Take 5 to center your Universe

Employee News & Views Editor: March 20, 201315 Comments

Motion is manifested in everything within our Universe and nothing is ever really at rest. Everything moves, vibrates and circles – constantly like the way our lives seem to be busy-on-the-go, cram another thing into today’s vivacious schedule and try not to run in too many circles to finish the crazy race-of-the-day. 

After all that busy talk, close your eyes. Well, you might want to leave at least one eye open to read this… I want to take you someplace – so maybe pretend your eyes are closed for just a moment.  Imagine yourself on a work break. You’ve gone to a peaceful place. There’s no loud talking.  No machines beep. All the phones are silent. Nobody calls your name, interrupts you, or cries for help from down the hall.  Are you still with me? I hope you’re imagining a lovely, restful place.  Okay let’s center.  So you’re on this break…

You sit.

You take a few deep breathes.

And you wait.

Wait for what?

Oh yes, you wait to hear this beautiful sound – a sound that sends healing to your mind, body and spirit. It’s the sound of a gong. 

Ever heard one before?  It’s really remarkable – and amazing that this small desk top-sized gong could cause resonant vibration and soothing rhythm to enter your body, touch you and influence your emotions like no other source of input or expression. What a calming affect it had over me and I was just there to photograph it. Our dear Chaplain Lynn Baker treated me to a sound demonstration that left me curious for another.

Every Wednesday between Noon and 12:20 p.m. the chaplains at Community Regional will offer a “centering space”, a place for employees to break away from their moving Universe to bring harmony and calm to the day.  The Centering Space will consist of a short litany, moments of sweet, sweet silence and a closing litany.

Whether your pursuit is meditative, spiritual or transformational, their goal is to help people to restore an intrinsic state of balance and well-being. As you listen to the gong’s sound, it will penetrate every cell and fiber of your body. Gong meditations are considered one of the most deeply healing and restorative meditations possible because of the deep state of relaxation that is felt in response to the sound vibration. It’s a perfect mid day break, don’t you think?

The Centering Space is open on Wednesdays from Noon to 12:20 p.m. for five minute sessions in the Chapel located on the first floor off of the main lobby. Please enter very quietly so you don’t disturb others involved in this exercise. The sessions will repeat every five minutes – stay for one or come for all.

If you have questions, please contact the Chaplain Services at Ext. 56461.

Shannon Merritt
Communications Specialist
Community Regional Medical Center

15 responses to Take 5 to center your Universe

Take 5 to center your Universe | Community Medical

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Take 5 to center your Universe | Community Medical

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Centering is Restorative

I have been attending Chaplain Baker's weekly sessions since they began, and am grateful to her for offering this service. Taking a few moments out of a hectic workday to center oneself and sit quietly is restorative. And, the sound of the gong is quite beautiful!

I am looking forward to

I am looking forward to trying this! Any ideas for stress reduction are greatly appreciated. I can't understand why this would bring any negative comments! Lighten up, negative people!


Seems a little strange, and a little over reaching. I don't think this type of spiritual centering should be corporate sponsored. Makes me uncomfortable.

In response to the concerns

In response to the concerns for this voluntary exercise, I talked with Chaplain Grimaldo Enriquez and while the exercise may not be for everyone, it should be pointed out that it is non-sectarian and non-religious, even though it is held in the hospital chapel. This is a large organization and there will always be differences in how individuals respond to what is being made available to them. The chaplain shared that spirituality in the workplace is an up and coming interest in many organizations and corporations like Intel, Boeing, Sears, the Body Shop, and more - have all incorparated spirituality into their workplaces, business strategies and cultures. Most people feel very busy - with a lot to balance between work and home responsibilites. I know, I'm one of them. Some people find it theraputic to exercise to help balance and bring sanity to their day. Others find meditation works - and there's different types of meditation that appeal to different individuals. For me personally, it's a quiet, peaceful place where I can sit silently and am able to clear my thoughts,not answer my phone, take some deep breaths and if I'm all alone, I pray. Can you believe that sometimes that quiet place is in my car - during my 20 minute ride to or from work? It's all a matter of choice, what you feel comfortable with and what you are willing to experience for yourself - for your well-being. It's refreshing to know we work for an organization that cares about our spiritual well-being and is willing to allow our chaplains to provide us with options like this. For those interested, look for upcoming blogs on spirituality in the workplace from Chaplain Enriquez.

Great idea!!!

Great idea!!!

Can all employees "take 5"

Can all employees "take 5" for reasons that may be important to them? prayer, bow to meccca, meditation.voodoo, etc.. I think the hospital may be starting down a slippery slope.

Can all employees "Take 5"

Yes all employees can take 5 -- even 15 -- as California workplace regulations allow and require regular breaks. And as long as the employee is not violating workplace policies or the law or endangering patients he/she is free to roll out a prayer mat and bow to Mecca, meditate, etc. As a non-profit, locally owned healthcare network, we take pride in creating a workplace that values our employees' well being. Community's mission is to imrove the health of our community. That mission starts with our employees, whether it's providing healthy choices in our cafeteria, comprehensive health benefits, or a place to take 5 minutes out of a hectic day to quiet the mind and breathe.


It is really nice to see these positive virtues that take place in our Community Corporation Thank you so much for all the great postings and all your hard work to you and everyone involved...

Take 5 to center your Universe | Community Medical

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Centering Space

Great idea! Hope everyone takes advantage of it!


I am full of gatitude -

I was wondering if this could

I was wondering if this could be done at Clovis also. It sounds wonderful!

Thank you for your interest

Thank you for your interest Michelle. The chaplain services at Community Regional will be piloting this exercise before offering it to other sites. However, many employees currently use the chapels (at Clovis and Community Regional) for quiet places to pray or meditate. The chapels are open for staff use and chaplains can be called upon for support as well.

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