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- Meet in a small group, offering a chance to share and learn from each other.
- Over the weeks you’ll build up a tool box of practices that you can then draw on as you need them.
- Learn simple reflections such as “thoughts are not facts” for freeing your mind from unwanted worries.
- Explore how to be kinder to yourself and cultivate a kind inner tone of voice
- Based on research by Oxford University mindfulness department this course offers a clinically researched approach to using mindfulness to help with anxiety and depression, for boosting well being and creativity.
- I also bring in the latests approaches to self-compassion practices and self-care to create a course that offers a powerful tool for emotional and mental well being
Class format: each evening starts with a guided meditation, there is then time to discuss in pairs how the previous week has gone. We then have time in the large group to share experiences from the week and discuss what has been learnt before looking at the theme for the week. This then involves a mix of discussion, written exercise, pair work and guided meditations.Over the 8 weeks you’ll build up a course book of notes and a library of guided meditations.
Each week has its own theme, starting in week 1 with ‘autopilot’ – how we fall into automatic and unthinking patterns of behaviour. Each week’s session concludes with home practices to help explore the theme more deeply in your daily life, for week 1 we look at how to wake up to the autopilot behaviours in our life and how to start living a more alert and aware life.
Other themes include: self-care, thoughts are not facts, the meaning making machine of the mind and rebalancing our lives.
“This course was very powerful and has been life changing. It has really helped me to focus on the ‘Here and now’ rather than getting caught up in ruminative thinking. I have a tendency to worry about the future and about events which have not yet occurred and this was making me feel very stressed. Applying the techniques and mindfulness strategies I learnt on the course I feel better able to cope and although I still feel anxious this tends to diminish more quickly.”
“I have become more accepting of emotions that I would previously have classified as unwanted or negative, or ones to get rid of. I no longer feel I have to feel a certain way and it is okay however I am feeling. This has helped me to come to terms with very painful experiences that I would previously have suppressed.”
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Max number: 16 participants
The course follows a set of themes that develop over the 8 weeks:
- autopilot – this theme develops throughout the course, enabling participants to discover where they have become stuck in habitual behaviour, to become more creative in their responses to situations and to cultivate an attitude of exploration and openness to new possibilities.
- thoughts are not facts – as we progress through the course there is an opportunity to explore the limiting nature of some self-talk. We look at how this can impede creativity and engagement with life and how to challenge these self-limiting beliefs. One simple way is to notice when there is a limiting belief or negative self-talk and remind ourselves “thoughts are not facts”…..
- noting the tone of your inner voice – as participants progress through the course more self-awareness of thoughts will develop, alongside a grater sensitivity to the tone of that inner voice. What most people notice is that some of this inner dialogue can have a very harsh tone and instead we explore how to bring a kinder tone to our inner voice.
- self-care – throughout the course we explore how to bring a caring attitude to ourself and others. This includes learning to be with difficult emotions in a new way, that allows us to turn towards them with kindness to ourselves and an attitude of open curiosity, rather than denial or pushing them away. This can bring a deep heeling.
- body-awareness – many of us have learnt to be distant from our bodies and the wisdom there is in our gut and heart, relying instead on an intellectual decision making process that may not always supply all of the information we need to come to a conclusion that best serves us. The body scan meditation helps us re-learn how to listen our body.
- re-balancing – as we progress through the course there are weekly activity done away from the class that enable participants to gain a fresh perspective on life. From week 1 there is a gratitude practice that allows you to refocus your attention on what is nourishing and supportive in your life rather than focus only on what is wrong or difficult.
- every-day mindfulness – throughout the course we look at how to incorporate mindfulness into the busyness of the day: making the first drink of the day an opportunity to stop and notice, feeling the water in the shower or as you wash the dishes, feeling your feet on the floor as you walk, the sun on your face, and letting this bring you into the present moment rather than lost in thoughts.
- connection – as we learn to listen deeply to ourselves through meditation, we also turn this deep listening to others, noticing our tendency to be distracted or to be thinking of what to say in response to another as we only half listen to what they say, and instead bringing our full attention to them, listening, and then trusting we will be able to respond without having to plan what we are about to say.