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What better way during challenging times to place our attention in the present moment than to connect with nature, letting our senses come alive? We can receive gifts in brief moments sensing the coolness of grass beneath our bare feet or the smooth or bubbly sensation of water across our palm as we trail our hand in a flowing stream. Our breath slows down, our hearts and minds relax, and the strong grip of stress/anxiety on our nervous system loosens. Simply focusing on one aspect of nature, we can train our minds to settle. We might experience the interconnectedness of all life by merely opening ourselves to be in relationship with one thing in nature: Think tree- whisperer… snail-whisperer… flower whisperer!
Lizabeth tells of a recent nature meditation experience: “I had chosen to connect with an unopened yellow lily bud. As I sat for several minutes engaging with this plant, I saw that despite some browning and peeling edges that reminded me of its impermanence, it also seemed to display a complete and utter confidence and acceptance of itself, despite its marks of aging. Eventually, my mind wandered and I noticed boredom arising, but I brought my attention back, noticing this plant in greater and greater detail. When the meditation was over, I briefly turned away from the plant. Turning back around about 5 minutes later, I saw that the bud had fully opened!
“For a moment, I thought I must be looking at the wrong plant, but I recognized its features so well, I knew it was the same flower I had just been attending to. I gazed for a moment to my left, and in that very instant, the bud on a neighboring plant suddenly burst open, too! I felt such gratitude to have been able to witness the blossoming of a flower, and such tenderness and care for these lilies in my backyard that I had barely noticed before my meditation. Had I not been paying attention and made a connection with nature, I would never have witnessed that simple, yet profound moment.”
Each live, online session with Lizabeth will include a 15-20 minute nature-based, mindfulness meditation, followed by 10 minutes of optional sharing in community. While you will ideally be able to sit outdoors in your yard or on your lanai, you can also do this practice indoors, perhaps sitting with a potted plant or pets, fish, or any object from nature, such as a stone, feather, etc. In truth, EVERYTHING is part of nature – even our cell-phones and computers came from the earth in the broadest sense!
Lizabeth has been passionately protecting Hawaiiʻs unique species and ecosystems throughout her 25 year career. She believes that cultivating loving kindness towards ourselves and the earth is one way to do this. Through guided meditations, yoga classes, and nature based workshops and retreats, she incorporates ways to deepen our connections to and love for the natural world.
Lizabeth has most recently led the Ecosattva training at Still & Moving Center with Krista Hiser. Lizabeth has also worked in the field of conservation in Hawaii since 1994. She began practicing hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation in 2000. She discovered that these practices helped to still her active mind and recover from health challenges. Lizabeth completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training in Honolulu in 2009 and has been teaching yoga ever since. She completed a mastersʻs degree in Ecopsychology in 2012 at Naropa University. An avid horse-woman, ocean lover, and hiker, Lizabeth feels most at home outdoors!
Moving into a deeply rooted, durable, and active response to the climate crisisSign up now!
6 Training Sessions: January 13 and 27, February 3 and 17, March 2 and 16
Our group rate is $108.
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Join our group, Honolulu EcoSattvas!
Catch the wave! Come to Still & Moving Center and connect with a world community for a brand new EcoSattva training on today’s climate crisis. With introductions in December, the trainings will happen on two Mondays a month January – March 2020, we’ll be gathering not only as a local community but with others around the world for this unique online course featuring some of the most powerful voices today at the intersection of mindfulness, Buddhist practice and ecological crises.
Each session will include background materials, a core session video featuring a leading voice in ecodharma, inquires we can explore individually and together, follow up materials and more. In addition to our own gathering, all registered participants will be invited to join monthly live conversations for all those around the world registered for the training with One Earth Sangha.
Together, we stand at an edge, an edge of danger and opportunity, peril and possibility, turbulence and transformation. As the climate crisis moves from being abstract, far away and in the future to self-evident in the here-and-now, human society risks a collective swing from one version of problematic response to another. Those previously in some form of denial, distraction or disavowal may move through the narrow window of acceptance and straight into anxiousness, hopelessness, or outrage.
To be thoroughly aware of the dramatic changes underway while remaining authentically helpful is to learn to stay with profound uncertainty, to metabolize a mind-boggling and heart-breaking situation to the point of compassionate clarity and finally to move into deeply rooted, durable, and active response. This is essentially a spiritual task, a job that only big stories and deep practices can hold.
With the support our tradition’s wisdom and practices, we invite you to join us in One Earth Sangha’s EcoSattva Training to come together at this edge. Drawing on insights from Buddhism and the growing field of climate psychology, we will explore our thoughts and feelings about the climate crisis so we can respond to it authentically, positively and whole-heartedly. Together, we’ll explore this time of intensifying change and cultivate the wisdom and compassion that can carry us forward.
Registration is through oneearthsangha.org, and for a group of 8, each participant will pay $108. If you can’t afford the registration fee, One Earth Sangha has a scholarship program. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Still and Moving Center, Krista Hiser, and Liz Kashinsky are hosting this group as a community service.
You can find out more about the course here.
Curious? You are welcome to attend the introductory December sessions to see whether this training is right for you; all attendees must register with oneearthsangha.org by Jan 1 to continue. There are 8 sessions in total, and a ninth celebration session to be held at a location the group chooses.
Krista Hiser, Lizabeth Kashinsky and Still & Moving Center offer this trainig as our seva, our voluntary, free service, out of our profound love and concern for this precious Earth we live upon. We look forward to sharing the training with you!
Dates may be adjusted slightly by group consensus.
1024 Queen Street
Please feel free to share this training information with others who may be interested.
Krista Hiser: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lizabeth Kashinsky: email@example.com
We hope you will join us! Krista & Liz