Jeff: There is some interesting new research emerging from the field of smart-people-in-lab-coats that suggests we have more agency around our emotions than many of us realize. The key isn’t in the suppression; it’s in the reframing. We can choose HOW we want to experience our various tugs and tingles. And if we choose to experience them in an empowering light, it seems they no longer cause us the same kind of suffering. Hey – that’s not meditation, that’s neuroscience! This Monday night, we’ll boil down all our body sensations and thoughts and emotional tugs into two primordial categories, and give them each a new name. Like Allan. Or Perry. Perry is nice.
James: This is the first step onto the shifting ground of our emotional body, where it’s held, what it feels like. During the first part of the sit, we are going to parse out some of the territory, the general conditions of its creation, and in the interactive, we are going to sit with some of the emotions, colour them onto a map of ourselves, and see where they fit.
Jude: A basic concentration practice with an emphasis on getting curious about which of the three tricky layers are subtly interfering with our moment-to-moment experience of potential / ideal ease and clarity: resistance / aversion to unpleasant, fixation / gripping on pleasurable experiences or thoughts, or unconsciousness / dullness.
Erin: What do you see when you close your eyes? Tonight we’ll meditate on the movie screen in our minds, watching our visual thoughts flicker and dance. Is your internal cinema screening the ongoing action movie of your life? A surreal experimental film? An endless powerpoint presentation? Tune in and find out!
Erin: The Zen tradition of practicing with koans can make allies of our confusion, doubt and uncertainty and tap into something creative, unexpected, beautiful and wise. For tonight’s sit, we’ll each work with a classic koan, trying to “not know” our way into spontaneous discoveries and maybe even jolt ourselves more awake in the process.