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Fall courses are full and begin the week of September 8. Next information sessions begin in November. Thank you for your amazing support! Remember to attend the evening meditations to support your practice; schedule is listed below.

Negative effects of meditation - what you should know

There has been a number of articles in the news about the negative side of meditation. You can read discussions on the topic here and here. These negative effects have been known for many years in the meditation & psychology community and most trained professionals are very careful about how, when and to whom they introduce meditation practices. With the increase in people wanting to try meditation, there may be more efforts to teach it without the necessary understanding of its positive and negative effects.

If you want to include meditation in your treatment or if it is suggested by your health care provider, it's important to discuss the potential of this side effect. Ask if your health care provider is trained to teach you meditation and is also a long-time meditator. All treatments have side- or negative effects. Be sure you are well-supported if meditation is part of your treatment protocol.

Here is neuroscientist Dr. Willoughby Britton's podcast of her research on the "dark night" effects.

Mindful Self-Compassion - 8-week course

In January 2015, the OMC will offer an 8-week course in Mindful Self-Compassion. Learn how to use self-kindness and mindfulness to quieten your inner critic. Find more energy for your daily life by keeping the self-critic from squandering it all on being anxious and frustrated.

Program details will be posted here soon!


Professional Training

Interested in professional training? Register for our Professional Training in Foundations of Mindfulness. This training is suitable for health care professionals who want to use mindfulness approaches in their work and for their personal well-being. Advanced training is also available for qualifications to teach the M4 Program.

Want to understand the Buddhist foundations of clinical mindfulness? Register for our course at the beautiful Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in July 2015.


A Poem

What I Have Learned So Far
by Mary Oliver

Meditation is old and honorable, so why should I
not sit, every morning of my life, on the hillside,
looking into the shining world? Because, properly
attended to, delight, as well as havoc, is suggestion.
Can one be passionate about the just, the
ideal, the sublime, and the holy, and yet commit
to no labor in its cause? I don't think so.

All summations have a beginning, all effect has a
story, all kindness begins with the sown seed.
Thought buds toward radiance. The gospel of
light is the crossroads - of indolence, or action.

Be ignited, or be gone.

Upcoming Events

2014 Oct 5: All-Day Session at Richelieu-Vanier Centre (Open)


July 09-12: Buddhist Roots & Ethics of Contemporary Mindfulness Interventions, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Barre MA with Lynette Monteiro & Frank Musten (Mindfulness teachers or trainees)

June 12-14: Heart of Mindfulness Retreat, Galilee Retreat Centre (Registration opens in November 2014)

July 16-19: M4 Teacher Skills Training Retreat, OMC with Frank Musten, Lynette Monteiro & OMC teachers (Professional Training Program Participants)

Ongoing Events

Intro to Buddhist Practice: Third Monday of each month, OMC, 6:30-8:30PM

Secular Mindfulness Meditation: Last Monday of each month, OMC, 6:30-8:00PM

Check our calendar regularly in case of cancellation due to weather or circumstances.

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