In the last 12 months, I’ve witnessed a huge increase in the interest we have in teaching children mindfulness.
Compared to how this was 12 years ago when I first had a hunch we should be doing this… well it is simply astounding.
So for me, meditation covers everything that we can use to help this heart-felt connection.
As we continuously do this, we sense peace through the freedom we have to surrender to the moment (rather than the judgement of how life should be). This paper by Jon Kabat-Zinn makes interesting reading about a man who was trying to make mindfulness practice accessible to American society. I find it all fascinating and hope that it inspires you to be flexible with your attitude to meditation. When we teach children meditation, this open-heart basis is the key to what I show people through the Connected Kids programme.
Many who attend have been practising for years, yet they can come with a rigid view of how meditation should be. Transitions-Oakville, Burlington and Mississauga Real Estate Blog: Meditation Classes in Burlington, Ontario. Real Estate blog about property, home buying and selling, life in Burlington, Oakville and Mississauga Regions of Ontario, Canada. Many years ago, when I was quite young and still in grade school, I used to spend a lot of time gazing out the tall classroom windows. Although it often got me into trouble with my teachers, daydreaming was one of my favourite things to do. Over the years, amidst raising children, working on a career, and just general living day to day, I seemed to lose my ability to daydream.  My mind was always such a flurry of worries and thoughts that it seemed quieting it down long enough to let it go blank in the middle of the day was one of the skills that fell under the ‘use it or lose it’ category. When Clayton and Shanine began to take Meditation Teacher Training, I did some research into meditation and was intrigued to learn that the regular practice of meditation actually alters the brain in a very positive way. With so many healthful benefits, I decided that once Chrysalis Yoga Studio opened, I would begin to take meditation classes regularly.
Clayton teaches a meditation class at Chrysalis Yoga Studio in Burlington every Wednesday at 5:15. It was after my second class, feeling refreshed and stress-free, that it occurred to me I hadn’t daydreamed in many years and meditation seemed to feel strangely familiar to my state of mind.
After my 4th meditation class with Clayton, I felt particularly clear-headed and rested.  The myriad of thoughts and worries that often raced around my brain were non-existent and I felt a sense of freedom and lightness. If you’re wondering about meditation classes in Burlington, drop by to Chrysalis Yoga Studio on Walker’s Line and Palladium (just north of Dundas) at 5:15pm on Wednesday’s for a meditation class with Clayton Smith. My mind is like an untrained puppy, it darts here and there, never rested Jo, I think meditation would be beneficial, could get rid of a lot of stress.
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Days are coming when the Lord God will send a famine upon the land: not a famine of bread, or thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the word of the Lord. Thus, among the ills of a society or culture mired in injustice, sexual confusion, and misplaced priorities is an absence of the Word of God. People do not like to be reminded that they have no business defrauding the poor, lying and cheating, engaging in greedy or covetous practices, indulging in illicit sexual union, or cultivating lust.


We live in a culture in which the First Amendment’s promise of freedom of religion has become freedom from religion. The one place where one would think that the Word of God would be clearly and even boldly proclaimed would be in the pulpit of the Catholic Church or any Christian denomination. Many clergy know instinctively that even in the theoretically safer environment of the Church, if one speaks boldly on moral issues, one can often expect backlash and letters of protest, whether delivered directly or to the bishop. One might wish the clergy were brave enough and bold enough to be unconcerned and still speak unambiguously to moral issues of the day.
Some priests are able to navigate the complexities of the modern parish setting creatively and courageously. Parents, too, struggle in preaching boldly to their kids, who are not taught by this culture to respect their parents or to revere sacred tradition and teaching. For frequently the preacher’s tongue is bound fast on account of his own wickedness; while on the other hand it sometimes happens that because of the people’s sins, the word of preaching is withdrawn from those who preside over the assembly. And thus today Amos’ warning of a famine of the Word of God extends even to the Church. So the other day when the Pope spoke of how Communism stole the Christian flag I understood that to mean that they have warped what was once Christian and used it towards it political ends (power).
