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Sunday Talk: 10 a.m. Service
Workshop: noon-2 p.m.
In this busy world, many of us feel we don’t have enough time to connect to our inner life or immerse ourselves in the spiritual path. Are there ways we can use everyday happenings to “step into presence,” to “bring everything on to the path?” We will explore how everyday life, with its rewards and challenges, can help us have greater self-compassion, empathy and openness to ambiguity. These qualities in turn can help us deepen our connection to joy, compassion for others and love.
In this workshop with Vaishali Mamgain, we will use contemplative methods, including art, free writing, tactile and movement exercises to invite us to “be” with ourselves, with each other and with the environment. Through work in dyads and triads we will explore the universality of joy and suffering and practice how to “be with discomfort,” a precursor to offering genuine care to others.
Vaishali Mamgain received her PhD. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Southern Maine and the Director of the Bertha Crosley Ball Center for Compassion. She credits her transition from “Economics” to “Compassion” to a research project where her goal was to see how refugees integrated into the labor market in Maine. This experience called upon her to bear witness to others’ stories – to allow a knowing that is not purely cognitive, a knowing that is not focused on shaping data in to a prepackaged model, and that is not fraught with the subject object dichotomy – the refugee as an object to be studied by a researcher who is “objective.” This deep life-changing experience, a gift given by the refugees who generously shared their story with her, changed her professional life. She no longer uses mathematical models alone, but primarily bases her research upon her meditation and compassion practice. In 2017 she completed a 3-year meditation retreat at Samten Ling Retreat Center in Crestone, Colorado. She now lives in beautiful coastal Maine, where she enjoys swimming in the sea, gazing at seaweed, and running, hiking and cooking.
Workshop cost: love offering.