Danielle: What is it to live in the world as a human body? How do we perceive our surroundings through our senses, and how might we respond to that as a moving, breathing form? Today we’ll take a tour of the many ways the outside world might be reaching us, and perhaps discover some ways in which we might want to reach back.
Luke: It’s not easy to translate an emotion into something that we can understand and pull meaning from. We will explore two different practices that can help with decoding the messages that our body is sending to our brains. In this sit, we’ll tune in to our “felt sense“ and explore an improvised movement practice to help bring words, phrases, or images to our experience.
Warren: Many indigenous cultures around the world understood the importance of metaphor and its relationship to nature. From these metaphors insights could be found, which can have a powerful impact on our lives and way of life. In this session we will take an imaginative journey into nature and see what symbols and metaphors arise. We will then explore in small breakout groups what the many meanings, possibilities and potential insights are from what we experienced.
Jude: While a major theme in meditative traditions is accepting ourselves and the world as is, there are also practices, largely in tantric traditions, focused on cultivating desired qualities of mind and being. This practice will begin with the important foundational practice of self-acceptance, and then move into the imaginative realm where we will visualize images, objects, settings, and ourselves in a way to help to cultivate and embody the qualities of your choosing.
Jeff: This meditation is inspired by an old dog friend named Socrates, who completely embodied dignity. We’re invited to channel our own inspirations for qualities we’d like to cultivate, becoming them in the space of our imagination.