Reading and guided meditation at New Renaissance Books, Portland, Nov. 10th, 7:00 – 8:30 ($15)

Poetry as Spiritual Practice

Come enjoy an evening of mindful poetry and guided meditation, and learn how poetry can support your spiritual practice. Poetry can be regarded as something to be analyzed, a problem to be solved, a code to be cracked. But what if we dropped all that and approached poems as spiritual friends and teachers, offering us wisdom, compassion, clear seeing, and a heightened awareness of our human predicament? Our experience of poetry would be much richer—and much more enjoyable! This evening program will begin with a guided meditation, followed by a reading from The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy—with poems by Chuang Tzu, Han Shan, Basho, Issa, Pablo Neruda, Denise Levertov, Billy Collins, Ellen Bass, and others—and a period for questions and discussion.

Workshops & Retreats

 Mindfulness Retreat, Aug. 12-15

My wife Alice Boyd and I are offering a four-day mindfulness retreat at the beautiful Alton Collins Center. The retreat will focus on Cultivating Reverence and incorporates Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons, sitting meditation, and mindful poetry discussions. Learn more here. 



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