Notes from Rain's curator...
Why the name Rain?
All things in nature need rain to grow. Rain also signifies personal growth. These basic themes resonated with me. Then, I was pleased to learn of the Rain meditation…
In order to flower, self-compassion depends on honest, direct contact with our own vulnerability. Compassion fully blossoms when we actively offer care to ourselves. One option to introduce mindfulness and compassion is through the RAIN of Self-Compassion meditation. It has four steps:
Recognize what is going on
Allow the experience to be there, just as it is
Investigate with kindness
Natural awareness, which comes from not identifying with the experience.
You can take your time and explore RAIN as a stand-alone meditation or move through the steps in a more abbreviated way whenever challenging feelings arise. Several of Rain Meditation + Yoga instructors utilize the RAIN approach in their classes.
Hi! I'm Laura Beatty curator and founder of Rain Meditation + Yoga.
I recognize and see the importance of being mindful especially in today’s busy and sometimes unsettling wold. I have enjoyed a range of meditation and yoga classes since the late 90's and believe one-size does not fit all. My approach includes hand selecting each instructor for mutual appreciation of approachable, secular instruction (e.g. utilizing terms and practices understood by all people), which is part of my curator hat.
I also appreciate smaller classes to have personal space and hope you enjoy Rain's relax and comfy studio held on the first floor of my Victorian home. Please stay for tea.
Additionally, I have worked with non-profits for many years and have seen how even small contributions from the community can help causes further their mission. Rain will provide 10% of your fees to a Portland based non-profit selected by the instructor for a workshop or selected by you for classes. For classes, Rain students nominate a local non-profit with each class visit. Then, each quarter an organization will be randomly drawn among the submitted entries to receive the contribution.
When not at Rain, I can be found hiking, reading in the park (when there is sun), or at an art show.