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: Letting Go (seated)

As we embark on a new year, we are encouraged to release past hurts and disappointments to make space for starting anew. With insight and gentleness, we place our hopes and dreams for 2022 in the cradle of loving kindness.

 

February: Loving What Is (seated)

Join us in a guided meditation on the four qualities of love: Maitri (Loving Kindness), Karuna (Compassion), Mudita (Joy) and Upeksha (Equanimity).

 

March: First Noble Truth (seated)

The First Noble Truth reminds us of the inevitability of life. Pain and suffering may come from myriad sources: emotional, physical, spiritual. Mindfulness offers an opportunity to lean into pain without resistance or expectation.

 

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 always living from the center.

 

May: Spring

Spring is the season of hope. Winter retreats to usher in the season of fresh flowers, green grass and sunshine. Our guided meditation walk through the Garden calls forth thoughts of renewal and reminds us hope springs eternal.

 

June: The Five Taoist Elements

Experience a transformation in mind, body and chi as we engage in a walking meditation on the Five Taoist Elements and their corresponding emotions of fear, anger, grief, compassion and serenity.

 

July: The Art of Happiness

This meditation includes opportunities for reflection and contemplation through a guided journaling experience.

 

August: Being Present

In a world of distractions and competing demands, a walking meditation focusing on the present moment enhances respite and repose. Join us as we explore the powerful benefits of practicing mindfulness with our breath and steps amid the serenity of the Gardens.

 

September: Forest Bathing

A guided meditation in the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, a term that refers to taking in the forest atmosphere, or  forest bathing,  connects us with the sights, smells and sounds of a natural setting to promote physiological and psychological health.

 

October: Grief Among Us

Loss of any kind brings forth myriad emotions. In nature, our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being are strengthened and renewed. Our walking meditation offers an opportunity to embrace the healing powers of nature.

 

November: Embracing Uncertainty (seated)

The courage to welcome the ambiguity of life requires acceptance of that which is unknown and often feared. This seated meditation focuses on the gift of embracing uncertainty through loving kindness and gentle fearlessness.

 

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.

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