The Journey You Own Meditation Gathering is a free sitting meditation session to create a shared, supportive space that brings people together to explore grounding practices.
This one-hour session happens every last Thursday of the month held online via Zoom. Feel free to join anonymously with videos on or off, whatever feels most comfortable to you. Attendees register once and can attend any of the monthly sessions. Come when you are able, but we do ask that you keep your microphones muted upon entry, if arriving late.
This month, we will be practicing a body scan meditation that generates feelings of love. We will focus on being present to our sensations, grounding ourselves, and generating kindness for ourselves. Sitting with our thoughts and sensations, without pushing them away, is an act of self-love and can be both easy and hard. Many of us are not in the habit of taking note of our bodies, except for in critical ways. So, we will create space where we can feel what we need to feel without judgment and pressure, allowing ourselves compassion through mindfulness.
Our hour together will typically follow this structure:
- 15 minutes - Setting the view and intention
- 15 minutes - Guided meditation highlighting different types of meditation monthly
- 15 minutes - Group sharing of the experience
- 15 minutes - Group sharing of other practices we find helpful in our lives or how our own practice is evolving
Register for the recurring monthly meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qf-qvqjovGtYhW5kQNH7MfQL2tAr5yBV-
Meditation is useful for everyone from kids to seniors no matter what they do for work. For people in a highly stressful and traumatic field as animal welfare, the benefits can be life changing. There is so much scientific research that shows the benefits of meditation from helping to manage stress to increasing patience and self awareness. Folks working in the shelter environment are constantly faced with stressful situations and generally are not offered tools to help them deal with that stress. Likewise with traumatic experiences, the level that animal welfare workers deal with is not something they are trained on how to handle. Meditation is something that can open a door they didn't even realize existed. The ability to take 5, 10, 15 minutes and just sit in silence or listen to a guided meditation can feel like you just let go of the weight of the world. Meditation doesn't generally cost a person any money and does not take a lot of time but can greatly reduce the feelings of constant chaos or stress and help bring some tranquility to people in a field where calm is rarely the norm.
About the Host - Dr. Jyothi Robertson
Jyothi Robertson is a student of meditation practice for 40+ years and trauma-sensitive grounding practices formally for the past three years. She was raised by parents who practice meditation and lead spiritual teachings for members of their Indian community. She began pursuing her own formal exploration of spirituality as an anthropology major at Princeton University and conducted fieldwork for her thesis while living at an ashram (spiritual center) in India in 1996. As a veterinarian, she is interested in highlighting the spiritual connection between all living beings.
Jyothi has completed certifications in trauma-sensitive mindfulness, advanced trauma-sensitive meditation, deep listening, DEI, and since 2019, has been receiving training in Buddhist meditation practices and philosophy. As a student learning meditation, she is interested in exploring these practices with others in community.