Solstice and World Unity Week June 20th-27th

As an expansion of our traditional Solstice celebration, Novasutras is partnering with the organizers of World Unity Week. Events begin June 20th, and go on through the 27th, with topics of climate action, global peace partnerships, interfaith harmony, interracial justice, and the future we want to create together.

Earth Week 2020

Novasutras has been busy offering online events and discussions during the global pandemic. For the week surrounding Earth Day this year, we started by offering our Earth Week Beginning Online Gathering, followed by The Future of Novasutras Discussions: Co-Creation as a Community. Still to come, April 23rd's New Moon Meditation, and April 24th's Reclaiming Hope: Earth Day Comes Back Home. Below are details about each Earth Week event.

Reflections on the Equinox Meditation, March 2020

Our guided meditation featured a message of global wellness, joy and loving-kindness for all beings. Before and after the meditation, there was conversation with our participants. We started by recognizing our gratitude in agaya. Then we talked about what’s up for each of us with this coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic crisis, to honor the struggles of this strange time - what is difficult, what is painful, what is scary right now. After an explanation of the meaning of the Equinox in Novasutras, we Called the Corners and began the meditation. Afterward, we reflected on what we had just learned and experienced, and what the current crisis is teaching us, and then talked about how to move forward in ubuntu and agaya.

The Power of Meditating Together

Evidence indicates that large numbers of practitioners meditating at the same time has some positive effects in reducing violence around the world, including the so-called Maharishi Effect. Some studies suggest that "large scale group consciousness has effects in the physical world." Still other studies appear to show that meditating together improves social coherence and teamwork. While these correlations may not … Continue reading The Power of Meditating Together

Acknowledging Land and Indigenous Peoples

It can be instructive and healing to include some acknowledgement of the land and the people who lived there as part of our gatherings. We can learn important things about appropriate ways to act with integrity in our local ecosystems from the indigenous peoples of the land. Who are the indigenous people where you live? What do you know about their history, and how they may be engaged in protecting their land and culture now?

Reflections on the December Solstice 2019

An opportunity to review our Octal Meditation and discussion from the December 2019 Solstice. We talked about gratitude, loss, growth, friendship, community, restoration, regeneration and resilience, with a particular emphasis on the record-breaking heatwaves and fires in Australia.