For most of us, the COVID-19 outbreak has caused a sudden, unwelcome shift in our daily routines. In response to the increased anxiety and stress during this unprecedented time, we have curated a list of offerings for and from the Naropa community. Our hope is that through aligning inner practice and outer expressions of compassion, each can help to strengthen our confidence in compassion, supporting further engagement to alleviate suffering in these challenging times.
Please feel free to share these offerings with your networks; if you have an offering you would like to share with the Naropa community, please use the submission form below.
Join us for daily online contemplative practices to support our personal and shared journey in these uncertain times. Meditation, compassion, loving kindness, embodiment, poetry, arts, council - each morning we’ll engage a practice that fosters presence, opens our hearts, and lifts our spirits to be able to meet the day with equanimity and resilience. Stay tuned for additional offerings in the days and weeks ahead.
This new online course from Mindful and Naropa University to help you deepen mindfulness, cultivate heartfelt compassion, and live in greater alignment with your true values. Exploring both neuroscience and mindfulness, this 7-part intensive course offers self-paced, expert-led sessions, audio meditations, a course workbook, lifetime access, and a certificate of completion from Naropa University.
This online compassion training will help you to:
Train both your body and brain to become more open, authentic, and compassionate. Sign up here or try your free session today.
Monday, March 30, we launched a series of community-wide videoconferences with Naropa leadership.
We plan to continue to these remote sessions bi-weekly, so long as we are not able to meeting together in person. These videoconferences will alternate with other events, such as sharing circles and discussion groups. They are being organized now and all will be invited to participate as you have time and interest. We realize that now, more than ever, we need to continue to connect with one another and stay in communication. This group session is not so much to share detailed information (since we will continue to provide that through writing), but more to offer a broad perspective and a chance to come together as a community.
Please save the date for the next scheduled videoconference:
***If you missed Monday’s event, you can view it here.
A curated playlist of videos and lectures from Naropa's YouTube channel that focus on finding resilience in the face of chaotic situations and emotions. Talks include:
We know our alumni are uniquely suited to meet these challenges with compassion and resilience and have seen that they are out there using their gifts to do amazing things. Are you a graduate of Naropa that would like to offer something to our community to help others navigate through this time? Please use the form below to share some details on what you could offer, and we will be in touch shortly!
So many of us feel afraid or ashamed of anger. This practice allows us to feel and express the energy of anger without repressing or discharging it inappropriately. Visit HERE to listen to the meditation.
Both the Green Tara practice and the Medicine Buddha are very helpful for working with eliminating fears, illness and working with cultivating equanimity and the sameness we experience as human beings suffering together and in isolation due to the worldwide Covid 19 pandemic.
Nashalla is a Menpa TMD, or Doctor of Tibetan Medicine, who has been treating Covid patients using all methods of Tibetan healing including spiritual practices. Please feel free to join in and if you have not received the transmissions, don't worry there are short teachings beforehand. Please know this is open to all. Nashalla will provide instructions. Sessions will be rotated every Sunday morning at 10am between these two Buddhist meditation and healing mantra practices.
Drolma ~ Green Tara in Fearful Times
Time: April 19, May 3 & 17, 2020 10am MST
GREEN TARA Meeting ID: 108 181 439
Medicine Buddha Practice for COVID 19
Time: April 26, May 10, & 24, 2020 10am MST
MEDICINE BUDDHA Meeting ID: 694 417 174
Body Mandala is designed to help you awaken and celebrate your full potential! This
fun and soulful movement class blends choreographed dance, somatics, and yoga. This
class is for everyone and is facilitated by Body Mandala founder and creator, Tracy
Goldenberg. Classes are raw and uncut and stream straight from my home to yours! Classes
are donation-based and require one-time registration before class begins.
Yin Yoga uses long passive holds to open the deep connective tissues of the body, change neuromuscular patterns, and improve range of motion. Yin is designed to be quiet, restful, and rejuvenating. This class is suitable for both new and established yoga practitioners. If possible, bring a yoga mat, blocks, and a bolster. Everyday household items such as various sized towels, cushions, and blankets will work just fine! Classes are donation-based and require one-time registration before class begins.
Class Schedule effective April 27th:
Mondays, 9 – 10 am MDT = Body Mandala
Mondays, 10:30 – 11:30 am MDT = Yin Yoga
Wednesdays, noon – 1:00 pm MDT = Body Mandala
Fridays, 9 – 10 am MDT = Body Mandala
Fridays, 10:30 – 11:30 am MDT = Yin Yoga
This is a poem about the pandemic that was recently published on "New Verse News." Read it HERE.
This 20-minute video walks through best practices for staying in touch using empathy. Social distancing is hard, learn how to stay in touch with your family, friends, and larger communities. Jennifer van Alstyne is a business owner and communications strategist. She works with writers, faculty, and researchers to share their work with the world at The Academic Designer LLC.
Tegan is offering her coaching services pro-bono during these trying times. WILD SOUL RISING was founded under the belief that what remains untamed in us, is what is true within us. Entering into life coaching is partnering with a trained professional who holds space for radical reflection, accountability, and life-changing action. Tegan mainly works with young professionals and recent graduates who feel lost, stuck or burnout in their career path. Life coaching differs from therapy in that the focus is looking forward towards aligning your present actions with a desired future rather than processing the past. It is also well-suited for people who are ready to actively take a chance to change their path.
This list was compiled by our friends at The Awake Network.
Whether you’re looking for live guided meditations connecting you to others, a quick practice to help you find your ground, or a free course on how to meditate, here’s how the Mindful community is coming together to serve in the days and weeks ahead.
Daily video sessions, webinars, live group meditations & meetups, and other free digital resources. Regularly updated with new offerings.
Join teachers Jack Kornfield, Pema Chödrön, Sharon Salzberg, and others for a free series of live-stream meditations to help ease anxiety amid our social-distancing efforts
Free ebooks, an online course, and lots of free videos from Shambhala Pubs authors, including Pema Chödrön.
A wealth of talks and guided practices, including some specific to the pandemic, as well as a free half-day home retreat. Tara also leads a weekly class each Wednesday night at 7:30 eastern time live on Facebook and YouTube.
The material is divided into three segments of approximately 45 minutes each. With the scheduled breaks and walking meditation sessions, you will need a little more than three hours to complete this retreat.
Nightly live dharma talks & meditation sessions, plus a variety of weekly offerings and special programs including BIPOC Meditation Collective, and Learn to Meditate class. Plus, a COVID-19 Support & Process Group if offered every Monday, Wednesday, & Friday Noon–1PM MDT: Click here to join via Zoom.