Meditation

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When the fullness of our attention is cultivated together with a grateful and tender heart, we begin to discover the strength of our own being.
Jack Kornfield

Simply put, mindfulness is the art of being fully alive with ourselves and with each other in every moment.

Ocean Lum with Jack Kornfield in 2013.
Ocean Lum with Jack Kornfield in 2013.

“When we practice Mindfulness, it supports us in remembering who we truly are:  that we are more than our reactivity and our ingrained habits of relating. We begin to wake up to our authentic center of knowing. We intentionally choose to be awake to this moment and to see clearly with curiosity and compassion. This way of being begins to shift our brain circuits towards empathy and understanding and a felt sense of our own wisdom.”   Mindful Parenting

 

The benefits of meditation are well-documented and applications of mindfulness practice are burgeoning in the areas of sports, medicine, mental health, counselling, education and business. Harvard Medical School’s guide to the benefits of meditation is available here .

I began meditating in 1990. Since 2001 I have extensively studied and practiced in three schools of Buddhism.  It has been a great privilege to study with the Dalai Lama, Jack Kornfield, Will Kabat-Zinn, the Karmapa, Kalu Rinpoche. Rick Hansen, Tara Brach are also my teachers. The practice of meditation has profoundly enriched my life and I am passionate about sharing the gifts of mindfulness. I offer personal mindfulness training and group sessions. Please see Workshops for upcoming classes and events.

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BCALM: BC Association for Living Mindfully

 

 

I am a facilitator for BCALM whose signature program is Art of Living Mindfully It is an 8-week course grounded in mindfulness-based strategies to manage stress.