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Mindfulness Meditation

With Tracy Cochran

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
1:00 PM–1:45 PM

A meditation session led by Tracy Cochran.

For centuries Himalayan practitioners have used meditation to quiet the mind, open the heart, calm the nervous system, and increase focus. Now Western scientists, business leaders, and the secular world have embraced meditation as a vital tool for brain health.

Whether you’re a beginner, a dabbler, or a skilled meditator seeking the company of others, join expert teachers in a forty-five-minute weekly program designed to fit into your lunch break. Each session will be inspired by a different work of art from the Rubin Museum’s collection and will include an opening talk, a twenty-minute sitting session, and a closing discussion. Chairs will be provided.

Presented in partnership with Sharon Salzberg and the New York Insight Meditation Center.

Related Artwork

Shiva Vishavarupa, Nepal; mid-19th century, Pigments on cotton, Rubin Museum of Art, C2003.20.2 (HAR 65250)
Shiva Vishavarupa, Nepal; mid-19th century, Pigments on cotton, Rubin Museum of Art, C2003.20.2 (HAR 65250)

Theme: Impermanence

In this Nepalese painting, Shiva stands in his cosmic form while embracing his consort Shakti. Countless arms holding weapons and ritual objects blend together encircling the cosmic couple while a background of flames rises from the base of their thrown. Looking at this image, there’s an interplay of creation and destruction serving as reminder of the constant flux and impermanence of the universe.

About the Speaker

Tracy Cochran is editorial director of Parabola, a quarterly magazine that for forty years has drawn on the world’s cultural and wisdom traditions to explore the questions that all humans share. She has been a student of meditation and spiritual practices for decades and teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful writing at New York Insight Meditation Center and throughout the greater New York area. In addition to Parabola, her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Psychology Today, O Magazine, New York Magazine, the Boston Review, and many other publications and anthologies. For more information please visit

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Note: Late comers may not be admitted past 1:10 p.m., so as to not disrupt the session.