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Meditation brings peace of mind and relaxation, but the daily practice helps us achieve a state of awareness in our everyday life that will lead us towards greater wisdom, compassion, and happiness. However, we all struggle to find the right time and place to sit down an let go for a few minutes. We are here to provide a supportive community and a calm space to help you with your practice. We meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00pm.

Our practice is based on Zen technique, with some elements of mindfulness. This event is open to all. If you never meditated, please make sure you don't miss the the guided part, when we will help you find the right posture and breathing rhythm, and provide tips to control your thoughts and restlessness. We'll then do some gentle stretching exercises to relax the core muscles.

Then, using images, stories, and myth from different cultures, we explore our mind as we meditate in silence for 10-15 min. At the end, we usually try meditating through recitation or chanting using simple mantras or phrases.

In addition, we organize introductory classes for those who have no experience with meditation.

All levels are welcome. You can either sit on a chair or on a meditation cushion. You can bring a change of clothes to make your practice more comfortable. The space will be open until 8:00 for those who arrive late or wish to continue meditating on their own, or would like to share healthy snacks and beverages as we talk about our experience.

There is no cost for our events but donations are always welcome. CRA tax receipts can be issued for regular visitors.

The venue is called “Centre Place” and is located at 320 Richmond St. E - Suite 101, Toronto, ON, M5A 1P9. This is a commercial unit of "The Modern" condominium, at the NE corner of Sherbourne and Richmond. Our unit has its own entrance on Richmond, right next to McFarrens Ln. Above the main entrance there's a blue sign that says "Centre Place". (For directions lookup "1 McFarrens Ln." on your phone)

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Mindful Monday

Centre Place

Every Monday we get together for 45 minutes of guided mindfulness meditation with exercises for regulating breath, posture, and stream of thoughts. After a 15 minute break we dedicate one hour to interpersonal meditation, this consists of small group listening exercises for developing empathy and compassion, details below. You can join either session or both. Arriving late or leaving early? Not a problem! Here's the schedule: 5:30 - Venue opens, arrive when you can, have some tea, meditate. 6:00 - Guided mindfulness starts 6:45 - Break with complimentary snacks and beverages 7:00 - Interpersonal meditation (description below) 8:00 - Informal group sharing, more snacks and beverages Our approach brings together the modern, secular mindfulness techniques and research, as well as the perspectives of the ancient contemplative traditions from East and West. Cost There is no cost for this event but donations (minimum $10 suggested) are greatly appreciated. This allows us to offer this program to everyone regardless of their current financial situation. About Interpersonal Meditation Interpersonal Meditation (a.k.a. Deep Listening, Active Listening, True Listening, Sacred listening) is a mindfulness exercise where one person speaks briefly on topic or question, while the other(s) fully listen, focusing the attention on the words, silence, body language, emotional state of the speaker. The key is letting go of thinking about what to say in response. A moderator keeps the tempo so that everyone has a chance to speak and listen. It is a mindfulness practice because the listener must be present, having an attitude of openness, acceptance, non-judgement, and loving-kindness, just like when we do silent meditation on our own. This practice is based on the wisdom, techniques, and principles of mindfulness meditation bringing the focal point towards other people. The goal is to cultivate awareness of one another, empathy, compassion and ultimately, connect with other human beings leaving prejudice and bias aside. For those already familiar with mindfulness, the added component will be the inter-personal connection: empathy and compassion take centre place. When you mindfully listen, when you are truly listening without reacting or thinking about what to say in response, your mirror neurons get activated. These are pathways of neurons that light up in the brain of the listener mirroring the brain of the speaker. This allows the listener to experience in their own body the emotion that the listener is having. In turn, the speaker feels heard, understood, and felt which makes them feel safe and at ease. As your mirror neurons allow you to feel in your own body the emotions the other is communicating, it can be taxing on the listener, who may experience empathy exhaustion. This is why it’s important to turn the empathy into compassion. From the perspective of neuroscience, empathy and compassion activate different parts of our brain, and the main difference from the practical viewpoint is that with compassion you have an intention or willingness to help the person. In other words, compassion is empathy plus your feeling that you are helping or that you want to help. In order to switch from the circuitry of empathy to the one of compassion, the listener must feel that they are helping. Simply by feeling that you are helping the person who talks you can avoid that empathy exhaustion that many people report. On the other hand, empathizing can teach us a lesson on how we can be with our own emotions without identifying with, and drowning in them. Important to know Strong perfumes can make some people sick, and strong body odours can be very unpleasant and distracting. Let's be considerate and make this a scent-neutral space.

