Author: being in the wild

Sat. Nov. 23, 2019: We Are Nature: Remembering Our Sacred Connection to Earth

Who: Sebene Selassie, DaRa Williams, and Lin Gordon  Date: Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 | 10:00am to 5:00pm Location: New York Insight Meditation Center Many of us speak of nature as if it is something external, having nothing to do with us except when we “visit it”. Nature is “out there” or in “the wilderness.” Dharma, which is often referred to as truth or teachings, can be translated as nature. Dharma as nature is everywhere, in and around us. Whether we are aware of it or not, We are always in connection to this truth, that we are this sacred earth. In this daylong program, we will take time to reconnect to our bodies, hearts and minds remembering that we are nature. Centering land and ancestors, we will cultivate meditative awareness to sense the sacred connection to earth that is always present when we open to it. We will explore how this understanding can support us in our lives, in relationship/connection, our work, and especially in our response to our current planetary crisis. We will use …

Mon. Nov. 11, 7pm – Sacred Earth Sangha

Sacred Earth Sangha – Monthly Meetings New York Insight relaunched the Eco Sangha as the new “Sacred Earth Sangha.” We will meet monthly on the second Monday evening. It will be co-led by rotating NYI teachers, Sebene Selassie, Lin Gordon, and Jon Aaron. We invite all of our Dharma friends to come together as a community and create a this new sangha around deep practice and conscious engagement of the challenges around this global emergency. Date/Time Teachers Theme Aug. 12, 2019: Mon. 7-9pm Sebene Selassie, Lin Gordon, Jon Aaron Four Elements Sept. 9, 2019: Mon. 7-9pm Lin Gordon Earth Oct. 14, 2019: Mon. 7-9pm Sebene Selassie, Jon Aaron Water Nov. 11 , 2019: Mon. 7-9pm Lin Gordon Fire Dec. 9, 2019: Mon. 7-9pm Lin Gordon, Jon Aaron Air Location: New York Insight Meditation Center, 28 W 27th St., 10th Floor (between Broadway and 6th Avenue) This event has no pre-registration, $15 suggested donation.

Practice: Fire Meditation on a Winter Night

Sitting, singing, and sharing stories around a bonfire is how humans connect with each other for millenniums. In this winter, build a fire in your yard or a camp ground. Invite your friends and neighbors over to join you in taking in the warmth and light. To begin the practice: Take in the gratitude into our heart.  The warmth of friendship. Let’s first close our eyes and tune into our senses.   Can we hear the fire? The crackle of sparks.   Can we smell the fire?  The burning wood, the smoke. Can we feel the fire?  Can you put your hands or feet near the fire? The warmth, the flickering flame that goes here and there. After a few minutes, when you are ready, you can open your eyes.  Notice how bright the fire is.  How ephemeral are the flames, how the smoke swirled.   Notice the bright red wood coming through the blackness, shimmering. Contemplate that what we think of being burned and destruction of the wood, is actually the release of the …

May 1 – May 3, 2020: Spring Weekend Retreat, Lenox MA

Every season has its unique gifts. As a season for reawakening and renewal, spring provides us a unique opportunity to see the world with fresh eyes and to feel the wonder of the earth as it comes back to life. To help you come into a deeper rhythm with the natural world, Lin Gordon and Lee Steppacher will weave nature-based meditation practices throughout this silent weekend retreat. We will spend extended time outdoors and participate in guided meditation and mindful walks to open our sense of awareness, and sinking deeply into our connection to the world around us. Participants will learn to develop a receptive presence and contemplative relationship with nature, opening the possibility to experience beautiful states of joy, peace, wonder, love and connection with oneself, each other and the larger web of life. Specific practices will be chosen based on weather, location and the group, but will include foundational mindfulness, movement and wisdom practices that are particularly aligned with being in nature. The weekend will be held primarily in silence, allowing you to …

Sun. October 20, 2019 – Fall Foliage Hike to Hook Mountain, Rockland Lake State Park (on the Long Path)

“In every walk in Nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir, naturalist Enjoy a fall day in the peaceful beauty of the Hudson Valley with a guided, meditative hike to connect with nature and ourselves. This hike takes the scenic route along the Long Path—into the Rockland Lake State Park and up Hook Mountain. Enjoy expansive vistas only 1.5 hours outside of the city, and an extraordinary space designated by the New York Audubon Society as an Important Bird Area. Much of the hike will be observed in silence but we will integrate meditation practices throughout the day — allowing our senses to come alive and our sense of separateness fall away. Turning our attention inward allows us to become receptive to both of our outer and inner experiences. The dynamic outdoor conditions will be a perfect container for mindfulness practices. The hike will be approximately from 10am – 3pm. Who: Lin Gordon When: 8:15am-3pm, Sunday, October 20, 2019 Where: Rockland Lake State Park, South Entrance on Route 9W and Lake Road (parking …

