My desire is to create a movement among Christians to reclaim meditation for its Godly purpose: to turn hearts and minds to Christ, the Savior. My vision for Selah is to see it become an exercise discipline throughout which one would be focused totally on the Lord through worship music while exercising every aspect of physical fitness. It incorporates every component of fitness, including relaxation and meditation, where the goal is to fill oneself with God’s word rather than emptying oneself, as is so prevalent in our society today. My heart aches as I see so many people turning towards unbiblical forms of meditation and missing out on the unfathomable blessings that come from being immersed in His word. My focus therefore is to provide a platform in which one could get fit physically while hearing God’s wonders expounded in song and His word committed to memory through meditation.
“… whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
– Philippians 4:8
Carole Mayrand founded the Selah Movement in 2015 following a 40 year career in Education. Her degree from McGill University provided her comprehensive training in Kinesiology and Scientific Principles of Athletic Training. She was McGill’s first female recipient of the Strathcona Trust Medal for her extensive work in the area of Dance in Education. During her studies, she was granted “Dancercise” copyrights for pioneering a discipline which has now taken on many forms worldwide. In 1997, Quebec’s Ministries of Education and Cultural Affairs awarded her the “Prix Essor” for outstanding projects in the community. Her work as trainer, teacher, writer, producer, choreographer and director of over 25 original theatrical dance productions was notable and empowered thousands of high school students and others. She also received a Graduate Diploma in Education from Simon Fraser University in 2002, after which she taught her final 15 years at Handsworth Secondary in North Vancouver. Daniel, who delights in God, is the love of her life. They have three wonderful daughters married to outstanding godly men and have been blessed with 8 beautiful grandsons, as well as a grand-daughter in heaven. Carole’s love for the Lord and Scripture stems from an over 40 year walk of faith in Jesus Christ, 4 years of which were spent with her family immersed in the Word at Briercrest Bible College during Daniel’s pastoral studies. This has led her to create yet another discipline; one that combines the benefits and joy of movement with the power of meditation on the Creator, God of Love, Prince of Peace, and His promises…. This is Selah!
The Hebrew word, “Selah” (pronounced say-la) can be found in Judaeo-Christian scripture: 71 times in Psalms and 3 times in the book of Habakkuk(a prophet of the Old Testament). The word is also used in various places such as Job 28:15,16,19 and Lamentations 1:15. It literally means “to hang” and is understood, depending on the context, as expressing that one should pause, breathe, weigh, measure, reflect, determine value, pray.
As we undertake the task of getting physically and spiritually healthy, we want to engage every aspect of our humanity: body, mind and soul. We want to pause, breathe, reflect, pray, ponder
God’s amazing promises and become fit for the earthly journey set out before us.
Selah is a discipline in which we will strive to become the best God intends for us by exercising every aspect of our being: physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.
“Total body and soul wellness… I love that there is a little bit of everything – Cardio, movement, stretching, breathing, toning… A wonderful place to re-focus and re-connect.”
“Carole is extremely knowledgeable and provides adaptations to individuals with injuries. A great all in one, cardio, strength and stretch and good for the soul too!”
“We had a lovely evening by the shore at Little Cates Park tonight, moving and praising God! Thank you Carole!”