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.

Meditation and Mindfulness

Thursday, 28 September 2017 17:14

Meditation and Mindfulness

If you have a meditation and mindfulness practice, please consider joining other kindred spirits once a month.

The regular meeting provides 75 minutes of guided breath meditation, yoga and walking meditation, followed by a short talk on mindfulness and a brief discussion period. The series of 9 talks - entitled Mindfulness 2.0 - builds on Jon Kabatt-Zinn’s MBSR course (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) to provide a deeper understanding of the practice. The subject of each talk is listed below.

 

We meet from 7:00 - 8:45 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" ($20 cash fee BUT ONLY $10 for first visit ); or

-     register for remaining sessions in the year ($15 per session)

 Please join us if meditating regularly and studying mindfulness with others 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 on Mindfulness 2.0:

 Sep 26    Nurturing happiness          Letting go of craving

 Oct 17    Meditation                           Five hindrances

 Nov 14    Nurturing happiness           Awareness, purpose, action

 Dec 12    Meditation benefits             Steadfastness, awareness, courage, awakening, No Big Deal

 Jan 9      Managing stress                 Breathing into high energy/emotion

 Feb 13    Meditation                           Narrow, open, lovng kindness

 Mar 13     Investigation                      Wanting & not wanting     

 Apr 10     Wholesome practices        Attitudes, kindness, gratitude, seeing both sides

 May 8      Perspective                        Impermanece, 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, which covers the essentials of meditation and mindfulness provided in the 7-week course (visit the Course page).

Course description:

Through instruction and practice, you will:

  • Become more aware of your inner life from moment to moment – your body sensations, feelings, and thoughts
  • Develop a different way of relating to your sensations, thoughts and feelings through mindful acceptance rather than habitual, automatic routines
  • Learn to choose the most skillful response to thoughts, feelings and situations.

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)
  • Wherever You Go, There You Are, by Jon Kabat-Zinn

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 Group Course is taught) . Office hours are 4 to 7 pm, Monday to Thursday. The sessions are usually weekly, but could take place less frequently if appropriate.

Fee

$125 per session, as well as for the initial orientation and meeting. 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.

Managing My Reactions

Monday, 01 August 2016 13:26

I recently attended a silent week of meditation and mindfulness near Ottawa, where I worked at paying attention, observing my reactions to what was going on, and managing these reactions.

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