w/ Rachel May
All classes: 7:30-9pm with consistent online correspondence and guidance as we move through the texts.
The Bhagavad Gita: Our Dharma as Woke Individuals
Next meeting Date TBA
(Donations from this Text will support SURJ Delaware Valley’s ongoing fundraising efforts to support the legal fees of Bucks County families facing deportation .)
The Gita is a text of discovering one’s dharma; one’s work in this world. Often our perspective on dharma is oriented to the self alone; rather than the higher Self, and on a much more global level, our societal karma. Our dharma is deeply connected to how we can support the evolution of consciousness and the liberation of suffering for the whole. As we read this ancient text, we will discuss how to personally investigate deeper the ways in which we perpetuate oppression and suffering in our society; and how to establish a new relationship to our role in this world in efforts to support the psychological shift needed to liberate the whole.
The Ramayana: Our Commitment to Liberation for All
Meeting Dates are being adjusted TBA
(Donations from this Text will support Ridge’s Dream, a local foundation that arose after the death of Ridge Oliver. This organization supports rehabilitation for those suffering from addiction.)
The Ramayana is a beautiful text of many, many lessons in the energy we give and receive on this path of enlightenment. We often attach deeply to the dynamics that do not serve us, or that keep us in the trenches of samskara. This is the case for all of us, and is a united struggle of humanity; but often our circumstance of privilege results in our lack of compassion for the way in which this experience presents itself for others. As we cover this beautiful work, we will refine and strengthen our skill of compassion; confronting our own pain, bearing witness to it, and freeing ourselves so that we may finally listen to those suffering in our society.
The Sutras: Shifting Yoga from an Appropriated Practice of Privilege to a Universal Right
(Donations from the Text will support The Peace Center of Langhorne; which works consistently with various school districts to resolve discrimination between students and to teach the next generation the tools of acceptance and inclusivity.)
Patanjali’s Sutras are a manifestation of the journey of the yogi. In our current society, yoga is primarily experienced by those in privileged communities; with it’s inherent roots being continually compromised to support an ever growing appropriation of an ancient culture’s spirit discipline. As we move through Patanjali’s four books, we will discuss how our experience of yoga has moved through this lens; and examine how we can shift this relationship so that the experience of samadhi, sadhana, power and moksha through this practice can be more accessible to all, regardless of privilege.