A Conversation with Elizabeth Astor, GSN Presenter

Headshot - Elizabeth AstorElizabeth Astor is an acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist, medical intuitive and classical homeopath with a private practice in Boulder, Colorado. She has been studying meditation for 11 years with teachers such as HH the Dalai Lama, HH the Karmapa, Adyashanti, and Dr. Reggie Ray. Elizabeth has been teaching meditation through the Dharma Ocean Foundation since 2010.  Her work as a meditation instructor focuses on somatic meditation, which offers a way to relate to our experience in a direct, clear, and healing way.

Meet Elizabeth in-person at our upcoming Moving Through Grief… Together meeting on Wednesday, May 14 at 1925 Glenwood Drive, Boulder, CO. 

Tell us more about your upcoming presentation for GSN’s Moving Through Grief… Together meeting:

I will be teaching people how to work with their emotions, thoughts, and physical sensations as they experience grief in a way that is embodied and compassionate. Mindfulness and meditation taught in a somatic way can help us to be able to stay present with what is happening in our hearts and in our lives so that we can truly find a way to receive the gifts and healing within every experience.

We will do a 50 minute meditation session, with about half of the time lying down, followed by a period of sitting up. Afterwards we will circle up for questions and for people to share their experience.

What do you hope that others take away from your presentation?

My intention is that people will get an experience of how to work with themselves and their emotions in a way that helps them stay integrated and present, and how to not have to shut down or feel overwhelmed by grief.  These meditation practices are a way to help  us become our own best friend, and to be able to live a more full and embodied life.  I hope that people will learn a tool to help them fully feel what is happening within them and to not be afraid of those feelings.

Why is your topic important for healing from grief and loss?

In the intensity of our experience, we often feel the need to shut down or run away from ourselves.  If we can learn to stay present with our experience, be kind to ourselves, and feel what we are feeling directly without the overlay of story or resistance then our grief and the challenges of life can become a gift, a healing journey, and very powerful.

Share one way that YOU practice personal self-care:

I practice meditation and mindfulness daily.  This practice allows me to stay connected to myself, my life, and to others around me. When intense experience arises, this daily practice gives me the foundation from which I can stay grounded, more clear, and relate to my life and others from a heart-centered, kinder place.

Lake-pukaiki1Provide a few focus questions for our community to meditate on and discuss in our group sharing after your presentation:

  • How can the practice of body-based meditation be a resource for each of us in the process of facing loss and grief? 
  • How does staying in our bodies when we are in emotional pain help us to heal more quickly?
  • How can the practice of meditation help us heal our pain from losses from our pasts, as well as our current experiences of grief?