Online: Climate Resilience – Transforming Difficult Emotions into Compassion and Wisdom

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Online: Climate Resilience – Transforming Difficult Emotions into Compassion and Wisdom
with Lin Wang Gordon
Saturday, April 10th, 2021 | 10:00am – 1:00pm ET

“Action on behalf of life transforms. Because the relationship between self and the world is reciprocal, it is not a question of first getting enlightened or saved and then acting. As we work to heal the earth, the earth heals us.”
― Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

Overwhelmed by the devastation and destruction of life all around the globe and worried about what is yet to come? Do you feel guilt and shame that you’re not doing enough? Do you find yourself either wanting to move into action with rage or do you feel grief and powerless and just want to give up on taking any action?

Grief, anxiety, anger, and despair are normal emotions as the impact of climate change become more evident and frequent in our life. How can we be with these difficult emotions and stay grounded while absorbing the implications of these events? How do we transform grief, anxiety, anger, and despair into love, courage, compassion, and equanimity, so we can sustain our engagement without burning out or tuning out? How do we feel empowered in our response?

In this workshop, we will explore tools and resources that can help us stay with difficult emotions, and process them individually and collectively. This is not a workshop about what actions we need to take, but rather how we want to ground ourselves so that whatever actions we want to take, they will be rooted in compassion, wisdom and equanimity. We’ll find that personal transformation and collective transformation are intricately linked, and that when we work on one, it will inevitably impact the other.


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Lin Wang Gordon

Lin has studied insight meditation under the guidance of Jonathan Foust and Mark Coleman in the past decade. In stillness and silence, she discovers the transformative power of mindfulness practices to help live a life of flow, joy, grace and gratitude.

In the last few years, Lin was particularly moved by the power of nature meditation to connect with a deep sense of well-being, love, wonder, resilience, and interconnection with all beings. Our human-centric worldview dissolves, and we realize we are but a small part of a greater intelligence. Lin was inspired to share nature meditation as a doorway for personal transformation as well as a form of environmental activism.

She graduated from Mark Coleman’s Awake in the Wild Nature Meditation Teacher Training in 2017 and has taught at New York Insight Meditation Center and around the country. She is enrolled in the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders Program (CDL6).

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