All posts filed under: 2020

Mon. April 13, 2020, 7pm – Sacred Earth Sangha

Sacred Earth Sangha at New York Insight Meditation Center Meets 2nd Monday evening of every month Please join us for an evening of teaching, meditation, and discussion as we create a community around deep practice and conscious engagement of the challenges of the climate crisis. Currently, our world is a hot mess both ecologically and politically. We can react to our planetary crisis with fear and aversion playing out the same old patterns of separation and domination (right and wrong, us vs them, rational solutions for unfathomably complex problems). Or we can respond with intimacy and imagination, exploring with compassion and wisdom new ways of being. Join New York Insight’s Sacred Earth Sangha (SES) in 2020 as we explore what it means to meet our current reality with kindness and clarity, compassion and wisdom. Now through August will be exploring the Buddh’as Eightfold Path as a map for cultivating intimacy and imagination in response to our present moment. We will make space for individual and collective grief and joy — becoming intimate with our experiences. …

Voice from a Tree

March 14, 2020 – Stuyvesant Park, NYC This was a freewriting exercise that came out of the Breathe.Read.Write workshop offered by Lisa Freedman. I gave an instruction of a 10-minutes tree meditation. After we meditated with a tree, Lisa read the poem “I Trust the Wind and Don’t Know Why” by Wyn Cooper, then she asked us to write from the voice of the tree that we just spent time with. “I am not a sissie. I’ve been standing here in this noisy, bustling urban environment for a long time. Even though they’ve tried to contain me at roots, put hard concrete on top on my roots, I keep expanding. I go deeper, finding water and nutritions where human don’t reach and interrupt my natural freedom. I dig deeper into them and I bring them back through my body and reach upward. Yes, it’s hard sometimes. The wind blows, and I don’t get support from my fellow tree family in a natural way, but I am growing and thriving. Even if it means I have …

Sat. May 2, 2020, 8:15am: Birding and Nature Meditation at Central Park

Red cardinal in Central Park in June, 2019 Bird in the Pepper Tree Don’t mind my inexplicable delight in knowing your name, little Wilson’s Warbler yellow as a lemon, with a smooth, black cap.. Just do what you do and don’t worry, dipping branch by branch down  to the fountain…. A name is not a leash. – By Mary Oliver Do you know there are approximately 230 different species of birds can be found in Central Park? Some are year round and some would stop by during the spring and fall migration season.  Join Lin Gordon (nature meditation teacher) and Stephen Roylance (retired science teacher) in taking an early morning walk through Central Park, where we will listen to the sounds within and without. Who: Lin Gordon and Stephen Roylance When: 8:15am-10:30am, Saturday, May 2, 2020 Where: Meet at 72nd St and Central Park West entrance  Public Transportation: 72nd St station, 1, 2, 3, B or C by Subway Registration Fee: Sliding scale from $15, $20, to $25. No prior meditation or birding experience needed. Bring Binocular …

May 8 – 10, 2020: Spring Weekend Retreat, Lenox MA

Theme: How to Keep an Open Heart in a Challenging World 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. We will explore practices to:– Develop a receptive presence, contemplative and intimate relationship with nature– Reconnect with our sense of wonder, joy, and love– Sit and walk in nature emphasizing opening to our sensory awareness– Find resilience in the natural world and in ourselves– Meditate on sunrise, trees, night sky, fire and more Specific practices will be chosen based on weather, location and the group, but …

June 14 – 21, 2020: Awake in the Wild Nature Retreat, New Mexico

Date: Sunday, June 14 – Sunday, June 21, 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 …

Sat. Mar. 14, 2020: Stuyvesant Square Park Volunteering, Nature Meditation and Writing

“This is really why I made my daughters learn to garden—so they would always have a mother to love them, long after I am gone.” ― Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants This event is sponsored by Breathe.Read.Write. Did you know that increased sunlight triggers birdsongs? As the days get longer and life wakes up from the winter slumber, it’s time to go outdoors and enjoy the aliveness of  Earth’s renewal.  Join us for our pre-Equinox celebration  with a day of park volunteering, nature practices, poetry, and free-writing. Come at any time between 9:30am-1pm to volunteer and celebrate this local park by helping with gardening and maintenance. Come see early spring blooms and learn about composting. No gardening experience needed and there will be light refreshments provided by the Stuyvesant Park Neighborhood Association (SPNA). After volunteering, you can join the Breathe.Read.Write workshop from 1-3pm. We will begin with a nature meditation guided by Lin.   After that, Lisa will read a short poem and invite you to free-write (just let the pen move, …