Dissolving into Nature

“We do not “come into” this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean “waves,” the universe “peoples.” Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe.” ― Alan Watts

Kevin: Makes sense, right? But most of us don’t experience life this way. We feel like we’re apart from nature; separate, self contained, independent. Why is that? Or maybe more to the point – how is that? Tonight we’ll  get curious about the subtle ways in which we experience the sense of separateness and see if the simple practice of recognizing it helps us attune to the ways in which we are all just a part of the activity of nature, the world, the universe.

Embodying Trees

Jane: For this practice, we’ll first spend a little time on the posture, with the aim of feeling grounded in our bodies. We’ll then choose an object of focus that we’d like to embody, a specific tree or animal or body of water that you know and love–anything from the non-human world that resonates in that moment. We’ll finish with a loving-kindness practice that sends love out to nature, in whatever form that takes for you.