About this course
"These are not good times or bad times, these are powerful times."
-Anam Thubten Rinpoche
There is so much alive in the world right now! The amount of fear and uncertainty so many of us are carrying, the stresses of stopping work, or working on the frontlines, or having kids home, or being isolated in solitude, of being sick or having relatives who are ill...
There is just so much! This month, we will be offering many practical resources that can help us to navigate the seas we find ourselves in.
We will be approaching this from many levels including:
-Ways of growing and returning to presence. We need a wealth of embodied resources righ now. Cultivating a grounded, spacious presence and learning to move with more grace and ease is more important now than ever.
-Learning how your embodiment can be such an ally in deepening self-regulation. We can learn to recognize and unwind the fear and stress responses that naturally arise and we can learn to embody compassion and presence.
-Practices for deepening compassion for self and for others, including allowing and giving care to the many intense feeling states that arise. We can welcome them all with kindness.
-Embodied Sitting meditation practices can support us to rest in spacious awareness and help us learn to be in a different relationship with our thinking mind. "Thinking mind is a wonderful servant and a terrible master." It's true.
- Practices of positive neuroplasticity. You can change your brain for the better even during times like these. As Rick Hanson's image describes, we are hard-wired to hold onto negative experience like velcro and let positive experience slide off like teflon. As we are taking in so much negative, stressful information on a daily basis, it is absolutely essential to tune into and deeply receive the beauty and wonder in our lives.
-Of course, we'll be sharing lots of beautiful poetry and down-to-earth talks on caring for yourself, those around you, and the world in general.