Beyond Awakening: Meditation for Uncertain Times

Beyond Awakening: Meditation for Uncertain Times

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An inclusive, online community exploring time-honored practices that connect to resiliency and inner wisdom

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Meditation and the path of inquiry helps to interrupt the story of “me.” Even for a short period of our practice, our personal stories and suffering disappears, and goes “offline,” and we awaken to the simplicity of being.

--Anne Douglas

Have you had an experience of “spiritual awakening,” but are not sure how to sustain this new level of awareness? Are you worried or anxious about the current state of the world? Now, more than ever, we need practices that can guide and sustain us during difficult times, as well as authentic spiritual communities to support us along the way.

Inspired by the Buddhist teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, learn simple breath and body awareness, sitting and walking meditation, and deep relaxation. These universal practices provide inspiratioWebsite n and stability to people of all faiths and spiritual traditions

Experience a vibrant community of practice to enliven and support your awakening, and strengthen your ability to sustain your practice through the challenges of daily life. These experiential sessions offer time to learn the practices, readings and poetry to inspire us, and space for sharing our experiences and insights. Through both our individual and collective awakening, we can bring much-needed insight and understanding to the complex issues that confront our world. Together, we can tap directly into the infinite intelligence and freedom of the awakened mind.

June 9 - Be Like A Tree: Root to the Earth, Stretch to the Sky

This month in our meditation sangha, we will take lessons from all the beautiful trees that are starting to bud and bloom around us. I don't know about you, but these challenging times can leave us exhausted and stuck in worry and anxiety, based on the latest 24-hour news cycle of war, mass shootings, floods and forest fires, (not to mention a global pandemic!). We tend to react either by distracting and distancing ourselves from these terrible events, or by becoming overwhelmed by the suffering that is all around us.

How do we stay balanced in a world that is so topsy turvy?

Buddhist teachings and meditation offers us a middle way, of staying grounded and in touch with the earth, with our breath, with our bodies, and our feelings, so we can respond from a heart that is open and compassionate. In June's session, we will start with some gentle breath work and movement to help regulate our nervous systems, then learn a meditation that helps us to stay rooted and connected to the earth, while opening to the vastness of the sky and universal consciousness. We'll also read some poetry to inspire us, then have time to share about our experience, to listen and connect in community.

Please have anything you need to be comfortable in meditation (chair, cushion, or mat), and a journal and pen to record your personal thoughts and insights.

Facilitated by: Vickie MacArthur, Spiritual Director, Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Writer

Vickie is a lifetime pilgrim on the spiritual path of every day life, rooted in her Christian, Buddhist and yogic communities, walking an inter-spiritual path that honors the depth of all traditions. As a spiritual director, yoga and meditation teacher, and writer, Vickie’s teaching integrates embodied awareness, breath and spirituality to help bring a sense of healing and wholeness to all aspects of life. Vickie teaches the “art of slowing down and listening deeply” to ourselves, to each other, to our planet, and to the Great Mystery that holds us all. Living into her spiritual name, Divine Oneness of the Heart, Vickie works to build bridges between traditions, and is passionate about creating new kinds of spiritual communities, beyond the confines of religion. With an inter-spiritual heart that sees beyond the surface, Vickie invites others into that intimate space of communion with the wisdom and knowledge at the heart of all the great spiritual traditions.

Check out Vickie's YouTube Channel for previously recorded meditations and yoga classes.

Find out about Vickie’s writing and upcoming book "A Lotus On Fire: How A Buddhist Monk Ignited the Love In My Heart.".

Hosted by AWAKENING SPIRITUALITY, an online community of seekers interested in personal development and spiritual exploration. The focus is on dialogue and guidance rather than dogma or restricted thinking.

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DATE: Second Thursday monthly (Except August)

TIME: 7:00 PM EDT (CAN/US)

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