Need a Moment of Zen? The Rubin Museum Is Using Its Buddhist Art Collection to Offer Daily Mindfulness Tips and Guided Meditation Sessions – artnet…

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Have you been wishing lately that youd actually taken up meditation instead of just thinking about it all those years?

Were feeling it tooas well as the anxious tension in our chests, the funky sleep patterns, and, yes, the sheer boredom of staring at the same four walls for yet another day. When you also remember that all the art you so dearly love is stowed away inside shuttered art museums, galleries, and studios, it makes you just want to cry.

But despair not! The Rubin Museum of Art is here to help you stay centered (even while its closed) with a recently launched series titled theDaily Offering. An informative, 10-minute episode is posted on the museums Instagram page every Thursday through Monday (the days the museum would have been open).

With soothing intro music and calming rhythmic voices, the videos are just what we didnt know we needed, with all variety of chilling out, from musical performances to guided meditation.Heres a quick guide to the tips weve learned so farbut make sure to tune in for new episodes, too!

Shakyamuni Buddha (16th century). Courtesy of the Rubin Museum of Art.

Each Daily Offering starts with an up-close look at an artwork in the Rubin Museum collection. Whether its through a formal analysis uncovering the magic of the Buddhas seated posture, or an eye-opening examination of Tibetan medical thangkas, Rubin Museum curatorElena Pakhoutova and director of digital experiences Jamie Lawyerlead us in an exercise in focused, calming observation.And its not just about visual art, either: the series also features hypnotic musical performances from the Brooklyn Raga Massive collective that will quiet racing minds.

Green Tara (13th Century). Courtesy of the Rubin Museum.

Are you a meditation school drop-out? Fear not. The Rubin makes meditation easy with guided bite-size lessons that ease listeners into the practice through artworks. In the first Daily Offering, the museums head of programs, Dawn Eshelman, teaches us about Tara, the most important female figure in Buddhism, a bodhisattva who reached enlightenment but chose to stay on earth and help her fellow human beings achieve their own mental freedom.

Meditation teacher and author Sharon Salzberg then leads a brief meditation while participants gaze at a 13th-century sculpture of Tara. Salzberg reminds listeners simply to take the time to remember to breathe. Sometimes we get frozen, she says while encouraging us to take time to reflect. (In week three of the series, meditation teacher Kate Johnson leads a new set of sessions.)

If youd like to take your fledgling practice further, the museums Buddhist Shrine is accessible at all times. Interested virtual visitors can choose between atwo-hour video recording,accompanied by Buddhist chants and flickering candlelight, or aself-guided virtual tourof the space, where you can take time to learn about the individual objects on the altar.

Buddhist Thangka. Courtesy of Rubin Museum of Art.

If youre anything like us, youre digging into your quarantine treatsall the time. No need to worry. Dr. Tawni Tidwell is here to help you get back on track with ancient Tibetan wisdom about healthy habits that can also help you fight opportunistic infections and strengthen your natural immunity.

Trying to keep mindless, chaotic thoughts at bay? Time to up your intake ofbitter greens: kale, broccoli, endives, and the like. Tidwell even shares tips on preparation. She especially emphasizesthe mind-body connection and how environmental conditions and emotional responses can affect our health (and vice versa). And with a sudden clip of cold weather upon us, were especially looking forward to just sipping a mug of hot water. Its the first Eastern medicine, and certainly the simplest one.

Stay tuned for more episodes here.

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