Concentrating Energy, Channeling Force

TEACHER: Erin Oke and Priya Thomas
THEME: Concentrating Energy, Channeling Force
MEDITATION: Body is Power
INTERACTIVE: May the force be with you

Erin and Priya:  Inspired by dance, yoga and martial arts vocabularies of the south Asian sub-continent, we’ll explore stability, concentration, resistance and release in meditation and movement practices. How can we use the incredible power of the body wisely and channel it as a force for good in the world?

Spontaneity and Improvisation

TEACHER: Erin Oke
THEME: Spontaneity and Improvisation
MEDITATION:  Getting Bouncy
INTERACTIVE:  Making it up as we go along

Erin: A key element to live performance (and life!) is the ability to respond in the moment, work with what we’re given and go with the flow. Tonight we’ll explore practices that nurture spontaneity and cultivate our “Zen Bounce”, then let loose our inner performers to play some theatre games.

Inquiry as a Process

TEACHER: Avi Craimer
THEME: Inquiry as a Process
MEDITATION:  What is a question?
INTERACTIVE: Group inquiry and reactivity

Avi: To kick off our month of inquiry, I’m going to lead us in a meditation to explore the nature of question asking. How does the act of asking a question impact your inner life? In the second half, we’ll examine our reactive patterns around intellectual discussion. What does it bring up for us: Do we worry about not being smart enough or are we afraid of sounding too smart? Do we get competitive, shut-down, bored, fascinated? What kind of inquirers are we?

Attention

TEACHER: Avi Craimer
THEME: Attention
MEDITATION: Distractions
INTERACTIVE: Continuity

Avi: In the meditation, we’ll pick a focus and then try to noticeall the spectacular and diabolical ways that our busy mind draws us away. Can  clarity about our distractions help keep them at bay and let us stay longer with our focus? In the second half, we’ll roam around the room together trying to maintain continuous unbroken focused attention in the face of some playful attempts to derail our concentration.