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Meditation: Experiencing the Feeling of Being Alive

Uma Kleppinger



A couple of years ago I took a six week long road trip to escape eight years of Portland's dull grey wetness and find a new home in the Rockies. I had three bikes, a climbing rack and an ultimate frisbee. I began my trip with a weekend in Bend and quickly altered my itinerary. Five weeks later I hunkered down at Ogie's house for two weeks of mountain biking, rock climbing, book writing and blogging about the awesomeness of Bend. By the end of the first week I was in love with the place, and began a long-distance affair with the fine city of Bend. I even broke up with all my favorite singletrack in Colorado for Phil's network of trails. After two years of carrying on in this manner, the time had come to take this relationship to the next level. On New Year's Eve I packed a uhaul, drove to Bend and kissed a stranger at midnight as Bend's newest resident. I'm still looking for housing, and enough work to support myself, but even though I'm basically homeless and broke, my life feels full and rich and complete. In fact, the only time I'm happier is when I'm on my singlespeed, shredding the dusty ribbons of love that tie Bend together.

Most people won't try meditation or take it seriously unless they are forced to. And yet meditation is nothing more—or less—than simply paying attention to what is really happening, right here, right now. In fact, many people "meditate" all the time without even knowing it. My talk will dispell some myths around meditation—explain what it is and what it isn't—and then guide the audience in a participatory experience of a "micro-meditation".



Next Event

Ignite Bend ​15
​2018 TBA
Doors open at 6:00pm
Tower Theater - Bend, OR
Admission is always FREE

Tickets will be available two weeks prior to the event.


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