I Can't Meditate. Can I?
Quite simply, I think you can. If you want to. But part of the trick is finding out what will work for YOU. Not me - YOU. That is what I'm here to help you with. The fact is that in this busy world, we are inundated with multi-tasking, demands on our time, bad news, good news, and all kinds of 'stuff' that adds stress to our lives. If you could find a way to bring just a little more peace into your life, wouldn't it be worth doing?
My mentor davidji probably describes my style of teaching best. I am one of those who have chosen to "not be locked into dogma, an institutionalized template, or translations pandering to commercialism." I draw on the wisdom of both modern and ancient teachers and traditions in order to achieve real-world, real-life understanding and benefits; meditation and mindfulness for every-day living.
Meditations best kept secret?
(How it affects your day when you aren't meditating)
Meditation Is A Tool
You see, it's not just about the time that you actually spend meditating. Its also about what happens when you aren't meditating. So...if you meditate for 30 minutes a day, it's in the other 23 1/2 hours where you'll really see the benefits appear. And what might those benefits be? You will handle stress better, be less reactive and more patient, make better choices, have more peace of mind, sleep better, lower your blood pressure and feel better overall. How's that for a multi-purpose tool?
I Can't Do It - My Brain Won't Shut Off!
No, it won't, not completely. Our brains are made to think - and we have around 60,000 thoughts a day. We need it to do its job, but we also need to give it a break so that it can slow down. In the Yoga Sutras the ancient sage Patanjali taught "Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodha" - which means to quiet the fluctuations of the mind. This is what meditation does for us.
Comfort Is Key
People often ask if they have to sit cross-legged on the floor to meditate. If you can't be comfortable, your attention is going to be drifting to how uncomfortable you are. So find a comfy spot or position that suits you - whether that means sitting in lotus position on the floor or like myself, sitting in a wing-back chair. Especially in the beginning, this is an easy way to eliminate a possible distraction.
MEDITATION & MINDFULNESS CLASSES FOR EVERYONE
LETS GET STARTED: MEDITATION 101 - A TASTE OF MEDITATION WORKSHOP
If you've ever been curious about meditation but aren't ready to commit to a series of classes yet, then this workshop is for you! I've found that people often have a mis-guided notion of what meditation is all about, thinking that they need to be sitting cross-legged on the floor chanting Om to 'do it' properly. This two hour workshop is designed to introduce you to meditation and its benefits while dispelling some of the mystery surrounding it and giving you a small taste of different ways to meditate.
The workshop will be held in the mediation room in my home and the address will be given after you register. Payment may be made when you come.
Next Workshop: Wednesday, April 18, 2018. 7:00pm - 9:00pm Workshop Fee: By donation which will be passed on to the Bobcaygeon Stop the Quarry group to help off-set the personal expenses they have incurred. (Suggested donation $20+ but pay what you can!)
LETS DIG IN: MEDITATION & MINDFULNESS - SIX WEEK SERIES
This six week series is meant to get you started on the road to being more mindful and building a sustainable meditation practice. We will work together to explore and discover the style of meditation that will work best for you. The benefit of a series of classes is that it will give you and your classmates a period of guided time to learn and share your challenges and successes.
As we progress the teaching and discussion will focus on topics to help inspire us, ignite positive change, reduce stress and build our inner peace. The content will vary from the teachings of ancient and modern wisdom traditions, from everyday events or from something that I have recently read, studied or experienced.
Classes are held in the meditation room in my home and my students love the positive energy of the space. The address will be given after you register. There will need to be a minimum of three students for the class to proceed. Payment may be made by cash or cheque at the first class.
May 23 - June 27, 2018 Wednesday Morning: 9:30 - 11:00; Wednesday Evening: 7:00 - 8:30 (Sometimes people get so relaxed and comfy or involved in the discussion classes go a little longer.)
6 Week Series Fee: $120
LETS KEEP YOU GOING!
MONTHLY DESTRESSIFYING MEDITATION CIRCLE
Everyone is welcome to join our circle in Bobcaygeon. It provides an easy and informative like-minded community for those who are striving to have a steady meditation practice or those who would like to strengthen their current practice. Newcomers are welcome to dive right in, but If you are brand new to meditation, you may want to try starting with a Learn to Meditate class or workshop.
Depending on the group we will begin with 30 minutes of meditation. If we have a number of newer people in attendance I'll modify the time accordingly.To help build your practice we will begin with 30 minutes of meditation. It will primarily be in silence, may be partly guided or may on occasion have music in the background depending on the needs of the group. This is meant to be a class where you can simply come to meditate as part of a group and leave when the meditation is finished or stay for a cup of tea and ask any questions that you may have.
The circle is held in my home meditation room. The space has a wonderful energy where everyone likes to make themselves comfy.
Next Meditation Circle: Friday, April 20, 2018 7:00 - 8:15
Fee: By donation which will be passed on to the Bobcaygeon Stop the Quarry group to help off-set the personal expenses they have incurred. (Suggested donation $10 but pay what you can!)
The address will be given after you register to attend your first circle. Payment may be made when you come.
PERSONAL NAKSHATRA MANTRAS
Using a personal mantra when you meditate can definitely add an extra sweetness and power to your practice. Through my training with davidji, I am able to give you your Nakshatra Mantra, which is based on your BirthStar. It is a beautiful ceremony and can be done in person or via an on-line meeting.
Your Nakshatra Birthstar Mantra is the vibration the universe was making at the moment you passed from the unmanifest into the manifest and came into this world of form and phenomena. - davidji, Secrets of Meditation, p.189.
PRIVATE CLASSES, CORPORATE OR OUTSIDE EVENTS - Local or via On-Line Sources
Personal Classes - Please get in touch with me as I would love to work with you! If you live outside of the area we can definitely work together via an internet forum like Skype or Zoom.
Businesses, Groups & Organizations - If your company, group or organization would like to host a workshop or learn more about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness as a tool for stress-reduction, please reach out to discuss your needs. I would welcome the opportunity to talk to you about it.