Mindfulness for Wellbeing
Introduction to the eight week course – Waking-up from automatic pilot
Tuning into the senses
Holding the body in mind
The body scan practice
Living in our heads
‘Doing’ and ‘Being’ modes – The power of being ‘present’
The Wandering Mind
Understanding thoughts and feelings
Breath & body practice
Noticing reactions to pleasant experiences
Gathering the scattered mind
How much do we ‘see’?
Moving and sensing
Noticing reactions to unpleasant experiences
The mind’s running commentary – recognising aversion
How much do we ‘hear’?
The power and impact of aversion
The breathing space
Let it be
Opening towards experience – acceptance
Sitting meditation – working with difficult feelings & thoughts
Thoughts are not facts
Challenging the internal critic – the power and perils of negative rumination
Sitting meditation, relating to thoughts and feelings that arise
Preparing for end of course
Supporting inner resources & taking care of ourselves
Breaking the vicious cycle
What’s nourishing and what’s depleting
Dealing skilfully with day-to-day life
Your wild and precious life
Weaving mindfulness into daily life, what works for you?
Moving forward – Maintaining and extending learning
The practice day provides an opportunity for course participants to deepen their mindfulness practice over an extended period of time in a supportive group atmosphere. The day will include sitting, lying down and walking mindfulness meditations, plus periods of silence and dialogue.
The programme is experiential and interactive and seeks to engage participants in a range of practical activities to enhance learning. Daily practice is an important component, so to get the maximum benefit from the course, participants are encouraged to actively engage with the suggested homework practices.