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6th Annual Spirit First Poetry Contest
Spirit First is pleased to announce its 6th annual meditation poetry contest. Poetry submissions may be of any length and any style but must have a theme of meditation, mindfulness, stillness, or silence. Click here to read the Contest Guidelines.
The Spirit First's 2014 Poetry Contest
Our 5th annual Spirit First poetry contest received an amazing 1,752 poems, a record-breaking year for us! Poems came in from 48 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 45 foreign countries (the only missing U.S. states were Iowa and North Dakota).
Poems from outside the U.S. arrived from Algeria, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Republic of Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Republic of Seychelles, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Serbia, China, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, and Ukraine. (Some poems arrived with nationality/address unknown.)
Thank you to all who participated - we appreciate every poet, every poem. Your writing is important to the world, and what a great work it was to select winners from so many beautiful works.
Be sure to take a look at the Spirit First's 2014 Poetry Contest Results
Spirit First Offers Free Meditation Series
Spirit First offers free meditation services on the third Saturday morning of each month, and we would love to have you join us! Our gathering is in a quiet, wooded residence in Silver Spring, so please contact us for the address and details. You can reach us at . You also can find us on Meetup.
First Saturday of every month.
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
We have attendees who are new to meditation as well as those who have been meditating for many years, so please feel comfortable to come regardless of whether you are a beginner or a seasoned practitioner. We offer leadings in various practices including mindfulness practice, guided meditation, music meditation, and silence. Our meditations begin at 10:30 a.m. and continue for an hour. Following the meditations we have vegetarian, whole, organic refreshments available for those who are interested.
For more information, contact Diana at or at 240.274.2367.
Our First Book, Moments of the Soul, Now Available
All of us at Spirit First are excited to announce the release of our first book, Moments of the Soul, a collection of poems on the themes of meditation, mindfulness, silence, stillness, and solitude. These 84 poems express moments of meditation written by 61 poets from across the United States and from several foreign nations, from writers between the ages of 18 and 85, from authors from many different faiths, and from authors who do not represent any organized religion. We are proud, and grateful, to offer these moments of the soul from so many beautiful writers.
Proceeds from sales of this book go to Spirit First and the creation of a meditation retreat center with quiet walking trails, fragrant gardens, and many places to pause.