Upcoming Spring Retreat

“To know yourself as the Being underneath the thinker, the stillness underneath the mental noise, the love and joy underneath the pain, is freedom, salvation, enlightenment.” ~ Eckhart Tolle  Entering the Stillness A Spring Mini-Retreat w/Cedric Cobb Saturday, May 26, 2018, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm at La Maison Trestler, 85 Chemin de la Commune, Vaudreuil-Dorion,…

A Simple Breath Meditation

Throughout the day—when you feel worried or stressed—try returning to your essential nature by practicing the simple exercise below. 1.  Sit comfortably on your chair or cushion with back straight and eyes open or closed. 2.  Relax and become aware of your breathing. 3.  Focus on the rise and fall of your belly or the…

Meditation Audios

Be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behavior. You are beneath the thinker. You are the stillness beneath the mental noise. You are the love and joy beneath the pain. —Eckhart Tolle If you practice meditation regularly, you will find yourself becoming calmer,  more centered, and more intune with your true nature. Here are two …

A Matter of Practice

During the time you are practicing mindfulness, you stop talking—not only the talking outside, but the talking inside.   The talking inside is the thinking, the mental discourse that goes on and on and on inside. Real silence is the cessation of talking—of both the mouth and of the mind.   This is not the…

Remembering

You are not a troubled guest on this earth, you are not an accident amidst other accidents.—David Whyte   What to Remember When Waking In that first hardly noticed moment in which you wake, coming back to this life from the other, more secret, movable and frighteningly honest world where everything began,

Inner Peace

We get what we cultivate in our lives. Like seeds, our thoughts take root in our experience.If we focus on failure, we fail.Even our unexpressed thoughts affect our work, our relationships, our daily lives… As we change our attitude, we change our world. ~ Diane Dreher, The Tao of Inner Peace   Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the…

Mindfulness Meditation

To meditate upon thoughts is simply to be aware, as thoughts arise, that the mind is thinking, without getting involved in the content. —Joseph Goldstein When you are practicing Zazen meditation do not try to stop your thinking. Let it stop by itself. If something comes into your mind, let it come in and let…

A Meditator’s Guidebook

Meditation has connected me to the deepest source of all that exists, and this has helped me feel more connected to myself and more intimate with everything and everyone that surrounds me. —Sarah McLean, The Power of Attention The past has flown away. The coming month and year do not exist. Ours only is the present’s…

Hokusai Says

Hokusai says look carefully. He says pay attention, notice He says keep looking, stay curious. He says there is no end to seeing He says look forward to getting old. He says keep changing, you just get more who you really are. He says get stuck, accept it, repeat yourself as long as it is…

To Be Free

Every moment of mindfulness, every moment of relaxed, alert presence … every moment in which the mind is not grasping at something it thinks it needs or trying to get away from something8 it thinks it doesn’t want is a moment of freedom. Sometimes it’s called “presence…” When we are present, we see what needs…

Take a Breath Break

Our true home is not in the past. Our true home is not in the future. Our true home is in the here and the now. Life is available only in the here and the now, and it is our true home. ~ Thich Nhat Hahn

Moving Water by Rumi

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. When actions come from another section, the feeling disappears. Don’t let others lead you. They may be blind or, worse, vultures. Reach for the rope of God. And what is that? Putting aside self-will. Because of willfulness people sit…