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, Nov 27 – Not Judging Any of It

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Please join Brenda, Gordon, Sharon, and Jim on Monday for 20 minutes of meditation followed by our continuing reading and discussion of Sharon Salzberg's book Loving-kindness. This week we'll continue our discussion of Chapter 7, "Developing the Compassionate Heart".  All are welcome; no need to have the book.

What would happen if we looked at ourselves and all of the different things that we see and did not judge any of it?
— Sharon Salzberg

Tuesday, Nov 28 – Uncertainty and Change

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Join Bob for silent meditation, followed by a continuing journey through Pema Chodron's book, Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change. Everyone is welcome and there's no need to be familiar with the book.

Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.
– John Allen Paulos

Wednesday, Nov 29 – Seven Thousand Ways to Listen

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Join Jessica, Sandi, Lauren, and Adam on Wednesday for meditation, followed by an ongoing dive into Mark Nepo's book, Seven Thousand Ways to Listen. No need to be familiar with the book.

Everything in life opens and closes, sheds and renews.
― Mark Nepo

Thursday, Nov 30 – The Five Hindrances  

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IN–PERSON – OWEN SOUND

Join Ken Dow this week for sitting and walking meditation followed by a continuing dive into how the Five Hindrances (desire, aversion, laziness, agitation, and doubt) can trip us up. How can we work with these natural human tendencies both on and off the meditation cushion?

The ability to see things the way they are, not to expect constant gratification but to understand that all things are limited, is what allows for personal growth.
– Mark Epstein

Friday, Dec 1 – Why Do We Think So Much?

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After meditation, join Debbie on Friday to look at thinking. Why are we so inclined to think all the time? Can we shift away from incessant thinking to thinking only when it's truly needed?

Nothing in life is as important as you think it is, while you are thinking about it.
― Daniel Kahneman

Sunday, Dec 3 – Right Here With You

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Join Debbie on Sunday morning for meditation followed by reading and discussion of "Right Here With You", a collection of articles on bringing mindful awareness into our relationships.

Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.
– Harold S. Kushner

Unbusy

You're reading this now because on Sunday morning, I was writing it, and I was writing it because I have it scheduled for Sunday mornings so it can be sent on Monday (gripping narrative so far, innit?). Now, I truly enjoy writing and I'm grateful to contribute to our wonderful community, but, there's a twist: no idle Sunday mornings for Ken. And idleness, dear reader, is essential to a healthy, happy, and fertile brain. The kind that could, say, write something useful 🤔

Chronic busyness is bad for your brain...[it] destroys creativity, self-knowledge, emotional well-being, [and] your ability to be social.
– Andrew Smart, Autopilot: The Art & Science of Doing Nothing

In Autopilot: The Art & Science of Doing Nothing, scientist and engineer Andrew Smart takes a hard look at our society's obsession with busyness and productivity, and how they're affecting our minds. There's a feature of the brain, known as the "resting-state network", that comes alive only when we're idle and it's critical to creative thinking. From Isaac Newton to Rainer Maria Rilke and Ada Lovelace to Hedy Larmarr, idleness was no doubt central to their fresh, inventive thought.

Newton...could sit in his garden and do nothing because it would never have occurred to Newton that sitting in his garden contemplating was the same thing as wasting time.

I invite you to follow Newton's example this week. Sit in a different chair and take in a different view. Let your mind relax and wander about. Notice, wonder, marvel, ponder–make space for your resting-state network to get its game on, and see where that leads. Odds are it will surprise you. 

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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

Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.
― Gilda Radner