Monday, September 30, 2013

2014 Meditation Poetry Contest Announced

Fifth Annual Spirit First Poetry Contest

Deadline: January 31, 2014
First Prize: $175
Second Prize: $125
Third Prize: $75

Complete Guidelines:

Spirit First is pleased to announce its Fifth Annual Meditation Poetry Contest. Poetry submissions may be of any length and any style but must have a theme of Meditation, Mindfulness, Silence, Stillness, or Solitude (but only peaceful solitude, not loneliness). Poems may reflect any discipline, any faith, or none. Poems must be previously unpublished.

Please do not enter more than three submissions. Sending more than three poems will lead to those poems being disqualified.

Please submit your poems by email unless you do not have access to the Internet. Poems will be accepted by U.S. Postal Service for those who do not have Internet access. All others are requested to be emailed. Poems sent by U.S. Postal Service will not be returned. Poems must be received by January 31, 2014.

Please submit your poems all in one file or inside the body of an email (rather than three poems in three separate files). Be sure to include the author's name, address, telephone number, and email address. There is no cost to enter this contest. Submissions must be received no later than January 31, 2014.

Winners will be announced on or before April 30, 2014, on the Spirit First website at Winning poems will be published on the Spirit First website and the Spirit First blog, and in a Spirit First newsletter (authors retain full rights to their poems).

How to submit:

By email: send to

By U.S. Postal Service (for those without Internet access): send to the following address:

Spirit First Poetry Contest
PO Box 8076
Langley Park, MD 20787

To all our participating poets, thank you for your beautiful words. We look forward to reading your poems!

Journeys in Silence Piano Concert

JOURNEYS IN SILENCE piano concert. Haskell Small, a pianist well-known for his imaginative programming, will kick off his national tour entitled “Journeys In Silence” with a free concert on October 5 at 8 pm, presented by the Washington Conservatory of Music at Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church, One Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda at Massachusetts and Western Avenues, the boundary of DC and Bethesda. Free concert--Donations accepted at the door.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

For many years, at great cost, I traveled through many countries, saw the high mountains, the oceans. The only things I did not see were the sparkling dewdrops in the grass just outside my door.
~ Rabindranath Tagore

photography by permission
cindy lee jones

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Romero Wyatt, Special Guest Musician

Romero Wyatt will be special guest musician for next Saturday's meditation in Silver Spring (September 21), and you are welcome to join us (30 people already signed up). He will provide rhythms, tones, and vibrations for the sound meditation portion of our program. Romero Wyatt is a percussionist who started playing hand drums at the age of 7 and since then has studied with master drummers from all over the world. He has incredibly rich experience in providing drums and percussion for churches, dance classes, dance productions, theatre productions and recording artists. He has worked with some of today's legendary choreographers and has an extensive resume.
Romero, welcome to Spirit First!