October 31, 2023 final update: A few years ago, we sponsored a survey, asking you what you wanted in a new center. Your biggest priorities were that it be “close to town,” “easy to access,” “not on a noisy road,” and that it has “outdoor space.” Well, as the saying goes, “Ask and you shall receive,” and the Universe has provided! We’re happy to announce that we have acquired new space, and effective this month, all classes will be held at our new center at 21 Browning Road in Sylva.
Our new building certainly checks all of your boxes, and we hope you like it as much as we do. Everyone who has seen it has rejoiced in how peaceful it is, and we agree! Join us for classes starting with our Healing Meditation on Tuesday, November 7 at 7:00 pm. We are restoring our normal monthly schedule, with some new twists, and look for new special classes in the coming months.
It is a work in progress, but we’re sure you are going to feel right at home in these new surroundings, a quaint cottage that includes a newly-remodeled meeting space and a kitchen, all sitting on 2/3 of an acre of grassy lawn, ready (with your help) for a meditation garden, or maybe a labyrinth, or even a streamside firepit!
You also might have noticed something else new – we’ve updated our logo. There are two versions. One is a lot like the classic logo with a different typeface. The other is a more abstract take on the lotus design. We will be using them interchangeably:
Of course, new space, and less visibility in town means we’ll need to depend on you to help us make it a success. Your donations, your enthusiasm and your participation go a long way to make sure we can continue to create a wonderful experience for you and our community!
We would like to take a moment to express our gratitude to the folks that helped us on this journey:
- The Webster Methodist Church, for providing affordable space available to us for the past three months, and for being so graciously supportive of our ongoing efforts.
- Our friends at MoonDancer Realty for their tireless help in exploring options and visiting properties over the past four years, even during the lockdown.
- The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce for helping us identify candidate properties, which ultimately led to finding our new home.
- All of the contractors who have helped to transform the space to meet our needs.
- The NC Department of Transportation and Telics, for helping us obtain funding for this transformation.
- Most importantly, YOU, for your support, referrals, and encouragement on this uncertain but equally exciting journey!
It has been a lot of work – more than you will ever know. We looked at so many properties, some perfect but way beyond our budget, and others that weren’t much more than an unfinished cave in a basement of an old building, and pretty much anything in between! But ultimately, the process confirmed our firm belief in Divine Order. It all came about at exactly the right time, and when it was most needed – literally within four hours of being notified that we had to move out of our old building. In the words of Mary Baker Eddy, “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.” Never doubt it, even for a second!
Our work isn’t done, and we can certainly use your help in the coming seasons as the transformation continues. Consider sponsoring an expense or a project, either financially, or through volunteer work, and be an active part of the energy we are creating!
August 1, 2023 update: Effective August 1, 2023, we are meeting at the Webster Methodist Church for our Tuesday Healing Meditations and our monthly Metaphysical Lessons. The GPS address for the church is 1518 Webster Road, located next to the old rock school. Class times may need to be adjusted to accommodate other activities in the building. Our full schedule will be published by July 15.
As previously announced, Monday hours are on hold until after Labor Day. Other classes will be announced as they are scheduled.
July 1, 2023 update: We have been notified by the NC Department of Transportation that we will need to vacate our building by the end of July. As we work to pack up and prepare for the future, we will continue to offer our classes as scheduled. Our bookstore will close on Sunday, July 16 after our Monthly Metaphysical Lesson, but not before we host a special fundraiser Book Sale on July 15 from 11 to 4. See the Calendar page of our website for the current offering. Our last class at our East Main Street building will be our Healing Meditation on Tuesday, July 25, 2023 at 7:00 pm. We are wrapping up the details on new meeting space, and we expect our class schedule to continue in August at an alternate location, to be announced soon.
March 2, 2023 update: Today’s Sylva Herald newspaper reports that road construction has been pushed back a year because of the length of time it’s taking to complete property appraisals. Though this news does not affect us directly, it could also mean a delay in the displacement process, which could be days, weeks or even months away, depending on where we are in the state’s property acquisition queue that continues to progress in the background. Ultimately, we won’t know until we get official notification from the Department of Transportation. With this in mind, we are patiently awaiting news, and continuing our classes on our current schedule until we find out otherwise. Thanks for your patience!
February 3, 2023 update: Honestly, this update is pretty frank. And frankly, we have to be honest about our situation. There’s still no word from the state or when we’ll have to leave, but when it happens, it will happen quickly. But where do we go? We are still working hard to find another location for our center, but the challenges are significant.
We’ve been fortunate the past seven years. Our space is available to us at a very low cost, but the donations we receive are only a fraction of what it costs to rent a commercial property in western North Carolina, or just about anywhere else. We are not alone in this challenge. Other spiritual groups have faded away for this very reason.
Our center exists because of the generosity of people like you – those who make donations to help us meet our expenses, and those who have been kind enough to minimize our obligations so we can continue operating within our current means. The future of The Meditation Center is in your hands. The current available options are not ideal, but we’ll find a way to make it work, even if it means cutting back our schedule to an occasional basis.
We appreciate your help in manifesting the perfect space – not for The Meditation Center, but for you. How can you do this? (1) Send good energy to the situation, (2) Make donations on a regular basis, (3) Be creative in sharing your ideas for where to take this, and (4) Help us keep an eye out for dedicated space for us to meet – temporarily or permanently. Thank you for your support.
December 15, 2022 update: We are still awaiting notification from the NC Department of Transportation to find out when we will be expected to vacate our building. They must give us 30 days notice. Until they do, we will continue to announce our activities one month at a time, with the understanding that things could change quickly at any time. It’s coming – we just don’t know when. We’ll keep you posted on our progress!
Original post October 2, 2022: We have gotten a lot of questions lately about the status of the building where we hold our classes and activities. As you know by now, the forthcoming road project will affect the property where The Meditation Center is located. Right now, it looks like we will be vacating the building by the end of the year. Wait! Don’t fret! This doesn’t mean the end of The Meditation Center. It’s just a doorway that is opening up to show us where our path will lead next.
As we walk through this door, we have an opportunity to find a new space that will better meet our needs. When will this happen? We still don’t know, but we’ll keep you posted. More importantly, this is an opportunity for you. What does that mean? Well, there are a number of answers:
- It’s an opportunity for you to help us find an ideal location (temporary or permanent). We appreciate your eyes and ears to help explore possibilities that we might not find on our own.
- It’s an opportunity for you to put into practice all of the things you have learned on your journey with us over the last seven years. Yes, it is change. Yes, it is uncertain. Yes, it is good, no matter where the journey leads!
- We can’t do this without you. Unless we find donated space for us to meet, a new location will likely mean higher expenses, which depends on your donations. Without your financial support, there is no Center.
Finally, this is a perfect time to express your ideas! What do you want The Meditation Center to be? The possibilities are endless if we work together as a community to make it happen!
Meanwhile, nothing is changing yet. We’re still here, and classes continue as normal until you hear otherwise. The items in our bookstore are on final clearance, so you still have an opportunity to get that special item you’ve had your eye on. All is well on East Main Street! Thanks for being part of our spiritual family!
Randy and Mark