Embodying Maitri: The Essential Ingredient With Erin Geesaman Rabke

Embodying Maitri: The Essential Ingredient with Erin Geesaman Rabke

We’re delighted to share with you this podcast where Erin speaks about the practice of Maitri. Maitri is a Sanskrit word often translated as “lovingkindness” but several teachers in our lineage have gone further, naming it “courageous unconditional friendliness,” or “brave warmheartedness.” In this episode, Erin speaks about the importance of this practice in living a healing life. Traditional Buddhist teachings suggest beginning the practice with oneself, then extending our circles of care ever outward. Erin shares personal stories of working with this practice, and invites you in. She also shares about her upcoming online class Maitri: A Courtship with the Essential Ingredient. You can learn more about that offering here. https://embodimentmatters.com/maitri-courting-the-essential-ingredient/

Erin refers to a few sources of inspiration in this episode including:

To Love and Be Loved: The Difficult Yoga of Relationship with Stephen and Ondrea Levine


bell hooks 

All About Love https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17607.All_About_Love

Her Interview with Thich Nhat Hanh https://plumvillage.org/about/thich-nhat-hanh/interviews-with-thich-nhat-hanh/interview-with-bell-hooks-january-1-2000/

Open and Innocent by Scott Morrison


There is Nothing Wrong with You by Cheri Huber


And Mary Oliver’s poem, To Begin with the Sweet Grass


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By training and profession, I am a somatic educator. Over the past 25+ years I have trained in and taught modern dance, tai chi, Indian and Tibetan yoga, yoga therapy (specializing in back pain). I completed a 4-year professional Feldenkrais training in 2007 and a 3-year Embodied Life training in 2014. I also study and work with somatic meditation and the profound practice of embodied inner listening known as Focusing.