The Heart of Who We Are - Science and Nonduality (SAND)
Recorded November 17, 2022

The Heart of Who We Are

Realizing Freedom Together

A Community Gathering with Caverly Morgan and Rashid Hughes

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Join Caverly Morgan and Rashid Hughes for an online exploration of how meditation and contemplative technologies designed for the realization of personal freedom can — and must be — applied collectively.

Caverly’s new book, The Heart of Who We Are: realizing freedom together, offers a wealth of teachings and reflections, solo and group exercises, and personal stories that inspire us to put our values into action, connecting with the deepest truth of who we are.

Rashid, a meditation teacher and restorative justice facilitator, and Caverly, a meditation teacher, author and nonprofit founder, invite you to be in dialogue not only about the teachings offered in The Heart of Who We Are, but also about how their work intertwines. Join these two lovers of truth as they explore:

    • How are nondual teachings relevant in times like these?

    • What is collective liberation?

    • How is love the ground of our shared being and what does that mean for our relative world today?

    • What is enlightened activity, truly?

In 2023, Caverly and Rashid guide others through a year-long collective experience revolving around the teachings offered in The Heart of Who We Are, supporting others in living on behalf of this deep truth. For more about the book and the upcoming collective experience.

Excerpt from the book

“The heart of truth can be found in all things, in all circumstances, in all times. This book is about acting in the world on behalf of this truth. It’s about reconciling our personal desire for truth and freedom with our desire to relieve suffering in the world. Our suffering is not separate from the suffering of the world. Our liberation is not separate from the liberation of the world. Our liberation is the act of being. Our liberation is love itself.”


“Transcendence and transformation. In The Heart of Who We Are, Caverly deftly holds two seemingly opposing truths — our shared being of oneness whose nature is peace, and our shared world of apparent separation and its suffering — and invites us to explore how our true nature might find its fullest expression in both ourselves and the collective. This beautiful and courageous book not only provides a way for us to explore who we are and how we are in the world but stands as a shining example of what it means to do both.” — Rupert Spira

“We live in a world and times in which we are increasingly confronted by division, uncertainty, and a falling away of things we once took as unshakable. With The Heart of Who We Are, Caverly Morgan extends a hand of kindness that coaxes readers to embrace the necessary journey of rediscovering themselves, and the compassion of walking alongside them. She generously offers her hard-earned wisdom — as a monk, a teacher, and a willing student of life — as a practical manual to turn fear into curiosity, confusion into awareness, and separation into love. You will return to this book, over and over again.” — Rev. angel Kyodo williams

“Caverly Morgan’s writing is immediately intimate, fresh, and friendly — and it goes straight to your heart. She combines spiritual depth with enormous practical wisdom. I loved reading her personal stories, mind-stopping enlightenment zaps, effective suggestions, brief psychological exercises, and gentle humorous encouraging guidance. She is a true friend to the reader, a deeply realized being who is utterly committed to your healing and awakening. A gem! ” — Rick Hanson, Ph.D.


Rashid Hughes

As a meditation teacher and restorative justice facilitator, Rashid’s work is to actively participate in imagining and embodying an expansive outlook of life that is free of all ideas that perpetuate systems of othering in the world and feelings of alienation in our hearts.

Rashid believes that all people have the inherent capacity to love and to feel whole because love is the ground of our shared being. Through a variety of contemplative based practices, he guides people through processes of rediscovering belonging and meaning in the present moment.

So, he basically wants all beings to be happy and free 🙂

Caverly Morgan

Caverly Morgan is a meditation teacher, author, speaker, and nonprofit founder. She is the founder of Peace in Schools, a nonprofit that created the nation’s first for-credit mindfulness class in public high schools. Caverly is also the founder of Presence Collective, a community of cross-cultural contemplatives committed to personal and collective transformation. She is the author of A Kids Book About Mindfulness and The Heart of Who We Are: realizing freedom together.

Caverly blends the original spirit of Zen with a modern nondual approach. Her practice began in 1995 and has included eight years of training in a silent Zen monastery. She has been teaching contemplative practice since 2001 and leads meditation retreats, workshops and online classes internationally.

Caverly speaks publicly on topics including contemplative practice, personal and collective transformation, social entrepreneurship, authentic leadership, and mindfulness education, and has been featured in publications such as Mindful magazine (as a cover subject) and The New York Times. She has been a teacher and presenter at the Science and Nonduality Conference, 1440 Multiversity, Sangha Live, the Mind and Life International Symposium for Contemplative Research, Buddha at the Gas Pump, Open Circle, the New York Zen Center of Contemplative Care, and many more.

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