This blog is devised primarily for those individuals living in the Bancroft, Ontario area who wish to learn about and practice meditation. We meet at different times of the year for periods of several weeks to talk about meditation and to meditate together. Check the blog for the next session. The last session concluded on October 18, 2012. We expect to start up again in May, 2013.
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Updated March 29, 2013
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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Tuesday, February 7, 2012
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Thanks alan. I would be curious to see the impact of meditation on the group... individually if folks are comfortable to comment.ReplyDelete
For my part, after tuesday's meditation i felt well + balanced+energized. This interested me for my mind was all over the map as it were during the half hour.
It has been my observation that when I meditate well( if I can put it that way) that is to say with good intent, that affect is not always what I might have anticipated.
Has anyone else experienced this as well?
Yes, usually after a session I have a sense of how attentive I was. Quite often I can attribute reduced attentiveness to fatigue or too comfortable conditions. I generally do better if I avoid the soft armchair (tempting as it is). Sometimes too it can be easy to "go through the motions" when the mind is preoccupied. I wouldn't suggest that I have failed after such a session, since it is all part of the process of developing a meditation practice. The important thing is to keep at it.Delete
I would like to share my experience with the first session. I have been trying to meditate for aabout 20 years with no luck. I would always get distracted by the kids/dogs, run out of "my time" because there were things to be done etc... The session with Alan was great. I actually could focus and bring my mind back. It was amazing. My skin was tingling like I had just went for a brisk walk in the cold. I felt I had come along way in just that 30 minuets.Delete
Have a great weekend and see you on Tuesday.
Namaste... First, If I may, I'd like to thank the group for this venue and permitting me to attend... I come by way of invitation from my friend, Tom, and I hope to attend on a regular basis.ReplyDelete
So next I ask...was it a fortunate coincidence? or perhaps, serendipity? ...or, had we all agreed in some past life to meet on Tuesdays and ponder our existence, through our collective experience in meditation? ( I would surmise that the answers would be as varied as those in attendance )
I say this, of course, with tongue firmly in cheek, although my "beliefs" do hold to the notion that none of this is "by chance". I won't take up much more of your time with this "blah, blah, blah" of mine, save to say that my meditation practice of the last 15 years has followed the Vedic tradition of my spiritual teacher - Dr. Baskaran Pillai (aka Dattatriya Siva Baba)(http://www.pillaicenter.com http://www.astroved.com)
Thanks to Dr. McAllister for facilitating this group and publishing this blog. Time permitting, and provided I have something worthwhile to say that may be of benefit to the group as a whole, I would like to contribute to this blog.
Looking forward to the next session.
Peace, Shanti, Om
~ Agastya ~ (Christopher McCargar)
see you in September! :)ReplyDelete