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Lee Lesser

this flower was the first poppy to bloom in someone's garden, and she cut it to bring it for me - such a gift! On my balcony, a little breeze rose and fell, lifting and lowering the petals, like breathing, and in the pause between breaths, I took this picture.
Lee Klinger Lesser

The simplest things are the hardest to learn. Mind skips ahead "I know that already". Mind races away "I have important things to worry about". A thousand distractions wait in line for their turn to invade the stillness.

A room full of people have gathered out of a longing to be more completely alive. A room full of people each experience the resistance, the distractions, the obstacles to their awareness.

Lee came to Toronto from San Francisco to teach a way to arrive fully into each living moment through Sensory Awareness - a very difficult thing to teach and to learn. The teacher's own embodiment of awareness is at the heart of her ability to guide others. Teaching the simplest things requires art and subtlety.

Many years of meditation, Sensory Awareness work and living life went into Lee's ability to guide us in explorations of consciousness. Her steady, warm and patient voice was a powerful support to return again and again to awareness. The simplest acts of sitting, standing, lifting, offering and receiving became gateways into deep experience. I felt myself arriving more fully into my own life.

Throughout the weekend, Lee returned to stories about her teacher, Charlotte Selver, and to stories of Charlotte's relationship with her teacher, Elsa Gindler. One thing that stands out for me is how sensory awareness is grounded in the experience of support - how we are supported by the ground underneath us, and how we can be supported by each other.

! Lee will be leading a 5 day retreat in August 2011 in Ontario!
????? Warm and wise.
????? · 2008-05-28: 21:19
mojaroo awesome
mojaroo · 2008-05-28: 21:50
CJLata She makes a great portrait shot. The color photos are my favorite though.
CJLata · 2008-05-28: 22:10
munawwirkhan Your photos are really excellent. Very inspirational work and you just continue to amaze me. Thanks for sharing.
munawwirkhan · 2008-05-29: 05:46
photosmart Beautiful set
photosmart · 2008-05-29: 07:57
Lynda Interesting shots and information
Lynda · 2008-05-29: 11:02
minouto nice set !!!
minouto · 2008-05-29: 13:10
Kanya It seems that the angle of your portraits is very similar with the flowers' angle. Brilliant idea, very suggestive shots and so beautifuly done!
Kanya · 2008-05-29: 15:06
Kanya Powerful post!
Kanya · 2008-05-29: 15:08
prairieflower Lee More!
prairieflower · 2008-05-29: 22:10
SuperG Always happy to drop by. This combination is quite startling as are the photos.
SuperG · 2008-05-30: 00:32
????? Beautiful set!!!
????? · 2008-05-30: 01:41
Tiffany #2: eat your heart out, Georgia O'K!
Tiffany · 2008-05-30: 21:39
????? wow I love the whole sensory awareness ... I think I want to even look more into to work with special needs ..although some of the therapist I worked with were using some.. these are beautiful candid shots of her .. 1 is my fav,, and 2 evoked emotion in me when I enlarged it.... flowers rarely do that ...even though I love them.. I would love to have 2 hanging on my wall forever , it conveys hope and magic:)!!!
????? · 2008-05-30: 23:52
mimax2 just great set!
mimax2 · 2008-06-03: 11:25
Riyaz Great set! thanks for sharing
Riyaz · 2008-06-03: 11:53
davidcardona Beautiful! Excellent and memorable post!
davidcardona · 2008-06-03: 23:37
????? I saw this post 'pre-site crash', however I didn't get chance to comment. I adore your shots of the poppies, especially #4, which reminds me of so many different things; an apple, a skirt...

Lee comes across through your words and shots as a beautiful free spirit; such a wonderful soul. I really enjoyed viewing her site and there is a quote in there I have memorised about living in the moment...I love that.
????? · 2008-06-04: 03:16
carvertrujillo love these portraits of lee.
carvertrujillo · 2008-06-06: 14:03
????? Interesting how each shot of Lee is a moment of listening but so varied and active. Captiving selection. The flower in #6 - like a sea anemone - just delightful.
????? · 2008-06-26: 00:01
lassaad great B&W and Color picture
lassaad · 2008-07-01: 06:02
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