Learn to meditate

A non-religious introduction to meditation and being awake to the present moment for those in recovery. A practice in living life on life’s terms. No membership required, open to any fellowship, any background, any or no faith.
The group is meant as an introduction to meditation as well as a support for those exploring in this area. You are welcome to come once or come many times for sitting and discussion on the practice and how it relates to recovery from addiction.

We meet once a month on the last Tuesday at the London Central Library in downtown London, ON. We will be in one of the study rooms with a sign on the door indicating a meditation group. Dates and times will be posted in the blog.

Format is as follows:

7:00pm Introduction to meditation and its relationship with recovery. Come once to get acquainted or more for a refresher.

7:30pm 25 minute meditation followed by an open discussion on recovery and meditation. Welcome to join just for this segment if you already have a practice of meditation.

See blog for next meeting time and location. Please RSVP if you think you’d like to try the intro to make sure we have the right size of room.

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About

Mike has been practicing meditation since entering recovery in 2007. Introduced first to Mindfulness meditation, he has studied various teachers and practiced at Vipassana retreats. After a bit of a break, he became a student of Guy Gaudry Roshi at the London Zen Centre in 2015 and has been practicing there ever since.

Further Reading

Meditation Now or Never by Steve Hagen. “National bestselling author and teacher Steve Hagen strips away the cultural and religious jargon surrounding meditation and provides an accessible and thorough manual for newcomers and experienced practitioners alike.”

Buddhism Plain and Simple by Steve Hagen. “This book offers a clear, straightforward approach to Buddhism in general and awareness in particular. It is about being awake and in touch with what is going on here and now.”

Everyday Zen by Charlotte Joko Beck. “Charlotte Joko Beck offers a warm, engaging, uniquely American approach to using Zen to deal with the problems of daily living—love, relationships, work, fear, ambition, and suffering.”

Local Groups

London Zen Centre The London Zen Centre’s mission is to make the deeply transformative Zen Buddhist teachings accessible to everyone so they can experience for themselves the depth, insight and joy of the Zen path.  

Refuge Recovery Buddhist-inspired addiction recovery meeting in London Ontario

Yoga of 12-Step Recovery Y12SR is a 12-step based discussion and yoga practice. It is a rich and powerful framework for integration the wisdom of yoga and the practical tools of 12-step programs.

Treeleaf Zendo is an online practice place for Zen practitioners who cannot easily commute to a Zen Centre due to health concerns, living in remote areas, or childcare, work, and family needs.

Contact

If you have any questions about our sessions, please contact us below.