It is truth that liberates, not your effort to be free. - J. Krishnamurti
Meditation is a technique for calmly observing what is happening without judgement. What makes meditation difficult is when our minds are agitated with thoughts that centre around feelings of regret, guilt, shame, anger, jealousy, or any other kind of hurt. These energetic forces make it difficult to remain present as we constantly remember and re-live the past event over and over again our heads. In these inquiry sessions, we look deeply and compassionately at our subconscious thoughts, and see how these thoughts directly influence our behaviours and our ability to act compassionately towards ourself and others.
You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be. - Marianne Williamson
In these sessions we compassionately question our long cherished thoughts and beliefs. We investigate their validity, we see how they may be hurting and limiting us. Inquiry uncovers the errors in our perception, once it is seen how our thoughts are not true, and that holding onto them create suffering, then letting go becomes a natural process.
Questions are answered privately using pen and paper and adequate time is offered for deep, quiet self reflection. Questions relate to themes like doubt, regret, trust vulnerablity,or self-acceptance. In these session we don’t dig into our personal stories but rather look objectively at shared experiences as such guilt, shame, envy, or living with uncertainty. A sample question to explore the theme of envy may be: What am I believing when I feel envious?….In what ways do I compare myself to others?…In what ways do I feel deficient?….How does the act of comparing affect my relationship with myself and others?…If I didn’t compare, how would my relationships with others and myself be different?…Who would I be without comparison? Often questions arise spontaneously as we dig deeper into our belief structures.
Inquiry is unique in that there is no formal teaching per se, instead it is an investigation into your own Truth. It is an inward looking and self investigation. Here, you are your own therapist and guru. The object of self inquiry is to end at the truth of your experience whether it is pleasant or unpleasant. Self compassion is added in large doses as we investigate the inner workings of our mind.
A side benefit to group inquiry is the genuine and authentic connections that we make with each other. Tanya keeps the group members grounded, focused, and maintains a feeling of safety, love, and acceptance. It is important to note that answers are shared voluntarily. This is a private investigation done in a group for added support. Private 1:1 sessions are also available.
Each session begins with a Mindfulness Meditation and ends with Loving Kindness Meditation.
Cost is $ 20 per class (or $100/ 6 week session)
Space is limited to maximum of 6 participants.
Next 6 week session begins: May 2019
PERSONAL MEDITATION SUPPORT. If you are looking for personal support with your meditation practice, I offer 40 minute guided meditation walks (weather permitting), on-line live meditation sessions, or personal meditation coaching. Guided recordings are included with each session.
PRIVATE INQUIRY SESSIONS. Inquiry sessions are offered as a way to investigate old belief patterns, structures, and self imposed limitations. Uncover the root of who you are by investigating and letting go of what you are not. Investigate old grievances using the Byron Katie Approach to self inquiry. All coaching sessions include guided meditation.
Cost: $75.00/hr. (Teen discounts available)
Contact Tanya by phone or email to set up a session.
Tanya, whom I’ve known for years is amazing. The morning meditations are both energizing and calming. She has a tremendous breath of knowledge and really prepares for the sessions. I enjoy them and find the ZOOM on-line meditation venue a great way to experience calm and camaraderie with the other participants. Her voice is a gift to us all and I try to attend whenever I can. She brings 'mindfulness' to every meditation and talk; I always feel better and my head is cleared afterwards. For both experienced meditators and the novice, she has it all!
Tanya’s teaching of mindfulness practice has been a wonderful experience for students in our Grade 6 classroom. Not only have they been exposed to breathing and meditative strategies that have helped them focus on existence in the moment, but they have learned to practice mindful thinking, dialoguing, emotional connection with each other, and mindful movements. Our weekly visits were eagerly anticipated, and overall they provided a grounding and calming effect for our classroom.
Thank you so much Tanya for volunteering your time to teach the grade 3s (and myself) about the ways to be mindful. You taught us ways to incorporate mindfulness into our daily routine. Through your teachings, myself and the students have learned quick and efficient way to be mindful. Making time for a few minutes of mindfulness in the class, is a quick way to get the class refreshed and ready for learning during a busy day. I will be implementing what I’ve learned throughout my teaching career, and the students will as well.
Since beginning Mindfulness with Tanya, I feel I have become more tolerant towards the students I teach, and more attentive towards the needs of my colleagues. The techniques Tanya uses in her mindfulness sessions, have been very useful when dealing with stressful situations in the classroom. Taking a few seconds to relax, breathe, and focus, allows me to resolve a negative situation calmly and peacefully, rather than allowing it to escalate and effect the classroom climate to a greater extent.
A friend of mine introduced me to Tanya and her wonderful guided group meditation sessions almost 2 years ago and I have been gratefully going ever since. Tanya’s energy surrounds you with love, direction and dedication on the spiritual journey for which we all hunger on this earthly path. Tanya looks for meaning in a very deep and profound way and is overflowing with the desire to share all that she has learned and discovered on her own path. Personally, I find it very stimulating to spend time in a small group with like-minded people and each session is a gift that last much longer than a Pedicure! You won’t be disappointed!
I give Tanya the highest recommendation possible. She has been my guide and gateway into the life-changing practice of mindfulness. As a psychiatrist, I have seen firsthand the incredible value of mindfulness in reducing anxiety, depression, and in teaching people to focus on the present moment. In my own personal life, Tanya’s guided mindfulness practices have been a vital component of my own coping, healing, and re-centering as I have been moving through some very challenging times. It is with my deepest respect and appreciation that I would recommend Tanya to anyone who is looking to refocus and thrive in their life.