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Social Meditation: A Weekend Workshop for All Ages
with Nicholas Kranz
June 6 / 9:00 AM - June 7 / 5:00 PM
In order to bring our world back into balance, we need to start where we are, not where we think we should be.
The practice of social meditation trains us to touch deeply into what we are feeling in the moment, bravely speak from that place and offer our deep listening to others. We learn to sit with what comes up for ourselves and others with dignity, curiosity and compassion. Our actions then arise from this place, naturally aligning with our values and love for the world.
Instead of privatizing, repressing and pathologizing our pain for the world (be it fear, grief, outrage or despair), we can begin by honoring it. Facing difficult emotions requires bravery, honesty, and a willingness to be vulnerable and interact from that soft spot. We reframe our own suffering as ‘suffering-with,’ or compassion. This brings us back to Life.
Because Social Meditation facilitates emotional resonance in groups, it helps practitioners connect with their own and the larger group’s wisdom. This generates a culture of care that is a powerful support for individual practice and provides a feeling of belonging and learning within community that makes our lives more joyful, meaningful, and sustainable.
During this program, we’ll practice sitting meditation and social meditation; there will be dialogue and exchange as we work with our social patterns in a transformative way. Everyone is welcome, no previous experience is required!
Nick Kranz is a Member of the Boston Shambhala Center and has been a Shastri in the Shambhala Practice and Education community since 2013. He developed the practice of social meditation, which is practiced in Shambhala centers around the globe. He has worked with youth development in the Shambhala sangha for over a decade.