End Of Mayan Calendar Event At Birth2012 Is Dec. 22

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Center for Mindful Living will join in Birth2012, a global movement that aims to unify 100 million people to celebrate the birth of a new era at its Birth2012 “Hub”, on Saturday, Dec. 22, from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. It will begin at 11 a.m. with a community meditation, followed by a labyrinth walk with crystal bowls and drumming. No registration is needed and you are welcome join for any part of the event. Bring an instrument if you have one. 

Organizers said, "We will have light refreshments and a place for quiet sitting in prayer and meditation. We will have the live streaming of events of Birth2012, a global webcast of transformational leaders, acts of love, and unifying spiritual practices from 40 major events from Mexico to Australia." 

The event will be held at Center for Mindful Living, 1212 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, Tn. 37404.

The Center for Mindful Living is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization promoting consciousness, compassion, and practices that help people deeply listen to ourselves and to one another. Officially opening in January 2013, the Center for Mindful Living has been created to nurture the innate wisdom and health in individuals and the community. 

Officials said, "We honor that each person has an individual path, and therefore, we offer a variety of ways to practice mindfulness. We are dedicated to providing a space and teaching skills that support people in leading more joyful, compassionate, healthy, and meaningful lives, and to become positive change agents in their communities.

"Birth2012 (www.birth2012.com) is a positive global response to the end of the long-count Mayan calendar on December 21. The end of the Mayan calendar has provoked apocalyptic fears, doomsday books and films, parodies, and even triggering outbreaks of panic, as recently reported in a December 1 New York Times article on Russia's end-of-the-world anxiety. By contrast, the far more positive and forward-looking Birth 2012 movement offers a creative and hopeful alternative. Rather than feed fears, the movement aims to turn this marker point into a "birth day" for a new era that is healthy, sustainable, and peaceful. The conveners recognize the power of this once-in-five-thousand-years turning point to unify people globally around a commitment to create a world that works for all." 

"Birth 2012 is a celebration for the world that helps us build a critical mass of people committed to positive change. We aim to co-create an historic turning point that helps to interconnect the social, spiritual, and technological breakthroughs that can lead us forward out of our current global crises," said Stephen Dinan, the co-founder of the Birth 2012 campaign. There will be a 33-hour global live webcast linking more than 40 major locations with many of today's top cultural leaders, bestselling authors, religious leaders, and musicians. Livecast locations include Mexico, Egypt, India, Japan, Israel, Ghana, Kenya, Scotland, Guatemala, Brazil, and Canada, plus dozens of locations in the United States. These will include synchronized meditations, prayers, songs, and practices worldwide, ranging from a Havdalah prayer from Jerusalem to One Billion Oms led from India to a world peace prayer ceremony from Mt. Fuji and a global Yoga Wave.


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