Explore how you can cultivate true love to strengthen and bring greater fulfillment into all of your relationships, whether with yourself, loved ones or friends, in our workplace or wider community.
Painful and dangerous levels of divisiveness and conflict are growing around the world. These heart practices help us to find and nurture the thread of connection that is always there between us and others, individually and collectively.
Kaira Jewel deeply enriches the lives of anyone who practices with her both spiritually and emotionally. Like her teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, her teachings are sourced in heart-wisdom, and offered with a wonderful blend of compassion, warmth and openness. Tara Brach
“Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone; it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.” – Ursula K. Le Guin.
We do not awaken outside of our relationships to others.
It is through relating to others that we realize the deepest truths about ourselves.
The path of opening the heart to ourselves and others is the path of developing:
Loving kindness, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity, Inclusiveness.
“If we have compassion in our hearts, every thought, word and action can generate a miracle” –Thich Nhat Hanh
We have the tendency to shrink from what is painful, including our own suffering and discomfort.
This doesn’t actually alleviate our pain.
Compassion, the willingness to be with suffering with kindness, is what gives us the capacity to relieve it.
It is an essential part of true love.
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy” – Thich Nhat Hanh
We can each do something every day to bring joy to ourselves and others.
This is a key element of true love. With mindfulness we see that while there is much suffering in us and around us that needs our attention, there is also much to celebrate and be grateful for.
We can deepen our capacity to see the good in life to bring more joy to ourselves and others.
Equanimity and Inclusiveness
While this fourth practice of true love is often translated as equanimity, Thich Nhat Hanh also translates it as inclusiveness, which adds a more active interpretation of how to apply it.
This element of true love is powerful in our personal lives helping us ride the waves of fortune and misfortune.
It is also an antidote to discrimination, dogmatism and intolerance, which is increasingly breaking down our social fabric.
It helps us to stay open so we can overcome barriers and biases. Encouraging us to reach out to those who are different from us to heal our separation.
Eight Recorded Teachings
Filmed in high definition with teachings and experiential exercises to help you bring the practices into your daily life. Released each Tuesday and Friday during the course, these teachings can be watched at your own pace throughout the week. Each recorded teaching is roughly 30 minutes.
Four Guided Meditations
Each module includes a guided meditation to support you in experiencing the week's teaching directly and deeply in your own practice.
Four Live Sessions of 60 minutes
This is your chance to connect with Kaira Jewel live, ask questions, clarify your understanding and share what’s coming up for you in the course. Ask your questions on screen using your webcam, or via text. The power of being included and heard can offer great benefit in your process.
Live Session Dates and Times
Interactive 1: Sunday 28 October* - 9am PT (LA), 12pm ET (NY), 4pm UK (London), 5pm EU (Paris) Click here for start time in your timezone
Interactive 2: Sunday 4 November - 9am PT (LA), 12pm ET (NY), 5pm UK (London), 6pm EU (Paris) Click here for start time in your timezone
Interactive 3: Sunday 11 November - 9am PT (LA), 12pm ET (NY), 5pm UK (London), 6pm EU (Paris) Click here for start time in your timezone
Interactive 4: Sunday 18 November - 9am PT (LA), 12pm ET (NY), 5pm UK (London), 6pm EU (Paris) Click here for start time in your timezone
*Due to daylight savings time differences across timezones, the timing for the first week's live session differs from the remaining sessions for certain regions. Please click on the link above to see the start time for your timezone.
All live sessions will be recorded and made available for those who are not able to attend the live times.
Join in a virtual online sangha where you can come together with other like minded souls, learning and supporting each other.
Kaira Jewel teaches meditation and mindfulness internationally, with a focus on activists, people of color, artists, educators, families, and youth. She began practicing mindfulness in 1997. An ordained nun of 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, she is now based in Washington, D.C., leading retreats in the U.S. and internationally, offering mindfulness programs for educators and youth in schools, as well as individual spiritual mentoring. Find out more about Kaira Jewel at www.kairajewel.com
Kaira Jewel is indeed a jewel. Compassionate, wise, pragmatic, aspirational. Everything I could want in a teacher. - Nigel T. Kaira Jewel is mesmerizing to listen to. Her exceedingly gentle manner and slow consideration of her words of wisdom create a lasting impact. - Sheila F. Kaira Jewel leads from her gentle inner peace, and her voice and smiles are beautiful testimonies of it, and great inviters for us to join her. -Brigitte R. Kaira Jewel led a deeply insightful retreat while injecting a playful element that fully released the body and soul. Kaira Jewel shared her bountiful wisdom with a gentle and strong presence. She is a truly gifted teacher. - Mary M.
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