Dying as a Way to Live
Yom Kippur Afternoon
Sept. 23, 2015, 2:30pm-3:45pm
New York Academy of Medicine
Led by Angel Grant | Introduction by Amichai Lau-Lavie
Yom Kippur is the day on which we ritually rehearse our death and recommit ourselves to the best life possible. Join Lab/Shul for a unique Yom Kippur afternoon experience – a death meditation, gently guiding us through our own moment of mortality to gain access to more peace of mind and heart.
FREE! Join us for the Death Meditation, Stay for Interfaith Prayer for Peace and the Neila Worship Event. Details here.
What is a Death Meditation?
We know that dying is certain and the time of our physical death is uncertain. In our day-to-day living, though, we rarely experience each moment with the clear present awareness that we are on top of a rock spinning through space, and none of it – including the work and people we spend most of our energy on now – lasts for very long.
We unconsciously assume that we have more time, if only the minute after this one. When we meditate on death, we prepare our minds for our final moments here on earth. The more we do this, the more easeful our passing.
This practice is for everyone whose body won’t live forever, so bring your loved ones and join us. During meditation, you will be gently guided into relaxation, visualization and reflection. Through examining what arises, we are gifted access to a more peaceful state of mind.
Angel has been traveling the globe teaching meditation practices for over a decade. She guides meditations on dying, healing addictive patterns and waking up from the cycle of suffering that is hard-wired into all of our human brains. She leads workshops, retreats, teacher trainings and works one-on-one with those who are deeply committed to awakening from mental habits and rewiring neural pathways.
She founded a project called The Yoga Bus, where she traveled the country with her two dogs living in a tiny RV that she helped build from the ground up. The project’s focus was on trauma-healing for populations that likely wouldn’t make it into a healing setting. She furthered this work in South Africa though TRIAD Trust, an organization centered on HIV education, in a region believed to have a 40% infection rate.