Mindfulness is not something we’re born. It’s a way of being that we can develop through regular practice. This is a meditation group for busy professionals and social change agents who want to give themselves the valuable gift of time to invite greater ease, peace, and connection in their lives.
Anurag Gupta and Patrick Paul Garlinger are both former educators and lawyers who will lead meditation (a combination of breath meditation, walking meditation, and lovingkindness), and Q&A, on Wednesday nights from 6:30-7:30 pm, at Prime Produce, a guild for social do-gooders, 424 W. 54th Street, 2nd Fl. (btwn 9th & 10th Ave.). Cost is by donation (suggested $10-20; no one will be turned away for lack of funds).
A special meditation and spiritual talk on sexual scandals in spiritual communities.
How do you continue with your spiritual path when a teacher or leader in your tradition has abused their sexual energy? The history of spirituality is riddled with sexual scandals involving a priest, teacher or guru who misused their sexuality, often with students. In this talk and discussion, Patrick Paul Garlinger asks why this continues to happen and what we need to start demanding from our spiritual teachers to break the cycle.
Should we reject a spiritual tradition as flawed and corrupt if one of its teachers engages in this kind of abuse or misconduct or do we work with those individuals to heal and forgive them? How do you heal your relationship to your spiritual tradition? Patrick will share his views on what it means to treat your sexuality as part of your spirituality and how to remain a spiritual seeker even when your community finds itself ensnared in a scandal.
The talk will also include a guided meditation and Q&A/discussion.
Wednesday, May 1, 7-9 pm, 424 W. 54th Street (Hell's Kitchen)
You can pay at the event or purchase a ticket in advance. I have also made it optional to pay if the price of the ticket would pose a financial burden.