We are all the heroes and anti-heroes of our own stories. We weave narratives based on our reactions to the conditions we find ourselves in, and the roles we create can become our fate.
Yet it is possible to relate to our experience in a new way. “Virya,” the ancient Sanskrit word for the heroic, is the term the Buddha used for the energy and effort of mindfulness. We can be heroes by being mindful.
Join us for a “Happy Hour” session of meditation and written contemplation. Suitable for beginners and fully enlightened beings and everyone in between. Together we will create a safe and peaceful space. No one need read aloud.
Drop-in Course Mondays: January 9, 16, 23, 30
Fee by donation, no pre-registration required: Suggested starting donation is $15 but whatever you offer is greatly appreciated and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds. For this event all donations are split evenly between the teacher(s) and NYI.
Tracy Cochran is an editor of Parabola magazine. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Boston Review, O: The Oprah Magazine, New York Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Psychology Today, and other publications. Her stories have been included in anthologies including The Best Spiritual Writing series; Writing for Their Lives; and Sacred Voices: Essential Women’s Wisdom Through the Ages. In addition to working in publishing and in the film industry, she is certified as a Community Dharma Leader by the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, teaching mindfulness meditation and mindful writing retreats in the greater New York area.