Take a moment to breathe

Drop-in meditation workshops in Vernon are open to everyone and offer a chance to take time away from day-to-day stress

Marc Tey will lead a meditation drop-in starting this Thursday and running every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. except holidays.

Marc Tey will lead a meditation drop-in starting this Thursday and running every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. except holidays.

With all of today’s technological advances designed to save people time, it would stand to reason that people are more relaxed than ever.

Not so, according to Marc Tey. The Vernon healer and therapist said people are in fact suffering from more stress, fear and illness than ever before.

“When I moved to Vernon from Toronto 34 years ago, you never heard about home invasions, bank robberies or seniors being mugged on the street, not to mention all of the natural disasters in the world, now you see and hear about these things all the time,” said Tey, who looks much younger than his 70 years, and ran a kung fu club in Vernon for many years. “Our problem is we are always looking outside and not inside, but we attract the energy that we give.

“If you send out negative energy, you attract negative people into your life, so we know that, but we don’t know how to make it go away.

To help guide people towards slowing down and healing, Tey is offering a weekly meditation workshop starting Thursday.

“The ancient Chinese believe that your physical body energy, astral body energy, casual body energy and the universal energy are inter-related,” said Tey. “If everybody could put aside around 30 minutes a day for meditation to give ourselves, our family, friends, neighbours, city, province, country, the world and the universe unconditional love, we could help to reduce the crime and make Mother Nature more peaceful as well.

As an internationally renowned workshop leader and lecturer, Tey applies methods of therapy that help people free themselves from what holds them back. His work is always presented in a loving and gentle way which provides warmth and safety for everyone present.

“I’d like to share my knowledge by teaching people who would like to learn the technique of healing themselves and at the same time we will heal our community and our universe,” said Tey, who has studied under five masters. “Every individual is part of the universe, what we call energy.”

He said the foundation of Transcendental Meditation is that if just one per cent of the population can keep sending love to their surroundings, everything will be different.

“We have to heal our bodies by increasing the immune system and the energy. The purpose is to help every individual, when you help yourself, you help your community and if everybody does that, you change the energy. And affirmation is also one of the tools we should use every day.”

Drop-in meditation will be held every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Church, but Tey stresses this is not a religious event in any way.

The sessions will include basic yoga to help participants release tensions from their everyday activities, followed by 30 minutes of meditation to help let go of all of the negative thoughts in your mind and your emotions.

“Last but not least, the end of the session will conclude with some Qi Gong exercises to help build the energy in every individual body. I teach the correct breathing technique. It’s like kung fu: in the movies, they show you the moves, but they don’t teach you where it comes from. When you increase your energy, you help the immune system. It will help the energy in the body.

“And once you learn how to meditate, you can guide  yourself.”

The best time to meditate, said Tey, is first thing in the morning or before you go to bed, while adding that the best time for meditation is also anytime it fits into your schedule.

One of Tey’s favourite quotes is by Canadian-born author and mystic Manly Palmer Hall: “Enlightened unconditional love is the universal medicine.”

Everybody is welcome, and the cost is by donation. Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a blanket or mat, and water to drink. The class will run every Thursday except holidays.

For more information, please e-mail marc.tey@telus.net