MindSpace is opening its doors for a day of mindfulness research and practice. If you’re curious about mindfulness, this is a great opportunity to learn more, […]
Equanimity In the third week of our graduate meditation course, Daryl introduced the concept of equanimity. Equanimity means maintaining a balanced mind/heart, and maintaining composure despite […]
This week in our graduate meditation course, our teacher Daryl explored the theme of impermanence. She reminded us that, even though we know intellectually that everything changes all the time, it’s still difficult for us to bring that understanding to bear in our moment-to-moment reality.
I’m participating in MindSpace’s new six-week Insight (Vipassana) Meditation class, taught by Daryl Lynn Ross and Muriel Jaouich from True North Insight. The course is called Deepening […]
There aren’t that many decisions you can be certain you won’t regret. Sushi for lunch? You might regret it. Getting a dog? You might regret […]
Dr. Joe was featured in this Le Devoir piece on the rise of mindfulness meditation North America Read to article. […]
With the school year now well underway and the pace of life picking up, children and teens may be finding themselves incredibly busy with school, extra-curricular activities, and friends. With so many activities and obligations, it can be pretty tough to stay on top of everything and to still find time to relax and chill out. Your kids may find themselves feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or exhausted as a result.
There’s no denying that it’s fall. It’s crisp in the mornings, orange and yellow leaves are appearing, and kids have already been back to school for four weeks. It’s a season of change: we’re putting our summer clothes into storage and getting out our boots; the slow season at work is over and our schedules are packed with new activities; and the local strawberries and peaches at the grocery store have been replaced with local apples, beets, and carrots.
In the past week or two, I’ve heard countless people bemoan the coming end of summer. “The nights are already getting chilly,” we say, disbelieving. We quip “May as well start digging out the snow boots!” Most of all, we repeat this refrain: “I can’t believe summer’s over already!
One of the best lessons from mindfulness training is that our minds have a mind of their own. We can’t necessarily control the automatic thoughts that pop into our minds, any more that we can control the automatic emotions that arise in response. So what, then, should we do when our mind gets stuck in a cycle of rumination?