Mindfulness Toronto

connecting mindfulness-based professionals across the GTA

Welcome to the Mindfulness Toronto Community

Mindfulness Toronto
 is a vibrant community of professionals dedicated to the principles and practice of mindfulness in all sectors of society.

Public Website
Please visit our public website  at www.mindfulnesstoronto.net for more information on how to join us.

Upcoming Community Meeting

September Community Meeting with Paul Baranowski

Five Fundamental Fears

Tuesday September 27th, 2016


Mount Sinai Hospital,
600 University Avenue Toronto, Ontario
11th floor
Function and Pain Program Gym. Room 1182.
Once out of elevators turn right and follow signs to Function and Pain Program

One way of looking at our experience is that five fundamental unconscious fears give rise to our reactive emotional states. These fears generate a predictable pattern of emotion, thought, behavior, and beliefs. For example, someone who tries to intensify their experience, such as with intense all-night conversations, jumping out of an airplane, drinking heavily and partying all night, is an indication that a pattern is running that has at the bottom of it the fear of isolation and rejection. When the pattern runs, it creates the conditions such that the fear comes true - in the example above, the person will end up feeling alone and disconnected. The feeling of aloneness triggers the fear of isolation and the pattern repeats. We have the ability to transform these five fears into five types of wisdom. In this session we will explore how these wisdoms manifest when we practice mindfulness meditation, and how the five fears operate unconsciously in our daily lives and how we can practice with them. 

Paul Baranowski is the founder of Luminous Ground, a meditation group located in the heart of Toronto. Paul has been studying and practicing Buddhism and meditation since 2004. He is an ordained member of the Order of Interbeing in the Zen tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, and author of Interdependent Liberation. Paul has also trained in the Tibetan Vajrayana tradition with teacher, executive coach and accomplished translator Ken McLeod. By day, Paul helps produce Muse, a brain-sensing EEG headband and app. Muse is an innovative biofeedback wearable technology that teaches users how to meditate, gives real-time guidance during meditation sessions, and provides a motivational framework for positive habit-forming.  Paul’s students benefit from his integrative teaching style which marries fundamental technique with action in daily life.


Latest Activity

Clare Sheedy might attend Centre for MindBody Health's event

Working with Shame in Psychotherapy: A Trans-theoretical Approach at Hart House, University of Toronto

December 9, 2016 at 9am to December 10, 2016 at 4pm
Clare Sheedy and Greg Samuelson are now friends
Dr. Vivian Liu is now a member of Mindfulness Toronto
Elli Weisbaum posted an event

Joy on Demand: Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute at Roman School of Management

October 19, 2016 from 9am to 5:30pm
Sep 16

Research and Publications

Mindfulness Research Guide is a comprehensive electronic resource that provides information to researchers, practitioners, and the general public on the scientific study of mindfulness.


Mindfulness Research Monthly bulletin for the purpose of keeping researchers and practitioners informed of current advances in mindfulness research.


Mindful.org is a website where you will find the best feature stories, news, instructions, and commentary—in writing, images, audio, and video—that we can find about mindfulness, awareness, kindness, and compassion.


Mindfulnet.org - More research on mindfulness


A vibrant community of professionals dedicated to the principles and practice of mindfulness in all sectors of society.


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