Lily Friedlander has been a student, practitioner and teacher of Eastern contemplative practices for over 30 years. She has studied under Rama Jyoti Vernon and Mukunda Stiles, Tibetan Buddhists Sogyal Rinpoche and Pema Chodron and was the Executive Director of the Drepung Loseling Institute of Emory University. As an initiated student of Taoist teacher Wong Lo Sin See she has offered meditation instruction to members of 12 Step programs since 2000.
Friedlander has taught yoga and Sanskrit and has been certified as a Jin Shin Do Acupressure Practitioner.
Her unique instruction synthesizes the tenets of all her training with a special emphasis on physical grounding and awareness and the practical spirituality of 12 Step Recovery.
Her website, Jardinsliliane.com offers creative expressions of and tools for spiritual practice: unique and custom prayer beads or malas and essays about meditation.
Friedlander lives in Atlanta GA with her two standard poodles Dharma and Gita. She resides in a small residential complex known fondly as the “O Well Dojo.” Her son Jesse, daughter-in-law Shelly and #1 grandson Adin Zachary live in Hong Kong.
by Mary Oliver
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
from Dream Work by Mary Oliver, published by Atlantic Monthly Press
© Mary Oliver