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Links - Town of Goffstown - Episcopal Diocese of NH - Millennium Development Goals - The Episcopal Cafe - Great resources, articles, meditations & videos. - Episcopal Young Adult Service Corp - NH Teen Institute - For older Teens and College Students - For older Middle & High School Spirituality - Daily Meditation - Episcopal Peace Fellowship - Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church Inc. - Episcopal Relief & Development - National Episcopal Church - Institute for Spiritual Formation - contemplative leadership - Society of St. John's the Evangelist, Cambridge, MA - The YOU docs help you live life to the youngest - US Food and Nutrition Services - Sister Joan Chittister - Redefining Progress (toward sustainability) - Childhood Cancer Lifeline


Books, Articles, Videos, DVDs and CDs

Books form the basis for many of our discussions. They can also help us explore our individual spirituality. Videos, DVD's and CD's guide us in learning skills that can help us deepen our faith practices in areas such as Tai Chi, Yoga, and meditation.

Contact Us for a list of recommended books, videos, DVDs and CDs grouped by our core four themes: spirituality, book group, fitness, and health/environment.

Retreat Centers Byfield, Massachusetts - Run by members of the Anglican Communion - Run by the Lutheran Church on Lake Ossipee - St. Anselm College, Goffstown, NH: outdoor Stations of the Cross - Run by the Benedictines of the Catholic Church - Barbara Harris Center - Run by the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, Greenfield, NH - fill in your town and state and the radius you are willing to drive

Quotes to Live By

All will be well, all will be well, all manner of thing will be well - Julien of Norwich

Yield to the oncoming force and redirect it - from various Tai Chi forms

The bread you do not use is the bread of the hungry. The garment hanging in your wardrove is the garment of the person who is naked. - Basil the Great

Pain hollows out that joy may fill the more. - attributed to Monica Beck

TLN ...“Is it True?” Is it Loving?” ‘Is it Necessary?” If what you are getting ready to say to
someone does not fill all three requirements, it is better left unsaid. Thank you Monica Beck. RIP.

Suggestions for how to Pray and Meditate

The Breath Prayer - taken from NH Episcopal News April 2009

Close your eyes and take regular, deep breaths. Once you've established a regular rhythm, silently pray one sentence continually that means something for you (for example, "Lord fill me with your peace" or choose a favorite phrase from Scripture of the Prayer Book). As you inhale, pray your prayer and imagine the Holy Spirit filling you. As you exhale, imagine all the cares, concerns, and activities that fill your life being breathed away. Continue.


Square Breathing:

Inhale for a count of four, hold for a count of four, exhale for a count of four, and hold for a count of four. Continue. If a count of four is difficult then reduce the count to three, two or one and build up over time as you practice this exercise. If a count of four is easy then increase the count to five, six, seven or eight. Try to build to a count of eight over time as you practice this exercise. It may take weeks or months to increase your count. The object is relaxation/meditation so proceed at a level that is comfortable for you.


“Alternate-nostril Breathing” or “Nadi Shodhana Pranayama” submitted by Jill Desrochers

Close off the right nostril using the index finger on the side of the nose and inhale through the left nostril. Switch nostrils and close off the left nostril and exhale through the right nostril.  Keeping the right nostril open, inhale. Switch again, closing off the right nostril and opening the left nostril and exhale through the left. Continue as comfortable.

One user says: "I find that this helps me to focus on my breathing and turning off the chatter in my head!"


Qi Gong Breathing: Open and Close Hands:

Hold hands relaxed but feeling resistance as though holding a ball the size of your head. Tips of Fingers at eye height with elbows rounded (hands about a foot in front of body). Breathing in slowly & deeply, draw hands apart to slightly wider than shoulders. Breathing out return hands to starting position. Repeat up to 9 times letting eyes go soft. Focus on the breath. You can imagine resistance in the opening & closing of the hands as though they were superglued to the ball and the ball is slightly squished in at the start, stretched out at the open position & back to squished in at the end.

This and other breathing exercises can elicit the Relaxation Response.


Self-guided Breathing Relaxation Exercise:

Find a comfortable position sitting or lying down. Breathe in and out slowly a few times: in through the nose and out through the mouth. Begin with an inhalation with focus on the head saying to yourself: "I relax my head" and exhaling saying to yourself "My head is relaxed". Move your way down your body inhaling as you say "I relax my ___" and exhaling s you say: "My ___ is relaxed". The focus each time is on that body part as you exhale away any stress in that part. The progression is head, face, jaw and tongue, neck, shoulders, torso (being more specific if a portion of that area is tense), arms, hands, legs, feet. Finally breath slowly and deeply in through the nose and out through the mouth while scanning the body for tension and focusing on that area with a breath or two. Once the tension is gone, breathe slowly several times and then come back to the present.