This blog chronicles the activities of a meditation group in Bancroft, Ontario and provides instruction in insight meditation. Meditation concepts are explained in terms of Western psychology and in terms of the Buddhist concepts from which this style of meditation derives. Dr. Alan McAllister, a psychologist practicing in Bancroft, is the author of the blog and the facilitator of the group which meets periodically for 8-10 sessions twice a year.
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The beginner’s mind is an open mind, unbiased and alive to discoveries. It is not to be outgrown in time but cultivated moment-to- moment. In this workshop, discussions and exercises will guide you from an open mind that reacts and wanders, to a focused mind that sustains and monitors attention, and then to an open mind that is at peace with whatever appears before it. Everyone is welcome. Whether you are new to meditation or an experienced practitioner, you will benefit from cultivating a beginner’s mind. Dr. Alan McAllister, Psychologist, will facilitate the workshop.
Monday, May 29th from 9am to 1pm at St. George's Anglican Church, 111 rue Broadway Est, Gatineau, QC.
Bring a bagged lunch. Admission free, donations to the church accepted. Register by phone or email, 819-893-2917, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A meditation group open to all meets at 6:15 PM on Tuesdays in the foyer of the United Church, 1 Hastings Street South, in Bancroft . We begin with introductions all around and then have a short reading by a volunteer who is free to chose the reading from a variety of meditation traditions. We then meditate together in silence for 30 minutes. Afterwards, there is time for discussion and demonstrations of meditation techniques.
Establishing mindfulness Mindfulness has become associated with all things positive for our health and well-being. In this one-day workshop, led by Dr. Alan McAllister, we will explore the concept of mindfulness and the practices used for its cultivation.Through meditation exercises guided by step-by-step instructions, slide show presentations and discussion, you will learn how to focus your attention, to open up to what is occurring in your present experience and to apply mindfulness insights to everyday activities. The workshop is suitable for beginners and for those wishing to renew their meditation practice.
This workshop is free and will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the offices of the Bancroft Family Health Team, 19 Oak Street, Bancroft, Ontario. Participants should bring their lunch and a light snack. For further information call 613-334-0109.
Whether you are new to meditation or an experienced practitioner, integrating meditation into daily life can be a challenge. This workshop led by Dr. Alan McAllister will focus not just on how to meditate but on how to establish a practice that is integral to your life. As a foundation for this practice, a five factor model of meditation (the P.E.A.C.E model) will be developed and explored.
The workshop is sponsored by the Bancroft Family Health Team and is open to residents of North Hastings without charge. The workshop will be held at 19 Oak Street each Tuesday evening 5:00 to 6:30, starting April 26th and running for eight weeks until June 14th.
I have setup a Facebook page for those in the area who are interested in connecting with others who meditate or would like to. Just send me an email or a message on Facebook if you want to join. My email is email@example.com.