The skill of concentration is both the engine and the steering wheel of meditation. It allows you to put your mind where you want it to go rather than letting it be swept wherever the winds of distraction carry it. A concentrated mind also becomes increasingly stable, clear and joyful.
Next class starts Nov 7, 2017, Register Here
The vast majority of meditation traditions emphasize the importance concentration skills – not only does it greatly enhance every kind of meditation practice, it also enhances life. Concentration gives you a greater ability to shape your awareness as the needs of your situation. The concentrated mind can be a vehicle for accessing different states of consciousness.
In this 6-week course, you’ll be guided to master the fundamentals of meditative concentration. You’ll get to work with fun outside-the-box practices that will keep you engaged, making step-by-step progress, whatever your skill level.
The Consciousness Explorer’s Club’s Avi Craimer has developed and taught this course for beginner meditators looking to establish a practice, and for experienced meditators looking for some Jedi mind training. The class asks a commitment of 30 minutes of meditation practice per day for the length of the course. Also please note, if you have mental health challenges or if concentration practices have caused any problems for you in the past, please speak to the instructor before registering.
Dates: Tuesdays, November, 7, 14, 21, 28, Dec 5, 12
Location: TBA – Downtown Toronto
Cost: $300 (Ask about sliding scale rates)
Experiences of Past Participants:
I was a total beginner to meditation when starting the concentration meditation course with Avi. Very quickly we got right into meditation and developed several techniques to help us develop a practice. While the course has a specific outline, Avi leaves each class open to questions and exploring our personal experience week to week. Not only has my practice at meditation developed quickly but I’ve been able to integrate a lot of the techniques and principles behind the practice into my daily life, specifically at work. I look forward to continuing the journey and diving deeper.
– Ryan Van der Hout
After spending years as an academic philosopher, Avi Craimer fell in love with meditation as a result of an unexpected spiritual breakthrough in 2009. Avi has been taken apart by the “Dark Night” and then lovingly reassembled. He now has a meditation practice and teaching style that synthesizes the jiu-jitsu like technical precision of Theravada Buddhist meditation, the passionate love-play of devotional mysticism, and the wild soulful depths of visionary journey work. Avi is enthusiastic about inter-spiritual dialogue, comparative mappings of contemplative paths, and the exploration of non-ordinary states of consciousness. In addition to teaching meditation classes through the CEC, Avi works in private practice helping serious seekers to explore further along their unique path.
NOTE: Meditation can complement but is not a substitute for professional psychological and medical health care. There are risks in any psychological or spiritual method. Those risks increase for people who are experiencing significant distress or dysfunction. Please be aware of these risks and ask about them if you are unsure. Please know that, should you need it, it is your responsibility to seek appropriate support for your mental health from a licenced mental health professional.