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6th Annual Spirit First Poetry Contest Winner Announced
Our 6th annual Spirit First poetry contest received an amazing 2,097 poems - a record-breaking year for us! Poems came in from 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 44 foreign countries (the missing U.S. state was Hawaii). Poems from outside the U.S. arrived from Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Canada, Cook Islands, Cuba, Denmark, Egypt, England, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Lagos, Luxembourg, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Mauritius, Romania, Scotland, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tunisia, UAE/Abudhabi, UAE/Dubai, and Ukraine. The foreign nation with the most entries was India, with nearly 100 poems entered. The American state with the most entries was California with 175 poems, followed by New York and then New Jersey. We received 300 poems without information on physical location (city/state/country).
Thank you to all who participated - we appreciate every poet, every poem. Your writing on the themes of meditation and mindfulness is important to the world, and what a great work it was to select winners from so many beautiful words. Very special thanks to our team of judges and all your efforts to select the winners.And now, here are our winning entries.
Be sure to take a look at the Spirit First's 2015 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.