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On Wednesday, May 29th - 7:30 - 8:30 pm, we are welcoming Erik Lutz to The Zeal Center where he will share a Sound Bowl Meditation. Get to know Erik a little more below.
Tell us a little about you:
I really enjoy being in nature. I’ve been playing drums for about 20 years now and I’ve been learning didgeridoo for about 7 years. I enjoy that those instruments along with my experience with sound healing, conscious dance, and appreciation of nature all have a thread of being with the rhythms of life.
I’ve been exploring how I can bring my many interests together - doing more with less and creating some delightful combinations… I like animals a lot; I have a sweet dog (Magellan) and cat (Jon Snow) in my life! I also like woodworking, long boarding, snowboarding, photography, playing frisbee, and more
Tell us about what you are offering at the Zeal Center:
The offering is a Sound Bath Meditation using primarily Tibetan metal singing bowls. The bowls are a mix of ancient and modern bowls ranging from 30-200 years old or more. These sacred instruments promote a variety of healing benefits through their vibration and I do my best to be with what the attendees need and play intuitively to support that. It’s like a bath for your soul!
Simply show up, get comfortable and let the waves of the bowls wash over you!
These instruments support meditative and harmonizing states of being which can include: relaxation, serenity, detox, inflammation reduction, vitalization, enhanced focus, personal insight and development and much more! Science is confirming a lot of what the wise ones have know for centuries.
As a recipient, it’s one of my favorite ways to relax, meditate, unwind, and restore. As a facilitator, I get those benefits too, and, I get to be of service in helping others connect to their best self, while I am connected to mine.
How did you get started?
I first started experiencing Sound Healing through Kundalini Yoga classes and experiencing gong baths during shavasana. Through some mutual friends I found out about The Crystal Ashram, a consciousness/meditation group in my area who were starting to do Sound Healing among many other things. After really enjoying my first event with them and getting a sense of what they were up to, I kept coming to their events and started volunteering with them. Now I am well on my way as an apprentice with them to be a Certified Sound Bath Facilitator and to be able to facilitate some of their other empowerment experiences and tools. It’s become more clear over the years, that this is a modality that resonates with my core and I am very grateful for the growth and illumination it has facilitated in myself.
What do you love about what you do?
I really appreciate and love how this work has empowered me and even more, I appreciate seeing how it transforms other people through the meditations. It’s such a simple practice, yet it has so much depth. Each meditation is different, even if it’s the same people, in the same place, with the same bowls… I truly appreciate and love the sense of empowered peace and serenity that I’ve been able to reinforce in my life through practicing with the bowls, a practice which is amplified by being of service and facilitating meditations. Working with the Crystal Ashram/Human Activation tribe is truly a blessing. The culture we cultivate and stand for in the core team has a sense of family and empowerment and I am deeply grateful for. I also appreciate seeing values we’re co-creating ripple to benefit others outside of our core group. I also have the privilege of working with a very dear friend with the Conscious Dance work that I do and that brings a lot of joy to my life.
What’s your funniest story from your job?
There have been some especially sweet and funny moments with our yoga dog, Magellan as he settles into shavasana. At one of the recent meditations I did, he came around and made sure everyone was tucked in and then settled down. He sighed along with the rest of us as we began the meditation :)
I don’t necessarily have a funny story (there’s lots of inside jokes with our team), but I can say that there is plenty of humor and sweetness in this work that we do.
When I was a part of the team that was facilitating a meditation for 800 elementary school kids in Virginia, one of the kids came up to one of my teammates and said “man I can feel that activating my chakras!“ We enjoyed the way he said it -and- it was delightful that he knew what chakras were.
What do you offer beyond this amazing event at The Zeal Center?
Other modalities that I incorporate into my work include Reiki, Health Coaching, other forms of Energy Work/Harmonization, Chakra Balancing, Crystal Healing, and Conscious Dance events! I facilitate or co-facilitate monthly Conscious Dance events with Sound Healing that sometimes include Yoga, Chi Gong, and Live Drumming.
Where can we find you online or in person?
Facebook.com/ConsciousDanceAnnapolis to see what my partner and I are up to with Conscious Dance - we also post some fun music and other media every week or so
I also have a Facebook page and a website I’m developing which you can get in touch with me and get more information. Please check back as things progress!