Autumn 2020 class schedule

Greetings! Here is Calgary Mindfulness’s schedule of virtual and in-person classes for Autumn 2020.

Weekly virtual classes are scheduled for Sundays 10am on Zoom. Write CalgaryMindfulness@gmail.com to register. Please include your full name, mobile number and email address.

We will meet in person on the fourth Sunday of the month. On Sunday Sept 27, 2020, if it’s warm enough, we’ll meet in the MidSun baseball field outside the community center. Otherwise we will have to meet virtually again, until October, when community centres are open for bookings. πŸ™‚ Thanks for your patience!

Join the City of Calgary’s Meditation in the Park led by Rosanna D’Agnillo. The next class is Wednesday, September 23, from 12-1pm in Central Memorial Park (1221 2st SW); look for the tent behind the old library. Please register by emailing CalgaryMindfulness@gmail.com.

Looking forward to sitting with you in practice soon!

Kindest regards,

Rosanna D’Agnillo

Meditation in the Park

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Meditation in the Park – Sept 10 & 22, 12pm.

COVID got you stressed out? You’re not alone if isolation and the fear of becoming sick is giving you the blues.

The City of Calgary and Calgary Mindfulness are joining together to offer an introduction to mindfulness meditation. Covers introduction to meditation and how to cultivate a personal practice.

When: Thursday, September 10 and Wednesday, September 23, 12-1pm.

Where: Outdoors, in Central Memorial Park (1221 2st St, Calgary AB T2R 0W5). Look for the large festival tent in this lovely inner city park.

Cost & Registration Free of charge, but registration is mandatory due to health regulations, by emailing CalgaryMindfulness@gmail.com.

Distancing Protocols: Social distancing rules will be honored – particpants are asked to bring their own blankets / mats; hula hoops will indicate distance between participants. Masks can be worn.

What We’ll Do: We will learn a little about how stress affects your mind & body, and how meditation can help relieve some of the symptoms. Then we’ll practice a few different anchors for mindfulness meditation – listening, breathing and a body scan. Finally, we’ll have some Q & A.

Meditation in the Park

COVID got you stressed out? You’re not alone if isolation and the fear of becoming sick is giving you the blues.

The City of Calgary and Calgary Mindfulness are joining together to offer an introduction to mindfulness meditation. Covers introduction to meditation and how to cultivate a personal practice.

When: Thursday, September 10 and Wednesday, September 23, 12-1pm.

Where: Outdoors, in Central Memorial Park (1221 2st St, Calgary AB T2R 0W5). Look for the large festival tent in this lovely inner city park.

Cost & Registration Free of charge, but registration is mandatory due to health regulations, by emailing CalgaryMindfulness@gmail.com.

Distancing Protocols: Social distancing rules will be honored – particpants are asked to bring their own blankets / mats; hula hoops will indicate distance between participants. Masks can be worn.

What We’ll Do: We will learn a little about how stress affects your mind & body, and how meditation can help relieve some of the symptoms. Then we’ll practice a few different anchors for mindfulness meditation – listening, breathing and a body scan. Finally, we’ll have some Q & A.

Hope to see you there!

Kind regards, Rosanna D’Agnillo

New! School-wide mental health & wellness workshop

Mental Health & Wellness Workshops

Presenting our new affordable and comprehensive wellness workshop, We Choose Wellness & Strength.

Highlights:

The focus of this short school-wide workshop is introducing mindfulness meditation as a cornerstone of self-reliance, self-regulation and self-knowledge. Students leave with an introduction to the physiological manifestation of stress, relaxation, several short and easy meditations, and a knowledge of the benefits of mindfulness practice, and teachers have tools to continue the work after facilitator is done!

  • 30 min workshop per class, 1.5 hours teacher training. Can be spread over a few days as scheduling permits, and for teacher training, this can take the place of a weekly staff meeting.
  • student activity handouts, home assignments, teacher manual provided so that staff can carry on to introduce modules after the workshops.
  • Can be hosted virtually or in person as regulations permit.
  • Please write or call to request full brochure with pricing sample handouts etc.

Annoucement about autumn 2020 schedule

Hello! Many are writing about fall…will we meet in person, online? We can do both. If in person, we will resume at MidSun Centre, or if it’s warm, in the adjacent field to better enjoy the outdoors. We will need to practice social distancing & other safety protocols, of course.

But there is no reason we can’t continue online also; many of our colleagues from the online class don’t live in Calgary’s south end, so I am happy to offer both.

At this time, please contact me with your scheduling requests so I can work it all out.

Thanks! Rosanna

Meditation and mental health during COVID

You’re not alone if isolation and the fear of becoming sick is giving you the blues. Deep down we know it’s not healthy for us to be alone and fearful. Science backs up our intuition: living under constant stress limits our creative, problem-solving brains to flight-fight-freeze instincts, where every interaction with people is gauged as a threat to safety.

Meditation and mental health during COVID

It’s easy to overlook mental self-care when fear of survival is number one. That’s why it’s really important to make manageable, regular commitments to mental health. It’s deeply intertwined with physical health. Meditation is one of many tools for mental-self care. It’s free, can be done anywhere, anytime, with no special equipment.

