SOLACE AFTER THE SOLSTICE
EVERYONE CAN MEDITATE!
Everyone can Meditate! Where there is mindfulness there is meditation. Mindfulness can be expressed as a form of focus and being present while "maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and the surrounding environment." (Read more on mindfulness.)
Pick your favorite activity that makes you feel most happy! I am confident you have been in a mindful or meditative state at some point whilst you were engaging in this activity! According to Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk, peace activist, and Zen master, meditation can be found even in walking. "The practice of mindful walking is a profound and pleasurable way to deepen our connection with our body and the earth." (Read more on walking meditation.) Over the last decade or so there has been a rise in Eastern practices here in the Western world; meditation and yoga seeming the most common. (My personal observation.)
Here in the Upper Valley, there are so many natural scenes that one can't help, at the very least, find moments of happiness and even solace. What if there was a place not far from where you are, a collision of happiness, peace, mindfulness, and yoga, where they all come together as one, in a beautiful, natural and historical landscape? Would you seek to know more? Tucked away in a quiet corner of Woodstock, Vermont, such a magical place exists. This place is called Leading Fields!
View of/from Leading Fields (Photo submitted by Stacey Gerrish)
Leading Fields is "situated privately on 186 acres of grassy fields and woods. There is a swimming pond, flower gardens, and hiking trails, as well as indoor space in a beautiful and peaceful home. [The home] has been refurbished with love by Stacey Gerrish, who wanted to preserve her grandmother's land in her spirit. Her grandmother was a sculptor and her work is on display at Leading Fields." - Miss Amanda of Inner Lift Yoga.
Gardens at Leading Fields (Photo submitted by Stacey Gerrish)
Once home to the grandmother of Stacey Gerrish, property now named Leading Fields (Photo submitted by Stacey Gerrish)
View of the homestead at Leading Fields (Photo submitted by Stacey Gerrish)
One of the indoor spaces available at Leading Fields (Photo submitted by Stacey Gerrish)
Indoor space at Leading Fields (Photo submitted by Stacey Gerrish)
As a grand opening event Leading Fields is hosting Miss Amanda from Inner Lift Yoga and Beth Pollari from The Zen Den for a mindful and energizing event, Summer Solstice Retreat: Emerging Into Light. The event will take place on Saturday, June 23, 2018. This 8-hour event of mindful and energizing activities will include:
-An energizing, all-levels Kundalini Yoga class, a dynamic practice for awakening energy through movement, breath, and sound
-Yoga Nidra, a relaxing meditation for creating change in your life
-A gourmet vegetarian lunch
-Private time to walk the trails, journal, or just dream
-A session on Energy Awareness, with guided meditations to ground and move energy within you and in your relationships
-A Light Ceremony to help you remember and honor the blessings of your True Self
- Yogi Mocktail hour to end the day
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Sculpture at Leading Fields (Photo submitted by Stacey Gerrish)