit to no more 30 minutes for silent meditation and bookstore purchases only.
- The center closes at 5:00 pm. Please plan accordingly.
- If you are showing any signs of illness, we ask that you stay home, for our safety and yours.
- If we are at capacity, a sign will be placed on the door asking you to return later.
All other in-person activities remain on hold. We will continue offering our weekly Saturday morning Zoom discussions, as well as recorded At-Home Healing Meditations and 3rd Sunday Metaphysical Lectures through at least June 26, when the next phase of reopening will be evaluated by the state.
We want your feedback! We understand that not everyone is ready for “reopening,” and with good reason. We ask that if you are one of our Monday “regulars” that you contact us to let us know whether you will be planning to come to the center on Mondays, so we can gauge our community’s readiness to participate. If there is enough of a demand, we would consider opening on Thursdays, so people can choose which day they come. Please send us an e-mail or call us to let us know whether you would partake of this opportunity.
Update 5/5/20: Governor Cooper announced today that on Monday, May 8, the state will move into Phase 1 of his re-opening plan. This phase allows some non-essential businesses to reopen with restrictions, and allows larger outdoor groups with proper social distancing. Because this change does not affect requirements for indoor social distancing, the Center will remain closed for in-person activities. If you need something from our bookstore or need to meet with us personally, we can work with you to set up a private appointment, however, for now, we will continue with our current limited schedule at least through the end of May. Once Phase 2 begins (a minimum of two weeks after Phase 1 begins), we may be able to resume some activities with a limited number of participants. Meanwhile, please visit our Calendar, Classes, Meditations and Community pages of our website for activities and other content to keep you inspired during these unusual times.
Update 4/24/20: The governor had extended the stay-at-home order through at least May 8. In anticipation of the order being extended even further, we are planning to continue our limited schedule of Saturday Discussion/Check-ins on Zoom at 11:00 am and At-Home Healing Meditations (on your own) on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm, and recorded monthly Metaphysical Lectures through the end of May. See the Classes page of our website for details on these activities. If conditions warrant an adjustment to this schedule, we will post changes here. Thanks for your patience!
Update 3/23/2020: We want to give you an important update to our schedule in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we are working hard to transmute energies of panic and fear, we also realize that we have to do our part to slow the spread of this virus.
With the announcement of tighter social distancing guidelines by the governor of North Carolina and by Jackson County effective March 25, we have decided that it would be prudent to discontinue in-person activities until such a time that group restrictions are lifted.
While we are not yet required to close, we want to be good stewards of our community. We want not only want to minimize exposure among our attendees, but also to ease the minds of those who may have general concerns about businesses being open as we work together to “flatten the curve.” While our work is important, we can hardly categorize it as “critical” in terms of the pandemic.
What to expect:
- We will have our Healing Meditation tomorrow, March 24 at 7:00 pm (maximum 8 attendees), after which we will discontinue all in-person activities until restrictions are lifted. The Meditation Center will be closed during this time, but we are available for appointments if you have a specific need.
- We will continue to share inspiring content through our website, social media, and e-mail.
- We always invite you to join us from wherever you are every Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm to meditate on healing our world. Just because we are not meeting in person doesn’t mean we can’t do great things together!
- We also will continue taking names for our Healing Book. Visit the Healing page of our website to add names to our prayer list.
We will keep you updated as this situation evolves. We appreciate your understanding and encouragement. Your ongoing support means a lot to us! Meanwhile, stay safe and keep us, and each other, in your thoughts and prayers.
Update 3/17/2020: We continue to keep an eye on the coronavirus situation here in WNC. We want to share the website for the NC Department of Health and Human Services, which provides guidance at the state level. Please refer to this website, as well as the CDC’s posted recommendations for guidance in planning your activities. Since our small classes are well within the current guidelines for group gatherings, we will proceed cautiously with our programs and precautions as described below unless the state or federal government add further restrictions. Meanwhile, we ask you to continue joining us in sharing healing energies and prayers for everyone affected by this pandemic. Thanks for your diligence!
3/12/2020: We trust that all is well with you, and that you are enjoying your week in a peaceful, sensible way. There is a great deal of concern about coronavirus around the world, and we are taking what precautions we can to keep The Meditation Center as safe as possible.
We plan to continue offering classes on our regular schedule, however, if our facilitators aren’t feeling well, we will take the prudent path and cancel classes for as long as necessary. Any changes will be posted on our website, Facebook, and e-mails.
Of course, we ask the same of you. As much as we enjoy your presence in person, if you (or anyone you live with) are not feeling well, or are showing any signs of cough or fever, please use good judgment and stay safe at home until it passes.
Meanwhile, we have our usual schedule of classes. We are always happy to see you, but if you choose not to be here, we understand. Either way, please keep all of us and our world in your prayers and meditations, especially on Tuesday evenings at 7:00.
Stay healthy, safe and diligent, and follow CDC recommendations, good hygiene, and good science. More importantly, use your power of discernment to avoid potentially dangerous mis-information that is being shared.
In the wise words of Andrew Jackson Davis, “Under all circumstances, keep an even mind!” (And if you have accumulated more toilet tissue or hand sanitizer than you reasonably need, please consider sharing your abundance with those who might be running short! )
Many blessings from The Meditation Center!