Weekly programs

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MINDFULNESS IN EVERYDAY LIFE

We practice mindfulness for a purpose: it makes it possible to be more positive, less stressed, and more compassionate. It also makes it possible to look at our job with new eyes: a workplace is also a community.  So is our family. Positivity is contagious, but it takes mindfulness to be intentionally positive—positivity and compassion do not always come spontaneously when you are tired or facing difficult people!

These workshops will present simple practices and reminders for staying mindful and positive throughout the day. We will learn to practice with Koans, Gathas, Mantras, and practice themes.
6 Sundays starting on September 24 in Pointe Claire 7-8:30

Voluntary contribution (free for the Wednesday group)

MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS MANAGEMENT (MBSM)
8-week course starting on Wednesday, September 6 2017 from 7:30 to 9 pm.

You can explore Joseph Emet’s book on Stress Reduction and Mindfulness (Penguin/Random House). under the BOOKS tab.

1st Week:  Introduction to what mindfulness is and what it isn’t, and  instructions for a 5-minute basic meditation practice. This practice relaxes us and makes us aware of how we create our own stress.

2nd Week:  Understanding Stress—why it occurs and builds up during the day. Practices for avoiding this buildup

3rd Week:   Dealing with anxiety and apprehension, especially at sleep time. Joseph’s book on sleep has been translated into 11 languages and won the COVR award for the best self-help book of 2012.

4th Week:   Exploring the different sources of stress, such as workplace, relationships, family, etc. Focusing on the difference between Insight and Mindfulness—we need both. How to apply mindfulness to daily life.

5th  Week:  Positivity practices. Negative emotions are sources of stress, although we are not always aware of this. Building a more positive mindset is a step by step process.

6th Week:   Mood Regulation with Mindfulness. Mindfulness allows us to notice the first signs that stress is taking over. Without that awareness, we get more and more stressed without noticing it until it is too late. This topic is fully discussed in Joseph’s Book, Finding the Blue Sky. FTBS has won the Nautilus award as one of the best books of 2016.

7th Week:  Letting go. Practices for relinquishing our drive for control. This drive fuels stress. Respecting the limits of our control. The positive emotions of Confidence, Courage, and Hope (optimism) allow us to navigate the areas that are beyond our control.

8th Week:  Moving on. Preventive measures. Lifestyle and attitude changes for living with less stress. Tips for longer meditation sessions and journaling. Resources for further practice.

PLEASE NOTE:

This is a rough outline. Each session will include one or two practice periods, time for questions and sharing, and time for supplementary topics. The topics may also be covered in a slightly different order depending on the needs of the participants and the questions that come up.

Some people ask: I will have to miss one session. Should I still take the course?

Very few people manage to attend all 8 sessions! Illness, work and family obligations often get in the way. We deal with this by having a review of the last session at the beginning of each new session.

Is there still room in the course? Yes. When the cours is full, it will be announced prominently on this page.

English or French? In the past some sessions have been in English, some in French, and there have also been bilingual sessions. It depends on the inscriptions. If after the first session you find that it does not work for you. your deposit is refunded.

Please do not wait until the last minute to sign up! It is not rare to get half a dozen requests during the week before the start of the course.This makes things difficult, as space is limited. Please send a 100 dollar deposit before the last week to:

Joseph Emet
43 De Breslay ave.
Pointe-Claire, Qc. H9S 4M8
This is also the location of the course. The total fee for the course is 200 dollars.

Deposit checks will be refunded if you change your mind before the last week.