Kirsten Kratz has practiced Buddhist meditation in Asia and the West since 1993. She started teaching in 2006 and since 2015 she has been ‘teacher in residence’ supporting those on personal retreat at Gaia House. Her love and understanding of Dharma has been strongly influenced by, among others, the teachings of her friend and teacher colleague, Rob Burbea. One of her particular passions is exploring how wisdom teachings can foster appropriate responses to the challenges of our time, and Kirsten sees her involvement in activism as an important expression of her practice. Kirsten is co-initiator of the “Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement” (DANCE) and supporting teacher of Freely Given Retreats.
Practicing with intention, humility and lightness, and as a way of relating to life. Cultivating practices that soften the Citta (heart-mind) and that have a relational quality. Lessening the delusion of separation.
Aligning with our intention for the day, connecting to the part of us that may yearn to contribute to our own healing and the healing of the collective, sensing into our interdependence and relationality, choosing which practice we would like to play with e.g. relating to our body, or playing with the width of our awareness.
Exploring the tools that can enable us to have a more poetic and creative relationship to self. Looking at how the sense of self can be held lightly and skilfully, or tightly and unskilfully, within different contexts in our lives.
How the human mind appropriates and takes ownership of experience, and how any form of this is a type of clinging, which leads to dissatisfaction and stress. Looking at how we can reduce clinging through playing with different ways of seeing that support dis-identification.
Holding our practice as an act of compassion to ourselves and others, resting into the bodily experience, meeting life with kindness. Being sensitive to the 'senses of self' arising in relationship to practice in this way