Heartfelt Creativity

June 7, 9:30am - 10:15am EDT. Hosted at MNDFL (Greenwich Village, NYC)


About this FieldTrip

At MNDFL we offer a variety of mindfulness and compassion classes, from Intentions, Breath, and Heart. In this specialized class I will offer participants a guided visualization practice focused on compassion and creativity. Loving-Kindness (metta) is considered one of the 4 ‘highest dwellings’ of human consciousness. In ancient wisdom traditions it was presented as an antidote to fear, a strengthening of interpersonal relationships, and a gateway to a deep wisdom about what it means to be a sentient being on this planet. This workshop will provide an overview and introduction to this practice, and an experiential opportunity to try it out. The unique context will focus particularly on the creative act of generating a visualization imbued with detail and meaning, which results in the felt experience of compassion. In this case, the compassion is in the form of our own personal 'work’ of art. It becomes our mental offering to the world that we can emanate from ourselves to others.

About your Host:
Marisa Viola first stepped onto the path of Buddhism during a solo journey to Thailand in 2008, where she visited temples galore and met many Buddhist practitioners. Struck by the kind, alert and open-hearted nature of so many of the Buddhists that she met, she began studying and practicing as soon as she returned to the big bad city. Her first stop was the Shambhala Meditation Center of NY. She studied at The Interdependence Project, took their year-long teacher training program in 2012, and began leading their open sits upon graduation. She has taught caregivers of cancer patients at NYU Hospital, student groups at NYU, and currently teaches inmates at Rikers Island Prison. She is also a writer, actor and filmmaker, and is interested in the creativity of every day life.


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