Self-Awareness and Happiness

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 13:44

My website sets out the name of the course I teach - Mindfulness Meditation. Underneath this name, the tagline which I recently changed reads Self-awareness and happiness. This is the major purpose of practicing meditation and mindfulness.

Letting Go of Frustration

Sunday, 06 May 2018 16:58

When the nurse told me I couldn’t donate blood, after all I’d gone through, I felt the frustration expanding in my chest.

Mindfulness Meditation

Thursday, 28 September 2017 17:14

Mindful Meditation

If you would like to practice, learn about and discuss meditation and mindfulness, please consider joining other kindred spirits once a month.

The regular meeting provides 20 minutes of simple yoga, 30 minutes of breath meditation, and 10 minutes of walking meditation, followed by a short talk on mindfulness and a discussion period. The subject of each talk is listed below.

 

We meet from 7:00 - 9:00 in Westboro (see location on Contact page) on:

  • Sep 26
  • Oct 17
  • 2nd Wednesday of Nov to May

In order to join us, you could either:

-     "drop-in" ($15 cash fee or pay by e-interac in advance); or

-     register for remaining sessions in the year ($12 per session)

 Please join us if meditating and discussing mindfulness might support your practice.

 If you plan to attend, please send me an email from the Contact page so I can provide you with information on parking and a few other details.

 

Schedule of talks:

Sep 26    Purpose of MM                   Living in harmony with reality

Oct 17    Meditation                           Establishing a daily practice

Nov 14    Benefits of meditation        Five qualities we nurture through meditation   

Dec 12    Mindfulness                        What, why and how    

Jan 9       Managing stress                 Breathing into high energy/emotion     

Feb 13     Attitudes                             Choosing how to respod

Mar 13     Investigation                       Wanting & not wanting - 8 worldly concerns  

Apr 10     Wholesome practices         Attitudes, gratitude, seeing both sides

May 8      Realistic perspectives        Impermanence, suffering, non-self

 

 

    

Learning to Live in Harmony

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 16:52

When I opened the front door this morning, and took in the beauty of the clouds, feel of the breeze, and smell of fresh moist air, I felt really alive. I also felt an urge to write about learning to live well through meditation and mindfulness (M&M).

Private Instruction

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 13:14

Private Instruction

Private instruction is available for 1 to 3 participants, which covers almost all of the material provided in the 7-week course (see above).

 

Format:

Following an initial 90 minute meeting, for an orientation and interview based on a short questionnaire, the course comprises:

  • one session per week, 90 minutes long, for 8 sessions comprising:
    • - guided meditation practice
    • - instruction in meditation, how the mind works and daily mindfulness
    • - discussion of the theory and the student’s practice
  • daily half-hour meditation at home
  • reflective exercises during each week

Materials Provided:

  • guided meditation recordings for use at home (breath and walking meditations, yoga, body scan)
  • binder of instructions (50 pages)

Location

The course of private instruction is offered at my home in Crystal Beach, a few kilometres west of Bayshore Shopping Centre (this is NOT the location shown the Contact page map, which is where the Monthly Meditation takes place) . Office hours are 4 to 7 pm, Monday to Thursday. The sessions are usually weekly, but could take place less frequently if appropriate.

Fee

$25 for the initial orientation and interview, and $100 per session ($80 if 2 students, $70 if 3 students). Payment by email (preferable) or cheque is made prior to each session.

"Our deepest happiness . . . is born from letting go of what is unnecessary, and knowing ourselves to be always at home."
Sharon Solzberg - author of Loving Kindness: The Revolutionaty Art of Happiness
and co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Avoiding Cell Phone Disharmony

Sunday, 07 May 2017 01:00

The new tagline on my website – Living in harmony with everything – helped me handle my irritation recently with someone on their cell phone in the restaurant.

Taking in the Good

Sunday, 29 January 2017 15:33

As human beings, we have three core needs - we want to feel safe, satisfied and connected. Hardwiring Happiness explains how we can better meet these needs through a practice called Taking in the Good (by Dr. Rick Hanson, neuropsychologist).

The Power of Meditation

Monday, 19 December 2016 06:43

During the last session of the course I recently taught on meditation and mindfulness, I was once again impressed by the power of this practice.

Meditation Mach 2

Saturday, 05 November 2016 10:09

I recently purchased the best book on meditation I’ve ever seen. It feels like a new ball game, and my “meditation batting average” is increasing.

The Challenge of Mindfulness

Thursday, 06 October 2016 01:23

My family has been very helpful to me in managing this small teaching business, especially with tips on how to do a better job of it.

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