LAYTON— One local group is offering a daily spiritual boost via the Internet.
The Layton Center for Spiritual Living allows visitors to join in their morning meditation sessions, held weekdays at 8 a.m., through a free video conference app on their website.
Visitors can also electronically join in on their Conscious Conversation discussion group, which is held every Wednesday evening from 6:30-8 p.m.
“It’s just like being in the room, except you don’t have to get out of your jammies,” said Rev Myrna Hirst, the minister for the group. “The only thing we can’t do over the computer is hug each other.”
She said the morning meditations never last longer than a half hour, and follow a simple structure meant to accommodate both new people and those who have regularly attended the sessions.
“It’s simply a little bit of dialogue, and then we go into a little bit of a guided meditation that lasts about 15 minutes,” said Hirst. “Then we tell each other to have a good day.”
Though visitors are welcome to attend the group in person, it’s just as easy to join by clicking on the “Morning Meditation” link on the group’s main page, laytoncsl.org. That will take you to the program, which new users will have to download to their computers the first time they use it, and then link you to the conversation.
“We’ve tried other programs before, but they were too hard to get into,” said Hirst. “Here, everyone shows up on a computer screen that looks like ‘Hollywood Squares.’”
The same system is in place to allow people to remotely join the Conscious Conversation group, which has its own link on the site’s main page. The discussion group touches on different topics each month related to mental health, spirituality and self-improvement.
“We have a general discussion about how whatever we’re talking about might apply in our lives, always with a spiritual component,” she said.
In February, the group will be discussing Byron Katie’s “Loving What Is.” In the book, Katie asks four questions designed to change how people think about the problems they’re facing in their lives.
“They can help you get out of the muddle of your life,” said Hirst.
For those who can’t make the Wednesday discussions but are still interested in joining the group in person, the center is also holding an evening event they’re calling “Celebrating Love” on Feb. 10 from 6-8 p.m. at Hirst’s home.
“We will sing and chant and breathe together,” she said. “We will recommit to our life’s purpose and to joy. Then we’ll break bread together.”
According to Hirst, the purpose of the celebration is the same as the purpose for all of the activities the center holds.
“We want to see the positive side of life,” she said. “We try to find some good in everything, and help people find the skills they need to dig themselves out of the muddle of their lives.”
For the address and directions to Hirst’s home, call her at 801-503-6063 or email her at RevMyrnaD@gmail.com. For a complete list of center classes and events, visit the center’s website.