Warren: In this practice we will combine guided meditation, contemplation and elements of ceremony (Hand drum songs) to take a dive into our connection to the earth and our ancestors. No knowledge of our ancestry is required. Looking forward to seeing some of you there :)
Caitlin: How would experiencing yourself as a node in a vast network of a rich and interconnected web of life alter your sense of Self? Leaning into Bill Plotkin’s concept of the ecocentric identity, we’ll meditatively and somatically explore what it’s like to shift our centres of attention from an egocentric perspective to an ecocentric experience.
Kevin: We usually think of ‘rest’ as being something that we find or create within our bodies. But tonight we’ll explore restfulness that might be found beyond the body’s boundaries, and maybe even induced by the waves, bubbles, and fine mist of all sensory experience!
James: In Chinese medicine, of three treasures given at birth from our parents, Jing is what makes our life different than a rock’s. Stored in our kidneys, it is conditional for both body and soul, essence and destiny, wisdom and growth. It is our truest self, known as a life lived over years. The bad news first: it can only be spent, and once it has been, age, illness, death ensue. The good news, as you apprehend its nature, your nature, you can harmonize your actions such that you waste fewer of its jewels to friction. For the sit, we will apply a modern formulation to this ancient principle, as delivered by one of my teachers, Viola Fodor, on how to notice the difference between using the energy of willpower to get what we want, and resting in a deeper, inexhaustible will that can carry us.
Jeff: For deep rest, we’re allowed to recruit all of our resources, our imagination as well as our attention. This lovely rhythmic practice can be done lying down or sitting. It’s a luxurious boundary-dissolving plunge into the Mother Sea. Maybe you fall asleep, maybe you slip into a waking dream, maybe you stay utterly present inside a wakeful stillness and tranquility. Both calming for the nervous system, and an opportunity for insight. I love guiding this trippy practice and am grateful to Mukti for teaching it to me.