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Compassion Meditation

Compassion Meditation

Meditation and Mindfulness
For someone to develop genuine compassion towards others, first he or she must have a basis upon which to cultivate compassion, and that basis is the ability to connect to one’s own feelings and to care for one’s own welfare... Caring for others requires caring for oneself. - Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama Three Minute Compassion Space by Susan Pollack  (Inspired by Zindel Segal and Chris Germer) Start by sitting comfortably, adopting a dignified posture. If it is comfortable, close your eyes. Noticing with Compassionate Awareness Ask yourself, what are you experiencing right now? Take a moment to notice the thoughts that are going through your mind. Greet them with kindness. What feelings are present? Turn toward any emotional discomfort, responding with compassionate attention. What body sensations do you…
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Healing Circle

Healing Circle

Connect To The Heart, Sacred Grief Notes
Grief is... many things. It can be overwhelming, liberating, heartbreaking, a catalyst for change, and debilitating. Grief doesn't always feel how we think it is going to feel. We focus on Death. The grim reaper. The sullen character of graphic novels. But the true one to watch for is Death’s demanding sibling Grief. She demands your attention, your full attention. If you try to distract yourself or busy yourself with the comings and goings of life, she may offer you patience for a time, but sooner or later she will stop you in your tracks. You will have to pay her dues. Full emotional onslaught. For those that have not experienced the full range of human emotion, they have not yet met Grief. For she will show you the true bounty that we are capable…
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The Power of Breath

The Power of Breath

Connect To The Heart
Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor. ~Thích Nhất Hạnh   There were tubes coming out of his chest. He was in pain. Intense pain. They had removed a lobe of his lung. Cancer. They got it all. Or so they thought. Recovery took some time. The apparatus (spirometer) to build up lung capacity was given to him. Breath deeply. Hold. Exhale. I worked with him several times a day breathing with the apparatus chuckling to myself: how many years did I suggest he do yoga and pranayam for his lungs? He would just roll his eyes when I made the suggestion. And yet here he was listening to me now as we did deep breathing exercises. It helped. Colour came back to…
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Research Project

Research Project

Connect To The Heart, Meditation and Mindfulness, Sacred Grief Notes
A study to measure the effectiveness of mindfulness as a coping tool for the grieving. Overview Grief affects us all. It is complex and can be debilitating to those who are going through the process. Moreover, grief can be cumulative. When we don't process the grief associated with one loss can be added to the grief of another loss and so on. Creating space for the allowance of people's grief is important in a therapeutic environment. Our grief needs to be witnessed, validated, and then we may be able to move through the experience of feeling into it. Normalizing grief and the wide range of individual responses (and non-adherence to the stages and timelines that have been suggested as normal) is so important for us individually and collectively as a…
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Sacred Women’s Circles

Sacred Women’s Circles

Awe-Inspiring Women, Energy - Sound, Touch and Smells, Natural Rhythms (Life, Death and Rebirth)
Sacred Women's Circle Every month Glenda & Sydney will gather (near the new moon) with other lovely souls to learn, share, and support each other in community. Community is where we heal as women. It is part of who we are. In our circle, we will honour the time of the year, our own needs, and things we can learn together. Sound Healing. Yoga/Dance. Meditation. Grief/Loss Support. Learnings. Accountability. Community. Honouring the Sacred Feminine. Our 2017 dates:  Sept. 22nd (Fall Equinox) - theme is balance Oct. 13th - theme is abundance Nov. 10th - theme is shadow Dec. 15th (Winter Solstice) - theme is death Time: 7:00 to 8:30pm Location:  Institute of Traditional Medicine, located on 2nd floor at 553 Queen Street West. Please note that ITM is a scent-free and…
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