Guided Meditations: A Monthly Series
Join us each month for a new intention and time in the Gardens.
While many of these meditations are walking, some months are seated and noted as such below. You do not need to sign up for the entire lineup to participate in this monthly series. Registration is based on each individual session.
January: Becoming (seated)
The new year often brings with it thoughts of change and renewal. What are your hopes and dreams for the coming year? What inspires you? what are your goals and aspirations? Seated meditation provides a tranquil opportunity to be still and to focus on becoming.
February: Loving What Is (seated)
Our guided meditation will explore the four qualities of love loving kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity.
March: The Power of Presence (seated)
The present moment is a very good place to BE. We can teach ourselves to check in to the present moment by getting in touch with our senses and emotions through guided meditation.
April: Three Tenets (seated)
Not Knowing, Bearing Witness and Taking Action are the foundations of the Three Tenets. With regular practice, the Three Tenets can become a way of living from the Center at all times.
May: The Seven Chakras
The body, mind and spirit benefit from balanced chakras. Our guided meditation walk will focus on each individual chakra and its significance in our lives and in nature.
June: Healing Walks
Healing involves the body, mind and spirit. Through a guided meditation walk, we focus on the healing power of nature for those facing illness and their caregivers.
July: Lotus Flower
The lotus flower ahs long been regarded as a symbol of enlightenment, purity, rebirth and triumph over obstacles. In times of turmoil or struggle, the lotus flower reminds us of the importance of patience, perseverance and persistence.
August: Nature Bathing
A guided walking meditation in the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, a term meaning taking in the forest atmosphere . Forest bathing will connect us with the sights, smells and sounds of a natural setting to promote physiological and psychological health.
September: Never Not Unbroken
We are often focused on completeness, both in ourselves and in the world around us. Yet our brokenness may provide the space to repeatedly re-create ourselves stronger, braver and with greater integrity and authenticity.
October: Letting Go, Slowing Down
When we rush through our days and lives, we fail to notice the simple beauty of living. Our guided meditation will encourage the gift of time to indulge our curiosity, enjoy the moment and appreciate worldly wonders.
November: Gratitude (seated)
A gratitude practice opens our hearts to the endless potential life offers. When we practice gratitude, we rewire our brain to focus on peace and prosperity. Gratitude is an emotion of connectedness reminding us we are part of a larger universe with all sentient beings.
Price: $18, $15 member
Instructor: Denise Bickel, PhD, MSW, LCSW
Denise has presented guided meditations at Denver Botanic Gardens for the past 5 years. She is well-versed in the art of offering meditations that encourage reflection and serenity.