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Sat. June 15 – Birding and Nature Meditation at Central Park

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, June 13, 2019 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.  Registration opens shortly at nyimc.org. No prior meditation or birding experience needed. Bring Binocular Water Organic bug/tick …

Sat. September 13: Full Moon Meditation at Central Park

“Do everything with a mind that lets go.  If you let go a little, you will have a little peace; if you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace; if you let go completely, you will have complete peace. ”  ― Ajahn Chah “As above, so below.”  The moon has been associated with changes and transformation as humans observe its changing cycle through the ages.  The full moon represents the culmination of a cycle, a ripening to completion, bringing attention to closures and setting intention for new beginnings.  We can learn to live in harmony with nature’s rhythm and harness the power of the full moon by quieting down, reflecting on what we can let go and release what no longer serve us, and allowing space for new beginnings to emerge from within. Join us for a fall evening for sitting and walking meditation in Central Park. Who: Lin Gordon When: 7:30-9:30pm, Saturday, September 13, 2019 Where: Central Park, 100th St. and Central Park West Meeting Location and Time: 7:15pm at 100th St. …

May 20: Bird Watching/Nature Meditation at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Preserve

“To see is to forget the name of thing one sees.” – Paul Valery   Want to spend a spring late afternoon watching birds and sunset?  With a short train ride away, we will be transported to a wild sanctuary from the city.  We will be sharing various nature meditation practices in this beautiful open space – cultivating stillness, opening our senses and our heart, and let nature help us unfold in ways that we cannot foresee. The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge—part of Gateway National Recreation Area—is one of the most significant bird sanctuaries in the Northeast and one of the best places in New York City to observe migrating species. With more than 330 bird species—nearly half the species in the Northeast—sighted at the refuge over the last 25 years. When: 4-6:30pm, Saturday, May 20, 2017 Where: You can meet us directly at 3:45pm at the Visitor Center at the  Jamaica Bay Wildlife Preserve.  Or if you would like to travel together to Jamaica Bay from Manhattan, we’ll meet at 2:30pm at the corner of 14th …

April 22: Earth Day Nature Meditation at Central Park

“We ask for the presence of the spirit of Gaia and pray that the breath of life continues to caress this planet home. May we grow into true understanding — a deep understanding that inspires us to protect the tree on which we bloom, and the water, soil and atmosphere without which we have no existence. May we turn inwards and stumble upon our true roots in the intertwining biology of this exquisite planet. May nourishment and power pulse through these roots, and fierce determination to continue the billion-year dance. May love well up and burst forth from our hearts.” – John Seed, environmentalist, founder of Rainforest Information Centre in Australia   On this Earth Day, April 22, join us to immerse in nature practices to connect with the Earth and your senses.  From a single leave, we see the whole universe.  Our sense of separateness falls away when we come into contact with the natural world. In addition to sensory awareness practices, we will explore a Gaia Meditation created by Joanna Macy and Australian environmentalist John …

March 25: Spring Equinox Nature Meditation at Fort Tryon Park

Feel the spring air? It’s time to go outdoors and enjoy the aliveness and renewal of the Earth. Join us to celebrate the spring equinox with nature practices. Whether it’s standing in front of a tree or watching a quiet sunset, we can open up our senses and find wisdom and joy by immersing in nature. Let our experiences in nature reveal the dharma and doorways to who we truly are. This will be the first of a monthly series of nature meditation offerings from March to September, 2017. Sessions are “sign-up as you go.”  No prior meditation experience required. Sessions will be conducted outdoors so please dress appropriately, with closed-toe shoes, clothing appropriate to the weather, hats, etc.  Please bring a water bottle to all sessions.  There will be park benches to sit on but if you prefer, please feel free to bring any meditation props that you find to be helpful (meditation cushion or bench, yoga mat, backjack, etc.). Most sessions will include some gentle movement or walking practice so please offer care …