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Interdependence with Nature


In this five-minute practice, Dekila Chungyalpa invites us to relax into our connection with Earth.
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From the Practice

Imagine the forest and oceans inhaling as you exhale, and exhaling as you inhale. Whales, tigers, deer, wild rice and bees.

As you emerge from this practice, notice how it feels to be aware of your interdependence with all life forms, surrounding ecosystems and the earth.

The transcript for this practice can be found here: Healthy Minds in Practice_ Interdependence With Nature – Center for Healthy Minds (en-US)

This practice was originally posted on the Healthy Minds Program App, which contains audio recordings of meditations and a whole program for well-being. The app is freely available, thanks to the generosity of donors.

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Dekila Chungyalpa

Dekila Chungyalpa is the director of the Loka Initiative, whose mission is to support faith-led environmental efforts locally and around the world through collaborations with faith leaders and religious institutions on environmental protection, sustainable development, and global health issues. Prior to that, she was the recipient of the McCluskey fellowship at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies where she also lectured and researched. Dekila founded and directed Sacred Earth, an acclaimed faith-based conservation program at the World Wildlife Fund from 2009 to 2014. She has served as the WWF-US Director for the Greater Mekong Program and also worked for WWF in the Eastern Himalayas. Dekila serves as the environmental adviser for His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, head of the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism.
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