Meditation Offerings

Somatic meditation involves a bottom-up process, wherein we connect with the inherent, self-existing wakefulness that is already present within this human body of ours.

– Reginald Ray, The Practice of Pure Awareness

Morning Meditation Series continues

The morning meditation series is just beginning a four-week progression. If you are interested in somatic meditation, consider joining us.

Contact for Zoom details.

Join Phil for an exploration of somatic meditation. Each day, Monday through Saturday (Sundays off), 6:30-7:10am EDT, we’ll work with various body-centric practices that help us encounter the meditating body — the part of us that continually offers pure, open, unconditional awareness.

Participants come when they can — some every morning, others a few times a week. If you can’t make the first Monday, not a problem. Throughout the week we’ll delve into one core practice with variations, progressing over approximately four weeks to a more complete practice of pure awareness.

Meditations at the Smithsonian

For several years on Tuesday afternoons, I have offered guided practice at the Meyer Auditorium at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington DC. Since all Smithsonian museums closed temporarily March 14, 2020, to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, these meditations have shifted to live Zoom gatherings and have expanded to include practices with the wonderful, Aparna Sadananda.

Mondays and Fridays from 12:15-12:45pm, led by Aparna Sadananda
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:15-12:45pm, led by Philip Bender

Join the sessions here:
Meeting ID: 340 565 6016
Password: 4kbafd

Morning Meditations – Zoom

While the two yoga studios where I regularly teach yoga and meditation are closed, I am offering guided practices every morning at 6:30am via Zoom. If you would like to join please send me a message letting me know your interest and how you found me.