To live in mindfulness, slow down and taste each second and each breath, that is enough.Thich Nhat Hanh
Stress, depression, anxiety, overloaded sensations/emotions/thoughts. The city is full of enemies to our peace of mind, to our good mental health. With an increasingly rapid pace, one easily gets lost in past and future preoccupations, to the point of forgetting to live in the present moment.
To live in mindfulness is to observe the present moment without judgment. It's to find again this simple state of mind of our childhood, this inner calm, lost through the tumults of life. We can teach you to recover this inner calm through this beautiful practice.
Going on a spiritual retreat can help, but it becomes harder to practice without isolating oneself from the difficulties of daily life. It is better to learn how to adapt our practice of mindfulness to our urban way of life, to be able to benefit from it every day.
That's why we offer you progressive services, depending on your level of practice, so that mindfulness gradually becomes part of your daily life. Surrounded by the difficulties found only in the city, here are our tools that will allow you to obtain more peace of mind.
Take advantage of our free meditation group to formally practice mindfulness, meet other meditators and improve your practice. Come meditate!
Each week, we practice mindfulness meditation in four stages: body scan, walking meditation, sitting meditation and discussion.
PS: We close the door at the beginning of the session.Registration
Mindfulness is a discipline that can be learned. Discover our variety of courses and choose a theme that suits you (introduction, anti-stress, burnout ...)
Mindfulness 101 Details
The benefits of mindfulness jump when you practice more and adapt to our daily lives. Deepen your practice with our extended program.
With practice comes its benefits and it is in this spirit that we give this program. Not only will you learn more deeply how mindfulness is manifested, how it is practiced on a daily basis, but you will also have more practical experience and opportunity to move forward in your personal journey.
The program contains...
Mindfulness Teacher, Psychotherapist & Founder of HeadPause
I worked as a software developer for over 6 years, every day I had my eat-sleep-work routine. From the outside everything I did seemed normal, but I could not stand being alone with my thoughts. I had to constantly distract myself to repel my negative thoughts that were getting stronger and stronger.
I felt lonely and helpless in the face of what was happening to me. Negative thoughts kept coming one after the other, forming a downward spiral that drew me constantly towards the bottom... I could not take it anymore, but for me it was unthinkable to go to therapy. I felt broken and I did not want others to know.
I finally took my first step and went to therapy, which allowed me to observe my thoughts and emotions without feeling judged. This experience was liberating, I suddenly realized how important mental health was in my life.
After going through my struggles, I wanted to help others do the same, so I left my career in computer engineering to start a new adventure in psychology. It's at the same time that I started my daily practice of mindfulness meditation.
My bachelor's degree in psychology allowed me to learn more about the mind, but meditating seriously daily has brought me a much greater understanding of myself. And I think it's key! To obtain more peace of mind, it is necessary to know one's own sensations, emotions and thoughts.
It's been more than 4 years now that I practice, every day, mindfulness... and the results are staggering! Less stress, less anxiety, fewer negative thoughts and emotions. More time for myself, more patience, more positive thoughts and emotions. I know my abilities and limits better now. Mindfulness is transformative and I am proof of that, just like many others who followed that same path.
In 2017 I founded HeadPause to give meditation sessions in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and now I teach mindfulness to all citizens who wish to positively transform their mental health. Get more peace of mind, it's feasible for you too!
Mindfulness Teacher & Director of Operations
Initially, my story resembles that of many people…. I have a job that I really like. I have been working as a project manager for a number of years. I work hard and am passionate about it. I have a good circle of friends. I am in good shape. I have a life that I consider healthy and balanced.
But quietly and slowly work begins to take a lot of place in my life. I wake up at night and think only of that; everything I have to do, the problems I have to solve, etc. I quietly realize that my work habits are changing. I can't concentrate, I feel exhausted, it's hard for me to make decisions. These changes scare me, but I prefer to ignore them, pretend they don't exist, even though they are growing day by day. I have one goal: continue …. I keep going until the day when something unforeseen is added in my daily life.
That's when I decide to consult. Diagnosis: burnout. My world had just collapsed….and that's when everything tumbled.
It was with the help of therapy and the practice of mindfulness that I got out of it. Passionate about its benefits, I decided to complete a known Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR). And that's when my career and my passion for mindfulness continued.
I have since implemented several distinct mindfulness programs and workshops for different groups. My skills as a project manager combined with my practice, allow me to target customer needs and set up programs based on them.
It is with an open heart and a great willingness to share that I give the workshops. I invite you to discover how simple gestures can have an immense impact on your well-being and on your surroundings.
I like to make a difference in my community, by directly helping people in need. Through my position at HeadPause, I clearly feel that my contribution positively impacts the people who need our help (seniors, people with physical and mental difficulties, health professionals). I enjoy participating in the strategic choices of HeadPause and directing us toward humanitarian causes that I hold dear.
All I can say is that I feel very relaxed and calm after a stressful day.
I found Edouard to be a kind, thoughtful and enthusiastic person. It was a pleasure to meditate with him and to learn more [...]. I look forward to meditating and talking with him again.
So good Edouard! Great for beginners too. I think your style is accessible + easy-going which is helpful.
Marie-Jo, That's really good, thank you very much for being here. I dream of having more time to meditate! [...] You perfectly embody the ideal person for this kind of training, your dynamism being your first quality, your listening and your ability to understand each through its smallest expression make you a great facilitator at the same time as an experienced psychologist. Thank you for being here, thank you for being you!
[Marie-Josée,] Just a super big thanks-hug to have introduced in such a wonderful way a new sun in our life.