We meet every Tuesday for meditation and conversation at the Active Lifestyles Centre Grey-Bruce (McQuay Tannery). Doors open at 7 PM. Tea and snacks are served. Free meditation instruction is available.
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After last week's lively exploration of difficult relationships, I was inspired to dive into the art of listening. What does it mean to listen deeply - to ourselves, to others, to the living world around us? Tomorrow, after sitting and walking meditation, we'll look into this with four levels of listening:
Otto Scharmer, author of Theory U: Learning from the Future as it Emerges, writes:
What happens at the beginning of any creative process? Nothing! Creativity requires that we create space and wait for something to emerge.
Looking forward to listening together tomorrow!
We're very pleased to begin a new offering here at Community Meditation: the featured teacher! Each month, we'll select someone whose teachings educate and inspire us. We'll draw from a wide range of insightful teachers and share their work with you, in the form of readings, videos, exercises or other explorations._
Sharon Salzberg was born in New York City in 1952. She first encountered Buddhism in 1969, in an Asian philosophy course at the State University of New York, Buffalo. Sharon traveled to India for independent study motivated by “an intuition that the methods of meditation would bring me some clarity and peace.” She returned to America in 1974 and began teaching vipassana (insight) meditation. In 1976, she established, together with Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield, the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts, which now ranks as one of the most prominent and active meditation centers in the Western world. Today she teaches a variety of offerings around the globe. She served as a panelist with the Dalai Lama and leading scientists at the 2005 Mind and Life Investigating the Mind Conference in Washington, DC.
She also coordinated the meditation faculty for the 2005 Mind and Life Summer Institute, an intensive five-day meeting to advance research on the intersection of meditation and the cognitive and behavioral sciences. At the 2005 Sacred Circles Conference at the Washington National Cathedral, Sharon served as a keynote speaker. She was selected to attend the Gethsemani encounter, a dialogue on spiritual life between Buddhist and Christian leaders that included His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She is the author of ten books including Lovingkindness, the NY Times best seller Real Happiness, and her 2017 work, Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection. She is a monthly columnist for On Being, a regular contributor the Huffington Post, and was a contributing editor of Oprah’s O Magazine for several years. She has appeared in Time Magazine, Yoga Journal, msnbc.com, Tricycle, Real Simple, Body & Soul, Mirabella, Good Housekeeping, Self, Buddhadharma, More and Shambhala Sun, as well as on a variety of radio programs.
Visit Sharon's Web site to learn more.
Active Lifestyles Centre Grey Bruce (McQuay Tannery)
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