Toasting to love and light, the Topanga Chamber of Commerceâ€™s Evening Zoom Mixer on July 30 aimed to open the hearts and minds of its members.
The Mixer was facilitated by Topanga healer Dianne Porchia of Porchiaâ€™s Wishâ€”Whole Integrated Self Health, A Path to Loving, Healing and Living Consciously.
â€śWelcome to this Zoom meeting with your open mind and heart while reconnecting with the people you know and cherish in our unique mountain community,â€ť Porchia wrote in the email inviting the community to log on.
Porchia urged each Chamber member to offer a toast to celebrate â€śTopangaâ€™s resilience, reducing mental-emotional stress, and future visioning for your Self, your work and your community.â€ť
Topanga musician Tony Selvage opened the meeting with a beautiful electric violin serenade. â€śIâ€™m playing my music to send love and light,â€ť he said.
â€śThis is a great place to get all the gossip,â€ť said Chamber President Kriss Perras. â€śTopanga is making it through disaster as one community; we are strong together,â€ť Kristina Rocco Levy received praise from the members, honoring her for her outstanding work delivering Roccoâ€™s Cucina meals to seniors three times a week in the Canyon and also providing meals to the Los Angeles County Grant Meal Program, Topanga Cares, at the Topanga Library each week.
â€śThe SAGES are keeping me busy with food deliveries. I have friends to feed; Iâ€™d rather be helping rather than sitting at home,â€ť Rocco Levy said. â€śI want to propose a toast to this incredible Topanga community who gives so much; to Tony with love and music; Joseph [Rosendo] is tireless in protecting Topanga. The Chamber of Commerce has always been at the forefront of good from when it started 12 years ago; itâ€™s at the core of Topanga, the core group in the community as a force for good. I want to keep the history of Roccoâ€™s going in Topanga, keep the legacy and my fatherâ€™s recipes alive!â€ť
Other members offering toasts and good wishes to the group were Anne Christine Von-Wetter; Joseph and Julie Rosendo; Ron Fomalont; Kirsty Iredale; Cecilie Stuart; Julie Levine; Kathleen Gildred; and Ron Kramer.
After the toasts, socializing and music, Selvage played another piece that worked to lead into the guided meditation with some improvisations and well-known songs, such as â€śAmazing Grace,â€ť to put everyone in a contemplative mood, and offered one last affirmation and his definition of â€śhealâ€ť as â€śHeavenâ€™s Energy Around Love.â€ť
Porchia then closed her eyes and facilitated a guided healing meditation for the members, giving each participant permission to relax into a blissful state. It was divine! n
For information on the Topanga Chamber of Commerce: topangachamber.org.