Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hahn says, “Meditation is not an escape. It is the courage to look at reality with mindfulness and concentration. Meditation is essential for our survival.

In a world with so many demands and anxieties, meditation allows greater awareness within your life and deeper access to its gifts. At the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, we offer opportunities throughout the week to both seek quiet and connect with others in a space of solace and sustenance.

Thursday Vespers

This weekly space provides a quiet gathering with music, meditation and community each Thursday from 6:30-7:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Led by the ministers of the congregation, this space is a place of healing and renewal. Quiet Taize-style music, unison readings and a chance to share what is on your heart makes this circle the perfect space for those seeking healing, connection and peace.

Second Wednesday Meditation Space

Meditation is the natural process of releasing stress and opening yourself up to greater harmony and relaxation. On the second Wednesday each month, we meet in the Sanctuary and create a space from 6:30–7:30 p.m. for deepening a meditative practice. Guided, seated and walking meditation techniques will be taught. Led by Rev. Leslie Takahashi.

Sunday Meditation

On Sundays before service, we invite people with different silent meditation practices to comfortably meditate together in a supportive environment. This group does not adhere to a particular style of meditation, but welcomes all, and happily shares practices and experiences.  Contemplative music leads up to the 9 a.m. start of the 40-minute silent meditation, and a brief discussion and chant close the session. Address questions to:  sunday-meditation@mduuc.org.

All are welcome.  Please join us at 9 a.m. in the Fireside Room.  Dress comfortably.

About Sunday Meditation

Walking Meditation

Our beautiful and tranquil grounds are home to deer, turkeys, owls, quail, and other visitors from the larger family of life. Nestled in this beauty is a simple labyrinth that provides an opportunity to engage in active walking meditation, a space to take a question into the center, clarify your thoughts, and calm your mind. The labyrinth is available from sunrise to sunset and as part of special events such as our annual full-moon walk; a self-guided walk is also available. The labyrinth is featured, too, in our quarterly Breath and Spirit Retreats.