Love is not a mood, but a dynamic way of being. – Gabrielle Roth
The spontaneous heart is one that knows how to love and be loved. The 5Rhythms Heartbeat map is a guide to how our emotional energy moves and morphs. In this practice we embody the art of being a fluid, emotional athlete. This map teaches us how to navigate the emotional terrain of life without getting stuck, holding on, or pushing away.
During our time together, we’ll integrate the stillness of Buddhist mindfulness meditation with the moving meditations of the 5Rhythms. The Buddha encouraged us to bring wise attention to every aspect of our lives. By incorporating the Brahmavihara (Heart Practices), we can develop the skills of living-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. These virtues are regarded as powerful antidotes to negative mental states.
In sitting meditation, we have the opportunity to observe the mind and body at rest through silent introspection. In the practice of the 5Rhythms, we engage in mindfulness while in motion. The 5Rhythms is a map that teaches us how emotional energy moves. The two polarities of moving and sitting meditation together mirror the dance of life and open the door to peace, well-being, and balance.
There will be a celebratory Thanksgiving dinner in the Esalen Lodge.