Oliver and Michelle: This month we’ve been exploring our own stories and how they relate to reality. Tonight we’re going to move between building the stories up, and noticing what’s left when we let them fall away.
Steph: Most often in meditation we spend our time trying to silence our monkey mind, or at the very least, find a little more space in between all those thoughts. So what happens when those rampant thoughts become the object of our focus? In part 1, we will turn towards the content of our thoughts, and explore who is that doing all the talking anyways?
James: There are at least as many bits of advice about how to meditate as there are on how to write stories. The most important rule, though, is shared by each: ass to chair. Or cushion, depending. From these, answers emerge. Questions. Characters. Plot lines. There’s something else that helps with both too. Vocabulary. Not words, necessarily, but discrimination, knowing at an increasingly subtle level the small things that make up the large. It makes a story richer, more vivid, helps orient us towards the truth. For the first part of the sit, we will dial up the gain in our body, feel into its electric possibility.
Erin: Our inner narrators often work hard, writing the stories of our days in real time, explaining and concocting, making meaning from our sensory input. Tonight we’ll turn the meditative lens on the storytelling engines of our brains, notice how and where these tales get written, and if we can stop the presses for a moment.
Steph: Nature is said to be our greatest teacher. But what to do when you live in a shoe(box) in a concrete jungle? In part 1, we’ll dive into our own physicality to uncover connections that tie us to nature, through the exploration of the five elements.