Tonight CC and I attended a member’s reception at The Rubin Museum of Art. The Rubin presents contemporary exhibits that “emphasize cross-cultural connections” with the art and ideas of the Himalayas and surrounding Asian cultures.
I was first introduced to the museum by Lulu when we attended a Mirror Meditation seminar last fall. The session included a silent walking meditation through one of the galleries followed by an immersive meditation using mirrors to reflect the inner self. The whole experience was calming and zen-like, one of the first times I’ve felt completely at peace in the city.
The museum architecture is perfectly attuned for sound. This evening there was sitar music playing at the bottom of the stairway rotunda and a life-size gong signaling time for the keynote presentation by executive director Patrick Sears.
Sitar Music, Rubin Museum of Art @prez13
Rubin Museum of Art rotunda, @Prez13
We were invited to participate in the OM Lab, where individuals record an intonation of OM (A-U-M, phonetically) as part of the largest collective chant for The World Is Sound exhibit opening in June.
The OM Lab, Rubin Museum of Art @Prez13
Chanting OM is one of the favorite parts of my yoga practice and I love the idea of contributing my voice in collaboration.
If you’re located in the metro New York area or plan to visit the area before May 8, 2017 you can, too. Details here.
It’s only been a few weeks since my bout with bronchitis but I can feel my body wasting away. I find the energy for an open flow yoga class.
The studio is around the corner from the treehouse. In recent months, the owners have expanded the footprint to include another studio space. The entrance is on a side street and the neighboring buildings muffle the hustle and bustle of the nearby shopping district.
Credit: KatjaFiona @pixaby – Buddha Zen
The room itself is fluid, and there is a lightness from the wall of plate glass windows even with the privacy screens. The branches of a cherry blossom tree stretch toward the glass as if engaged in a round of partner yoga. Spring wants to be here, too.
Alia talks about how the practice of yoga extends beyond the experience of the mat into how we approach our daily lives. She leads the class in a light meditation and asks us to set an intention before we begin with the Om mantra.
We breathe in through our nose, then exhale through our mouth with a sigh.
I have an early morning meeting in lower Manhattan. I exit the subway to a city not quite awake.
My path takes me around the Oculus and 9/11 Memorial Pools. I pause to touch one of the engraved names, make a silent prayer in a morning meditation.
World Financial District & 9/11 Memorial Pools, NYC @Prez13
Spring is in the air. Daffodil blooms where you least expect them. Skies are blue, the clouds an art form.
Jersey City Skyline, view from 225 Liberty Street @prez13
I catch a whiff of rain.
The city is alive with new energy. And people are smiling, too. That’s always a good sign.