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About the Meditation

Meditation session led by Tracy Cochran.

The guided meditation begins at 16:43.

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 meditation session, and a closing discussion.

This program is supported in part by the Hemera Foundation with thanks to our presenting partners Sharon Salzberg, the Interdependence Project and Parabola Magazine.

New York Insight Meditation Center

Related Artwork

Illustrated Manuscript Depicting the Story of Water, Nepal; 17th century, pigments on paper; Rubin Museum of Art, Gift of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; F1996.31.33 (HAR 100018)

Theme: Gratitude

This illustrated manuscript containing five folios was created by Nepalese artisans in the 17th century. Folding like a map, it depicts a drought and its subsequent end, mirroring the weather patterns of the monsoons. The top folio depicts two brothers fighting; an unnatural and inauspicious event that angered the god of rain causing the drought to occur. The drought was resolved finally when a yogi practiced austerities and gained the power to make rain. As the rains returned, it restored the natural order of things and left those suffering full of gratitude for the returning water.

About the Speaker

Tracy Cochran has been a student and teacher of meditation and spiritual practice for decades. She is the founder of the Hudson River Sangha, which is now virtual and is open to all. The link for her weekly meditations can be found on

Tracy has taught mindfulness meditation and mindful writing at the Rubin and the New York Insight Meditation Center, as well as in schools, corporations, and other venues worldwide. She is also a writer and the editorial director of Parabola, an acclaimed quarterly magazine that seeks to bring timeless spiritual wisdom to the burning questions of the day. Her writings, podcasts, and other details can be found on her website and on