The 8 Week Mindfulness Meditation Course

The 8 Week Mindfulness Meditation Course

 

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Mindfulness meditation is essentially a practice of awareness. Awareness is available to all of us in the present, all the time. Yet we rarely choose awareness as our focus of attention.

 

Instead we are often lured into our thoughts ruminating over some past experiences, or compulsively planning something or trying to fix a problem to avoid a painful future.

 

Meditation and mindfulness is not only meant for the saints. Neither is mindfulness only for people who can sit still and concentrate. It is not a relaxation technique. These are very superficial labels we give to mindfulness and meditation. Mindfulness meditation simply put, is a way to observe our mind.

 

Mindfulness practice is about developing the ability to work with our true nature, our deep inner core, to understand it and make connection with it, so we are living more meaningful, connected and complete lives. It is not to achieve a goal of de-stressing and relaxation but to know what lies under the stress, to understand our own inner workings and what thought, emotion and behaviour patterns are getting formed as a result.

 

Just like river water that is not still does not let us see the river bed, so a mind that is full of thoughts and distractions cannot let us see what feelings, emotional patterns, fears or anxieties truly lie beneath it. Meditation is the process by which we help our mind to gradually settle down so we can truly start looking at what is our true nature.

 

Why an 8 Week Mindfulness Meditation Course?

 

Neuroscience research has shown that 8 weeks of mindfulness and meditation practice can change the neurological wiring of the brain in healthy ways.

 

8 weeks of meditation practice is known to change the structure and function of the brain. A number of studies have been done to test this out.

 

Topics Covered

 

What is mindfulness?

 

Understanding of evolutionary psychology, supportive of why the brain works as it does

 

The neuroscience of mindfulness

 

Learning to apply mindfulness in everyday life

 

Working with the body mindfully- learning body meditation

 

Learning Breathing Meditation

 

Learning how to work with emotions mindfully

 

Learning how to work with thoughts mindfully

 

Dealing with thoughts and emotions in everyday life- personal application

 

Mindfulness and Indian philosophy: Deepening practice through understanding of basic philosophical principles.

 

Duration: 8 Sundays across 8 weeks

 

Timing: 10:30AM to 1 PM.

 

Dates: January 14, 21 and 28, February 4, 11, 18 and 25, March 4

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