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A different format will be offered at the Emerald Coast Meditation Society at its next meeting, on Nov. 19. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Christ the King Episcopal Church parish hall, 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach, one-half mile north of Hwy. 98. The ECMS is ecumenical and follows no religion.

The session will be led by Jamie Flynn and will consist of a musical theme. He calls it “Gong Meditation: Binary Beat as a Meditative Focus."

Flynn will suggest sitting as close together as possible. He will give a short introduction with a brief overview on binary beats. He will then give three soundings of the tingshas (small bells) to call people to meditation. At this point a large gong is invited to resonance. He says a typical session lasts 30 to 45 minutes. Upon conclusion, the tingshas bring the group back to focus and conclude the meditation.

Flynn says he started doing “this music thing right before turning three years old.” And he cannot remember a time in his life when he wasn’t involved with music, “except for a couple of brief periods of being a hermit sculptor and shunning society.”

He has played professionally in various styles and venues on several different instruments,travelling about the country for a few years. He eventually found himself in the mental health community as a music therapist and recreational therapist with an insatiable desire to understand why music and vibration have such an impact.

Born in West Virginia, he grew up between there and New Mexico. He attended a total of six colleges but has no degree. He and his wife have five sons. At their home in Marianna, they own and operate an animal sanctuary, rescue and rehab on about 25 acres.

Anyone who needs meditation instruction should arrive by 6:15 p.m. For information contact Nancy James at
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