An Embodied Contemplative Approach: Cultivating Wholesome Emotions

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Kaira Jewel Lingo

An Embodied Contemplative Approach: Cultivating Wholesome Emotions

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What You'll Learn

  • Discover how to cultivate wholesome emotions and tap into your “immeasurable” capacity for love, compassion, kindness, and joy

  • Learn how to connect with your positive qualities of consciousness during times of difficulty in order to help you face the moment from a place of strength

  • Be guided in a practice to access and nurture your vast love and interconnection with all life

About Kaira Jewel Lingo

Kaira Jewel Lingo began practicing mindfulness in 1997 and teaches Buddhist meditation, secular mindfulness, and compassion internationally. After living as an ordained nun for 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastic community, Kaira Jewel now teaches in the Zen lineage and the Vipassana tradition. She teaches at the intersection of racial, climate and social justice with a focus on activists, Black/Indigenous/People of Color, artists, educators, families, and youth. Now based in New York, she offers spiritual mentoring to individuals and groups.

You can learn more about her upcoming events and join her mailing list by visiting her website. You can also pre-order her new book coming out October 2021: We Were Made for These Times: Skillfully Moving through Change, Loss and Disruption.

About Wendy Hasenkamp, PhD

Wendy Hasenkamp, PhD, is a neuroscientist, contemplative practitioner, teacher, and writer who is interested in understanding how the mind and brain can be transformed through experience and practice to enhance flourishing. Her latest project is the Mind & Life podcast, where Wendy interviews leading experts in contemplative science to share different perspectives on how we investigate the mind, and how we might integrate contemplative wisdom to improve our lives and create a more connected society. In Charlottesville, Wendy enjoys dance, pottery, the outdoors, and anything DIY.

To learn more about Dr. Hasenkamp's work you can visit her website.

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  1. Leah May 5, 2021 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    I find her presence so therapeutic.

    • David Durlach May 5, 2021 at 11:02 pm - Reply

      I could not agree more. When speakers combine articulated thoughtfulness with radiated warmth, calm, compassion, and humor (which she certainly does), it is really quite wonderful.

    • Sabine Kaspari May 8, 2021 at 3:05 am - Reply

      You are speaking right out of my heart – this voice, the way Kaira talks and shares the practice is healing:-)

  2. Travis Barker May 6, 2021 at 12:25 am - Reply

    Brilliant thoughtful process model

  3. Jeremy Lodge May 6, 2021 at 2:09 am - Reply

    A lovely meditation practice. Thank you so much.

  4. Nandita Ahuja May 6, 2021 at 2:14 am - Reply

    I felt so much at peace while listening to Kaira.
    All the way from india

  5. Or-nah Ran May 6, 2021 at 4:10 am - Reply

    Thank you very much
    I am mesmerized by your presence.
    I noticed that your face looks like the statue on the left when you smile in meditation.

  6. Renate May 6, 2021 at 4:34 am - Reply

    Thank you so much. Your loving kindness transported so directly into my heart by your kind voice and your warm heart. I will remember you and the connection to everyone

  7. Jeanne May 6, 2021 at 7:04 am - Reply

    Thank you so very much. Your warmth and open-heartedness were so appreciated. I was especially touched by your sharing of ways to embrace pain and suffering by remembering the things that I am grateful for. I lost my beautiful daughter three weeks ago and I was hoping for some suggestions on dealing with grief. I am going to definitely write a love letter to my precious daughter and others that I am grateful for.
    What a beautiful gift you were in my life today.

  8. Anjali May 6, 2021 at 8:37 am - Reply

    Kaira Jewel Lingo, thank you so much. Your smile is infectious. All throughout the session the smile never faded. That is my first take away. You guided us so well through meditation, gratitude and thinking about air ( which is always taken for granted)
    Wendy thank you for being such a wonderful host. The questions were simple and perfect.
    Love and regard from India

  9. Jim May 6, 2021 at 9:48 am - Reply

    Thank you both for a wonderful session, helpful, meaningful. Bless both of you, and all involved. From Dayton, Ohio.

  10. Rina Chase May 6, 2021 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    Thank you so so much. I love the connection you make with the universe inside us all. Breathing in taking Niall the positive and breathing it out to it all and the people was amazing. Sure worth practicing and living it.

  11. Denise Williams, PhD, she/her, Chumash land May 6, 2021 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    Thank you!

  12. Ruth Samson May 6, 2021 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Brilliant. Thank you for everything that was shared and expressed. Thank you for the love letters task. Beauty and power rolled into one.

  13. lillian strauss May 6, 2021 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    lillianna from the Yukon Territories, Canada

    Thank you Kaira for a beautiful presentation. Your presence on screen was a meditation itself. Your voice is what I need from Mother herself.

    I especially enjoyed the encouragement to write love letters.

    This I will begin to do. Beginning with all four of my adult children.

    May you be well, happy and free of suffering and the causes of suffering.



  14. Magdelanye Azrael May 6, 2021 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    Thank you deeply for sharing of your immeasurable goodness💚

  15. Blanca A. Torres May 6, 2021 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    ¡Muchas gracias! Paz y gratitud por las pequeñas y grandes cosas de la vida.
    Saludos desde México

  16. Lucia Cañizares May 6, 2021 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Listen this conversation at the end of day, has a calm down effect on me. Open mi mind and heart in the gratitude Meditacion. Thanks a lot!

  17. Monica Quist May 6, 2021 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    This is awesome thanks a lot.

  18. Iris Ilona Lieber May 6, 2021 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    How important is to cultivate the wholesome thoughts and emotions, that we have them in our seeds . We have illimited resources and we have to strengthen them. We have to pay attention of the good things we have in our mind, of the healthy trees we have in the garden , Thank you for the good explanation. We have to nourish them.

