Welcome to Community Meditation

Community Meditation is non-profit network of meditation groups. We bring mindfulness and wellness into people’s lives through courses, meditation sittings and group discussions, both in-person and online. By sharing the benefits of meditation and mindfulness, we support the evolution of a wise, caring, and healthy world.

Our network has existed for over a decade and although our roots are Buddhist, we draw on many wisdom traditions as well as contemporary wellness, psychology, and neuroscience. Community Meditation is completely volunteer-based and guided by a council of experienced teachers.

Community Meditation is a Canada Revenue Agency Registered Charity No. 73107 5719 RR0001.

What We're Up To

All online sessions include a 20-minute silent meditation. New to meditation? Instruction is available.
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Monday, July 15 – Body and Mind

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Please join Brenda, Gordon, Jim, and Sharon for 20 minutes of silent meditation followed by Bhante Gunaratana's advice on what to do with your body and your mind as you engage in meditation practice. All are welcome as we continue reading and discussing his book Mindfulness in Plain English. You don't have to have a copy of the book or be familiar with it.

The difference between being aware of the thought and thinking the thought is very real.  But it is extremely subtle and difficult to see. Concentration is one of the tools needed to be able to see the difference.
— Bhante Gunaratana

Tuesday, July 16 – The Wise Heart

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Tune in with Ryan and Gloria for meditation, followed by our ongoing consideration of Jack Kornfield's book, The Wise Heart. This week, The Liberating Power of Mindfulness is our focus. In this chapter, we're reminded that regularly sitting can help us develop and refine our attention to our breath, body, thoughts, and feelings. We also explore the centrality of the body, and our disconnection from embodied experience. There's no need to be familiar with the book.

Mindfulness does not reject experience, it lets experience be the teacher.
– Jack Kornfield

Wednesday, July 17 – Ways to Listen

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Join Sandi, Lauren, Adam, and Jessica as we continue to explore Mark Nepo's book, Seven Thousand Ways to Listen. Everyone is welcome and there's no need to be familiar with the book.

Meditation and contemplative practice are not just about stress reduction, but more about an invitation into a softer, calmer, clearer, more durable engagement with being alive.
― Mark Nepo

Thursday, July 18 – Distracted & Overindulging

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IN-PERSON – OWEN SOUND

A new study finds that when people multitask, they enjoy pleasant activities less and tend to overindulge afterward to compensate. Join Ken to explore this phenomenon and how mindful consumption can help.

...researchers found that the more distracted people were during lunch, the less satisfied they were and the less they enjoyed their meal.
― Jill Suttie

Friday, July 19 – The Paramitas

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Join Debbie on Friday to continue exploring the traditional teachings known as The Ten Paramitas, which are qualities such as generosity, patience, and wisdom, that help us lead a more compassionate and peaceful life.

Patience is the foundation of all virtues. Know that the weak can never do great deeds.
― Gautama Buddha

Sunday, July 21 – Unbelievable Happiness

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Join Debbie on Sunday to continue reading and discussing Jon Bernie's book, The Unbelievable Happiness of What Is. There's no need to be familiar with the book.

Question what you think is enlightenment.
― Jon Bernie

Wandering

It's no secret we're huge proponents of meditation and mindfulness–and for good reason. So you might be surprised at what I'm about to say: mind-wandering can be good for you. Yes, you read that correctly. According to a Psychology Today article by Peter Gray, letting your mind roam is the right move when you're faced with a certain type of problem.

...problems that cannot be solved through one’s routine, ingrained, well-trained ways of thinking. They are sometimes called “insight problems,” because when you finally do solve them the solution seems to jump out from nowhere, and you experience the classic “aha” phenomenon. Suddenly you see what you didn’t see before. It seems magical. From where did that solution come?

It appears our subconscious plays a role in this by finding connections between aspects of the problem and the deep stores of memory that are unavailable to logical thought. Taking a break from focused mental work, say by going for a walk, can also lead to insights and novel ideas unrelated to what you were doing.

...these ideas were especially likely to be experienced as “aha” moments and to contain solutions to problems for which they had previously been at an impasse—that is, at a point where the problem had begun to seem unsolvable.
– Peter Gray

So the next time you're stymied by a problem, change it up and let your mind run free. Your subconscious just might serve up the perfect solution.

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Ken & the Community Meditation Team

Our Aspiration

We started this meditation network to help you bring more clarity, balance, caring and joy to your life and your community.

What We Offer

  • Free meditation instruction and one-on-one follow-up sessions
  • Regular online sittings
  • Online wellness courses on Joyfulness, Mindful Leadership, Buddhism, Mindfuless & Anxiety, Compassion, and more

Quotable

The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering, the more you suffer.
― Thomas Merton