An Afternoon Mindfulness Workshop for Beginners & Experienced Meditators
July 28 in the Village of Pointe-Claire, Montreal
This mindfulness workshop will focus on the life-enhancing skill of self-compassion.
Your first priority in an airline emergency is to don your own oxygen mask before you try to help others. It makes complete sense, and yet it feels wrong. How can you care for yourself when others are in need? The logic is clear but it gets drowned out by self-doubt, guilt, low self-worth or anxiety about what others might think.
Compassion means ‘feeling with others.’ It arises when you feel in yourself what others are going through, so the more insight you gain into your own difficulties, the more you’ll have to give.
In this extended afternoon workshop you’ll find new perspectives from which to think about yourself and others. You’ll also learn how to:
—forgive yourself even if you’ve done nothing wrong;
—be mindful even when you’re busy;
—motivate yourself even when you don’t feel like it;
—accept yourself even when you feel insignificant;
—be unembarassed even when you screw up;
—be natural even when you feel out of place;
—take chances even when you’re terrified.
The power of mindfulness lies in the fact that you learn from direct experience. You don’t have to believe in anybody or anything—not even scientific research. Instead, you research yourself from the inside. Only you can know what you experience in any given situation, and only you can change it.
Benefits of mindfulness: Davis & Hayes, APA journal Psychotherapy (Vol 43, No. 7; Jul/Aug 2012)
In other words, give to yourself. You might think that would come naturally, and perhaps it did to our ancestors, but under today’s social pressures it takes practice to make your self-compassion skillful, and not just self-indulgence.
Imagine being able to sit quietly for a few minutes at a time, getting to know yourself in this very real way. It frees you from old thought-patterns, gives you brand new perspectives and avoids the dead-ends of negative thinking and positive thinking.
Yes, positive thinking has its limitations. Self-affirmation exercises won’t help if they’re not realistic. Mindfulness depends on genuine curiosity and openness, even when things don’t go the way you want.
Befriend yourself, and you will grow strong in integrity, passion, ethics and kindness.
Register with the form on this page, or call Caroline at 450-853-0616 for more information.==========
Cost: $35.00 per person
SATURDAY JULY 28
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Church of St-John the Baptist
233, avenue Sainte-Claire
Pointe-Claire, QC H9S 4E3
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Commitment is part of the process. You are required to sign up in advance.
How Workshops Work
We explore a series of related topics. Each session includes:
—three or four five-minute periods of guided meditation;
—at least one half-hour of question & answer.
You sit on mats with cushions or on upright chairs, as you prefer; we want you to be comfortable. Chairs are provided; bring your own mat, blanket or cushion to sit on the floor. We work with experience, not theory. Concentration and reflection are natural features of your mind, to be strengthened by practice and commitment. We do not practice chanting or bowing; you’re asked only to believe in yourself. Exercises include basic breath awareness, concentration exercises, body scans and the occasional visualization.
PaymentFill out the form on the right (below if you’re on a mobile device) and we’ll confirm your place by email. Please mail your cheque well in advance to:
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cheques payable to
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A NOTE ABOUT PAYMENT Our fees are reasonable, and we are open to appeals from anyone in difficult circumstances. As long as we have space, no one is turned away. Thanks for your understanding. We look forward to sitting with you soon. —Stephen & Caroline