Erin: How does meditation help create the conditions for empowerment? In my thinking, our inner power is best cultivated in the soil of freedom, safety and understanding. Tonight’s meditation will tap into techniques that boost those qualities in our experience, first individually then collectively.
James: After 20 years in the ER, if I haven’t seen it all, I’ve seen enough. People hurting themselves, others. I’m left with a question: Is it possible to be non-violent in a world that makes the position seem both poorly rewarded, and unwise? In my view, it is, and the rewards are undersold. Surprisingly, it is not our actions that must tip from threat to friendliness, but our perception. From this fulcrum out actions emerge as non-harming towards self and other. We are going to explore this movement in our meditation, open the door for all kinds of kindnesses to move through.
Alex: The caregiver is a Mother Theresa figure meets modern day superhero. The job requires endless amounts of patience, strength, understanding, empathy and energy. So how do you as a superhero rejuvenate when things are going well, and stay strong and self regulate when things seem to be falling apart? We are going to tap into the wonderful wisdom of the community for strategies to survive and thrive. But first we’re going to tune in to the aliveness and awareness of the caregiving body.
Steph: Self care is a constant in my world. An ever present job that is part of my day, week, season and year. In order to be a caregiver to my family and students, I must provide myself with that same care and compassion. As the saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty cup. Tonight we’ll explore a buffet of self care practices from breathwork, to simple movement, to restorative yoga and meditation. Refills are free and encouraged.
Jude: Caregiving can take many forms, but maybe the most essential form is simply compassionate presence. It’s easy to get caught up in doing, in trying to fix, in contemplating the endless problems that seem insurmountable… that we can often lose sight of the power and impact of our attention. Being present with others, and ourselves, can validate our experience in a way that gives us permission to embody it, releasing tension and allowing us to sink into the moment, finding more and more presence and peace with the pain and imperfections of life. Join us for an exploration of how we can cultivate and radiate this sense of compassionate presence.