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Tue, May 23, 2017, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM BST
INTERACTIVE MINDFULNESS NEW 8 WEEK COURSE
We will be in lovely quiet room at New Cross Gate Community Gardens, Besson street. The course starts Tuesday March 28th for 8 weeks. Retreat day is Sunday May 7th 11-5pm.
Mindfulness works if we cultivate a regular daily practice. I have been running this group for over two years now and it has helped me to understand and grow with mindfulness and develop an embedded practice.
My background is based in many years of personal development and in the facilitation of group process. I have been practicing mindfulness for over 15 years and am a qualifiying as teacher with the mindfulness association.
There is a limited number of spaces for people on a low income please phone/text for details. We are not affiliated/belong with any religious group.
Please contact me for any other quires or other payment options 0757 4185 624
Group size of about 10 to 15 people.
Meeting at: Besson Street Community Gardens, New Cross, London. SE14 5AE. https://goo.gl/maps/ZLnJRieNCjx
Outline of course
Week 1-3 Working with Distraction
We will start with settling, grounding, resting and support on a daily basis, we move to a position to become more familiar with how the mind moves and the unique pathways of habit it follows.
We becoming increasingly familiar with the changing dynamic of mindfulness and distraction, and begin to see how distraction reveals an inner world of habitual patterning that ensnares our energies.
We also begin to recognise attitudes of preference - like and dislike - and see how they narrow and contract our awareness, imprisoning us.
In this context we are referring to our habitual reactions, driven by conditioning, not informed choices based on intelligent discernment.
In this module we also introduce mindful movement as a way of integrating mindfulness into how we move through our lives, and the three minute breathing space as a way of breaking the reactive cycles we get caught in during everyday life.
Week 3-6 Self Acceptance
Throughout our training we are working in two areas - redirecting our attention to the present moment by using a mindfulness support, while at the same time learning to accept the diverse range of our inner experience.
Part of mindfulness practice is learning to work with strong emotions that arise and developing the capacity to 'hold' difficult experiences within body and mind.
Identifying our reactive patterns of preference reveals how working on attitude is all important, and so, through training in acceptance we learn to acknowledge and come to terms with difficult thoughts and emotions by paying them close attention with a kind and inclusive attitude.
We also introduce the Self-Compassion break in which we learn to relate with a kindly and accepting attitude to difficult thoughts, feelings and emotions that arise in our daily life.
Week 7 and 8 Undercurrent & Observer
At this point we explore the model of 'undercurrent and observer' as a way of mapping out the inner landscape of our mind and identifying where change can take place.
The 'undercurrent' refers to the continuous stream of thoughts, emotions, memories and images that stream through our mind moment by moment, whether we like it or not.
During this module we bring together all the themes from the previous modules and help participants set up an ongoing mindfulness practice for going forward in their lives.
I look forward to meeting you.