Mindfulness for Life
About the course
This is a four week course that offers a great start to introducing a life-changing mindfulness practice into your daily life.
By practising being more present in each and every moment, we start to recognise, and can pause, the automatic reactions that run our lives. We find the clarity to ask:
- What is really here and do I want to do this differently?
- When did sitting on the train become so interesting and relaxing?
- When did making a cup of tea become so rewarding?
- How did waiting for the bus become so pleasant?
- When did I start sleeping instead of worrying about tomorrow?
- Why does the rain suddenly smell so fresh?...
Week one: The Breathing Body. Body Scan
Mindfulness means purposely attending to and becoming more aware of what is really happening, at any moment. By becoming more aware of thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations we develop a greater clarity. This gives us choice and enables us to respond rather than react and remain calm and steady through life’s ups and downs. In this first week we are introduced to ourselves from inside to outside through the experience of the body scan.
Week two: Dwelling the Body. Breathing Anchor
We explore the experience of “being “ rather than “doing” by engaging with our breath in full awareness .We use this constant exchange to help us return to calm clarity, over and over again. This enables us to observe our thoughts, acknowledge them and choose to let them go rather than become overwhelmed by them. This response becomes a powerful tool and health giving habit.
Week three: Mindfulness Movement
As our awareness develops and we realise our bodies are constantly moving on the inside, as well as externally. Our lungs breathe , our hearts beat and our circulation flows, in a constant dance of life. We extend this internal flow of movement and start to express a deeper awareness of how we move on the outside.
Week four: The Journey Continues
We look at how we can continue to develop our mindfulness in daily life and form new, supportive habits of “being rather than “doing”.
We explore ways of bringing the simple calm experience of living mindfully into everyday tasks and realise the opportunities are endless.
And for those who dare, we also engage in the lost art of playing -play ball, blowing bubbles, colouring-in, listening to music and just sitting, swinging our legs…without guilt or judgement!