Because without the Tree of the Cross, there is no redemption, the gates of Heaven will not open and there is no resurrection. There are three areas that must be dealt with or it will proceed to the point we as Catholics will be forced to take a hard stand.
When someone does complain to me about what a priest said or did, I always remind them to pray for him. Last year, one of the Fathers of Mercy visited my parish and gave a 3 night talk on the seven Deadly sins. I think the pulpit would greatly benefit from more sin lectures, just not always sin and definitely not always the SAME sin. The Lesson from Amos is read on Good Friday at the Sixth Royal Hour (Sext) in Orthodox Churches.
Hope the remedies being looked at , would include such awareness of need for deeper spiritual cleansing too, in The Precious Blood !
May the mighty intercession of our Lady of Mount Carmel and of St.Magdalene too help us and the nations , to be untied from what we need to be , to be tied closer to what is of God !
Was meditating in a vein similar to this column (re why people seem to reject the Word of God, and what that means in the larger culture) while saying a rosary this morning. My meditation teacher, the late Kim McManus, taught meditation groups to help with spiritual development. The latter was seen as being religious whereas mindfulness was not – I found this fascinating that such a difference existed!
The intention is to help remove the fog or distraction of these so that we can connect to a well of inner-peace inside.
Not with a rigid attitude but with an open-hearted, gentle, curious approach to meditation. As soon as we try to define it by wrapping it up with words, we contain it and meditation (like us) is limitless. Fortunately they always leave with their heart centre more open to the potential within this universe.
With my teacher’s voice somewhere in the distant background and my brain in daydream mode, time seemed to fly by.
I seemed to have lost the ability and quietly thought to myself that perhaps learning to meditate would bring that ability back to me.
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And something profound yet rather subtle was taught by Amos in the selection from Friday’s Mass. Then shall they wander from sea to sea and  from the north to the east in search of the word of the Lord, but they shall not find it (Amos 8:11–12). First of all, when many people insist on sinful, unjust, and evil practices, the Word of the Lord begins to sound obnoxious and they refuse to read or hear it. In avoidance and anger they set aside the Word of God, and when they cannot reasonably do so, they attack those who still speak of it.
Second, we see a kind of induced famine caused by those who collectively work to eliminate the Word of God from the public square. And thus there is a kind of famine of the Word of God imposed by a small number of people who dislike religious influence, who seek to eliminate any religious expression in the public square. Surely there are dissenters, but even among the faithful there are those who would criticize a priest who tries to speak the truth but does not say it exactly the way that they want him to say it. But many cannot and draw back to uttering safe bromides, contenting themselves with abstractions and generalities.
Pray for us so that we may have the strength to work on your behalf, that our tongue may not grow weary of exhortation, and that after we have accepted the office of preaching, our silence may not condemn us before the just judge. With reference to the wickedness of the preacher, the psalmist says: But God asks the sinner: Why do you recite my commandments?
As clergy and laity, we have every reason to encourage bold preaching and to preserve a climate in which God’s Word is still revered and respected.


Such absurd statements can only be propagated with the lynch mob approach that is increasingly supported by a, seemingly growing, segment of the media. Have the media and popular lobby groups, now, effectively replaced the courts in matters of deciding who’s guilty of religious persecution – all based on lop sided judgements?
Pope – both of the reactions from the left and right that you mention suggest that we hear everything through a political POV. One cannot say anything these days without some or all assuming you mean something other than what you said plainly.
Why do we take such joy and why is it worth it to be upright and honest with ourselves and others?
However the by-products of this were improved self esteem, energy levels and an amazing sense of trust in our heart-felt intuition. The work of Deepak Choprah and Oprah Winfrey have also helped to demystify meditation so that we aren’t spending hours meditating in strange seated positions but taking 10 minutes out of our day to re-connect.
