Oakville Zen Meditation
499 The miracle of the present moment: How and why April 13th 24

Where is your mind? Most often our mind wanders in fictional thoughts, feelings, past, or future because dreaming is more attractive if not exciting than just doing ordinary, dull stuff such as drinking a cup of tea, being in the shower, or commuting your car.    Bringing mind and body together in the present moment: Being […]

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#498: Attributes towards Awakening Part II April 6 24

    Awakening         Main attributes toward equanimity, and eventually Awakening Part 2 To be awakened in its Eastern philosophical root means not to be a daydreamer that is to realize that our mind is the greatest illusionist of all time.  The practice of meditation is the best tool not to be trapped in its tricks. Here is […]

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497 Awakening: attitudes towards Awakening

                                                                           Attributes towards equanimity, and eventually Awakening Part 1 Awakening is not something miraculous, a divine and mysterious bliss for which we have to work hard to achieve. It already exists in all of us, deep inside. The secret is to reveal it by bringing our ego balloon from its stratosphere, back down to earth.  […]

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496 Mind: our conceptual prison March 24th 24

Mind: our conceptual prison How easy it is for us to be trapped in our conceptual prison called mind, isn’t it? “ I am right,” says the mind: The human mind is a wonderful instrument, hungry for thoughts, knowledge, understanding, judging, and controlling, but too often, it will mistake its opinions, viewpoints, and mindset with […]

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495: Being mindful of our dislikes:

 This is part of a series of Dharma talks dedicated to the practice of mindfulness on the go Write down the number of things, people, and situations that you would like not to be around you. I bet you your list of what, and whom you dislike is a long one.  Your negative feelings could […]

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494 Ego: when our ego is wounded March 10th 24

One of the main jobs of our ego is self-defense. When someone criticizes you, blames you, or calls you names using any means either publicly, privately, or behind your back your ego could explode…… BOOM! We tend to retaliate, defend, and justify ourselves almost automatically while being criticized. It is happening all the time. To […]

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493 Listening to silence to mute the mind & quiet the body March 2 24

 Listening to silence to mute the mind and quiet our body  Our mind is extremely sensitive to its sensorial receptors - visual, audio, touch, smell, and taste.  Connected to our surroundings is critical to function socially, and survive, and our mind is computing zillions of data from our receptors all the time. How to listen […]

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492 Anxiety. Creating a mental tug-of-war to deal with it Feb 24th 24

 Anxiety: a mental tug of war to deal with it. Anxiety can be defined as the capacity to predict a negative outcome of an even X which does not exist yet. It is based on the fact that the human brain is biased- by default- towards negative outcomes x5 more than towards positive outcomes.  Anxiety […]

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491 Virtual Reality was discovered ~2,500 years ago. Feb. 18th 24

VR was discovered around 2,500 years ago by Zen Our mind produces around 120,000 thoughts/feelings every day.  There are 2 types of mental activities: our thinking mind, and dreaming mind.  Of course, cognitive, factual thinking is critical in our day-to-day activities for decisional analysis such as during work, but most of the time, our dreaming […]

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490: Feb 11 24 Training mind, body, and heart while dealing with stress

   Training  mind, body, and heart while facing stress What I like about Zen is that it is practical as long you practice it diligently.  Stressors are everywhere, permanent, either acute i.e. loss of a loved one or chronic such as guilt They are defined as an event being perceived as out of our control. […]

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