For many, meditation may seem to be inaccessible or even strictly reserved for an elite group of people. Yet, almost everyone can meditate. A nice way to begin is unquestionably in a group-guided meditation session. Here are 5 reasons that will surely convince you to join a guided meditation group!
Making a commitment to taking care of yourself, considering the outside world and our environment, is a great learning experience. We are exposed to a flood of information every day; oftentimes it can be difficult to find ourselves in order to develop healthy habits, live in harmony and take concrete actions to protect our ecosystem. When the path seems complex or fraught with obligations, control and deprivation, we quickly become discouraged—and changes therefore cannot be sustainable. Let’s take a moment to discover the pillars required to gradually and successfully take care of our health, our well-being and the planet.
Do you know what is intuitive eating? It’s a positive way to think foods and it encourage to listen differently basic needs and their signals like hunger. It’s very different from “traditional” diets or hard discipline. Intuitive eating is more like a way to trust our body and our individual needs. Karine Gravel, nutritionist and doctor in nutrition, helps us understand this approach more clearly in this article.
Have you noticed that for the past few years we have been often adding a prefix before action verbs? New expressions, such as “co-create,” “co-working” or “co-lunching” are now part of our vocabulary.
There is a lot of talk about meditation and mindfulness! It’s a sign of the times; every good bookstore now has a section dedicated to the subject. Even the word “mindfulness” seems to be the magical ingredient to make any activity even more pleasant. To better understand its potential, our partner Marie Ève Lécine, Guidance Counsellor and Professor of Meditation, explains what meditation is. Marie Ève hosts the Rendez-vous méditation au Monastère and gives training sessions for the general public.
We all know how much smartphones, Internet and social media can quickly become a tsunami of images and information—and a source of distraction. The screens, although colourful and bright, sometimes keep our eyes from remembering our essential values, goals and the very meaning of our lives. In this text, I have provided some ideas to restore a link to your true needs, priorities and passions. I also give you simple and effective tools to calm this almost insatiable hunger for all things digital.
Sylvie Lemelin has been working with Le Monastère des Augustines since it opened in 2015. She is a clinical ergotherapist and teaches both yoga and the practice of “mindfulness.” In this article, she introduces us to what “mindfulness” consists of.
At Le Monastère des Augustines, employees have the opportunity to participate in various committees. The activities provided by their members are guided by the Monastère’s commitments and values, such as sustainable development and holistic health. It’s a great way for employees to get involved in projects they care about. One such example is the knitting club, initiated by the Holistic Health Committee. Learn about the fruits of their “hard labour” in words and photos.
The benefits of recent scientific research on mindfulness certainly attract us to experience and integrate meditation into our daily lives. The techniques may seem arduous and complex, but I assure you, meditation is actually simple and accessible to all. It essentially requires your presence, attention and steady breathing.
The mere mention of a painful memory revives a hurt that seems to have been anchored in the depths of our being for a few months or many years. Recent research in neuroscience reveals that our memory is not a fixed process in time. It is possible to reactivate painful memories and free oneself from the raw emotions and mental blocks associated with them.