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 & MINDFULNESS - THE BASICS
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. Classes will be 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.
Tuesday Evening: 7:00 - 8:30; October 17 - November 21 2017
LETS KEEP YOU GOING!
Designed to help you stay motivated and on track, the classes below are offered as pay-as-you-come classes. There is no long-term commitment. I realize that everyone is busy so come when you can. I only ask that you let me know that you are coming, and if you become a regular attendee, that you also let me know when you are not able to attend. You may attend either class - both in the same week, one or the other on different weeks depending on your schedule.
WEEKLY DESTRESSIFYING MINDFULNESS & 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.
Each week a 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.
To help build your practice, the discussion will be followed by 30 minutes of meditation. It will be primarily in silence, may be partly guided or may on occasion have music in the background. The circle is held in my home meditation room. The space has a wonderful energy where everyone likes to make themselves comfy with a cup of tea as we begin.
Morning Circle: Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11:30
Fee: $20 per class
* Classes generally last 1 1/2 to 2 hours depending on the discussion so I have put the times above for the longer time period, but it may vary. The address will be given after you contact me to attend your first class.
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.