Tasha: A doctor friend once said to me, “nothing in medicine or psychotherapy heals. We can only help the body and mind to heal itself”. The array of antidotes and actions at our disposal to help the healing process along is mind-boggling. We are masters of it. But we’re not so great at the other side of this relationship: letting the bodymind be, getting out of its way, and allowing the healing to finally happen. In this practice we’ll explore the restorative power of non-action, the oasis of spacious mind. We’ll take this practice laying down, find release through yoga nidra, and melt into spacious awareness where the mind can finally unwind.
Jeff: I’ve been chatting with my good friend Alayna Munce about doing something like this at the CEC for years. Alayna is a novelist and poet and the hard-working publisher of Brick Books, the only press in Canada specializing in poetry. This Monday, we will explore how words open us, challenge us, offer insights and perhaps even healing. How are poetry and meditation different literary forms? How do their effects overlap, and how are they different? These are absurdly broad and ambitious questions, thus fun to entertain. Alayna and I will weave together meditation and poetry; afterwards we’ll share some thoughts, and then open it all up for community discussion.
Oliver: Being in nature can bring a sense of ease and peace. Removing the complexity of the busy human-made world reminds us of a simpler, quieter way. Tonight, instead of going to the woods, we’ll let our own nature come back to us. Together we’ll explore connections between the external, internal and tap into a sweet stillness that exists in all environments.
Luke: I find seeds fascinating. There within the protective outer shell lies wisdom, a deep knowing. With warmth from the sun, moisture from the rain, nutrients and minerals from the soil, and the right mixture of gasses from the air, the dormant seed is awakened and begins to grow. It just knows. And it’s this magical knowing that inspired the seed metaphors found in ancient sacred text and storytelling. Why? Because like plants, humans have a seed of wisdom and compassion. An innate capacity to know and tune in to an aligned and true path lies within each of us. Pour on the mindfulness and shine the kindness and the wise and compassionate seed starts to grow.
Erin: You know all those parts of nature that you love, that you seek out for a little solace? The majestic mountains, towering trees, the feel of the breeze on your skin, sun on your face, the lapping waves and winding rivers? I have good news. All those elements of nature are inside you too. And me. We’re actually made of them! Tonight we’ll connect the elements within aided by a soundtrack of nature’s best DJs and songsters.