Shivananda Thomas Amelio
Is Your World Animate and Alive?
Monday, June 29th, 2015
Even those of us who meditate regularly may still think of ourselves as doing it to make our “separate selves” into “better” humans, while still maintaining our sense of “us and them” with others, and our larger environment.
Meditation, more than postures, is actually the core of true “yoga” –when effective it will give you the sense of unifying connection with all that surrounds you. It will bring you into compassionate intimacy with your whole ecosystem–not just humans and sentient creatures, but with every “thing” –animate and “inanimate. ” What if everything was suffused with a kind of consciousness? If a table has molecules dancing within it this very moment do those molecules have their own kind of purpose? Even joy? I think this is one of the original principles behind systems such as Feng Shui in China, Vastu in India, and Sacred Geometry in Europe, and so forth.
In Kashmir Shaivism there is a principle called “spanda,” which refers to the pulsation of the entire universe and its contents as a dance of consciousness–as symbolized beautifully by Nataraj–the Dancing Shiva in a circle of flames.
In this class we will explore the transforming of our relationship to our world to see that it–and every “material” thing within it– can awaken for us as being magical and alive–even loving us back!
We will, in consciousness, travel through our own homes and other regular spaces to discover a new beauty and intimacy with the normal things that surround us. This inquiry will be uplifting, practical, poetic, and fun!
Shivananda Thomas Amelio practiced and studied yogic disciplines and philosophy in India. While there, he edited the book Yoga: The Ultimate Spiritual Path, by Swami Rajarshi Muni. A founding member of Kripalu, he is president of the New York Open Center, and teaches meditation and chanting in New York City. His latest meditation CD is Mantra Darshan. shivananda.net
$45 thru June 15th; $55 thereafter and at the Door
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