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August 2017

The Hardest Thing


“Intelligent people want self-control; children want candy.” — Rumi

One of the hardest things in life is to control one’s own thoughts and feelings. Anthroposophical meditation is a spiritual practice for which that kind of control is just the beginning.

Robin Schmidt — a man who wrote the book on Meditation — is coming to Thornhill August 17th and 19th to talk about cultivating the inner life of the human soul and spirit.

There will be two events in Thornhill, a public lecture on "Being Human in a Digital World" on August 17th at 7 pm, and an all-day workshop on Saturday, August 19th, on "Concentration - Contemplation - Meditation -- An Introduction to Anthroposophical Meditation". 

The downtown Toronto event with Robin Schmidt, "Staying Connected to Your Life Path", on Wednesday August 16th, is already sold out. But you can still catch his public lecture and workshop in Thornhill. 

August 15th Update on the Downtown event with Robin Schmidt: The event organizers have moved the event to a larger venue in order to accommodate the unexpectedly large demand for tickets. So tickets may still be available. Register online at the link in the preceding paragraph.

Public Lecture: Being Human in a Digital World

August 17, 7-9 pm

Rudolf Steiner Centre, 9100 Bathurst St.,Thornhill

Cost (at the door): $20 (students/seniors $15)

The digital revolution produces an environment which has radically changed the way we live together, how we relate to the world and to our self. How can we stay, be and become human in midst of these conditions? Anthroposophical meditation starts with the individual’s own questions and goals and can therefore offer meaningful contributions to the challenges encountered in dealing with life in today’s world. It can also offer a means of enhancing one’s ability to take on true responsibility in one’s professional life.

It seeks to deepen the individual’s capacity for understanding in general and for establishing a relationship to what is transcendent: in nature, in one’s fellow human beings, in one’s professional life.

Concentration - Contemplation - Meditation: An Introduction to Anthroposophical Meditation

Saturday, August 19th, 9 am to 4 pm, Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto, Thornhill

Cost (at the door): $100 for Anthroposophical Society members, $125 for others

Anthroposophical meditation takes as its starting point the individual's own questions and goals, and as such, can prove to be a meaningful contribution to the challenges encountered in dealing with life in today's world.

It can also offer a means of enhancing one's ability to take on true responsibility in one's professional life. It seeks to deepen the individual's capacity for understanding in general and for establishing a relationship to what is transcendent: in nature, in one's fellow human beings, and in one's professional life.

In other words, it is an attempt to develop a relationship with the divine in the midst of a contemporary life. This workshop will explore some of the methods and practices related to an anthroposophical approach to meditation.

It will also provide space for exchange on practical questions relating to: how to go about taking up meditation; how to transform a verse into a meditative process; and how to integrate a regular meditative practice into everyday life.

 

Robin Schmidt is a research fellow at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) in the Faculty of Education (http://www.gesellschaftswissenschaften-phfhnw.ch/ueber-uns/team/schmidt-robin/). His current research focuses on the effects of the digital revolution on education. Robin also co-director the Culture Impulse Research Centre in Dornach (www.kulturimpuls.org), which systematically researches the history and contemporary development of Anthroposophy.

Robin has published numerous books on cultural history and anthroposophy, including “Meditation: An Introduction to Anthroposophical Meditation” which he co-authored with Heinz Zimmermann.

Originally published in German in 2010, this book has recently been translated and published in English and French by Editions Perceval, Quebec, supported in part by the Anthroposophical Society in Canada.

Robin will be visiting Montreal and Toronto in August 2017 to lead workshops on Anthroposophical Meditation and share his research on the effects of the digital revolution on culture and education. Robin lives in Basel with his wife and three sons.

View an online copy of the brochure for these and other related Robin Schmidt events.

This event is sponsored by the Anthroposophical Society in Canada and hosted by the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto.

 

 


  


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