April 19, 2020
by wcook
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Zoom sessions to support you and your practice (living)

This experience with COVID-19 pandemic is most certainly new, full of uncertainty, yet also pregnant with opportunity … opportunity for us to slow down, reflect on our values and what’s most import, and to “wake up”, to get to really know ourselves and who we are at our core. Even though “waking up” can’t be planned or made to happen and despite the fact we might practice, nothing specific leads to such waking up, as spiritual teacher Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche has pointed out “Awakening is an accident. Being forced to get in thouch with your deepest fears and identity may make you more accident prone”, and this is excatly the opportunity we are facing if we wish to take it.

As a starting point i have recorded my first ever guided practice video for you …. click here for the link …. and invite you to explore just being. Also, as those of you who have attended our Mindfulness & Conscious Living Program know, we have a Self-care Maintenance Program (SCMP) that is offered twice a month on the 2nd & 4th Mondays from 5:30-7:00 pm. Thes have been on hold due to the pandemic social distancing and as this looks like it will continue for some time yet I will begin to offer these SCMP sessions at the usual time (5:30) and will, for the time being, to provide extra support for our patients who have particpated in the Mindfulness & Conscious Living Program and also for anyone else who might want to explore mindfulness practice as part of their coping and living well with this pandemic challenge, offer these every Monday at 5:30 vis Zoom videoconferencing starting April 27th. If you are interested in this opportunity to join in with and practice with others please email me at bill@iriscenter.ca and I will send you a link to tthe Zoom session which will include a link to download the Zoom app if you don’t have it (it is free and you can uninstall anytime you want) as well as the metting ID and the specific password for the session. For added security, I will send a new Zoom invitation each week by email so watch for it if you are interested.

In the meanwhile please feel free to return to the guded meditation above and practice as often as you are inclined.

Also if any of you are feeling unsettled and overly distressed and would like some help please feel free to call the office, 452-7116, or email, info@iriscenter.ca, for assistance.

Cheers, blessings and be safe,

Bill

March 19, 2020
by wcook
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Social Distancing

Given the current situation with Covid-19 virus and what we now know about it (is more deadly than regular flu and up to 15% who get sick will need hospitalization, for every 1 confirmed positive there are 10-50 others who also actually have it – and may not know it yet – and without social isolation are spreading it, without social distancing everyone who has it spreads it to at least 2.5 others and infection rate doubles every 3 days so becomes exponential in just a couple of weeks) our most effective action to slow the spread and effect of Covid-19 is intense and strict Social Distancing. Since Monday March 16, all yoga, group sessions and individual appointments at the Iris Center and Dr. Cook’s practice have been cancelled. We have begun offering these individual appointments through video conferencing on Zoom and also for some by telephone. We are looking into how we might continue to provide some of the group sessions by Zoom as well.

If you are feeling unsettled and overly distressed and would like some help please feel free to call the office, 452-7116, or email, info@iriscenter, for assistance.

Please continue to check our What’s New post for further information and updates. In the meanwhile, soft belly breathe to help you feel settled, be responsible, think of others and take good care of yourself.

Cheers

March 10, 2020
by wcook
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Intro Session tonight rescheduled

The Introduction to MindBody Medicine Program session tonight will be rescheduled for next Tuesday March 17th at 7 pm due to the freezing rain and potentially unsafe driving conditions tonight. We look forward to seeing next week. Be safe 🙂

February 27, 2020
by wcook
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Iris Center activities Thursday Feb. 27

The Mindfulness and Conscious Living Group this morning will continue as usual, 9-12.

The Mindfulness and Conscious Living Group this afternoon is cancelled due to the unsafe travel conditions expected and we will be contacting you about rescheduling.

Yoga with Wendy this evening is cancelled due to the inclement weather.

Also, Wendy will be taking a break from her Yoga class for a few weeks so please stay tuned here to What’s New for details on when Yoga with Wendy will resume.

Blessings and be safe.

February 8, 2020
by wcook
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Retreat today still On

Good New Brunswick Morning,

For all attending our All Day Retreat today, we plan to continue and invite you to arrive at the Center as soon as you are able around 9:00 but we will delay getting formally started until 9:30 to accommodate the travel.

See you soon,

Bill

February 7, 2020
by wcook
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Office Closed Today Friday February 7th

Due to the unsafe travel conditions for all of us today, the office will be closed and appointments rescheduled ASAP.

The Education/Orientation Session will be rescheduled with the session in March, Friday 13th 1:30-4:30.

Be safe if you need to be out and about.

Dr. Bill Cook

January 27, 2020
by wcook
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No Maintenance Session tonight

Hi All,

Don’t want to spread what I might be coming down with so we’ll skip SCMP for tonight and look forward to next month as usual on 2nd and 4th Mondays.

Take some time to practice anyway 😉

Cheers, Bill

January 25, 2020
by wcook
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Yoga with Bill Jan. 26th Cancelled

Hi All,

Seems we are to get significant freezing rain overnight and all morning tomorrow so prudence and wisdom lean toward no class tomorrow once again 🙁 … Look forward to seeing you next Sunday and encourage you to take some time for yourself tomorrow.

Namaste, Bill