Embodiment in Action Series
A workshop series focusing on personal discovery, embodied presence, and heart/mind growth. In these small and supportive groups, you will learn specific practices that will facilitate presence and foster spontaneity and kindness.
All workshops are held on the third Sunday of the month from 1:30-3:30 PM, ET (via Zoom, unless announced). Suggested fee, $50, but no one will be turned away.
“Handshake” | February 18
The “Handshake” practice, as taught by Tsoknyi Rinpoche, a renowned Tibetan teacher, is a lovely and valuable resource brought to us in the West. In this practice we use Compassion and Mindful Awareness to relate to difficult emotions/feeling states. TR refers to them as our “Beautiful Monsters”. Monstrous because they cause us lots of trouble – beautiful because they are seeds to wisdom if we can learn to listen to them and hold them with compassion and kindness.
We have a lifetime of turning away from the difficult. The difficult feelings, the difficult parts of ourselves, (our shadows), offer the gateways to our greatest growth. The “Handshake” practice is a practice of befriending.
“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
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Sprigs of Joy: Even Now! | April 21
A workshop on the uplifting qualities of joy and appreciation.
Come in for a landing, ground and breathe and settle.
In this afternoon we will explore our relationship with joy and appreciation.
Did you know that one of the most difficult emotions to feel is joy? On the brink of joy we come face to face with our vulnerability – a very frightening experience. One of the ways we protect ourselves is by muting or even exiling joy. We try to beat vulnerability to the punch.
The 3-hour program will offer:
- • Guided meditation
- • Dyad listening and speaking
- • Short contemplative reflections and action exploration
- • Group Sharing
Register for “Sprigs of Joy: Even Now!” below:
All Broken, Beautiful | March 10
Kintsugi, which roughly translates to “golden joinery”, is the Japanese philosophy that the value of an object is not in its beauty, but in its imperfections, and that these imperfections are something to display, not hide.
Can we see the cracks of our vulnerability and imperfections through eyes of kindness and compassion? Can we see the cracks of our vulnerability and imperfection through the eyes of the kintsugi craftsman and deepen our capacity to turn toward and view the difficult with an open heart.
Register for “All Broken, Beautiful” below:
Format of workshops: While they will vary in content, the basic structure and supports include:
1. Short warm-up and introduction
2. Guided practice
3. Dyad sharing for deepening and integration
4. Short contemplative reflections
5. Experiential investigation, utilizing doubling, role reversal and sociometry