905.401.YOGA (9642) hello@gentlydownthestream.org

The Shape of Contentment

an 8-week meditation course

Wednesday Evenings | 7-8:30pm
March 4 – April 22, 2020
Stream Yoga + Meditation, 819 Weaver Rd, Port Colborne

Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh

How we experience the world depends on the state of our mind. When we are anxious, then people, places and things appear overwhelming, maybe even dangerous. But when we are content, the world appears friendly and safe and life is enjoyable.

Our states of mind are not random. Just like all conditioned phenomena, they are a result of causes and conditions. When the conditions come together in the sky (e.g. moisture, sunlight, perspective), a rainbow will appear to an observer. In the same way, when conditions are right in the mind (e.g. integrity, effort, wisdom), contentment will arise.

What does this mean? It means we can shape our experience. We can create conditions for contentment, for ease, for acceptance, joy, love, compassion, generosity, wisdom… we can live more fully + freely.

Join us for these weekly sessions, designed to help you start and/or support a regular at-home meditation practice. Learn and gain confidence with mindfulness habits that can transform your life.

In these ongoing Wednesday sessions, we investigate Buddha’s traditional teachings (dharma) in a way that is modern, simple, nondogmatic and practical; with a clear view to the ways in which we can use meditation and mindfulness to free our minds in the midst of our busy and stressful lives.

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
March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 2020

Cost
$96* (includes HST) for the 8-week series (or $15 drop-in per class); you can also drop-in any time using any of our Stream Yoga class passes.

*This price is offered to cover the dates for the current 8-week series only. However, if you purchase a 5- 10- or 20-class yoga pass you can come to any yoga or meditation class (including these and any future series).

For more information please email hello@gentlydownthestream.org, call 905.401.YOGA (9642) or text Heather at 519.400.7862.

 

What to bring/wear?
If you have a meditation cushion or stool that you are accustomed to using, please bring it along. Bolsters, blankets, yoga mats and blocks are available at the studio. No special clothing is required, but it’s good to be comfortable, so please avoid restrictive clothing.

Can I drop in for one or two sessions only?
Yes! Classes are offered in a series but can also be considered to be ‘self-contained.’ Especially if you have come to previous series with us, and/or you are looking for a group of like-minded people to meditate with — it’s certainly appropriate to simply ‘come when you can.’ Drop-in fee is $15 (includes HST).

Other questions?
Please email hello@gentlydownthestream.org, call 905.401.YOGA (9642) or text Heather at 519.400.7862.

Who is facilitating the sessions?
Heather Fenton

Heather Fenton

Meditation + Yoga Instructor

Heather first met with Buddhist teachings in the Fall of 2000, and has since spent her time avidly exploring the nature of mind.

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