Meditation session led by Kate Johnson.
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.
Korean-American artist Christine Sun Kim has been deaf since birth. Though she started in visual mediums, her work increasingly incorporates sound in an attempt to use her unique perspective to break down the cultural “rules” surrounding auditory experiences. Her series on display in the Rubin Museum Art Lounge uses dynamic markings from Western musical notation to express the “sound” of particular scenes or emotions. Above is The Sound of Obsessing, a blank canvas bearing the marking “p,” which stands for “piano” and indicates a quiet sound. “Pp” stands for “pianissimo,” which means even more quiet. Reading the piece from left to right and top to bottom, the “p” markings begin to run together toward the end, indicating the quiet intensity that obsession can cause.
About the Speaker
Kate Johnson works at the intersections of spiritual practice, social action, and creative expression. She teaches mindful yoga in NYC public schools, teaches Buddhist meditation at the Interdependence Project, and facilitates an embodied approach to organizational and leadership development for social change agents and communities. Johnson holds a BFA in dance from the Alvin Ailey School/Fordham University and a MA in performance studies from NYU. She has trained at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, the Interdependence Project, Laughing Lotus Yoga, and the Presencing Institute. She is working on a book about waking up to power and oppression as a spiritual practice, to be published by Parallax Press in fall 2017.