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[headline_georgia_large_centered color=”#000000″]30-Day Meditation & Loving Kindness Challenge[/headline_georgia_large_centered]
[headline_georgia_medium_centered color=”#000000″]Beginning[/headline_georgia_medium_centered][headline_georgia_medium_centered color=”#000000″]Wednesday November 1st[/headline_georgia_medium_centered]
Why do a meditation challenge?
Many say that meditation is the most effective way to change your experience of anxiety. It provides a way to shift out of survival mode and into thriving. To move out of a constrictive, defensive stance, and into a more expansive and proactive approach.
How is that possible? Your mind is the part of you that perceives threats and problems. Meditation is a simple and gentle way of working with your mind – softening it and strengthening it, so you have a wider, more resourceful perspective for dealing with the challenges of life.
Research has shown you can establish a new habit in 21 days. Participating in a 30-day Challenge is a highly inspiring way to establish a new habit of meditating. This can help you create a baseline for living your life with more resourcefulness, flexibility and ease.
This program can literally change your quality of life
Plus… Loving Kindness
Western culture typically de-values self-love while promoting a crazy work ethic. In fact, in many ways we are taught that we are being selfish or self-centered if we take care of ourselves.
This has led to a culture of people who feel stretched, pressured, run down, and living in a near constant state of anxiety. Many people turn to outside sources of comfort, such as over eating, drinking alcohol, smoking, and watching too much TV. We are trying to feed a basic human need for love, warmth and kindness with these external “comforts”, but they don’t meet the underlying need for self-connection, self-commitment, and basic kindness towards ourself.
It is a powerful decision when your choose to love yourself. It is about changing your allegiance, and that change will have a rippling effect through all areas of your life – your relationships at home and at work, your health, and your financial stability.
Loving yourself is not about being selfish. It is about caring for yourself so that you can be more loving and more giving to others.
This program will help you experience greater Loving Kindness – for yourself and for others. As a community, we will explore what leaders in the field suggest and how we can personally develop Loving Kindness.
Highlights of the Program
- Get inspired to increase how much you meditate
- Meditate in a virtual community circle of people like you – who are ready to bring more balance into their life
- Connect with seasoned and experienced meditation elders
- Enjoy daily reminders for how to have loving kindness for yourself and others
- Learn a beautiful practice for embracing uncomfortable feelings
- Gain special pricing access to a proven program to learn how to meditate
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The Challenge Facilitator
Andrea M. Winn, MEd, Heroic Leadership Coach, (Toronto, ON) was brought up in a Tibetan Buddhist community and has been meditating for over 40 years. She began practicing Vajrayana preliminary meditation practices in 1985, and has been practicing full Vajrayana meditation since 2001. She has led six 30-Day Meditation programs like this in the past, making this one her seventh!
Andrea has a Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology and joins this with a foundation of meditative discipline in her work as a Heroic Leadership Coach. She excels at coaching leaders who want an organic process for coming out of their shell to heARTfully live their true purpose. Learn more about Andrea[/features_box_paper_white]
Our community will be supported by myself and two women elders. These seasoned meditators come with a variety of approaches to meditation complemented by a rich diversity of complementary experience. They will be meditating with us and participating in our Private Community Discussion Forum.
Grace Brubacher (Simcoe, ON) MSW, MA in Ministry and Spirituality, Diploma in Spiritual Direction
Grace was raised in the Mennonite Church with a spirituality deeply embedded in worship, study, teaching and memorization of the Bible, four part hymn singing, and acts of mission and service. Gradually her connection with Christian traditions broadened to participation in the United Church, the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church. Her formal studies in spirituality and spiritual direction were in a Catholic context where she was introduced to Ignatian Spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises. She completed the 40 day retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises, where engaging scripture with meditation and imagination is central in relating to the person and story of Jesus. She led a number of contemplative retreats for pastors and congregations.
As she began a ministry of spiritual direction, companioning others on their faith journey, she became a member of Spiritual Directors International. Through participation in SDI her spirituality grew to encompass the gifts of other faiths.
Over the years, Grace has found spiritual nourishment in many forms of prayer – praying with scripture or other spiritual readings, sitting in silence, singing, worshiping in community, using her body in prayer, and more recently journalling with the benefit of colour and drawings. These expressions support her listening to Spirit whom she believes is present and active in her, drawing her into wholeness as she seeks to deepen in her love for her Creator, for her neighbour and for herself. She looks forward to participating as an Elder in the Meditation Challenge, both to give and to receive spiritual sustenance from all those who engage this sacred covenant.
Barbara Winn (Tatamagouche, NS) has practiced meditation daily for 40 years. She has been an authorized meditation instructor for 20 years. Her training includes two three-month group retreats training in meditation and philosophy of meditation (Vajradhatu Seminary). She has completed the traditional Tibetan Buddhist three-year retreat. She has led many classes on meditation philosophy and technique, and is currently leading three such classes.
Complementing her extensive meditation background, Barbara has practiced as a clinical psychologist for 26 years. She has provided supervision for beginning psychologists. Barbara is my mother, and I’m so glad she can join us for this program!
- Once you register, you will receive your Personal Welcome Email and the Program Orientation Email
- The Challenge begins Wednesday November 1st and completes Thursday November 30th
- You are invited to participate in a Community Daily Meditation Log
- You get to be part of a Private Community Discussion Forum. This is a place to engage with others in the journey! Ask me, the women elders, and other community members your questions about meditation, give and receive community support for the ups and downs, and get support to change old habits and create more balance and peace in your approach to life
- I will post a Meditation & Loving Kindness quote from leaders in the field every day to stir your imagination, inspire dialog, and empower you to integrate loving kindness into the fabric of your life
- When you register for the 30-Day Challenge, you also get access to The Easy 7-Day Kick Start Your Meditation Program for only $10 (That’s almost 90% off the regular price of this foundational program!) This simple program guides you through the fundamentals to begin a full meditation practice. You can read more about this proven program here: The Easy 7-Day Kick Start Your Meditation Program
When you register you have the option to purchase
The Easy 7-Day Kick Start Your Meditation Program
for only $10 (regularly $97)