Welcome to North Side Mindfulness

North Side Mindfulness is a local non religious meditation group that supports MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction), MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) and various schools of secular Buddhism. We are primarily concerned with Insight (Mindfulness) or Vipassana secular Buddhist practice. Newcomers and experienced meditators are most welcome, we are seeking to create a "spiritual" home for you on the north side. Come learn about meditation, or experienced practitioners can support and share their ongoing practice with others. You don't need to walk your path alone,  Ananda the Buddha's disciple once asked him about friendship. He thought having good and encouraging friends was very important. He even wondered whether having good friends is half the path.

"No, Ananda," the Buddha told him, "having good friends isn't half of the Holy Life. Having good friends is the whole of the Holy Life."

We serve all of Cape Breton and are based in North Sydney, Nova Scotia. Our initial meetings will be held at the North Sydney Public Library at 309 Commercial St. 

 7 - 8 PM, on Tuesday evenings

Everything is free, the teachings are traditionally given away.

Meditation: 10 Tips on How to Do It and 5 Reasons Why You Should!

Meditation. If you believe leading research scientists, it's as close to a magic pill as we can get! Let's take a quick look at 5 reasons why meditation is awesome along with 10 tips on how to rock it!

Meditation has tremendous effects when it comes to boosting your happiness. If you meditate effectively it will decrease depression, anxiety, and stress. According to the American Psychosomatic Society, Mindfulness meditation was effective in decreasing mood disturbance and stress symptoms in both male and female patients with a wide variety of cancer diagnoses, stages of illness, and ages.

Added to that, it also increases your positive emotions. Again, the American Psychosomatic Society published an article that stated that "a short program in mindfulness meditation produces demonstrable effects on brain and immune function. These findings suggest that meditation may change brain and immune function in positive ways". So meditation will actually not only decrease stress, anxiety and depression, but it will also increase the positive emotions. However the article also underscored the need for more research.

Does Meditation Really Affect Your Brain?

You might think of meditation as just a New Age trend, but it may actually benefit your brain!