Adventures in the Deep World: Contemplative Ecology and the Magic of Nature: An Open House Talk.

with Jeff Grygny

June 25th

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    Room: First Floor Shrineroom

    Free Meditation Instruction at 7:00pm; Tea Social at 7:45; Talk at 8:00.  Donations are always welcome.

    "Paying attention is a form of reciprocity with the living world, receiving the gifts with open eyes and open heart."
                                                                      Robin Wall Kimmerer,   Braiding Sweetgrass

    Our modern lifestyle gives us few opportunities to feel like we are a part of the natural world. And yet it seems more urgent than ever for us to recognize how deeply we are connected to the natural systems that surround us and sustain our lives. Luckily, evolution has endowed us with senses and emotions that let us attune ourselves to our surroundings with exquisite precision.

    Contemplative Ecology uses body/mind practices to cultivate our relationships with living nature. By opening our senses and giving our attention to things that we normally ignore, we can experience nature more clearly and profoundly. When we practice being in nature, with nature, we discover whole new worlds of beauty, wonder, and meaning. In this way, we can restore the human/nature relationship and begin the journey to creating a truly ecological culture.

    Jeff Grygny Ph.D. is an independent scholar and theater artist and a long-time student of Vidyadhara Trungpa Rinpoche. He earned his doctorate writing about meditation and performance, and has for the last few years been researching the connections between performance and ecology. In 2018, he organized The Performance Ecology Project at the Urban Ecology Center in collaboration with local theater companies.