Beauty Outside, Peace Inside
In 1984, E.O. Wilson, biologist and Harvard professor, published Biophilia, in which he theorized that humans have an innate desire to connect with nature. That hypothesis has since been taken further and research indicates that human well-being is supported by access to nature. Many of the benefits attributed to connecting with nature sound like those attributed to meditation: lower blood pressure, reduced depression, reduction in ruminating thought….
This week we turn to the practice of Mindfulness of Sounds – using sounds to anchor us to present moment, to remind us of the ever-changing nature of life, and to help us witness how our reaction to stimuli often has a greater effect on our sense of well-being than the stimuli itself.
A great way to tune in to sounds, especially in the summer, is to sit outside and soak in the sounds of morning birds, children playing, evening crickets, the rustle of wind in the trees, or rain drops on the sidewalk….
So this week, why not spend a little time each day combining the health benefits of nature with those of mindfulness as you sit outside and tune in to the sounds around you?
We hope you can join us for our regular sessions, listed below.
May all beings without exception find inner peace from time spent outdoors,
Your friends at CMP
P.S., Since we’re talking about nature, we also hope you can join us on July 24th at the New Canaan Nature Center for a “Forest Bathing” practice! The Japanese practice of shinrin-yuko, which translates to ‘forest bathing’, is the medicine of simply being in the forest. It is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness. Bring a chair or cushion to the New Canaan Nature Center (weather-permitting) at 9:30 AM on Wednesday July 24th to explore this practice. See our website for details.
This Week's Session Schedule
We hope you can join us at one of our community sits this week. All sessions are free and open to the public, suitable for new meditators and people with an established practice. There is no need to bring or wear anything special, and all sessions offered in libraries are done in chairs unless you prefer to bring your own yoga mat or meditation cushion.
Monday 12:00 PM - Trumbull Library, 33 Quality Street, Trumbull (**only 12 Noon sessions from now on.)
Monday 7:00 PM - Fairfield Library 1080 Old Post Road, Fairfield (weekly through August 12th)
Monday 7:30 PM - Sama Yoga, 45 Grove Street, New Canaan
Tuesday 1:00 PM - Ferguson Library, 1 Public Library Plaza, Stamford
Wednesday 12:00 PM - New Canaan Library, 151 Main Street, New Canaan
Thursday 12:00 PM - Waveny Park, 677 South Avenue, New Canaan (weather permitting, bring a lawn chair or cushion).
Thursday July 24th 9:30-11AM: "Forest Bathing" at New Canaan Nature Center!! Forest Bathing is a wellness practice developed in Japan. Time is spent outdoors using one's senses and nature to settle the mind and body. No rubber ducky needed! Big thanks to the New Canaan Nature Center for offering its beautiful grounds for this practice. 124 Oenoke Ridge Road, New Canaan. Please bring a lawn chair or cushion. No session if it's raining.
Saturday October 5th 9AM - 3PM: Fall Silent Retreat at St. Paul's on the Green in Norwalk. More info to follow.