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This grief program to be held in Toronto is a two part series that focuses on meditation and mindfulness. Here are dates and details:
Location: St. Pauls United Church, 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto (near Spadina and Bloor on the south west corner beside Metro)
Part One: MEDITATION TO HEAL GRIEF AND TRAUMA – Thursday, May 19, 2011, 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Join us for the Universal Oneness Spiritual Center’s Meditation Series. This two part series in Mindfulness and Meditation explores Buddhist concepts that can help you access a peaceful, easy feeling, no matter what is happening in the world around you.
This program will be customized to suit our audience with a focus on using meditation to clear grief and trauma. We recognize that this can be a challenge, but with our guidance you can learn how to access the pathway to inner peace, anytime. This first session will teach you to create your own power center, which you will use to work from in the next two workshops.
Part Two – MINDFULNESS and MEDITATION – Thursday, June 16, 2011, 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Be sure to join us for spiritual fellowship in the second part of this series. This program will build on the foundation provided in the first session. Using the power center you have constructed as your basis, you will learn how to boost your self-esteem and confidence. You will also discover how to use mindfulness and meditation to improve the quality of your energy, sleep and health.
Our grief support group offers emotional support to all who have experienced a significant loss in their lives.
Grief is a natural, healthy reaction but often manifests itself in a bewildering cluster of emotions. These emotions can be confusing and intensify the distress suffered through loss. Also, because we live in a culture that tends not to support overt expressions of grief , we need reminding that the act of grieving shows that we care and it is not a sign of weakness.
Grief can be sparked by all kinds of different losses besides the obvious one of death. Divorce, illness, bankruptcy, loss of dreams and loss of a pet, loss of a job, loss of self or loss of a loved one to addictions, can all provoke profound grief.
Our events are designed to meet the needs of grieving people. We offer:
- Community support
- Education that grief is a healthy response to a loss
- The opportunity to be with somebody who has been there
- Personalized strategies
Our program is completed funded by donations from our congregation. Nobody will be turned away due to lack of a donation. All donations will receive a receipt providing we have the full name, address and phone number of the individual. Income tax receipts are issued for donations over $20.
– The group will meet once a month on a Sunday in the months of May and June and July.
Location: 247 Linwood Crescent, Burlington L7L 4A2
Phone: 905-639-LOVE (5683)
Here are the dates and details of each session in Burlington. Please join us for any or all meetings.
SEASON OF NUMBNESS – Sun. May 29, 2011, 4 pm to 5:30 pm
Did you know that the symptoms of your grief can carry on for many years after the actual loss? You may be experiencing shock, lack of concentration, crying for no reason, or apathy, fatigue, depression, decline in health or insomnia. You may be experiencing nothing at all and feel quite odd about that. Your feelings of numbness could even be interpreted as a sign of strength.
Whatever you are experiencing in the aftermath of loss can be addressed as a first step to healing. Healing will also be facilitated by the personal insight you’ll gain about yourself through the UOUFC spiritual Assessment .
SEASON OF DISORIENTATION, YEARNING and CONFRONTATION – Sun. June 26, 2011, 4 pm to 5:30 pm
You may find yourself feeling explosive w emotions of anger, sadness, anxiety and confusion. Impatience and irritability are with you all of the time. Remember that what you are experiencing is a healthy response to grief, but getting help now will greatly facilitate your journey. We invite you to join us for an exploration of how to cope during this difficult stage. By referencing your UOUFC spiritual assessment we can help tailor a personal approach for you, based on individual needs.
SEASON OF ADJUSTMENT, RECONCILIATION and RECORGANIZATION – Sun. July 17, 2011, 4 pm to 5:30 pm
As every snowflake is unique, similarly every grief journey is unique. How has your life changed in light of the loss? What changes have you had to make to adapt to your loss?
Season of adjustment is the precursor to your new life. You learn to live with your loss as you reinvest your energy in people, ideas and new things.
Reconciliation of grief means coming to the place where you can accept your life as meaningful, even in the light of your loss. When you learn how to integrate loss into your life, and to affirm that life is still meaningful, then you have come full circle in your grief journey.
April 10, 2011 marked the 256th year since the birth of Samuel Hahnemann, the originator of homeopathy. To celebrate his birthday month, the Canadian Society of Homeopaths and its members sponsor Homeopathy Awareness Month across Canada. If you would like more information or handouts about our activities, contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-803-9242.
Here are 10 good reasons why you may want to investigate Homeopathy:
1. NATURAL ACTION
Homeopathy works by stimulating the body’s own natural defence mechanism to promote health and to resist infection and susceptibility to disease. Although gentle, the results can be powerful and long lasting.
2. HEALTH & WELL-BEING
Homeopathy improves health generally, rather than merely alleviating localized symptoms. It treats the whole individual, acting on the mental and emotional levels as well as the physical level, providing a balance in overall health and an increased sense of well-being and quality of life.
3. EFFECTIVE MEDICINE
When used correctly, homeopathy can be an extremely effective system of medicine, providing long-lasting relief from many acute and chronic conditions and illnesses.
4. NO HARMFUL SIDE EFFECTS
Homeopathic treatment offers a gentle and non-invasive approach to health, producing no toxic side effects, no dependency or addiction, and no withdrawal.
5. COST EFFECTIVE
Homeopathic medicines are surprisingly inexpensive to purchase, especially when compared to over-the-counter and prescription drugs.
6. FAST-ACTING FIRST-AID RELIEF
Homeopathy can be safely used at home or on the road to provide rapid relief for minor problems such as bruises, simple burns, sprains, insect bites, gastric upsets, etc. However more serious or long-lasting complaints should be treated by a qualified homeopath.
7. NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS
Homeopathic medicines are tested only on healthy humans in order to determine the range of action of each remedy.
8. COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE
Homeopathic medicines can be used independently or along with conventional drugs and other therapies (with the full knowledge of your other healthcare providers). It can often alleviate unpleasant side effects of conventional treatments (e.g., chemotherapy).
9. ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY
Homeopathy has a low carbon footprint. The manufacturing process follows environmentally sound procedures to minimize energy use, conserve natural resources and not contribute to air and water pollution. Packaging is minimal and it can generally by recycled. Homeopathy is truly a Green Medicine!
10. MEDICINE OF THE FUTURE
Homeopathy is the second most widely used system of medicine in the world. It is available in most countries and is gaining in popularity as an alternative to conventional medicine.
NOTE: Reprints are approved provided there is acknowledgement and links to Canadian Society of Homeopaths at www.csoh.ca
Diane Louie, RCSHom, is the Coordinator of the CSH Homeopathy Awareness Team.