WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
Mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally, or in other words, knowing what you are doing while you are doing it. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation and healing. – John Kabat Zinn MBSR founder
Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about paying attention to present moment experience with open curiosity and a willingness to be with what is.
It is a way of living.
The Mindful AUTUMN Program
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HOW DO WE DEVELOP MINDFULNESS?
To cultivate mindfulness we must train our awareness so that it becomes an increasingly reliable source of stability.
The Mindfulness journey:
Phase 1 is about becoming more familiar with what is actually happening in each moment. It is about becoming aware of our breath, our body as we sit, stand, walk, of the sensations in different parts of the body, of our emotions and our thought processes.
The Mindful AUTUMN Program
The 8-week mindfulness program teaches mindfulness to help you cope with illness, pain, discomfort and stress.
It is a blend of meditation, body awareness and yoga: learning through practice and study how your body handles (and can resolve) stress neurologically.
Participants in the group class learn a lot from each other and support from fellow participants can be of powerful assistance in meeting many of the common challenges faced in integrating the practice of mindfulness in daily life.
The program is intended for a broad range of people with diverse backgrounds, ages, interests and levels of wellbeing.
People join because of physical and emotional stressors in their lives. Many enrol because they feel their life is “out of control” or they are “not feeling quite right” and wish to gain more peace, ease and flow.
This program is for you if you wish to:
- Improve your memory, concentration, attention and cognitive ability
- Find greater balance, harmony, energy and peace of mind
- Improve your health and reinforce your immune system
- Better manage and reduce pain (chronic illness)
- Better handle life’s challenges and stressful situations
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Develop your emotional and social intelligence
- Increase your creativity and enhance sense of purpose
- Gain in self-confidence, increase your self-awareness
- Have better relationships
Through taking this Mindfulness course, you will learn skills that can increase your ability to:
- Be fully present and alive in this moment
- Cope with stress, pain and the challenges of everyday life
- Deal with disturbing events with grace and composure
Studies have demonstrated that the Mindfulness MBSR protocol can have a significant therapeutic effect for those experiencing stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, depression, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic pain, heart condition, and other ailments. It has been shown that Mindfulness helped people cope better with symptoms and has improved their quality of life.
A Harvard research shows that 8 weeks of Mindfulness MBSR training rewires your neural networks, reduces cortisol levels, improves cognition, memory & executive function, and results in extensive physiological benefits, creating a healthier, more resilient, productive and peaceful you.
To get the benefit of the program, it is important to be able to participate in the entire course. This means that you should be able to attend all sessions and do your homework. If this is not possible for you, it is better to take the course at a later time.
The Mindfulness program is highly experiential and daily practice is the most important component. Mindfulness is a skill that involves both the body and the mind. It takes time and practice to adopt a new skill and to use it effectively and harmoniously.
No meditation experience is needed prior to taking this program. You will be guided through every step of the journey.
This is an experiential program which teaches the principles of Mindfulness through mixed modalities, including several types of mindfulness meditation, awareness-building activities, group inquiry and discussion, readings, and mindful movement.
It’s all about noticing patterns of thinking and feeling, and from this increased awareness learning to relate differently to them rather than habitually trying to ‘fix’ them. Trying to ‘fix’ or change difficult thoughts and feelings can too often be an expression of our anxiety, fear, frustration or denial, and because of this it does not ‘work’.
Course Format: 1,5 hour classes once a week on Wednesdays 7:00-8:30 pm (GMT+1), for 8 weeks online through Zoom.
Course Cost: Full price: €300; Early bird: € 250 before September 10th (enquire about payment options)
Intake Process: All participants are required to complete an individual pre-course introduction with Beatrice over Zoom.
Participant Materials: Participants are provided with worksheets. Guided practice recordings are provided via mp3 files.
Participant Support: Participants have phone and email access to Beatrice for questions and support outside of class times.
The Program overview
Throughout the program you will be consciously and systematically working the challenges and demands of your everyday life. You will be in a safe and supportive environment for this work.
- Weeks 1-2-3 Grounding and strengthening our mind
- Weeks 4-5-6 Opening and understanding our mind
- Weeks 7-8 Applying mindfulness practices to all aspects of life
Theoretical underpinnings of mind-body medicine
-Mindful eating, breathing and Body scan
Self-responsibility for positive change
Cultivating strength and flexibility of body and mind
Recognizing and interrupting thoughts
Dealing with difficult emotions and physical pain
-Creating space to make choices
Increasing empathy and positive emotion
-Loving Kindness meditation, RAIN process
Integrating mindfulness in your life