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.
Please join Brenda, Gordon, Jim, and Sharon as we continue reading Sharon Salzberg's Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness. Tonight, we'll discuss the "far enemies" of metta–anger and aversion–and ways to overcome them to deepen our capacity for love. Everyone is welcome–no need to have the book!
Anger seems like a solid thing. But, in fact, we discover, if we observe carefully, that anger has no solidity.
— Sharon Salzberg
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Join Bob after meditation this week to continue reading and discussing Pema Chodron's book, Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change. No need to be familiar with the book.
The most difficult times for many of us are the ones we give ourselves.
– Pema Chodron
Anytime we can get closer to life, is a gift. Tune in this week to continue reading Mark Nepo's Seven Thousand Ways To Listen with Lauren, Adam, Jessica, and Sandi. There's no need to be familiar with the book.
I'm coming to see that keeping what is true before us reminds us that there is never a better time than now.
– Mark Nepo
IN–PERSON – OWEN SOUND
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What does it mean to be generous? What keeps us from being more generous, more often? Can we be too generous? Join Ken Dow this week for meditation and a discussion about generosity.
Why can't we be as generous as trees?
— Norman Fischer
We all feel defensive at times, even if it's not the most skillful reaction. Join Debbie on Friday, after meditation, to explore this reactivity together and see how we can move into curiosity instead.
Defensiveness is a form of self-protection that prevents us from learning, growing, and connecting with others.
Join Debbie on Sunday to read and discuss compassionate and heart-centered approaches to accepting our most difficult feelings, from the book The Unbelievable Happiness of What Is by Jon Bernie. No need to be familiar with the book.
If you're constantly telling yourself a story about what's happening, you're not really experiencing what's happening.
— Unknown, from the book Right Here With You
In her book Radical Acceptance, author Tara Brach writes:
While often uncomfortable, desire is not bad–it is natural. The pull of desire is part of our survival equipment. It keeps us eating, having sex, going to work, doing what we do to thrive. Desire also motivates us to read books, listen to talks and explore spiritual practices that help us realize and inhabit loving awareness. The same life energy that leads to suffering also provides the fuel for profound awakening. Desire becomes a problem only when it takes over our sense of who we are.
What have you been desiring lately? How are you relating to that desire?
Ken & the Community Meditation Team
We started this meditation network to help you bring more clarity, balance, caring and joy to your life and your community.
When we resist change, it's called suffering.
― Pema Chodron