June 13 – 19, 2020: Awake in the Wild Nature Retreat, New Mexico

Date: Saturday, June 13 – Friday, June 19, 2020 Location: Vallecitos Mountain Ranch, Taos, New Mexico Led by Mark Coleman and I will be assisting on this retreat. As described on Markcoleman.org: “This retreat will be spent meditating outdoors in the natural beauty and mystery here at Vallecitos Mountain Ranch.  Whether it is during sunset meditations, listening to the soothing sounds of the river, or sitting graced in the stillness of the aspen trees, we will open to the profound serenity and wisdom of nature. This silent retreat is grounded in the practice of Mindfulness – the capacity o be present to ourselves and our environment. Participants will learn to bring this receptive presence to develop a contemplative relationship with nature. By cultivating an inner quiet and curious spirit we can learn from nature as a perennial teacher. The natural world reveals timeless Dharma teachings that support a natural letting go and a wise relationship to all experience. Participants will also discover how meditative time outdoors leads to beautiful states of joy, peace, wonder, love and connection …

Practice: Working with Difficult Emotions

“All transformation comes after you come into contact with your body.” Jonathan Foust Emotions stay in our body if we don’t process and release them.  Yet if we can develop the capacity to be with them intimately, we can release them once we allow them the space to be fully experienced for a minute or two.  When we work with difficult emotions, we want to listen to and respect our body’s intuitive intelligence, and let it be the guide to navigate the emotional territory.   Thich Haht Hahn said that we need to hold our emotions like a newborn baby – with the same kind of gentleness, tenderness, and care. Usually we feel pain in particular areas of our body, not all of the body.  In this meditation, we will establish areas of body that are the pain zones, and areas of body that feel a sense of ease, which we call the non-pain zones.  And we will shift our attention between the pain zones and non-pain zones depending on our emotional capacity and where we are …

July 19 – 26, 2019: Inner and Outer Nature Weeklong Retreat in Colorado

Date: Friday, July 19 – Friday, July 26, 2019 Location: Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center, Jamestown, Colorado Buddhist teachers David Loy and Johann Robbins will be leading this retreat and I will be assisting them. The Inner and Outer Nature retreats includes deep nature practice, immersing in the natural world, connecting our inner nature with outer nature, and dissolving separation. Each day includes plentiful time for sitting, hiking/walking meditation, as well as instruction in nature meditation, Dharma talks, and individual and group practice discussions. There is also a two day optional solo. Combining both retreats into a two week retreat is encouraged. Low cost retreat from $550, scholarships available. Register for week one, or register for full 2 week retreat Complete information http://www.impermanentsangha.org

Sat. July 13, 2019 – Summer Hike to Hook Mountain, Rockland Lake State Park (on the Long Path)

“Walking mindfully on the Earth can restore our peace and harmony, and it can restore Earth’s peace and harmony as well.  We are children of the Earth.  We rely on her for our happiness, and she relies on us also.  Whether the Earth is beautiful, fresh and green, or arid and parched depends on our way of walking.  When we practice walking meditation beautifully, we massage the Earth with our feet and plant seeds of joy and happiness with each step.  Our Mother will heal us, and we will heal her.” — Thich Nhat Hanh Register Enjoy a summer day in the peaceful beauty of the Hudson Valley.  This guided, meditative hike takes the scenic route along the Long Path—into the Rockland Lake State Park and up Hook Mountain (698 ft). Enjoy expansive vistas only 1.5 hours outside of the city, and an extraordinary space designated by the New York Audubon Society as an Important Bird Area. Take a walk into the woods to connect with nature and ourselves.  We’ll integrate sitting and walking nature …

June 21 – 23, 2019: Meditation Fusion – Five Teachers, Five Styles

Date: Friday – Sunday, June 21 – 23, 2019 Location: Kripalu Center of Yoga and Health, Stockbridge, MA Come join me in experimenting different meditation styles at Kripalu on summer solstice weekend.  The key to discover a regular meditation practice is to find a style that resonates with you.  Program will include: Instinctive meditation with Steven Leonard Insight meditation with Lin Gordon Crystal bowl sound meditation with Carlos A. Perez Kundalini meditation with Amanbir Singh The neuroscience of meditation with Jacqueline Lutz. Learn more about the program and registration.