For one week in September, a group of kindred spirits around the globe will gather for a virtual learning journey on one of life's most inevitable and evasive experiences -- death and dying.
Earlier in 2022, our Awakin Talks series, with Nipun Mehta, Ven. Karma Lekshe and Maki Saionji Kawamura brought forth many deeper reflections on death and dying, and grief and grace. Among the many insights: How does our relationship to death influence our way of life?
Throughout the pandemic, death has been jolted to the center of our collective human experience, as families everywhere grapple with the loss of millions of loved ones. Facing the end of life dispels our sense of solidity to it. As we empty into that uncertainty, can we discern a fuller sense of the infinite?
This weeklong peer-learning journey will engage a series of reflections around questions like: amid loss and grief, how do we tune into a deeper ground of resiliency? What tools can anchor us in a greater wholeness in the face of life's inevitable impermanence? How do we even begin to converse with loved ones on the all-too-often taboo subject of death? How have cultural and faith traditions inspired solace in the ambiguity of what lies beyond one's final breath? How do we sit with and serve those who are dying? How can a greater consciousness of death nurture deeper expressions of life?
If you are moved to explore these questions collectively, with kindred friends from wide-ranging contexts around the globe, please apply to our Pod below.
As a teaser from our most recent round of this pod, here's a sampling of the diverse and sacred spectrum of dealing with recent loss of loved ones; contemplating our own deaths; and serving those at the last stages of their life. As we head into September's pod, we can't wait to see what collective intelligence unfolds through this confluence!
How it works: Every day, you'll get a prompt with 'head' content, a 'hands' practice, and 'heart' reflection question to engage. Everyone submits reflections daily, and then reads and comments on each other's submissions to build on the group wisdom. Our pod will start with a group orientation call and end with a closing call, possibly featuring various guest speakers; in addition, podmates typically also offer many "Pod Room" after the pod completes to ripple out the inspiration in various emergent directions.
To join, simply fill out the form below. Once your application is processed you will receive a confirmation email with more details.