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Lessons from a Solstice

Guided Contemplative Practice on Heat


Living on a warming planet, how can we find stability in our relationship with heat? As the Northern Hemisphere observes the Summer Solstice, we share this guided practice from Adam Lobel.
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Adam Lobel offered this practice to participants in our June 2021 EcoDharma Exploration. Visit the program page for the full recorded gathering, as well as additional resources: Lessons from a Solstice

From the Practice

We are generators of heat and warmth. There is warmth flowing through our blood, our heart, our belly, our skin. And in some ways, this heat is inseparable from the heat around us, the warmth in the core of the planet, the heat of the sun, the heat of the season, and the warming of our climate.

Mindfully, without judgment, without fear, just feeling into heat. Making a relationship with a warming world. And this can extend to the heat of our computers. The hot cell phone, the heat in our buildings, hot car engines ….

Attune to warmth and heat, as if there was something shared with the sun, the solstice, and all of the heat generated in the cosmos.

The transcript of this practice can be found here.

This guided practice can also be found on Insight Timer, along with other EcoDharma practices from One Earth Sangha.

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Adam Lobel

Adam Lobel, PhD, practices at the intersections of ecodharma, meditation, and psycho-social political transformation. He is a scholar-practitioner of philosophy and religion, a Guiding Teacher for One Earth Sangha, an environmental justice activist working to resist the petrochemical buildout in his region, and a professor of Ecopsychology. Adam served as a teacher (acharya) in the Shambhala tradition from 2005 until resigning in 2018. A speaker on ecology and spirituality at the United Nations, he leads ecodharma workshops called “Silent Transformations,” has taught in the Ecosattva Training, and is a Greenfaith fellow. Adam’s teachings focus on Great Perfection Tibetan Buddhism, modern phenomenology, and inoperative studies (Heidegger, Foucault, Agamben). He has a longstanding interest in progressive contemplative education and transformative pedagogy. Adam teaches a critical style of contemplative training that seeks to avoid enclosure in neoliberal mindfulness while still disclosing effortless awareness. He is currently developing what he calls “four fields” of contemplative practices for potential worlds. For more on his teachings:
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