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.
Flowing movement that benefits both mind and body
What is Qigong?
Qigong can be thought of as the Grandmother of Tai Chi - and it’s simpler to learn. Qigong is an ancient Chinese healing art composed of flowing movements that benefit both your mind and your body. You don't need special equipment and no special clothing is required. All you need is a willingness to learn and clothing that you find comfortable and easy to move in.
There are several things about Qigong that I love and think you might too.
Here are five favourites:
1 - You can be proactive about your health, taking what you learn each week and practicing in the comfort of your own home.
2 - Qigong is good for you both physically and mentally, working different areas of the body and helping to relieve stress and the emotional overloads of every day life.
3 - You don't need to carve a lot of time out of your day to create a daily practice - 15 minutes will do it.
4 - Anyone can do it - you don't need to have athletic ability.
5 - You are doing something that is excellent for balancing your mind, body and spirit - and It feels really good when you do it!
If you want to see it in action - have a peek at this short video by my teacher Sifu Anthony Korahais. In 97 seconds It does an excellent job of summing up some of the benefits that you may experience.
MEDITATION & MINDFULNESS CLASSES FOR EVERYONE
FLOWING ZEN QIGONG - MAY & JUNE CLASS SESSION
These classes are for those who have previously taken my Qigong classes or who have taken the Beginners Qigong Workshop. If you know you won’t be able to attend the entire session, you are welcome to come on a drop-in basis. Please register for a specific class. However, if there are occasions when you cannot make your regular class time, if space permits you will be welcome to attend the alternate class.
If you have taken qigong classes previously and would like to join this class, please get in touch with me using the registration button below. The teaching or style may be a little different than what you are accustomed to and I want to make sure that you will be happy with the class.
Location: Classes will be held in the beautiful community room at the new Zen Den location at 49 King St. E. in Bobcaygeon. (the old school house beside the LCBO)
Evening Classes: 7:00-8:00PM. 8 Week Session: Wednesday May 8, 15, 22, 29, Tuesday June 4 (7:30-8:30), Wednesday Jun 12, 19, 26.
Saturday Morning: 9:00-10:00AM. 7 Week Session: May 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22. We can discuss making this an 8 week session in the class as an 8th week would be Canada Day Weekend. I’m up for it if you are!! 7 Week Session Fee: $110; 8 Week Session Fee: $125; payable by cash, cheque or e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org before or at the first class.
Drop-In Fee: $20/class. Please let me know via phone or e-mail that you will be attending.
MONTHLY SERENITY MEDITATION CIRCLE
This is your time to destressify! 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.
Depending on the group we will begin with a short teaching on the theme for the evening, followed by meditation. This is meant to be a class where you can simply come to meditate as part of a group and leave when the meditation is finished or stay for a cup of tea and further discussion.
The circle is held in my home meditation room. The space has a wonderful energy where everyone feels comfortable and at home.
Next Meditation Circle: May 10. Second Friday of the month at 7pm.
Upcoming Circle Dates: June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8, December 13.
The address will be given after you register to attend the circle.
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.