Our Approach to Meditation
What is meditation?
Meditation is both concentration and inquiry; it is waking up to the present moment and observing breath and sensation. It helps us learn to experience emotions without being hijacked by them because we are feeling and listening from a neutral, curious place. Meditation is a means to cultivate resiliency by returning to inner inquiry whenever we wander. Meditation is a practice for being part of the stream of life without shutting down or becoming lost in our stories. It is a physical and a psychological practice in which self-awareness is cultivated through stillness and silence. We learn to be intimate with our bodies, breath, thoughts, and emotions. Meditation is being rather than doing; it is the process of learning to stay, learning to let go, and learning to start over. Meditation is a daily act of love, peace, and compassion. Meditation is a practice, and like yoga, requires discipline, self-study, and surrender. We become free through rather than from our pain.
For a regular group sit, we’ve created a Tuesday evening drop in meditation session from 7:30-8:30pm for all levels of practitioners. This will include a 30 minute sit, long enough a time to settle the mind and build our focusing chops. There is great value in sitting with community, where we can support each other in our practice.
Every Saturday morning (starting Oct 29th) from 11:00am to 12:15pm there will be an all levels drop-in class which includes at least 20 minutes of meditation as well as asana. This is a great way to funnel the energy of your asana practice into the exploration of the mind. All levels of experience are welcome.
Intro to Meditation
We launched a new two-hour workshop that provides an introduction to meditation for those new to it. Participants get some theory as well as an opportunity to “sit”. It is an easy way to introduce meditation into your practice and life.
Meditation 101 class
Pat and Michael lead Meditation 101. This progressive four-week program is a way to cultivate a regular meditation practice. It is accessible by all, beginner to seasoned practitioner. Participants meet weekly and receive guided meditations throughout the week via email.
Meditation 201 class
Pat leads Meditation 201. This progressive four-week program is a way to deepen a regular meditation practice. Designed for the seasoned practitioner with a focus on the four foundations (body, feelings, thoughts, and consciousness) in establishing mindfulness. Participants meet weekly and receive guided meditations throughout the week via email.
Virtual Meditation 101 e-Course
For those unable to attend Pat’s class live, it is offered as a 21-day e-course. Delivered to your inbox daily, you receive guided meditations and information to support and enhance your meditation practice. This is for both beginners and seasoned practitioners.
Lectures, Guest Speakers, and Retreats
In 2016 we will be hosting meditation teachers, lectures and 1/2 day to full day meditation retreats at the centre.