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Truckee’s For Goodness Sake: Something for everyone

Luke Beasley
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With a library that offers books ranging from “Jesus the Messiah” to “Spiritual but not Religious” to something on almost any spiritual or religious path out there, it becomes immediately clear Truckee’s For Goodness Sake is not in the business of promoting any one line of thought or system of beliefs.

It is a spiritual potlatch of sorts, with, as manager Claire McLean put it, “something for everyone ” even if they’re not into anything.”

Director Andy Hill, who helped open For Goodness Sake in 2006 with the financial help of an anonymous Tahoe couple, said the inspiration for it came from a feeling the community needed a non-denominational spiritual center.

“We got the impression people were looking, were searching for something,” Hill said. “People aren’t always sure what it is they are after, but they have a spiritual curiosity, and we provide a very safe place for them to come explore.”

For Goodness Sake looks and feels like a cozy coffee shop ” with wood floors and inviting, leather couches ” and on this day, classical music played gently as a few customers surveyed its collection of literature. Anything For Goodness Sake offers ” from its library of books, CDs and DVDs to its array of classes and workshops ” is completely free.

The classes run from Monday through Friday and include various meditation sessions, along with classes with titles like “Wisdom Circle,” “A Course in Miracles” and “Radical Forgiveness Support Group.”

Classes are all taught by volunteers who have a background in a given subject. Dinny Evans, who leads “Attitudinal Healing” and “Radical Forgiveness” said For Goodness Sake has helped many local residents find what they were looking for.

“The building itself has a magical energy from all the great things that go on here,” Evans said. “People come here all the time and say, ‘Wow, I’d love to have something like this in my town.'”

Truckee resident Skip Thomas started coming to Evans’ class in 2006, when he admits he “was a bit of a mess, coming off a serious illness, was depressed and just had a bad attitude about things.”

“I came here, and little by little over time, as I listened to these discussions, I learned a lot about myself and began to see things differently,” Thomas said. “I developed the faith that things were going to get better for me.”

Bonnie Miller-Smith found For Goodness Sake after she and her husband were searching for a place that offered a Course in Miracles.

“We started the first week it opened and have been here ever since,” Miller-Smith, who has also started attending the meditation classes, said. “They offer fabulous speakers, incredible workshops, and most importantly, they honor all paths. For Goodness Sake does not pick and choose.”

For more information, you can call For Goodness Sake at 550-8981 or visit them online at http://www.goodnesssake.org.

For Goodness Sake

10157 Donner Pass Road,

Downtown Truckee

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Wednesday, May 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Cathy Nason will be presenting this slide show which journeys through three special places holding high vibrations for meditation. Ajay and Suruchi from Dharamsala will be present. Experience the pilgrimage through Tiruvannamalai, where Ramana Maharshi lived, Rishikesh and Calcutta!

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