Converging Paths Meditation Center
Sandusky, Ohio
Who We Are
As an open and safe center for group practice, we are, of course, whoever joins
us in meditation, and we welcome all.
We have over 200 persons on our email list. And each adds a color to our
identity. For the purposes of all, we offer these profiles on
the founders and facilitators of the center.
Sharon Lichtcsien, RYT-200, I was first introduced to yoga in 1974
and began my formal training in 2010 at Oberlin's Solaluna Yoga
Studio. I lead gentle Restorative yoga in the Sandusky area and am
the founder of Restorative Yoga and More. Other avenues of yoga
that I’ve explored include playing of the meditative gong, crystal
bowls, and Koshi chimes.
I have studied with a wide range of yogic teachers including
internationally known Sir Dharma Mittra, Cyndi Lee, Tommy
Rosen, Nikki Myers, Durga Leela, Rolf Gates, and Elana Brower.
In 2010, I walked into the ‘space’ of Converging Paths Meditation
Center, and I began exploring gentle meditations, chanting, yogic
stretches and words of wisdom.
Ann Smith. I am a Clinical Nurse Specialist in psychiatric mental health
nursing with a PhD in Nursing. I was a nursing professor for 18 years.
Now, I provide counseling and Reiki and Therapeutic Touch to clients in
my private practice.
As I grew up in a very close family, I was influenced by my grandmother
who seemed to be able to pray and meditate in the midst of chaos. She was
a calm and healing presence for me. In graduate school I was there at a
time when the faculty was open to teaching imagery and meditation to help
people find inner peace and calm and to relieve suffering holistically. For
25 years I attended a week-long workshop every summer in upper New
York State to study Therapeutic Touch and meditation with Dr. Dolores
Kreiger and Dora Kuns. Since 2007 I have been studying in the Anamcara
program by the Sacred Art of Living and Dying organization with Richard
Groves and others in relieving spiritual pain in people who are dying.
In 2006, Larry and I attended a weeklong meditation retreat with Thich
Nhat Hanh. In 2016, I took a formal certification course on meditation
learning basic physiological responses and strategies.
I use meditation and energy healing in my practice and I am honored to be
a part of Converging Paths Meditation Center.
Larry Smith. While I carry the title of Professor Emeritus of
Humanities from BGSU Firelands College, these days I see myself
as a husband-grandfather-writer-editor. I have studied and
practiced Zen Buddhism for a couple decades through readings,
sitting, and including retreat study at the Zen Mountain Monastery
in Mt. Tremper, NY, with Ann at the Plum Village Mindfulness
Practice Center with Thich Nhat Hanh, and with Tara Brach at
Kripalu. However, most of my awareness of meditation comes from
simply practicing sitting. Together with Mei Hui Huang I have
translated the work of Chinese and Japanese Zen poets.
In 2013 I joined the Catholic Church and seek a contemplative yet
activist practice that unites Buddhism and Christianity.
Lovingkindness is the path of both.
Jan Carver Young. Although I didn’t realize it at the time, I
started meditating while teaching eighth grade English; I would
sometimes find myself pausing during the day to take a few long,
deep breaths.  The fall after I retired, I attended my first
meditation retreat at Shambhala Mountain Center in Colorado
where we were instructed by Pema Chodron, whose gentle,
straightforward style I found very appealing.  She remains an
inspiration.  After our experience at Shambhala, my husband Lou
and I began our regular home meditation practice and eventually
helped found the Converging Paths Meditation Center in
Sandusky.  I enjoy keeping up with the practical needs of the
meditation center--paying the rent, cleaning the hall, making hand-
outs available to our participants and helping the group stay
connected.  I especially love being the greeter on Tuesday evenings,
welcoming both familiar faces and new arrivals to the center.  
Outside the meditation hall, I act as service moderator for the local
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, read and discuss books with
friends, sew quilts, raise Monarch butterflies and keep two dear
cats--who remind me daily to simply sit and breathe.
Some of our many group members...
Lou Young. I’m a house builder. I’ve been building houses for forty
years, climbing ladders and remodeling clients’ homes for over fifty
years. My brother and I still pour concrete, lay block, nail together
walls, raise rafters, put on shingles. We tear down cottages on the
shoreline, erect magnificently large homes for appreciative
customers, and at this stage in our careers have begun to tear down
work we’ve done years before, only to replace it with something else.
So what’s mostly on my mind lately? Impermanence. The
impermanence of my aging and aching body, the impermanence of my
work, the impermanence of my ties to family, friends, coworkers,
beloved places. So in my most lucid moments, as I work on my body
and mind with my friends at Converging Paths, I work with the Four
Steps of Mind Transformation and other great teachings found in the
Tibetan Jewel Tree Meditation. These and so many other teachings of
wise and loving teachers inform my past and illuminate my path to
the future and allow me,when I am truly present to this precious
human life, to calm down, to open to a sense of truth, and to perhaps
be of some service to my fellow beings.