What we're about
Have you ever heard adults in conversation that sound like each one is talking in their own channel but not actually connecting with another? Does small talk often feel robotic or like an interrogation? (First dates anyone?) In the modern day, when we start talking and exchanging thoughts, we are most often expressing or regurgitating our own social conditioning, and when the ego gets involved, there is less and less space for a true authentic connection. Relationships become superficial and opportunistic. Silences become “awkward” and uncomfortable. Conversations can become performances or even competitions. The mind wants to fill in the space with words, witty banter, bragging, passive aggressive sarcasm, valuable gossip, intellectual peacocking, selfies, pulling out the old smartphone, anything to feel like it’s doing a good job socially. But you already know that when you DO connect deeply with another person, it has little to do with any those things. Connection has to do with a deeper dimension of recognition of ourselves within the other, and less about the words exchanged or how many social rules you followed or how many trophies you got.
Humans have become more thinking and less “being." For centuries, we have made our thinking mind as the Boss, and as a result, fallen into a seemingly never ending hole of suffering, misery, and a disconnection with each other as a result of destructive and compulsive thinking. The ego/mind is a useful tool for certain areas of life, but does little for the true connection needed for relationships. The ego likes to stand out, be separate, and special. But in this pursuit, the state of relationships in our current era ruled by the mind and ego is reflected in our divorce rates, emotional unavailability, lack of intimacy, excessive need for substances as social lubricants, endless dating/superficial relationships, and general unhappiness in marriages and friendships. That which connects deeply with another is the divine source and intelligence that breathes life into us.
The aim of this meetup event is to foster the natural authentic connection between humans and all of life. It is a different level than how we normally communicate. This is done by combining presence that arises from inward focus, breathwork and meditation, and eye gazing with other humans. To best serve this goal and quieten the mind, it is strongly requested that you maintain complete Silence from beginning to end. No talking, answering phones, texting, etc.. Consider this as a meditation practice (a silent Happy Hour if you will). If tears or laughter come out as a result of the practice, feel free to express it, but please be mindful to not disturb others. We hope to bring the human back into its natural state of being within the natural universe, and by practicing presence with other people, we can bring this to our other relationships as well.
Attendance Policy: It's important to get an accurate count of people attending the eye gazing meditation events, since it involves partner work. Please RSVP only if you plan on attending. If you cannot attend for any reason, make sure to change your RSVP to a "No." Attendance will be recorded. If you are a No Show (3 times) you will be removed from the group.