MINDFULNESS FOR DAILY LIFE
Learning mindfulness is a felt experience, the skills are learnt through daily practical exercises that make full use of all the senses to access your greater emotional intelligence and clearer experience of life. There are no books to read, notes to take or written tests.
The Mindfulness for Daily Life course introduces a new theme each week:
|Week 1||Living on automatic pilot can feel like sleep walking through life. Learn how to pay full attention to everyday experiences.|
|Week 2||How to let go of repetitive cycles of thinking (or worry) by connecting into the body’s intelligence.|
|Week 3||Skills to gather and settle the mind that is
often scattered and lost in thought.
|Week 4||By finding out what the mind’s habitual reaction to unpleasant feelings is, we learn how to stay present and view things with a wider perspective so we can choose to relate differently.|
|Week 5||Cultivating an attitude of kindness to experience disempowers aversion. By having greater clarity, we can choose what, if anything, needs to change.|
|Week 6||We explore how thoughts are not facts and how not to get lost in them.|
|Week 7||Skills for taking care of yourself.|
|Week 8||Maintaining mindfulness skills in daily life.|
|Day of Mindfulness||Includes a day of mindfulness practise, systematically tuning into the senses, by being guided through the practical skills learnt.|
Is it suitable for me?
The course is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. No prior experience is necessary. The process of learning mindfulness is not easy and requires effort and resolve to gain the benefits. If this was not the case, we would all be practising already. There will be periods of working on the floor, though if you find this physically difficult it is possible to adapt to a sitting or standing posture.
Teaching does not give you the benefit
A meditation teacher does not undertake the role of a therapist, but rather that of an instructor. The teaching in class does not give you the benefit, only your practice does that. You require a willingness to participate and a commitment to complete about 45mins practice each day between classes. If you feel that your circumstances do not support this level of commitment then it may be better to postpone your participation until a more conducive time. By either session 3 or 4 you will more than likely feel fed up and / or bored with the process. This is usual, and such reactions are quite normal and will pass as we move through the course.