Ben Connelly is coming back to Tucson! Come meet Ben. He will be speaking about his new book, Mindfulness and Intimacy on Friday evening and giving a workshop on Saturday.
BOOK EVENT- Friday April 26th, 7:30 PM
Zen Desert Sangha 3226 N Martin Av
$10 suggested dana at the door
WORKSHOP-Saturday April 27th, 1-4 PM
The Little Chapel Library 1401 E 1st St
$20 (suggested donation)
Mindfulness and Intimacy, Ben Connolly’s latest book
Go beyond mere mindfulness—and deepen your connection to your self, the people in your life, and the world around you.
Mindfulness is an ancient and powerful practice of awareness and nonjudgmental discernment that can help us ground ourselves in the present moment, with the world and our lives just as they are. But there’s a risk: by focusing our attention on something (or someone), we might always see it as something other, as separate from ourselves. To close this distance, mindfulness has traditionally been paired with a focus on intimacy, community, and interdependence. In this book, Ben Connelly shows us how to bring these two practices together—bringing warm hearts to our clear seeing. Helpful meditations and exercises show how mindfulness and intimacy can together enrich our empathetic engagement with ourselves and the world around us—with our values, with the environment, and with the people in our lives, in all their distinct manifestations of race and religion, sexuality and gender, culture and class—and lead to a truly engaged, compassionate, and joy-filled life.
Bio Ben Connelly is a Soto Zen teacher and Dharma heir in the Katagiri lineage. He also teaches mindfulness in a wide variety of secular contexts including police and corporate training, correctional facilities, and addiction recovery and wellness groups. Ben is based at Minnesota Zen Meditation Center and travels to teach across the United States. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“Zen teaches that ‘enlightenment is Intimacy with all things.’ Ben Connelly beautifully articulates that a worthwhile spiritual practice—a worthwhile journey through all our triumphs and travails; indeed, a worthwhile human life—is cultivating an intimacy with all things.”—Larry Yang, author of Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community
“Our true heart’s desire is connection: intimacy. Yet our minds and hearts are often focused on what separates us from other people and the rest of creation. In this clear and helpful book Zen teacher Ben Connelly presents twenty-seven aspects of our life that, through the practice of mindfulness, can become fertile fields for dissolving our sense of alienation and deepening our experience of interdependence and intimacy.”—Jan Chozen Bays, author of How to Train a Wild Elephant.