Weekly programs


3 Wednesday evenings on the theme of MEDITATION.

March 7, 14, and 21 from 7:30 to 9 in Pointe-Claire.

Meditation teachings can be confusing sometimes!

Here are some contradictions that I am aware of:

– Accepting yourself as you are, or self-improvement (‘Transformation’ in Thich Nhat Hanh’s terminology)?

– Wisdom as awakening from a dream, or as realizing the dream-like quality of life?

– Mindfulness, or spontaneity?

– Slow walking as in a Vipassana centre, or fast walking as in Zen centres?

– Long silent meditation sessions as in a retreat, or short daily sessions inspired by the lessons of each day?

– Meditation as getting in touch with the wild unconscious (creativity), or for developing serenity and a quiet mind?

– Adopting freedom from conventions or an ethical lifestyle as a goal?

– Listening to your body and mind, or talking back to them?

– Meditation as emptying the mind or as filling it with compassion and other positive qualities?
– Mindfulness as remembering or as forgetting (as in letting go)?

Perhaps you have another puzzling duality in mind?

If so, please bring it to these meetings and let us share our experiences.


(Voluntary contribution)




8-week course starting on Wednesday January 10, 2018 from 7:30 to 9 pm.

Explore Joseph Emet’s book on Stress Reduction and Mindfulness (Penguin/Random House)

1st Week: Foundations of stress management and of mindfulness. 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. Supplementary exercises for letting go. Tips for journaling.

3rd Week: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Working on attitude in order to change our experience. Sleep issues: 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, and time related stress. 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. A new version of the Serenity prayer.

8th Week: A good way to avoid brooding: do not get started! Moving on. Preventive measures. Living with less stress. Resources for further practice.


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. Discounts for second timers and full time students.

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