  19. Marthe Gilbert May 6, 2021 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    Merci, merci, merci ! Pour la présence aimante de chacune et chacun dans les discussions, les enseignements et témoignages si généreusement offerts. Je suis pleine de gratitude.
    Ensemble pour la suite du monde !

  20. Purva Watwe May 7, 2021 at 12:37 am - Reply

    A very Warm heartefelt conversation. Such a powerful guided process… diving in deep leaving a very profound impact. The list of 5 things to nurture happiness are so doable. thank you. Will try writing Love Letters and also share tis concept with everyone I know and encourage them to write love letters. Nourishing experience very grateful.

  21. Eva May 7, 2021 at 1:21 am - Reply

    Thank you – you so much embody what you say – wonderful and deeply touching to see.

  22. Maria Fuentes May 7, 2021 at 3:51 am - Reply

    Good morning, it has been a great experience, very grateful to hear the experience and interesting people.

  23. Helen May 7, 2021 at 4:08 am - Reply

    What a beautiful meditation and you have such a warm presence and message which I will take with me way beyond this summit. Thank you

  24. anne May 7, 2021 at 4:11 am - Reply

    Thank you so much Kaira, for that uplifting talks and exercises.
    Merci et toute ma gratitude à vous, et aussi à tous.

  25. Dr. Jaya Mohan May 7, 2021 at 7:48 am - Reply

    Gratitude for this wonderful meditation Kaira.

  26. Ydalia May 7, 2021 at 8:33 am - Reply

    Gracias por la práctica muy cálida y arropo mi mente y mi cuerpo, sabiendo que ese lugar seguro está dentro de mi a través de mi respiración, en cuanto a la escritura de cartas me gusta esta herramienta porque te permite apreciar y agradecer a otros lo que te han dado.

  27. Susanna May 7, 2021 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Thanks Kaira! I loved this meditation practice.
    Your voice is so soothing. I can feel kindness and compassion radiating from you.
    I will definitely practice the 5 daily activities to promote happiness.

  28. carole May 7, 2021 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    I’m feeling a so deep gratitude for your unlimited kindness, shared with all wonderful participants in this summit

  29. Aisjah Cassidy May 7, 2021 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Thank you Keira, this meditation was very peaceful and expansive…especially when our cells connected with all the other cells on the planet and breathed together in oneness.
    These particular 5 things we can do each day are simple and doable also enjoyable…have to get into the discipline in doing them everyday.
    I chose a person who is no longer alive and I love the idea that I can also write to them in appreciation of all the things and qualities they did and have. It already makes me happy just to think of doing that activity. Thank you my dear one!

  30. Betina May 7, 2021 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    Cuando las enseñanzas se trasmiten más alla de las palabras, su presencia compasiva resuena y contagia. Muchas gracias Kaira.

  31. Ingrid Otepka May 7, 2021 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    I really loved this talk
    Deeply thank you

  32. Carol May 7, 2021 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    This summit has been a gift that changed my day-to-day experience from the start. Thank you so much for this gift, and thank you to all the wise and beautiful teachers…most especially the Dalai Lama. We are blessed to have him with us on this planet in this time. I ended my listening today with Kaira Jewel Lingo, who I did not know before this. I am so grateful to be introduced to her.
    With joyful thanks and metta.

  33. carlos cuellar May 7, 2021 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    Just watching Kaira Jewel brings an experience of peace, silence and joy. gracias, desde Colombia

  34. Ramune Simniskiene May 8, 2021 at 4:14 am - Reply

    It was amazing to hear about human beings like cells in the planet Earth breathing all together. I am so grateful for Kaira Jewel. Ramune, Lithuania

  35. Kerri Warner May 8, 2021 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    Thank you Kaira and Wendy! I completely agree with everything that everyone else has already said! Cultivating the seeds of wholesome emotions, the 5 daily actions, writing love letters, your beautiful soothing voice, the simple and thoughtful questions.
    I loved the meditation practice.
    I started my day today listening to His Holiness, went to a wonderful yoga practice in the afternoon, and ended my day listening to this.
    I am grateful for the tools that I have gained this week!

  36. Claire May 9, 2021 at 7:32 am - Reply

    Thank you for your sharing.My mind just calmed down at the moment I heard your voice. So therapeutic ❤️

  37. Emily Kavanagh May 9, 2021 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Great session

  38. Chris May 9, 2021 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    Heartfelt thanks for this warm and engaging conversation. I love the seed and tree metaphor. And the meditation was so beautiful. Kaira has such a wonderful warm engaging presence that invites calmness and reflection. Gratitude from Toronto.

  39. Anne Addison May 9, 2021 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Am using these affirmations as part of my loving kindness meditations. Very profound teaching thank you

  40. Erika May 9, 2021 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    Von Herzen vielen Dank, Kaira, für deine wunderschöne Meditationsanleitung und dass Du uns deine Erfahrungen und dein tiefes Verstehen schenkst. Ich werde mich sehr gerne weiterhin mit vielem davon verbinden. Deine Präsenz, deine Wärme und Deine Zugewandtheit haben mich auch per Zoom ganz lebendig erreicht.

  41. Erika May 9, 2021 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    Von Herzen vielen Dank, Kaira, für deine wunderschöne Meditationsanleitung und dass Du uns deine Erfahrungen und dein tiefes Verstehen schenkst. Ich werde mich sehr gerne immer wieder damit verbinden. Deine Präsenz, deine Wärme und Deine Zugewandtheit waren auch per Zoom lebendig spürbar. Ich fühle mich jetzt nach deiner Session ganz freudig, hell und offenen Herzens. Thank you deeply.

  42. Inderjit May 9, 2021 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    She is blessed. Thank you so much!! Very relaxing.

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