Dandelion, Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center, 2018
“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.”
– Eleonora Duse
Being in the Wild
Being in the Wild is born out of a love for meditation and nature. A large body of studies have shown that being in nature benefits our brain, bodies, thought processes, feelings and relationships. In my own experience, meditating in nature connect me to a deep sense of well being, love, wonder, resilience, and interconnection. It has transformed my life in a profound way, changing how I relate to myself, to loved ones, to the Earth, and to all life forms.
When meditating in nature, rarely are our senses more alive. We cultivate a sense of “being” and a receptive presence. Whether it is touching a tree bark, or hearing bird songs, or meandering on unknown paths, nature shows us the essence of our experiences and our world. We experience physically, emotionally, and energetically that we are not separate, from each other, from animals and other beings, and from the Earth.
Partnering with other teachers and organizations, I am offering programs that vary from 3 hours long events in parks, to day hikes to nearby mountains and waterfalls, to weekend retreats. We will explore a wide range of nature meditation practices, some examples include:
- Foundational mindfulness practices: Mindfulness of breath, body, thoughts, and emotions
- Movement practices: Sensory awareness, tactical sensory, cultivating a beginner’s mind and curiosity
- Insight meditation practices: Contemplating impermanence, interconnections of four elements, exploration of “self,” loving kindness, spacious mind
- Partner practices: mirror walk, zen snapshots
- Tree meditation, fire meditation, sunrise, sunset, full moon, stargazing, etc.
Through these practices, we are cultivating curiosity, loving kindness, spaciousness, stillness, and presence. From focusing on a single leave to dissolving into the sky, nature practices may help you connect to a rich and vast inner and outer world, and you can access them any time in the midst of an urban life.
Lin Wang Gordon
Lin has studied insight meditation (vipassana) under the guidance of Jonathan Foust and Mark Coleman in the past decade. In stillness and silence, she discovers the transformative power of mindfulness practices to help live a life of flow, joy, grace and gratitude.
In the last few years, Lin was particularly moved by the power of nature meditation to connect with a deep sense of well-being, love, wonder, resilience, and interconnection with all beings. Our human-centric worldview dissolves, and we realize we are but a small part of a greater intelligence. Lin was inspired to share nature meditation as a doorway for personal transformation as well as a form of environmental activism. By helping people forge a visceral and deep love for the Earth through intimate and direct experiences, Lin hopes that these practices will inspire people to actively protect the Earth.
She graduated from Mark Coleman’s Awake in the Wild Nature Meditation Teacher Training. She teaches regularly at the Sacred Earth Sangha of the New York Insight Meditation Center. She has also taught at Kripalu, Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center, and other retreat centers around the country. She was enrolled in the Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leaders Program (CDL6).
Besides meditation, Lin is a kundalini yoga teacher and a reiki practitioner. She was deeply influenced by group dreamwork and studied with Jeremy Taylor. Out in the world, she has been a digital marketer for tech and media industries, and currently serves on the Board of the New York Insight Meditation Center.
She holds a BA from Barnard College, and an MBA from NYU.