In our mindfulness practice, we visit time and again our motivation for practising: the well-being of ourselves and others. And when we look deeply, it’s clear that our well-being is inextricably linked with the larger world around us – there is a profound interconnectedness at play. The ‘state of the world’ is something that might be tempting to turn away from as being too overwhelming to really look at – but what is mindfulness if not turning towards the places that scare us? We do this internally in our practice whenever something comes up that is uncomfortable, and we can do the same with what we experience as uncomfortable and scary out there in the world – whether that plays out on a social or environmental level, or whatever it may look like for you. And from a place of interconnectedness and care, we can grow our resources so we are able to engage in mindful and compassionate action when we feel called to do so.
In this weekend with Fay Adams and Kristine Mackenzie-Janson we will follow the Buddhist and deep ecology scolar and author Joanna Macy’s spiral of the Work that Reconnects. This begins by resourcing and nourishing ourselves with gratitude, before turning towards what’s difficult in the world, and then looking for a new perspective from which we can mindfully and practically go forth. In this way we will explore engaging in the ‘outer practice’ of mindfulness.
During the weekend we will compliment this with a rich variety of ‘inner’ mindfulness practices. In particular we will explore the potential of deep grounding. As we weave our way through Joanna Macy’s spiral, we’ll discover how meditating with the earth can deepen each stage. We’ll experience how the earth is an ever-present resource for us that will share the holding of our pain for the world and help us deeply experience our radical interconnectness with all life. This can become an invaluable support to our outer mindfulness practice.
We will also explore resilience practices from Rick Hanson and the ancient Buddhist practice of Tonglen to work directly with challenge and transformation.
The course will be held online.
For this course it is recommended that you have some mindfulness meditation experience. This could be the Level 1 training with the Mindfulness Association or an 8 week mindfulness course whether it be MBSR, MBLC or any other along those lines or it could be equivalent experience.