The Journey You Own Meditation Gathering is a free sitting meditation session to create a shared, supportive space that brings people from animal welfare together to explore grounding practices. Meditation is a practice that hones in on the inner experience. It brings a sense of calm and stillness to our day and can be a much needed respite from our busy lives. By practicing in community, we strengthen the skills to bring this sense of grounding and calmness to our workday. This type of self-care and mental wellness is an integral part of caring for the other beings in our lives, including the animals in our shelters, leading to keeping more people and pets together.
This one-hour session happens every last Thursday of the month between May and December, 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.
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.