Jude: This one is exploring the old saying ‘Feeling is Healing’. But it’s not always that easy, thoughts can be scary, and sometimes they plain suck. So we’re approaching with caution; finding a nice space, and dipping into the discomfort, then running back to safety before we lose our nerve. Back and forth we go!
Jeff: It seems to be like this: overtop, there’s all this busy-busy-busyness, all this go-go-going, all this on-ramp activation and excitement as poop gets done-done-done. And that’s excellent. That’s life! We are alive! AND, it obviously causes a certain amount of wear and tear in the system. Our deepest healing happens when we rest. That’s when our system makes most of its repairs. I think it is healthy to plug into little nourishing wells of rest throughout the day, by stopping and doing nothing. In this meditation, we do exactly this, and explore what it might mean to orient to the stillness below the busy-busy. Then, for the loving-kindness portion, we’ll explore the always-healing stance of gratitude. And then we’ll get into a bar fight! No, that’s not true. The bars are all closed.
Erin: Probably the greatest healing gift that meditation practice has given me is an embodied knowledge of impermanence. In the context of chronic mental health struggles, that’s been an actual life saver for me. When things are at their bleakest, there’s now a part of me that knows I won’t feel like that forever, allowing me to hang on until something changes. Which it always does. In tonight’s meditation, we’ll track the subtle changes in our experience, in the hopes of boosting our connection to the ever-changing nature of everything.
Steph: Our bodies are said to be comprised of the same 5 elements that exist in Nature: Earth, Air, Water, Fire, and Space (or ether). The often overlooked 5th element of space is nothing and everything at the same time. It is the container for all the elements to coexist. Often when I head out into Nature, space is what I’m seeking. So in keeping with our month of self-isolation practices, this evening we will explore the Space that exists within our bodies, our breath, and our minds in a Yoga Nidra style meditation you can do sitting or lying down, and see if we can connect to nature from the comfort of our cushions.
Kevin: “Fuck you, I’m a unicorn”. You might have seen one of those memes by now. I realize that ‘unicorn’ can mean different things in different contexts these days, But I always interpret that meme to be a kind of Deity Yoga (or Nurture Positive, in the Unified Mindfulness framework). It’s pointing to the arbitrary nature of our own self-concept, inviting us to take a break from it to inhabit an identity that might attune us to other possibilities in our experience of being. Tonight, orienting our practice toward Nature, we become trees, mountains, and the sky! Tonight, we transmogrify!