Learn how to practice mindfulness. Practising mindfulness can be a life-changing journey. While mindfulness practice can be challenging, it can be extremely valuable, deeply nourishing and transformative. It helps to learn to recognize the sources of stress in our lives and develop effective strategies, working with them in a healthy and pro-social ways, rather than the way we often do, using unhelpful distractions to numb ourselves.
I began practising mindfulness over a decade ago. I was drawn to mindfulness as it was evidence-based and I could see the benefits in my life: I was happier and learnt a lot about living in the present moment even when adversity comes. In my life I continue to practice daily and attend retreats and trainings. I teach because I love helping people grow and develop through mindfulness and yoga.
There are numerous ways to describe mindfulness but for now, here are two descriptions from two teachers in the mindfulness tradition; that collectively convey the range and depth of how mindfulness expresses a quality of mind, heart and body.
Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness simply and succinctly in terms of cognitive and affective training:
"Paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally"
Thich Nhat Hanh describes mindfulness as an energy that transforms our way of living:
"I define mindfulness as the practice of being fully present and alive, body and mind united. Mindfulness is the energy that helps us to know what is going on in the present moment. I drink water and I know that I am drinking the water. Drinking the water is what is happening."
Over 20 years of scientific research on mindfulness-based training consistently tells us the positive benefits associated with increased self-awareness, attention and emotional regulation: our mental health improves, reduction in symptoms of anxiety and depression and increased resilience etc. Learning mindfulness helps us live healthier, happier lifes.
The Mindfulness for Life Course is a thorough introduction to mindfulness practice. Over the duration of eight weekly sessions and a one-day retreat, you will learn to cultivate present-moment awareness and to respond mindfully rather than react mindlessly to stress and diffcult emotions and adversity.
When you join the course you will receive the course manual, guided meditations as audio files to support your on-going practice.
What will you be expected to do?
This course is accredited by the British Association for Mindfulness-Based Approaches.
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"It is not the stress per say but how we are in relation to it and thus how we respond to it, that makes the difference. Jon Kabat-Zinn"