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11th Annual Spirit First Poetry Contest

Spirit First is pleased to announce the winning entries for our 11th annual Spirit First Meditation Poetry Contest. This year we received 1,492 poems from 46 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. We also received entries from 47 foreign nations, including Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Congo, Croatia, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland (Republic of Ireland), Israel, Lagos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Nova Scotia, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Tanzania, The Netherlands, Trinidad and Tobago, Wales, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

We are always thrilled—and amazed—to have the participation of so many meditation and mindfulness poets from all over the world, and we are honored by your presence from home and abroad. This poetry event is such a great joy for all of us at Spirit First, and especially for our devoted judging committee.

Click here to see the winning entries!

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.

Third 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.

To purchase this book go to Amazon, click here


11th Annual Spirit First Poetry Contest Winners

Moments of the Soul Book

Spirit First Offers Free Meditation Series