Christchurch Intro to Mindfulness & Meditation 4 wk course. Sunday Course. Starts Sun 21 Aug 2016 5.30pm Sessions
Event on 2016-09-09 17:30:00
“Neuroscientists have found that meditators shift their brain activity to different areas of the cortex…This mental shift decreases the negative effects of stress, mild depression and anxiety. …The researchers found that the meditators showed a pronounced shift in activity to the left frontal lobe. In other words, they were calmer and happier than before.” – Psychology Today Benefits of mindfulness & meditation: Reduce stress and anxiety More focus and energy Greater sense of ease and perspective Sleep better Relax more Greater self-awareness and wisdom Deeper levels of self-acceptance Richer and deeper experience of day to day life Studies and articles on the benefits of mindfulness meditation What is mindfulness? Mindfulness means “paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.” – Jon Kabat Zinn (Professor of Medicine Emeritus Stress Reduction Clinic and the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine). Mindfulness and meditation are both gaining in popularity as more and more people discover how this simple skill can have a profoundly positive impact on your life. Organisations such as Google, Apple, Nike and Yahoo! now run mindfulness programmes and sessions for staff during work hours. Modern research about mindfulness and meditation shows measurable and significant benefits to people including less stress, less anxiety, greater focus, calm and happiness. This particular course emphasises your own natural wisdom, your own innate OKness, right here and now. The instructions and guidance will be explicitly inviting you to embrace your whole human experience as it happens, moment by moment with a radical acceptance. "Mental Health Foundation mental health promoter Grant Rix says mindfulness has been shown to benefit our brains to such an extent that we can feel calmer, more aware, have an increased ability to focus and concentrate, remember things better and feel happier." – NZ Mental Health Foundation Press Release July 2012 About The Course: Practical with no dogma or religion Bookings are essential. The last course was fully booked prior to starting Class numbers are restricted to 20 people Each class includes a instruction, a guided meditation and time for questions/reflections Meditation is in chairs Four weekly 50-minute classes Receive an articles, weekly emails and a high quality guided meditation MP3 download at no extra cost Safe and supportive environment Learn to meditate in a simple, clear, effective and practical way Develop your capacity of self-awareness, self-understanding, compassion and mindfulness Generate greater calm, insight and wisdom Course Contents: Week 1: What is Mindfulness? What mindfulness is The benefits of mindfulness and meditation How to get the most from the course Guided body scan mindfulness meditation Question and answers / discussion Week 2: Working with the Mind Why thinking can be problematical Practical ways to work with difficult thoughts Self judgement and how to intervene Guided mindfulness meditation – counting the breath Questions and answers / discussion Week 3: Working with Emotions and Feelings What are emotions? Learning to feel emotions The RAIN method Non-judgement and acceptance Guided mindfulness meditation on feelings Question and answers / discussion Week 4: Radical Acceptance What it means to be present How wanting causes stress Developing wisdom and insight Authentic self compassion Open awareness guided mindfulness meditation Question and answers / discussion All Introductory Courses Include: Two free 20-minute guided meditation MP3s Handouts and articles for each class Weekly email instructions and articles Refund policy and money back guarantee Should you attend the entire course and not be satisfied you are entitled to a full 100% refund should you wish. How long is each weekly class and what happens? Each class is 50 minutes long. There will be a guided meditation for a period. This will include meditation instruction. After the meditation and instruction there will be a talk or discussion. This includes a question and answer time. Who is it suitable for? This course is suitable for you if you have never practised mindfulness or meditation or if you have attended introductory mindfulness and meditation courses and want to deepen your practise Your trainer is Neave Ross-Wallace Neave began her career as a therapist in 1991 when she joined the telephone counselling service Parentline. During her 5 years with Parentline she became the senior trainer and President of the organisation and began her mindfulness-based psychotherapy training at the Gestalt Institute of New Zealand. For the next 12 years she worked as a therapist in both private practice and at the Home and Family Counselling and Education center where she saw clients and ran adult education classes. Neave went on to gain a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning from Canterbury university and in 2010 trained at the Emmi Pikler Institute in Budapest as well as completing her training as a Waldorf/Steiner teacher. Neave has been practicing mindfulness since 1992, and presently delivers a mindfulness programme called Pause, Breathe, Smile to children aged from 5 to 12 years of age on behalf of the Mental Health Foundation as well as having recently trained with neuropsychologist Rick Hanson author or Buddha's Brain and Hardwiring Happiness.Neave lives in Governors Bay, has been married to Wallace for 30 years and has two adult children. Testimonials the Introductory Course: “I had never done meditation before and already had preconceived notions of what it would be like such as “religious and a bit airy fairy”. Surprisingly this course was the opposite. I found Karl very relatable, when he talked about our thoughts. Like a lot of people, I tend to overthink everything from past events to future, or simply beating myself up. Karl helped me to take a step back and recognise I’m not my negative thoughts and they do not define me. I now feel a sense of peace. The mediation itself is relaxing and helps you de-stress from the day’s events. I highly recommend this course to anyone who is looking to de-stress and gain inner peace.” – Summer Questions or More Information: If you have questions or require more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Karen on 027 664 9281.
at Mary Potter Community Centre
442 Durham Street North
Christchurch, New Zealand