Both ancient wisdom and modern science show us there are two truths to our belonging: We are not separate. We are not the same. In Buddhism, this is sometimes referred to as the Paradox of the Absolute and the Relative – both are true (and that’s why it’s a paradox!). But how do we practice with this?
In this half-day workshop, we will explore this beautiful paradox of our belonging by practicing with both truths. Using contemplative relational practices, we will uncover our individual uniqueness (including the gifts and challenges of our ancestral and cultural conditioning). We will also practice with mindfulness of the elements to investigate the truth of our connection to ourselves, each other and all of nature.
There will be time for people of color and white folx to practice in affinity groups as well as shared discussion time together.
Sebene Selassie is a teacher and author who explores the themes of belonging and identity through meditation, creativity and spirituality. She offers courses, workshops and retreats online and in person and teaches on the Ten Percent Happier app. Her first book, You Belong: A Call for Connection is published by HarperOne.
This half-day workshop is hosted by the Consciousness Explorers Club, a registered not-for-profit with the mission of making meditation and personal growth practices fun and accessible to all. It is being offered on a “pay what you’re able to” model, with a wide sliding scale to accomodate all income ranges. A portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, whose mission is to empower the Indigenous community in Toronto by providing programs that support their spiritual, emotional, physical and mental well-being.
Zoom link for the workshop will be provided upon registration.