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Meditation is a universal spiritual wisdom and practice, that we find at the core of all the great religious traditions, leading from the mind to the heart. It is a way of simplicity, silence and stillness. Simplicity is letting go of self analysis, silence is letting go of thought and stillness is letting go of desire.It can be practiced by anyone from anywhere you are on your journey. It is only necessary to be clear about the practice and then to begin---and keep on beginning. Try meditation for the first time or join this space as a practiced meditator. The space will be there for delegates who want to take a break from the science and rigor of each day.



Wednesday, October 2nd, Thursday, October 3rd and Friday, October 4th

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Instructed session and meditation
1PM - 3PM
Free discussion with meditation instructor
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Instructed session and meditation
5:10 PM- 5:35 PM
Silent meditation

Meditation Instructors

Magda Jass (Canada)
Magda Jass was one of the few people present when John Main OSB gave his first talk on Christian Meditation in the fall of 1977. She knew right away this was the form of prayer for her. After the death of John Main in December 1982, while working in medical research at McGill University she became first a volunteer in palliative care, and took her first unit in Clinical Pastoral Education. Later she realized that working in spiritual care in a hospital setting realized both her interests in spirituality and medicine. In 1986 she resigned from the work in the research lab, and retrained with more clinical training and an MA in Pastoral Theology. Magda was a member of the discernment committee of the first guiding board of World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM). She is a meditator for 35 years and leader of meditation groups since 1985.

Polly Schofield (Canada)
Apollonia (Polly) Schofield has been teaching meditation for the past thirty years to patients, families and staff at the Palliative Care Unit of the Montreal General Hospital; as well as leading groups and giving talks across the country. Since 1990, she has organized the Quiet Room for meditation at the International Palliative Care Congress in Montreal. An Art Historian by profession, Polly lives with her husband in Montreal.

"The only way to teach someone to meditate is to meditate with them."

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