We honor and support organizations that are working directly to combat racism. CIMC will donate all registration fees for this program to the Loveland Foundation "...committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls."
This program will be held online via Zoom. The link to join the program can be found in your Order Confirmation email. All registrants will also receive a reminder email on Thursday, July 16th with information on joining the program, including the link.
True belonging — a sense of connection, freedom, and joy — is possible in any moment, in any circumstance, for anyone. However, true belonging is not a destination; it is the process of continually reconnecting to the present moment, including everything happening in our lives and in our world.
In this moment, we may be feeling the belonging of interconnection: We are all in the same rough waters of a global pandemic. But we also may feel the separateness of varying circumstances: We have differing "boats" to traverse these waters. Our practice teaches us to recognize our differences while never letting go of our inherent interconnection.
In this workshop, we will use meditation, contemplation and discussion to explore reconnecting to ourselves and each other. Beginning by going inwards, we will establish a sense of stillness and belonging to ourselves. Connecting to the environment around us, we will create a sense of belonging to nature. And using small group exercises, we will cultivate a feeling of belonging to each other.
This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators. Everyone is welcome. Full and partial scholarships are available.
Sebene Selassie began studying Buddhism over 25 years ago as an undergraduate at McGill University where she majored in Comparative Religious Studies. She has an MA from the New School where she focused on race and cultural studies. Sebene is passionate about making the dharma accessible and relevant for our times and teaches regularly in New York City and nationally. Her first book, You Belong: A Call for Connection will be published by HarperOne in August.
This program will be held online via Zoom. All registrants will receive a reminder email on Thursday, July 16 with information on joining the program, including the Zoom link. In addition, those who register after May 26 will receive the link to join the program in their Order Confirmation email.