Online Mindfulness Meditation

Online event

Let us take care of ourselves and those around us with 30 minutes of guided mindfulness meditation with exercises for regulating breath, posture, and stream of thoughts. Our approach brings together the modern, secular mindfulness techniques and research, as well as the perspectives of the ancient contemplative traditions from East and West. We are taking care of our physical health by washing our hands and keeping social distance, but what are we doing to take care of our mental health. The constant simmering fear and anxiety due to the coronavirus COVID-19 might lead some of us into a downward spiral of an anxiety disorder and even depression. These sessions are open to everyone: we welcome all religious and ethnic backgrounds, and gender identities and expressions. We respect all spiritual types and sensibilities, from those who simply want to achieve deep relaxation, manage stress, anxiety, and depression, to those who walk the path of spiritual growth. You decide what the meaning of your meditation is. All levels are welcome. This is a judgment-free, non-competitive environment. Cost There is no cost for this event but donations are greatly appreciated. This allows us to offer this program to everyone regardless of their current financial situation.

Mindful Monday

Centre Place

Every Monday we get together for 45 minutes of guided mindfulness meditation with exercises for regulating breath, posture, and stream of thoughts. After a 15 minute break we dedicate one hour to interpersonal meditation, this consists of small group listening exercises for developing empathy and compassion, details below. You can join either session or both. Arriving late or leaving early? Not a problem! Here's the schedule: 5:30 - Venue opens, arrive when you can, have some tea, meditate. 6:00 - Guided mindfulness starts 6:45 - Break with complimentary snacks and beverages 7:00 - Interpersonal meditation (description below) 8:00 - Informal group sharing, more snacks and beverages Our approach brings together the modern, secular mindfulness techniques and research, as well as the perspectives of the ancient contemplative traditions from East and West. Cost There is no cost for this event but donations (minimum $10 suggested) are greatly appreciated. This allows us to offer this program to everyone regardless of their current financial situation. About Interpersonal Meditation Interpersonal Meditation (a.k.a. Deep Listening, Active Listening, True Listening, Sacred listening) is a mindfulness exercise where one person speaks briefly on topic or question, while the other(s) fully listen, focusing the attention on the words, silence, body language, emotional state of the speaker. The key is letting go of thinking about what to say in response. A moderator keeps the tempo so that everyone has a chance to speak and listen. It is a mindfulness practice because the listener must be present, having an attitude of openness, acceptance, non-judgement, and loving-kindness, just like when we do silent meditation on our own. This practice is based on the wisdom, techniques, and principles of mindfulness meditation bringing the focal point towards other people. The goal is to cultivate awareness of one another, empathy, compassion and ultimately, connect with other human beings leaving prejudice and bias aside. For those already familiar with mindfulness, the added component will be the inter-personal connection: empathy and compassion take centre place. When you mindfully listen, when you are truly listening without reacting or thinking about what to say in response, your mirror neurons get activated. These are pathways of neurons that light up in the brain of the listener mirroring the brain of the speaker. This allows the listener to experience in their own body the emotion that the listener is having. In turn, the speaker feels heard, understood, and felt which makes them feel safe and at ease. As your mirror neurons allow you to feel in your own body the emotions the other is communicating, it can be taxing on the listener, who may experience empathy exhaustion. This is why it’s important to turn the empathy into compassion. From the perspective of neuroscience, empathy and compassion activate different parts of our brain, and the main difference from the practical viewpoint is that with compassion you have an intention or willingness to help the person. In other words, compassion is empathy plus your feeling that you are helping or that you want to help. In order to switch from the circuitry of empathy to the one of compassion, the listener must feel that they are helping. Simply by feeling that you are helping the person who talks you can avoid that empathy exhaustion that many people report. On the other hand, empathizing can teach us a lesson on how we can be with our own emotions without identifying with, and drowning in them. Important to know Strong perfumes can make some people sick, and strong body odours can be very unpleasant and distracting. Let's be considerate and make this a scent-neutral space.

Online Mindfulness Meditation

Online event

Let us take care of ourselves and those around us with 30 minutes of guided mindfulness meditation with exercises for regulating breath, posture, and stream of thoughts. Our approach brings together the modern, secular mindfulness techniques and research, as well as the perspectives of the ancient contemplative traditions from East and West. We are taking care of our physical health by washing our hands and keeping social distance, but what are we doing to take care of our mental health. The constant simmering fear and anxiety due to the coronavirus COVID-19 might lead some of us into a downward spiral of an anxiety disorder and even depression. These sessions are open to everyone: we welcome all religious and ethnic backgrounds, and gender identities and expressions. We respect all spiritual types and sensibilities, from those who simply want to achieve deep relaxation, manage stress, anxiety, and depression, to those who walk the path of spiritual growth. You decide what the meaning of your meditation is. All levels are welcome. This is a judgment-free, non-competitive environment. Cost There is no cost for this event but donations are greatly appreciated. This allows us to offer this program to everyone regardless of their current financial situation.

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