We Are Nature: Remembering Our Sacred Connection to Earth
with Sebene Selassie, DaRa Williams and Lin Gordon
Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 | 10:00am to 5:00pm
Many of us speak of nature as if it is something external, having nothing to do with us except when we “visit it”. Nature is “out there” or in “the wilderness.” Dharma, which is often referred to as truth or teachings, can be translated as nature. Dharma as nature is everywhere, in and around us. Whether we are aware of it or not, We are always in connection to this truth, that we are this sacred earth.
In this daylong program, we will take time to reconnect to our bodies, hearts and minds remembering that we are nature. Centering land and ancestors, we will cultivate meditative awareness to sense the sacred connection to earth that is always present when we open to it. We will explore how this understanding can support us in our lives, in relationship/connection, our work, and especially in our response to our current planetary crisis. We will use the elements (earth, fire, water, air), movement, music, poetry and relational practices to support healing our wounds of separation.
Drawing on the indigenous wisdom of the Buddhadharma as well as from other traditions, participants will be invited to share their innate and ancestral ways of knowing the truth of our undeniable interconnection.
At this daylong, we will co-create a shared altar to honor our sacred connection to the earth. Please bring one or two special objects, a photo, or other token to place on the altar. This could be something that expresses any grief or sorrow and/or joy or celebration you feel in connection to our current planetary conditions. It could also be something that might represent your intention for this daylong or a being/place you wish to hold in the group heart.
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