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The Natural Way to Manage Your Stress & Anxiety
We’re surrounded by time-saving technologies, yet many of us find ourselves constantly exhausted and in need of more time. The pressure we feel to be constantly connected and to multitask often makes us unhappy, distracted and stressed. Mindfulness meditation is a tried and tested method for helping us to relax and relieve stress. Don’t worry – you do not need to be calm or able to “shut off your mind” to enjoy Mindfulness. Monkey minds are welcome!
What is Mindfulness Meditation?
Mindfulness, simply put, is the practice of paying attention to the present moment, on purpose, and with compassion. Since most of our stress comes from worrying about the past or the future, focusing on the present gives our mind a chance to rest. It also has numerous health benefits (e.g. improved focus and resilience, boosted immune system, decreased pain and anxiety) – proven time and time again in scientific and medical settings. Your mind can be trained, and it is easier than you think!
About the Introduction Course
During this four hour Introduction course, we’ll discuss, explore and practice mindfulness techniques to help you stay focused on the present moment and reduce stress. You will receive handouts plus guided meditations to help support your new practice. Participants are encouraged to practice at home to experience the physical and emotional benefits of mindfulness meditation. You don’t have to be a pretzel person to participate- we offer chairs and cushions as seating options.
The course content will be broken up into the following sections:
Section 1 – Mindfulness: an introduction
You will receive an introduction to the benefits of mindfulness and the different ways to incorporate it in your daily life. Some of the class activities will include a mindfulness of breathing and mindful eating exercises.
Section 2 – Mindfulness: your body
You will focus on getting out of your head and into your body and reviewing a great deal of body focused vocabulary in order to help with the mindful body scan exercise. You will also have a chance to learn the STOP practice to help you take a mindful break during your day. Finally, we will also have a quick introduction to mindful walking and movement.
Section 3 – Mindfulness: thoughts & emotions
Learn how to take a mindful approach to unpleasant thoughts and emotions and how to find balance between acceptance and improvement. Through the use of different metaphors and visualizations you will have the chance to learn how to observe rather than judge or obsess over these internal experiences.
Section 4 – Mindfulness: others and yourself
Focus on developing a more mindful and compassionate mindset towards yourself as well as others that you interact with. It will include an introduction to the Loving Kindness meditation, a mindfulness listening and speaking activity and tools to help you to continue your mindfulness practice in your daily life after the course.
Who’s it for?
This course is perfect if you’re interested in exploring the benefits of Mindfulness, but are short on time or unable commit to the full 8 week process.
Tuesday 5th September – 26th September, 7pm – 8pm
This course will be held at Swinfen Hall, just down the road from Whitespace studio.
Chris Jones is an experienced trainer and consultant in the areas of Mental Health and Wellbeing. She has had a personal mindfulness meditation practice for the last 10 years and trained as a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher with Bangor University.
She follows the good practice guidelines laid down by the UK Mindfulness Network, which includes ongoing supervision and training at Oxford Mindfulness Centre and attending regular teaching retreats and also silent retreats. She leads a variety of workshops and courses nationally and is committed to sharing these life changing practices with a wide range of participants.
The workshop is open to everyone – from complete beginners to experienced practitioners. Spaces on this workshop are limited and so will need to be pre-booked and pre-paid. Bookings are all on a first come first served basis and confirmed on payment. Book online today or give us a call on 01908 566610 and let the inner stillness begin!