Please join us Wednesday, January 17, for a special Wednesday evening program with visiting teacher Kaira Jewel Lingo, an ordained nun in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing.
Body Wisdom for Healing Separation*: Moving with Metta and Ubuntu
This evening will begin with a 30-minute guided meditation at 6:50 p.m. followed by guided improvisational movement to music.
The focus of our movement – which will alternate between moving all together, in pairs, and solo – will be on healing the separation within ourselves, and between us and others. We will explore the practices of metta, friendliness or loving kindness, and ubuntu, the affirmation of our shared humanity and unity, through movement and awareness of the breath. The class will awaken joy and sense of connection – to ourselves, each other and to life.
The class will be accessible to all bodies and levels of ability. Everyone is welcome. Please wear comfortable clothing so you may move freely and if your body is ready to, be prepared to sweat! Please also bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.
*To stay in our bodies and with our own present-moment experience, we ask everyone to maintain noble silence throughout the entire class. We will end with a brief meditation and group reflection.
Kaira Jewel Lingo has been sharing this movement practice in her mindfulness and meditation retreats for several years. She experiences it as a powerful tool that helps us to live more deeply embodied and in touch with our body wisdom.
The custom of dana (generosity) is fundamental to Buddhist practice. All dana received supports our Teachers and center, and is essential for the continuation of our community and practice. Through monetary dana, we suggest a $10 donation – which is neither a ceiling or floor amount. No one is turned away for lack of funds.
About Kaira Jewel Lingo
Kaira Jewel Lingo teaches meditation and mindfulness internationally, with a focus on activists, people of color, artists, educators, families, and youth. She began practicing mindfulness in 1997. An ordained nun of 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, she is now based in Washington, D.C., leading retreats in the U.S. and internationally, offering mindfulness programs for educators and youth in schools, as well as individual spiritual mentoring. She edited Thich Nhat Hanh’s, Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children and has articles and chapters published in numerous magazines and books, including Real World Mindfulness for Beginners; Together we are One; and Dharma, Color and Culture. She explores the interweaving of art, play, ecology and spiritual practice and is a certified yoga teacher and InterPlay leader. She also offers spiritual mentoring to individual clients. In addition to her roots in the Zen tradition, she practices and teaches in the Insight tradition and is an affiliate teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. Visit kairajewel.
Access Notes: There is one short flight of stairs leading to the entrance to the building. Please press 3-0 to be buzzed in. The center is located at the top of a steeper second staircase of around 20 steps. A ramp and elevator are available via an alternate entrance; please email in advance if you need access. Chairs, benches, and extra support cushions are available. We are not yet a fragrance-free space; our hand soap is scented with essential oils. If you have any additional questions about accessibility, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.