In this workshop, I will introduce the concept of mindful meeting and connecting, from the traditions of mindful meditation and lovingkindness meditation. Meeting the other is always an adventure, one with the potential to illuminate our self-understanding and manifest our commitment to unity and compassion. When this meeting happens in the festival setting, the intensity and possibilities are exponentially greater. How do we approach, greet, and get to know each other freely and mindfully, with as much compassion and excitement these collisions of consciousness can hold? In this workshop we will talk about and practice a variety of ways people come together, present themselves, greet and get to know each other with open hearts, minds, and all good intentions and without judgment, prejudice and the constraints of stereotype. To simply say “hello” is a powerful act. To see another and be seen is one of the most beautiful gifts of being alive.
About Claire Wheeler
Claire Wheeler is a Senior Instructor at the OHSU/PSU School of Public Health, having joined the faculty in 2005. She is also Senior Faculty for the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C., since 2000. She has two decades of experience practicing and teaching mind-body medicine and psychoneuroimmunology in academic, clinical, and fieldwork settings. Her prior training as an Emergency Medicine physician and clinical psychologist prepared her for her current career helping people in many walks of life live more happily, with greater health, and deeper spiritual connection.