Online: Letting Go of Fear on Behalf of Collective Consciousness

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Online: Letting Go of Fear on Behalf of Collective Consciousness
with Deborah Eden Tull
Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 | 10:00am – 3:00pm ET

In this age of global uncertainty, there is a collective invitation to learn to embrace, rather than fear or resist, the unknown. When we replace judgment with curiosity and turn towards, rather than away from our in-the-moment experience of fear, we can recognize the choice we have in every moment. We can remember who we really are.

While it is the imperative of the human heart to move beyond the comforts, restrictions, and boundaries of conditioned thought, the inter-subjective nature of conditioning causes us to accept things that are not real as true and absolute. What this means is that we tend not to question fear-based thought patterns that are shared by our friends, our neighbors, our relatives, and our leaders, even when they might be untrue.

In this day-long retreat, we will explore how to work with FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real) through compassionate inquiry and subtle body awareness.

We will cultivate a sense of joyful responsibility to the collective, which supports us to release fear-based conditioning.

We will explore:
* How does inquiry and subtle body awareness allow us to meet the energy of fear with compassion?
* How can we release fear-based stories in order to remain open to the spiritual dimensions of our experience?
* How can we practice conscious discernment and clear seeing when fear is not ours but the ego’s? And how do we learn to befriend the void itself?

This restorative experiential retreat will include meditation and a dharma talk, mindful inquiry, relational mindfulness, and facilitated group discussion. These teachings draw upon the wisdom of Zen Buddhism, relational intelligence, and the natural world.

We will gather in conscious community through Zoom, while balancing practice and care for our bodies with time on the screen.

All are welcome.


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Deborah Eden Tull

founder of Mindful Living Revolution, is a Zen meditation and mindfulness teacher, author, activist, and sustainability educator. She teaches engaged dharma practice, which emphasizes the connection between personal awakening and collective transformation. Eden spent seven years training as a Buddhist monk at a silent Zen monastery and has been teaching dharma for 20 years. She has also been living in, and teaching about, sustainable communities and the essential wisdom of nature for close to 30 years.

Eden’s teaching style is grounded in mindful inquiry, fierce compassion, and an unwavering commitment to transformation. Her most recent book is Relational Mindfulness: A Handbook for Deepening Our Connection with Our Self, Each Other, and Our Planet (Wisdom 2018) and prior to that she published The Natural Kitchen: Your Guide for the Sustainable Food Revolution (Process 2010). She is currently completing a book about the partnership of darkness and light on the path of awakening. Eden also teaches The Work That Reconnects, a program created by Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy for transforming our pain and love for our world into compassionate action. Eden offers retreats and consultations internationally. Her work has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, Tricycle, Yogi Times, Shambhala Times, and The Ecologist – and is featured internationally through online media such as The Shift Network.

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