2021 marks the sixth year I’m offering this January daily meditation email. I imagine most people who have signed up for the emails will be people who know me from local activities, but in case we haven’t met, hi! Here’s a bit about me.
I first got into mindfulness and meditation at the beginning of 2014, when I took a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) from Jeanne Corrigal. At the end of the eight-week session, Jeanne suggested several ways to support our fledgling practice, including coming to the Wednesday evening sessions. hosted by the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community (SIMC). I’ve been a regular participant with the SIMC ever since. Since the fall of 2015 until the pandemic shut down things in 2020, I have been part of the collaborative group of leaders for the Sunday Morning Insight Meditation Study Group.
I’ve attended several retreats with various teachers including Jeanne Corrigal, Susie Harrington, Adrianne Ross, Pascal Auclair, Anushka Fernandopulle, Bob Stahl, Howie Cohn, Mark Coleman, and Sharda Rogell.
I’m currently part of the first offering of SIMC’s Living the Dharma Program, which is being co-offered by Susie Harrington and Jeanne Corrigal. It’s really great to be able to deepen my practice with the support of a local community of peers. This fall, I started participating in the SIMC’s Unwinding Whiteness program.
I’ve also taken several on-line programs.
- I’m am a participant in the Mindfulness Training Institute’s Certified Mindfulness Teacher Training with Mark Coleman and Martin Aylward, which started in September 2020 and runs through July 2021.
- In 2020, I engaged in Social Meditation Training with the Buddhist Geeks Sangha with Vince Fakhoury Horn.
- From the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Satipaṭṭhāna Meditation (9-week program in 2019), Entering the Path (12-week iteration in 2017 and a year-long graduates’ iteration in 2018 and again in 2019), A Practical Understanding of Attachment to Perception (in 2018), and Self, Not Self (in 2017).
- From the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, the 10-month Intensive Practice Program (in 2018) and several Mindful Awareness Practices online classes (2017-2018).
- From Wisdom Academy, Guy Armstrong’s Emptiness course (2017).
- From Spirit Rock offerings of: Essential Buddhist Teachings (1-4) with Mark Coleman (2015-2016), and Everyday Life as Mindfulness Practice with Sylvia Boorstein (2016).
I love reading, and I’ve found inspiration from many books, including those by Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, Sebene Selassie, Ven. Analayo, Mark Coleman, Tara Brach, Sylvia Boorstein, Pema Chodron, Kristin Neff, Jack Kornfield, Thich Nhat Hanh, and many others. I also follow several news feeds and podcasts and enjoy reading and hearing about the practice.
In the fall of 2016, I attended a two-day Search Inside Yourself course, which is based on Chade-Meng Tan’s book by the same name. This work, along with Sharon Salzberg’s Real Happiness at Work, and Michael Carroll’s The Mindful Leader, and other related resources have inspired my interest in bringing mindfulness practices to work and to daily life.
Off the cushion and away from the bookcase, I practice mindfulness in many contexts:
- I work in IT, developing and supporting business applications at a fertilizer company in Saskatoon, SK, Canada.
- I enjoy being active, including walking and qigong, and even a bit of jogging, biking, and kayaking.
- I enjoy spending time in nature. It’s a source of inspiration!
- I love animals, especially my two furry canine companions, Reece (a lab-mix) and Savanna (a rough collie).
- I’m also really shy and private, and I’ve already over-shared on this page. 🙂
I look forward to practicing with you.
With warmest wishes,