Summer meditation series

Moving toward insight

an 8-week meditation course

Wednesday Evenings
July 4 – August 22, 2018

7-8:30pm
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.

Dates
July 4, 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 2018

Cost
$95 (includes HST)

Pre-register by email hello@gentlydownthestream.org or call/text Heather at 519.400.7862.

More details.

Meditation for fidgety skeptics

“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!

(via Rich Roll and Dan Harris)

Why meditate?

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 SamHarris.org)

Is Buddhism true? A finely woven conversation

Oh, boy, I adore the work of Sam Harris. I have been an avid fan since reading his Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, two or three years ago. I listen to pretty much every podcast Sam produces, and had the opportunity to see him live at one of his events in Toronto this past September.

In this podcast, Sam speaks with Robert Wright, author of Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment.

Their conversation is intricate, dense and finely woven. This is a ‘must listen’ for any reasonable, and reasonably serious, practitioner of Buddhism.

It’s suitable whether you have years of experience with meditation, or if you’ve never meditated before and are wondering what it’s all about.

 

(via SamHarris.org)

October 2017 workshop in Guelph

Sunday October 22, 2017 | 1:00pm-4:00pm
Living Yoga & Health, 102 Wyndham St. N., Guelph

Treat yourself to an afternoon of quiet contemplation. This workshop will alternate between movement and stillness, combining Hanna Somatic Education with periods of seated meditation. Instead of struggling to seat ourselves in traditional meditation postures, we will unwind and release both physical and mental tension through slow and subtle movements, allowing a calmness to arise that will naturally deepen concentration and awareness.

Cost: $45 +HST
For more information or to register, visit livingyoga.ca or email info@livingyoga.ca

NEW location for Tuesday evening sessions

Be Still Posters February 2017 v1 RGBJanuary 2017 marks the beginning of our fourth year of the Just Sit! Tuesday evening weekly guided meditation sessions! Thank you to everyone who has come to sit over the years. It has been deeply meaningful to me to offer space for meditators, of any (or no particular) spiritual tradition, to come together and sit in stillness.

Beginning with the February 7th sit, the sessions are moving over to 10 Carden. This exciting move will mean a more public venue and, if all goes well, we will move with 10 Carden to their new location later this year, currently under renovation at 42 Carden Street. The new location will be fully accessible!

Another change for our group is the addition of Jennifer Storey as a meditation leader. Jennifer will now be the regular lead on Tuesday evenings, as the distance to my new hometown has finally proven too much for a commitment to the weekly sits. I remain involved with the group, helping with administrative details, and I look forward to sitting whenever I do make the trip to Guelph.

If you live in the Niagara region, or know someone down here who would be interested, I am delighted to be leading regular meditations in Grimbsy (Wednesdays) and Port Colborne (Mondays) at the beautiful studios of Yoga Truly. New weekly drop-in sessions will begin in the first week of February.

For any questions about the Guelph, Grimbsy or Port Colborne sessions, feel free to email me at meditate@gentlydownthestream.org.

With best wishes for a peaceful 2017,
Heather