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. Mindfulness meditation offers both a refuge from the world around us, and an opportunity to engage with it more consciously.
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. Each session is inspired by a different work of art from the Rubin Museum’s collection. Designed to fit into your lunch break, the program includes an opening talk, a twenty-minute sitting session, and a closing discussion. Chairs will be provided.
Theme: Light and Dark
This painting depicts the Indian goddess Shri Devi Magzor Gyalmo, the queen who repels armies. An enlightened protectress, she rides a mule through a sea of blood while holding a skull cup and a stick of sandalwood marked with a vajra. She is a wrathful version of Saraswati, whose boundless compassion manifests in this fearsome appearance to scare away foes of the Buddha’s teachings. These frightful images also represent the transmutations of negative emotions into energy for one’s practice, embracing all experiences and rejecting none.
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 tracycochran.org.