Meditation is sometimes misunderstood. Some people tell me they can’t clear their heads or sit still. They’d rather do exercise to relieve stress, or they don’t think it fixes problems. Meditation is not emptying our minds, forcing ourselves to relax and pretend everything is okay. Nor is it a planning & strategy session, or a replacement for exercise.

Today, try this short, easy meditation: sit quietly and count 10 deep, easy breaths. Notice where your thoughts wander when you lose focus. Notice how you feel. Fidgety, overwhelmed, worried, reliving past events? Take two more deep breaths. Relax your belly and shoulders. Notice how good that feels. Make a point of remembering this feeling, so you can pull it up later. After, start paying attention to how often your mind is occupied with those thoughts and emotions. That’s a good clue about how much stress you’re under.

Meditation is a physical & mental discipline where we sit/stand, in silent attention, to:
– train focus,
– reach equanimity with our thoughts and emotions, and
– achieve compassion for self and others.

Just like with exercise, regular practice delivers the awesome side-effects: self-control, keeping cool under pressure, sleeping better, and more.

Rosanna D’Agnillo (B.A, M.A. Certified Meditation Instructor) is the founder of Calgary Mindfulness, a non-profit that has trained hundreds of children, athletes, educators and businesses in mindfulness meditation.

Happy Summer & Father’s Day! Healing power of nature in today’s meditation.

Greetings! Today’s meditation focused on the abundance, strength and ease we sense from connecting with nature. At this time of year in my part of the world (Calgary, Canada), the outdoor world is furious with growth.

Today’s annular solar eclipse visible from Asia & Africa

Plants will literally grow several inches PER DAY. Baby ducks, crows, sparrows, woodpeckers, geese, loons, beavers, muskrats, hares, fawns, calves, ponies, foals are in every yard or field. Everything feels deliciously potent with the Creator’s–our Father’s– power to regenerate and make the miracle of growth happen.

This power exists within us, also, because we are a part of this amazing matrix of life. Contemplating the wonder of nature and being in nature is an excellent way to tap into our own inner strength and also a wondrous humility that helps us feel unity and connection with all life around us. It’s a great antidote to the fearfulness and isolation we’ve been practicing for the last few months.

Kudo’s to all fathers, for your hard work and patience in rearing children! And for single moms like me, who also celebrate Father’s Day (we call it Mapa’s Day actually in my house–so kudos to all women who are both mother and father in the house!

Above is pictured today’s annular solar eclipse, sadly for us North Americans only visible over Africa and Asia, but still inspiring to see pix and videos.

Here is a link to today’s podcast:

http://calgarymindfulness.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/solstice-meditation.mp3

Gratitude practice- seeing the glass half-full

In today’s practice, we did a traditional mindfulness practice with special attention to the tension we collect not just in the physical body (belly, shoulders, jaw) but the “emotional” body – is the heart area in pain from hopelessness? Is the belly tight from shame, fear? Touching upon each of these secrets with compassionate awareness and breath.

Then, since my backyard is crazy with birds, babies, lilac, plants, and not much hail damage from last night–a gratitude meditation! It is blissful to sit in the awareness of just how many things, people, states of being, that rush forward to notify us of their presence, as if just waiting for us to acknowledge the abundance that is and has always been. Food. Shelter. Companions. Growth. Spring. Health. Life. Chocolate. Cats. Work. Kids. Messes to clean, since it means there are beautiful creative kids there to make them. Dishes to wash, since that means there is enough food.

And number one, the eternal soul that is connected to the the source of all life outside of us!

http://calgarymindfulness.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Gratitude-Meditation.mp3

Self-Forgiveness Meditation Practice

Greetings! Two more meetings before we take a summer hiatus, but please feel free to contact me any time for support or for an impromptu practice! We will resume weekly in-person or virtual meetings, as legally required by Alberta Health, in September.

Today’s class was based on an intention submitted by one of our members regarding how to handle strong thoughts of self-criticism and the difficult emotions that cascade from that. Our traditional mindfulness practice thus transitioned into a guided practice regarding awareness of painful thoughts and emotions of self-judgement, in the body and in our achievements in the physical world (I am not _____ enough).

Often we (and for sure me!) know (brain) that our feelings of unworthiness are not logical, but the subconscious or barely-conscious is still busy busting our chops. This is called a lack of heart-mind congruence and it is an important step in the path to self-knowledge, acceptance and forgiveness. By identifying where we feel unworthy, we can offer ourselves the love in loving-kindness meditation practice that is often so much easier to give to others.

http://calgarymindfulness.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/June-7-Self-Forgiveness.mp3

“You can be fully satisfied with where you are, understanding that you’re eternally evolving. When you get into that place of feeling appreciation of where you are and of who you are, and appreciation of what you are, and you accept that you are a never-ending, always unfolding Being, then you can stand in that delicate balance of being optimistic about what is to come, without being unhappy about where you stand.” – Abraham