It is hard to believe that we just completed our 3rd year of the Mindfulness Lectures. While the numbers are impressive, what they don’t reveal is the blended magic that has come from combining the Creating Space Yoga community with the Mindfulness Centre community. The product has been an incredible network of like-minded individuals which has created a curious, supportive and growing community.
I always walk away impressed by the diversity and intelligence of the group of people that participate each month. I feel very grateful and very proud of the slow growth of these lectures and the quality of information and discussion that is shared.
A big thanks to Dr. Treyvaud for leading us down this insightful path and an enormous thanks to all of the participants who join us each month. Only through a strong and active community are we able to continue to bring you these lectures. We thank you for supporting us. We enjoy spending the time with you.
Earlier this month we sent a survey out to those individuals who attended the lectures this year. The response was great and the feedback so valuable. It was so insightful that I wanted to share some of it with you.
This is what you had to say...
"The series of lectures have made a difference in my life personally and professionally. I was able to take into my life what was presented and put it into practice in my everyday life."
" In a nut shell I feel calm, relaxed, vitally alive and engaged in interactions with others on a deeper level. My mind is much more free and I find myself using my creativity and imagination more. It is like re-covering something that has been mis-placed!! Somehow it feels as if something MAGICAL has happened and I cannot explain it. It is a wonderful, joyful sense that I have not experienced on a consistent level before."
"They (the lectures) were brilliant. I feel very fortunate to have such a resource as Dr. Treyvaud offering these kinds of programs locally!"
"The lectures are always a respite from the hectic, blaring, frenzy of other delivery methods of information experienced in our society."
"You all rock!!"
"Keep them coming!"
Here are some of your suggestions to us…
"Please include an official stretch break and more comfortable chairs."
Some of you who have attended the last few lectures may have noticed that we have included short breaks into the lectures if needed. We would love to provide luxury chairs for you but for now these will have to do. We do encourage you to use the blankets, bolsters or whatever else you need to bring from home to make your time spent at the lecture more comfortable!
"More interaction with the audience during the lecture (ie. using audience members to highlight points)."
Dr. Treyvaud has incorporated more of the audience into the lecture formats in the past few lectures. This has worked very well and we have all benefitted from their participation. We will absolutely continue with this format when the topic lends itself to this type of participation. Thank you for those who have been brave enough to share!!!
"Please include more questions and answers…it's my favourite part!"
We agree! Next fall we will be asking for your questions in advance. This will be a way of incorporating some questions that you may have before the lecture and then also provide some time for a follow-up Q & A session. We all benefit from questions. Please don't be shy! In order to accommodate for this important part of each lecture, please be sure to arrive on time. The lectures will begin promptly at 3pm!
"Maybe a little yoga before the lecture?"
Don't tempt me! 😉 This may be on the agenda in the upcoming lecture series. If a short yoga practice blends well with the topic, we will consider combining the two.
Some future topics that you suggested…
"…how to start children on a mindful path."
"…mindfulness and food."
"…bringing mindfulness into the workplace."
"…the art of mindful listening."
"…mindfulness to support those with sleep issues"
"…how mindfulness supports attraction"
"…please dive deeper into the spiritual aspects of mindfulness."
"…continue with the topic of the SELF."
"…mindfulness for an ordinary day."
Have a wonderful summer. We are excited for the upcoming fall lecture dates!