Friday, April 12, 2019
How to Sit and What to Think About: An Intimate and Practical Guide to Meditation
With Keely Rakushin Garfield
Level: Open (all students welcome)
What stops you from dropping everything, and dropping in? When you sit down to meditate, instead of encountering peace and insight, do your legs fall asleep, your back ache like it’s on fire, and your mind wander to off to Wholefoods to get stuff for dinner. Fear not. Your ordinary mind is your greatest ally. Your very body is the ground. The present moment is the only time there is. Start now. Trust your life. Come cultivate the space of your heart-mind, and be ready to enjoy, and to share the bounty.
We will gather as a community of soulful seekers, and engage in a spirited yet down-to-earth exploration into the nature of meditation, and ways to nurture a real-world personal practice, with a focus on how to sit, and what to think about.
Specifically, this workshop will consider:
- Establishing a Daily Meditation practice
- Seated and Supported set-ups
- Benefits of Meditation and Obstacles to practice
- The Path of Samyama, and The Eight-Fold Path
- Anchoring Awareness, Breath and Sankalpah (Intention)
- Actualizing Mindfulness, Ways to Walk, Talk, Be and Do
The workshop is open to everyone. Wear comfortable clothing. Bring a journal, a pen, and an open-mind. Bring your questions and your wisdom!
Keely Rakushin Garfield joyfully participates in the great body of the world in the field of arts and wellness. A spirit of philosophical inquiry and compassionate concern are at the heart of all her endeavors. Keely is an E-RYT 800 yoga teacher, Urban Zen Integrative Therapist and UZIT faculty, Reiki Master, hospice caregiver, and meditation teacher lay-ordained in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition, and studies with her teacher Roshi Enkyo O’Hara at The Village Zendo. Keely is also an acclaimed choreographer and dancer, and artistic director of Keely Garfield Dance. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, holds a MFA in Choreography from UWM, and is a Professor of Dance at The New School. Keely has worked at Beth Israel Medical Center, The Farber Center for Radiation Oncology, CareRite, and twice served in Haiti at Saint Damien’s Pediatric Hospital and Orphanage. Keely has devised and taught Sitting with Dying programs for VNSNY, led Reiki trainings for Yoga Journal Conference NYC, is director of corporate trainings for Maripossa Wellness, and presented at MIT as part of the Breathing Hackathon. Currently Keely teaches yoga at Yoga Shanti and elsewhere in NYC. Find out more at keelygarfield.nyc.