While not everyone has the good fortune tonight to be Hugh Hefner marrying Crystal Harris at the Playboy Mansion, New Year's Eve does still carry with it the promise of change and contemplation. If your contemplation is drowned out by fireworks and jocularity, get some peace and quiet at Shambhala's New Year's Eve Meditation Retreat and Party: Silence and Celebration. Hone your meditational skills and view a DVD of Shambhala leader Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche speaking at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral, discussing reconnecting with your innate sanity to bring about positive change to the world around you. Across town, the Peace Awareness Labyrinth & Gardens' Sacred Tones New Year's Eve pushes your absolute metaphysical certitude to 14 as you participate in guided meditations assisting you in evolving through forgiveness. The Labyrinth is less a maize maze than it is a long and winding road – which, of course, 2012 has been in more terrifying and terrific ways than one. Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles, 963 Colorado Blvd.; Eagle Rock; Mon., Dec. 31, 4 p.m., $25. (323) 255-5472, la.shambhala.org / Peace Awareness Labyrinth & Gardens, 3500 W. Adams Blvd.; Los Angeles; Mon., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., free. (323) 737-4055, peacelabyrinth.org
Mon., Dec. 31, 4 p.m., 2012
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