WEEKLY CLASSES July 1 – August 26, 2018 Week at a glance:
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an 8-week meditation course
July 4 – August 22, 2018
Stream Yoga + Meditation, 819 Weaver Rd, Port Colborne
Join us for an 8-week meditation series. In this Summer series we will emphasize cultivating a daily practice of relaxation, inner stillness and insight. We will consider the obstacles to our practice, and begin an exploration of the seven factors of enlightenment: mindfulness, investigation, energy, joy, relaxation, concentration and equanimity.
We will spend much of our time together in meditation, but leave time each session for a brief talk and for discussion and Q&A. You will be encouraged to spend time meditating at home between the weekly classes.
A simple joy is available to us any time that we can relax — regardless of our external conditions. In fact, learning to relax and be still may be the single most important thing we can do to improve our life, our relationships and ultimately our world.
July 4, 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 2018
$95 (includes HST)
Pre-register by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text Heather at 519.400.7862.
“When you can have some distance from your repetitive grim thought patterns, your inner neurotic programs, then they don’t control you as much. That’s all that meditation is — a systematic waking up to this reality so that you can surf it rather than be drowned by it.” – Dan Harris
A friend just loaned me Dan Harris’ most recent book, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics and I am loving it. Light, full of humour and humility — it’s a wonderfully accessible book for those interested in starting a daily meditation practice.
In the video below, Dan has a long and wide-ranging conversation with Rich Roll, on the power of meditation to live and be a little bit happier, tailored to the skeptics and those who mistakenly believe they can’t or don’t need to meditate.
Dan is the co-anchor of ABC News Nightline as well as the co-anchor of the weekend edition of Good Morning America. He is the author of the NYT bestseller 10% Happier and his newest book is 10% Happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics.
Plus, there’s a 10% Happier Meditation app. Maybe it will be just the thing to get you sitting!
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris and Joseph Goldstein answer questions about the practice of mindfulness. They discuss negative emotions, the importance of ethics, the concept of enlightenment, and other topics.
There’s some really juicy stuff here on the selflessness of phenomena, aka shunyata or emptiness. If you’ve got a few hours and the interest, have a listen.
Despite the photo on the video shown above, you’ll find this is an audio recording only. To listen on the go, somewhere other than YouTube, you can find links to listen to the Waking Up podcast for iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, etc.
This is the third episode where Sam talks with Joseph Goldstein. You can find links to their other conversations here.
(via Jack Kornfield)
“With anxiety, stress, and sleep dysfunction skyrocketing around the globe, it’s time we look at the unspoken reasons why. These debilitating challenges can be meaningfully impacted with ten to twenty minutes of breathing exercises per day. Max Strom, who has taught breath-work for 20 years, reveals his insights into the healing power of the breath.”
When we meditate, we settle into stillness and meet our experience directly as it arises, moment by moment. When we notice suffering and struggle, we’re advised to ‘move closer’ to it, ‘explore’ it, ‘allow’ it. But what do we do when the pain we meet is too strong? In this short video, Tara Brach offers a nuanced alternative to working directly with pain.
“There are times that it’s not even wise or compassionate to be with pain at all…there are times when you’re in so much pain that it’s throwing you totally off balance and right into reactivity. And trying to be with it, is going to drive you more into being exhausted or uncomfortable.”
(via Tara Brach)