Center for Healing and Wholeness Offers Meditation

By PAT JOHNSON | May 01, 2019
Photo by: Pat Johnson Victoria Eddy, director of the Center for Healing and Wholeness at the United Methodist Church in Tuckerton, offers meditation as a means to cope.

Tuckerton — Victoria Eddy is the new director of the Center for Healing and Wholeness, part of the United Methodist Church of Tuckerton’s mission to integrate mind, body and spirit.

The center was founded in 1994 and 25 years later it is still providing counseling for families, couples and those recovering from drug or alcohol addiction.

“We are a mission-based Center within the Tuckerton United Methodist Church. It is in faith, love and peace that we provide counseling, workshops, support groups and community information to help all people create a mind, body and spirit connection,” according to the center’s mission statement.

Eddy is a certified addiction recovery coach and a spiritual 12-step recovery facilitator. The center also employs Lynne Beriont-Virginia, a licensed marriage and family counselor.

“It is my vision and wish that the CFH&W brings a community of people together to open our minds to all different approaches to wellness, where all people can find ways to enhance their lifestyle, where they can find relief from everyday stresses,” said Eddy.

“To date we offer counseling services, meditation classes, and addiction (recovery) coaching. In the near future we hope to have a finance wellness workshop, a support group for veterans and a support group for families affected by addiction.”

Eddy said she particularly enjoyed her experience this past winter teaching children of the church community to meditate on words like “love” and “relax.”

“Most chose love,” she said. “I have personally seen it help in many areas of my life while raising children. I’d listen to tapes with them and do guided meditations.

“My own recovery experience led me to this place in my life,” she said.

Eddy offers guided seated meditation once a week on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church in Tuckerton. She also offers an evening meditation hour at 7 p.m. on the last Saturday of the month. Donations are requested for participation.

On Saturday, April 27, Eddy welcomed eight participants to a guided meditation. With a meditation tape of music and waves playing in a candle-lit room, the group was instructed in a soft voice to close their eyes, relax their body and focus on their breath. Later she used a well-known prayer as a basis for meditation. All in all, it was a 45-minute relaxation session and the results were discussed later. Some found a pathway to distant memories, one connected with a deceased family member. Another felt the low music as a source of comfort while “swimming” in her mind. And an unknown desire to read and write poetry came unbidden to another.

Meditation is particularly useful for those recovering from alcohol or drug addiction. In fact, 12-step programs such as Alcoholic Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous suggest meditation as a way to connect to a “higher power” for help in combating stressful situations that might lead to a drink or a drug.

“Thoughts create our realities. What you think about expands. When you hear your thoughts, you find there are some that don’t serve you well and those are the ones we hope to change,” said Eddy.

“When you quiet down, settle down, you are able to connect to your higher power or God. Prayer is said to be talking to God and meditation is listening. It promotes overall wellness. It combats anxiety, restlessness, irritability and restlessness and allows us to pause before losing our tempers. It helps couples, parents and children.”

On May 29 at the Little Egg Harbor Branch of the Ocean County Library, Eddy will be part of a panel discussion sponsored by the Center on Addiction and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. A short documentary film, “Out of Reach,” will be shown about a high school senior who uncovers the growing problem of teens abusing prescription medicine. Then Deborah Nixon, a parent coach from the center, will moderate a talk on the subject with Eddy and Beriont-Virginia from the CFH&W, and Tonia Ahern, outreach coordinator of NJ Connect for Recovery of the Mental Health Association. The program is free, but register by calling the library at 609-294-1197.

For information on the meditation sessions or counseling at the Center for Healing and Wholeness, contact Eddy at 609-709-5982 or at

— Pat Johnson



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