Author: being in the wild

Sacred Earth Sangha Speaker Series: Thanissara – Being a Sacred Warrior: Lessons from Standing Rock – 12/14

The Sacred Earth Sangha at New York Insight Meditation Center is a community formed around deep practice and conscious engagement of the challenges of the climate crisis. Please join hosts Sebene Selassie, Lin Wang Gordon and Jon Aaron, as we invite monthly guest speakers and teachers to explore together what it means to meet our current reality with kindness and clarity, compassion and wisdom. Registration through the event link. Date Speaker Recording Mon. Dec. 14, 2020, 7-8:30pm EST An Evening with Thanissara – RegisterBeing a Sacred Warrior: Lessons from Standing Rock Mon. Jan. 11, 2021, 7-8:30pm EST Dekila Chungyalpa

Awake in the Wild: Daily Nature Meditation Series – 1/23/2021

Building Momentum through Daily Practice An Online Practice Community My teacher Mark Coleman and my colleagues who graduated from Mark’s Awake in the Wild Nature Meditation Teacher training are offering a daily nature meditation series. Mark will be teaching Mondays through Fridays, and my colleagues will be teaching on weekends. Join our Awake in the Wild community to start your day with mindful awareness. These one-hour online daily meditations will be a support for all who like to be in nature and feel the support of meditation in community with the support of the natural world. I will be teaching on Saturday, 1/23/2021 and Sunday, 4/11/2021 at 10:30am EST. Find out about the schedule and more. Register through AwakeintheWild.com.

Climate Resilience: Transforming Difficult Emotions into Compassion and Wisdom – Sat. 3/6/2021

Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021 Time: 10am – 1pm EST “Action on behalf of life transforms. Because the relationship between self and the world is reciprocal, it is not a question of first getting enlightened or saved and then acting. As we work to heal the earth, the earth heals us.” ― Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants Overwhelming by the devastation and destruction of life all around the globe and worry about what is yet to come? Do you feel guilt and shame that you’re not doing enough? Do you find yourself either want to move into actions with rage or do you feel grief and powerless and just want to give up on taking any actions? Grief, anxiety, anger, despair are normal emotions as the impact of climate change become more evident and frequent in our life. How do we be with these difficult emotions and stay grounded while absorbing the implications of these events? How do we transform grief, anxiety, anger, despair into love, courage, compassion, …

7/30 – 8/22/2021: Inner and Outer Nature: Ecodharma Training Retreat

Date: Friday, July 30, 2021 – Sunday, August 22, 2021 Location: Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center, Jamestown, Colorado Buddhist teachers David Loy and Johann Robbins will be leading this retreat and I will be assisting them. This is an experiential immersion into ecodharma, specifically for dharma teachers, dharma leaders, and committed practitioners. Our sense of separation from nature is at the root of the ecological crises our civilization faces, and ecodharma is a path of deconstructing that separation, reuniting our inner nature with outer nature. Ecodharma practice is about healing our relationship with the rest of the natural world, so that an appropriate and authentic response can arise, which unifies our personal and spiritual transformation with social engagement. In this time of pandemic, and ecological and social crisis, the earth calls upon us to do what we can in response. More details to come.

Sacred Earth Sangha: Meet Up in Central Park – Sun. 10/12/2020, 10am-1pm

Sacred Earth Sangha at New York Insight Meditation Center For the October Sacred Earth Sangha meeting, join us in Central Park to immerse in nature practices to connect with the outdoor environment and your senses. From focusing on a single leaf to the expansive sky, our sense of separateness falls away when we turn our attention toward our experiences intimately. We will practice from 10am-12pm, then share lunch together as a community. For planning purposes, please register in advance so we know to expect you. The event will meet rain or shine. However, in case of cancellation due to particular weather conditions, we will send an email notification at least 24 hours in advance. We look forward to exploring our inner and outer world together with you in nature. Location: Central Park (100th St. and Central Park West)We will remain 6 feet apart in gathering and will wear masks. Please cancel and request a refund if you experience any symptoms listed by the CDC as Covid symptoms. You will be requested to sign a health …

