for LGBTQ2IA people of color
Celebrate the Fall Equinox with a silent walking meditation in Prospect Park on Saturday, September 22nd. This event will replace our usual seated meditation practice at Interdependence Project.
As a group, we'll walk at a gentle pace, which can accommodate folks who require slower movement. Every half hour or so, we will stop to rest, stretch, and sit down. The silent walking meditation will last for about an hour, leaving around 1:30 pm and returning to Grand Army Plaza after 2:30 pm.
Feel free to take photos as we go and even bring a journal to write during our moments of rest. However, don't expect to talk to your friends (old and new) until we reach the end. This will provide space for us to practice mindfulness, rest within ourselves, and feel a different kind of community support as we traverse nature together in silence.
Our monthly gathering will be bigger and better this October! Rest for Resistance is hosting an afternoon of healing at New Women Space in Brooklyn, NY. Join us on Saturday 10/6 from 12 to 4 pm. This event is for LGBTQ2IA+ people of color exclusively and is free to attend.
11 am to 12 pm: Meditation with Plants
As thriving beings, plants have their own wisdom and energy that can help us create moments of rest and resilience. Glynn Dexter St-Juste will hold space for us to meditate in community with flowers, succulents, and other plant life. If there’s a special plant in your life, feel free to bring it along to nourish your healing experience.
12:15 to 1:45 pm: Finding Your Voice in Writing
This writing workshop focuses on the ways that trauma shows up in words. Rest for Resistance writer Cassandra Lopez Fradera will guide folks through exercises to spot how dissociation shows up in writing, with the goal of strengthening your individual voice.
“While trauma keeps us dumbfounded, the path out of it is paved with words,” writes Dr. Bessel van der Kolk in The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind & Body in the Healing of Trauma. “Carefully assembled, piece by piece, until the whole story can be revealed.”
2 to 4 pm: How to Reclaim Your Energy
Living in a busy society pushes us in so many different directions – but never towards the path of caring for ourselves. In order to practice self-care, it’s important to challenge those pressures and find ways to make space in your life for you.
During this workshop, led by Rest for Resistance editors Dom Chatterjee and Dominic Bradley, we’ll explore how we use our time and energy using three different lenses. But don’t worry: this won’t feel like a math class! Guided meditations will help you tap into intuition to discern where your resources are going – and where else you can direct energy to align with your life purpose and goals.
Join us, and you’ll leave with a deeper understanding of how you are moving through the world and what actions can be shifted to bring about powerful change.
Meditate with us once a month in the NYC area. We are now meeting at The Interdependence Project.
Our next one will be:
Friday, November 16
7 to 9 pm
The Interdependence Project is a secular space. We may refer to various spiritual teachings in our meditation group, but do not expect anyone to hold particular beliefs or to see the world in any one way.
Please note the bathrooms are NOT wheelchair-accessible. We apologize for this major inconvenience and are seeking information about an accessible restroom nearby. We ask that you do not wear scents to keep the space as scent-free as possible, although the building itself does not have such a policy.
QTPoC Meditation is always free to attend.
Consider contributing to Rest for Resistance to help us pay our meditation leaders. We are also in the process of creating guided meditations so you can rest in your vulnerability anywhere, anytime, with affirming mind-body awareness and metta (loving-kindness) practices.
Banner image description: A dark-skinned person with short, curly hair is sitting cross-legged in the water. Their hands rest easefully in their lap, and their eyes are gently closed. Large pink lotus blossoms appear on either side of the person who's meditating. Their shirt has a glowing gold heart on their chest, and there's a faint halo of light around their head. By Weiwei