I encourage those practising meditation to consider different approaches; to treat each with a gentle and compassionate awareness. Then I would practise working with the energy centres (chakras) and recently have taken myself on mindfulness courses to find other ways to meditate. When they do, this allows them to connect to children in a way that is meaningful, light, loving and quite profound. I knew that research had shown daydreaming, which enables the  brain to enter the Alpha Wave zone,  to be very good for enhancing creativity and problem solving skills.  Researching a bit further, I learned that light meditation also causes the brain to show Alpha Wave activity.
I like dreaming too and there just doesn't seem to be enough time when you're so busy doing everything else.
Taking time to slow down and notice the beauty that surrounds us is so important and sure does work to keep us grounded, you`re so right (and very wise).
Important truths about Enlightenment, Purpose, Meaning, Knowledge, Destiny, Karma, Relationships, Reincarnation and more are revealed in this book. No one likes to be convicted for their sinfulness or to be confronted with the fact that they are wrong, and the Word of the Lord has a way of calling us to account. They issue condemnations that those who do so are judgmental, intolerant, bigoted, unenlightened, homophobic, etc.
Perhaps it is those who seek to banish any form of prayer or reference to Scripture in public schools, public gatherings, school graduations, or any other gathering outside the walls of the church.
Almost anything can be taught, celebrated, and advanced in public schools—anything except Jesus Christ and His gospel. The subtlety comes from the fact that while it is clear that many clergy fear to speak the truth boldly from their pulpits, there is another side to the equation.
To advance against the foe involves a bold resistance to the powers of this world in defense of the flock. We priests SHOULD avoid the political but I also know that sometimes people presume I am being political when I speak of abortion etc.
She loved Jesus so much she was the first person to see the Risen Christ, according to the Gospels. Many starve themselves from the Word because it is no longer a food that is palatable to them. Some are willing to endure trouble, pushback, criticism, and being misunderstood, but some are not.
To stand fast in battle on the day of the Lord means to oppose the wicked enemy out of love for what is right. He clearly means this: the word of preaching will be taken away from you because as long as this people irritates me by their deeds, they are unworthy to hear the exhortation of truth.
Otherwise the famine of the Word of God of which Amos warns will surely exist even in our parishes and homes. Many, many now believe that the Catholic Church is nothing more than another politcal party. Most priests spend all their time dealing with the confusion to ever be able to include a love of the Church and how she uplifts us. A mission or game plan is laid out by the leader, all know the role they will play and all know they have support. They would rather dine on the strong wine of this world that numbs them from the pangs of their own consciences. Some clergy today are willing to accept that many modern listeners cannot distinguish between hyperbole, analogy, and straightforward discourse, let alone make subtle distinctions, but many clergy are not willing to accept this.
Perhaps he should have made more distinctions, but given the insistence that homilies last little more than ten minutes, was unable to do so.
When a pastor has been afraid to assert what is right, has he not turned his back and fled by remaining silent? There is also some cynicism I get from the right when I preach on caring for the poor, or preach against greed. His meditation classes and his talent for teaching meditation were beginning to take effect on my brain waves and, as a new sense of calm overtook me, I began to imagine the possibilities that meditation holds for enhancing all areas of a person’s life.
Or perhaps they would rather eat the Twinkies and other junk food of pop culture, which excuses and even celebrates bad behavior.
At some level when a culture turns hostile, stubborn, hypersensitive, and just plain mean there sets up a famine of the Word of God.
With that however, we have lost support so many priests feel like they are somewhere close to a minefield and not quite sure which direction it will come from. But I have to thank God for putting me in time at this point for it is a great time to produce great saints!
While there will always be the courageous, like Amos, in the big picture, the Word of God will suffer famine when the soil resists or even refuses the seed of the Word.
So its complicated today and I am grateful that you acknowledge the complexity and the need for all of us to get to the message of the basic Gospel wherever the political lines (which are often shifting) may fall. I came back into the Church 6 yrs ago through the political path once I realized that only the Church which Christ founded offers true freedom. I only walked out once, more than 10 years ago, when I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area and the priest went too overtly left for me.
Perhaps your priest or Monsignor Pope can direct you to some other mystical writings that have passed the .



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