Mindfulness Meditation with Kate Johnson 12/20/2017
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.
Theme: Seeking Refuge
Ritual ewers, like the one shown here, are commonly found in both public and private shrine rooms. These ewers would hold ambrosia, a blessed water dyed yellow with saffron, which would be offered to visitors during special times of the year. As guests entered the shrine, some of the liquid would be poured into their hands. They would then take a small sip of the water and rub the rest on their head as a blessing. This offering welcomes guests into the refuge of the shrine, forming a karmic connection between them and deities represented by the artwork.
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.