Sun. 9/27/2020: Fall Foliage Hike to Hook Mountain, Rockland Lake State Park (on the Long Path)

“In every walk in Nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir, naturalist Enjoy a fall day in the peaceful beauty of the Hudson Valley with a guided, meditative hike to connect with nature and ourselves. This hike takes the scenic route along the Long Path—into the Rockland Lake State Park and up Hook Mountain. Enjoy expansive vistas only 1.5 hours outside of the city, and an extraordinary space designated by the New York Audubon Society as an Important Bird Area. Much of the hike will be observed in silence but we will integrate meditation practices throughout the day — allowing our senses to come alive and our sense of separateness fall away. Turning our attention inward allows us to become receptive to both of our outer and inner experiences. The dynamic outdoor conditions will be a perfect container for mindfulness practices. The hike will be approximately from 10am – 3pm. Who: Lin Gordon When: 9:45am-3pm, Sunday, September 27, 2020 Where: Rockland Lake State Park, South Entrance on Route 9W and Lake Road, Valley Cottage, …

Mon. 9/14/2020, 7pm: Sacred Earth Sangha – Climate, A New Story – Featuring Charles Eisenstein

Sacred Earth Sangha at New York Insight Meditation Center Meets 2nd Monday evening of every month Join us for an online book club exploring the latest book by Charles Eisenstein, Climate: A New Story which you can read online for a donation here. Charles Eisenstein will be joining us at this final meeting on the book “Climate, A New Story.” Please feel free to join us for practice and discussion even if you have not completed the reading. We will still have time during our gathering for meditation, small group checkins and plenty of discussion. More info about the book below as well as Zoom Guidelines for our meetings. We look forward to post quarantine where we will be gather outdoors for safe and profound practices in nature. Climate — A New StoryFlipping the script on climate change, Eisenstein makes a case for a wholesale reimagining of the framing, tactics, and goals we employ in our journey to heal from ecological destructionRead the book online for free here Zoom Guidelines:Please use your video and show your face. Using video allows …

Sun., 8/23/2020: Cultivating Wisdom and Resilience Through Nature-Based Mindfulness Practice (Online and Outdoors)

As we go through an intense year of pandemic and social transformation, how do we access our inner resources regardless of external circumstances? Whether it is through a tree or sky meditation, listening to sounds of the birds or walking on grass barefoot, we can learn from the intelligence and wisdom from our natural environment, and reconnect and renew our body and spirit. Through this day you’ll be guided through nature meditation practices that connect to your senses and explore your internal and external experiences intimately. You can do these nature practices on your rooftop, porch, backyard, stupa, a neighborhood garden or park, anywhere that you can meditate outdoors. You don’t need to seek the most beautiful place to meditate – it is more important that it’s a place that you can easily access and that it can be in your routine so you can develop a regular nature-based practice on your own if you wish. We’ll also explore an indoor nature practice at the end of the day. Date: Sunday, August 23, 2020 Time: …

Voice from a Tree

March 14, 2020 – Stuyvesant Park, NYC This was a freewriting exercise that came out of the Breathe.Read.Write workshop offered by Lisa Freedman. I gave an instruction of a 10-minutes tree meditation. After we meditated with a tree, Lisa read the poem “I Trust the Wind and Don’t Know Why” by Wyn Cooper, then she asked us to write from the voice of the tree that we just spent time with. “I am not a sissie. I’ve been standing here in this noisy, bustling urban environment for a long time. Even though they’ve tried to contain me at roots, put hard concrete on top on my roots, I keep expanding. I go deeper, finding water and nutritions where human don’t reach and interrupt my natural freedom. I dig deeper into them and I bring them back through my body and reach upward. Yes, it’s hard sometimes. The wind blows, and I don’t get support from my fellow tree family in a natural way, but I am growing and thriving. Even if it means I have …