Mindful Stargazing

Mindful Stargazing

Thursday, January 13, 2022 - 19:00 to 20:30
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Explore mindful practices for contemplating the night sky

For many people, stargazing is associated with maps, science facts and telescopes. These can make the stars seem cold, distant and maybe even irrelevant. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Stargazing and wondering in awe at the night sky is something that all humans have done since the dawn of time.

In this online talk, Mark Westmoquette describes his journey from completing a PhD in Astrophysics toteaching mindfulness and Zen. He will introduce the concept of mindful stargazing and how looking up at the night sky with inquisitiveness holds enormous benefits to our wellbeing. Together we will explore a few simple practices for contemplating our place in the universe and our relationship to it. It’s Mark's hope that by the end you will feel more at home as a citizen of this universe.


About the speaker, Mark Westmoquette

Mark Westmoquette is a mindful stargazing expert, astronomer, author and Zen teacher. Mark holds a PhD in Astrophysics and was a professional astronomer before switching gears, and now teaches yoga and mindfulness full-time. Mark has been studying Zen with Master Daizan Skinner for over 10 years. In 2015 he spent a period as a Zen monk and in 2016 he was given permission to teach dharma. He is the author of three books about mindful stargazing: Mindful Thoughts for Stargazers, Stars: A Practical Guide to the Key Constellations and The Mindful Universe. His latest book Zen and the Art of Dealing with Difficult People was published in December.

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