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, Feb 12 – Exploring Equanimity

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Please join Brenda, Gordon, Jim, and Sharon for silent meditation followed by our continuing discussion of Sharon Salzberg's Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness. This week we'll continue to explore equanimity. All are welcome, no need to have the book. 

To have the radiant calm and unswayed balance of mind that we call equanimity is to be like the earth. All kinds of things are cast upon the earth: beautiful and ugly things, frightful and lovable things, common and extraordinary things. The earth receives it all and quietly sustains its own integrity.
— Sharon Salzberg

Tuesday, Feb 13 – Living Beautifully

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After meditation, join Bob and Kaye-Lee to continue exploring Pema Chodron's book, Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change. Everyone is welcome, and there's no need to be familiar with the book.

We think that by protecting ourselves from suffering we are being kind to ourselves. The truth is, we only become more fearful, more hardened, and more alienated.
― Pema Chodron

Wednesday, Feb 14 – Ways to Listen

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Please join Sandi, Jessica, Lauren, and Adam while we continue exploring Mark Nepo's book, Seven Thousand Ways to Listen. There's no to have a copy of the book, or even to be familiar with it!

What we hear is the sum of life's vibrations which constantly arrive like waves, yet we tend to make a distinction between hearing a sound and feeling of vibration, When in reality they are the same thing.
― Mark Nepo

Thursday, Feb 15 – Being Present

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IN–PERSON – OWEN SOUND

This week, we welcome Debbie McCubbin to Owen Sound! Join Debbie on Thursday for meditation, followed by a discussion about being present and why it can be so challenging. 

To be sensual, I think, is to respect and rejoice in the force of life, of life itself, and to be present in all that one does, from the effort of loving to the breaking of bread.
– James Baldwin

Friday, Feb 16 – Spiritual Bravery

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Join Debbie McCubbin for meditation, followed by a reading and discussion of the article "What is Spiritual Bravery".

Two diverging roads rose up in front of me, and I had to choose which one to follow. There was the well-trod path of anxiety and dread that was future-oriented, focused on projected loss and unavoidable grief; or the less familiar path of embodied presence, which leaned into the present moment, not away from it.
― Myra Goodman

Sunday, Feb 18 – Right Here With You 

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Join Debbie McCubbin for silent meditation and a discussion from the book Right Here with You, about bringing mindfulness to our various relationships.

Our relationships can not only help us feel good, but they can also help us be good.
– Mindful.org

In the Habit 

Do you find it challenging to establish a consistent meditation practice? Here are some tips from a seemingly unlikely source–Arnold Schwarzenegger's newsletter!

Take your time
How long should we expect to spend establishing a habit, whether it's meditation, kindness, or exercise? You're probably familiar with the 21-day rule, but current research suggests anywhere from 18 days to almost nine months.

Keep it simple
The more complex a habit, the longer it takes. Keep it brief and straightforward to shorten the time it takes to lock in the habit. Start meditating for just a few minutes instead of half an hour, for example.

Be consistent
Consistency speeds up habit formation, and one of the best ways to get consistent with a new habit is to link it to something you already do. For example, if you have tea every morning, use that cue to meditate for a few minutes while the tea is steeping.

Band together
Being part of a positive, supportive community, in person or online, increases your chances of sticking to the plan and creating the habit. There's a reason we're called Community Meditation πŸ˜‰  

{oet and Zen practitioner Jane Hershfield wisely wrote:

Habit, laziness, and fear conspire to keep us comfortably within the familiar.

It's equally true, however, that positive new habits can propel us out of the same old and onto fresh ground. Today is a perfectly good day to begin.

Photo by Sunguk Kim on Unsplash

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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