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Mindfulness in Nature

Mindfulness in Nature

Nature is one of the greatest portals out of the busy, conceptualized, thinking mind and into Presence. Meditating in nature has a restorative effect on the mind, helps our bodies self-regulate, and can raise awareness and lower stress. Join us for in-person practice in Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library’s Reading Garden with meditation teacher and nature photographer, Susan Meyer.

Registration through the library’s website is required for this program.

In case of inclement weather, this program will be postponed to September 3rd.

Mindful Photography in Nature (Part 2)

Mindful Photography in Nature (Part 2)

Mindful nature photography is about much more than just seeing and creating pleasing images. It’s about how you relate to the present moment. Your camera becomes a tool to expand your awareness of the present moment. Mindful photography can enrich your life by cultivating: focus, presence, patience, beginner’s mind (seeing something as if for the first time), seeing beyond forms, and heart qualities such as caring, connection, and gratitude.

This program will take a contemplative, relaxed, present approach and will focus more on process than end result. (It’s not a “technique” class.). It will open you up to new ways of seeing and being present in the natural world with your camera. 

There are two parts to this program. The first will take place on Zoom (Wed., 8/18), and the second will take place in-person at Hudson Crossing Park (Fri., 8/20). The Zoom session will offer an understanding of mindful photography in nature, and the in-person session will consist of guided practices.

The instructor, Susan Meyer, is both a professionally trained and certified mindfulness meditation teacher and an award-winning nature photographer.

Registration is required, through the library’s website. The Zoom link will be emailed to you after you register.

Mindful Photography in Nature (Part 2)

Mindful Photography in Nature (Part 1)

Mindful nature photography is about much more than just seeing and creating pleasing images. It’s about how you relate to the present moment. Your camera becomes a tool to expand your awareness of the present moment. Mindful photography can enrich your life by cultivating: focus, presence, patience, beginner’s mind (seeing something as if for the first time), seeing beyond forms, and heart qualities such as caring, connection, and gratitude.

This program will take a contemplative, relaxed, present approach and will focus more on process than end result. (It’s not a “technique” class.). It will open you up to new ways of seeing and being present in the natural world with your camera. 

There are two parts to this program. The first will take place on Zoom (Wed., 8/18), and the second will take place in-person at Hudson Crossing Park (Fri., 8/20). The Zoom session will offer an understanding of mindful photography in nature, and the in-person session will consist of guided practices.

The instructor, Susan Meyer, is both a professionally trained and certified mindfulness meditation teacher and an award-winning nature photographer.

Registration is required, through the library’s website. The Zoom link will be emailed to you after you register.

Beginner’s Mind

Beginner’s Mind

This poem and these images emerged from where my two great refuges, nature photography and mindfulness meditation, intersect.

 

Beginner’s Mind

 

I do not know your name,

Have not come face-to-face with you before

Or perhaps have not seen you quite like this.

And to be clear, you cannot stay

Because you are harming my dear jade.

But before taking action, let me take

A close look and marvel

At the details of your form.

Before moving you gently outdoors,

May I shift out of self-interest long enough

To see the world from your perspective

And dwell in both the mystery of your being

And this wondrous, connected moment

In which your reputation does not precede you

And I know you, too, as dear.

 


© 2021 Susan Meyer. All rights reserved. You are welcome to share this post or excerpts of it as long as you give proper credit to Susan Meyer and SusanTaraMeyer.com. Susan Meyer is a photographer, writer, and spiritual teacher who lives on the Hudson River in Upstate New York.

Mindfulness in Nature (Half-Day Retreat)

Mindfulness in Nature (Half-Day Retreat)

Nature is one of the greatest portals out of the busy, conceptualized, thinking mind and into Presence. Meditating in nature has a restorative effect on the mind, helps our bodies self-regulate, and can raise awareness and lower stress. It also opens us to a dimension/energy/resource much larger than ourselves that helps us to feel more grounded and connected.

This retreat is designed to help you to slow down, drop out of the thinking mind and into sense perceptions, connect with nature both within and around you, and become aware of the underlying presence that you are beyond whatever sensory experiences you might have.

Spend the morning in the beautiful Saratoga Spa State Park practicing mindfulness in nature with professionally certified and experienced mindfulness meditation teacher, Susan Meyer. In this small group event (limited to 8 participants), you will experiment with a variety of guided mindfulness practices to cultivate deep presence in nature, including:

  • walking and standing meditation
  • sensory awareness
  • elemental connection
  • artistic invitations.

We will alternate periods of walking at a slow or moderate pace with periods of sitting, standing, and mindful movement. There will be time available for mindful photography and/or journaling, to help you integrate and express your experience. We also will practice eating mindfully (BYO snack/lunch) and reflect on the morning.

This opportunity will be limited to 8 participants. The entire program will take place outdoors, and face coverings will not be required. However, we will space ourselves in accordance with CDC safety guidelines.

Please wear comfortable clothing, including footwear that can be removed easily and can get wet. Remember to bring a water bottle, sunscreen, insect/tick repellent, lunch, a notebook and pen, a camera (optional), and a blanket to sit on. We will be moving around, so carrying everything in a backpack is highly recommended.

Exact meeting location will be emailed to you upon registering and will NOT require you to pay the park entrance fee.

In case of rain, the event will be postponed to the following day (Thursday, July 8). A determination will be made by 7 AM regarding whether the event will take place as scheduled or be postponed.

Please register through Eventbrite or by sending payment via Paypal or Venmo. Cost is $30/person or $50/couple. (Couple pricing is not available through Eventbrite.) For addition payment options, email Susan.

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