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Meditation 101 - April 23rd/30th 2017
Sun., 23/04/2017, 11:30 am – Sun., 30/04/2017, 3:45 pm AEST
Meditation 101 is an ideal way to experience the benefits of meditation for the first time. Or to go “back to basics” if you’re trying to refresh your practice.
We’ll explore the basics of mindfulness meditation over four 90 minute sessions during one weekend.
Why learn to meditate?
Many people who want to learn to meditate do so because they are considering the impact of stress, anxiety, overthinking, unpleasant emotional states, or lack of focus or purpose in their lives.
Other people have heard how it can help develop focus and concentration, or increased self-awareness.
Meditation can help with all of these issues.
What will I learn?
The course contains theory and practice. You’ll learn straightforward meditation and relaxation techniques.
The meditation techniques taught in this course are based on Mindfulness Based Stillness Meditation as taught by The Gawler Foundation. I’m fully trained to teach this type of meditation.
The course also incorporates techniques and concepts from a number of mindfulness disciplines, including Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
We’ll dive into a number of concepts from stress management, evolutionary psychology and emotional self-care to explore the reasons why many of us feel stressed, anxious or overwhelmed – and how mindfulness practices can help.
See this link for further details, and to hear a free audio guided meditation.
But I can’t meditate! My mind is too busy!
During the course, we’ll talk about exactly why the mind feels so busy. Having a busy mind doesn’t mean you can’t meditate, or are “doing it wrong”! We’ll explore exactly how to deal with thoughts during meditation, and why trying to “stop thinking” doesn’t always work.
I’m keen! Tell me more!
The next run of the workshop happens on Saturday and Sunday, 5th-6th November. We’ll run from 11.30-1pm and 2.15-3.45pm each day
The venue will be in Darlinghurst or Surry Hills - TBC.
Day 1- Breathing Body
Session 1 – Mindfulness Basics
- What is meditation? What is mindfulness?
- The benefits of mindful living
- Why stress dominates modern lives
- Two ways to quickly relax your mind and body
- Aspects of mindfulness – breath, body, feelings, mind
- Meditating with the breath
Session 2 – Meditating with the Body
- Why body meditation?
- Mindful movement
- The body scan meditation
- Making meditation a habit
- Practical mindfulness exercises for day-to-day life
Day 2 – Living Mind
Session 3 – Don’t mind your mind
- Refresher and feedback from day 1
- Thinking – what’s it all about, and why is it sometimes so annoying?
- Excessive vs constructive thinking
- Working with thoughts in meditation
Session 4 – Practical mindful living
- Bringing mindfulness into your live
- Mindful listening
- Mindful eating
Lunch will not be provided – there are numerous places nearby on Crown Street, or feel free to bring your own. Tea/hot water will be available on-site.
Participants will be provided with a full set of course notes. You’ll also receive a meditation diary that is designed to help you develop the meditation habit.