Melbourne (Mount Martha) – An Introduction to Mindfulness & Meditation 4 Week Course – Starts Thursday, 17 August, 7.00pm Sessions

Melbourne (Mount Martha) – An Introduction to Mindfulness & Meditation 4 Week Course – Starts Thursday, 17 August, 7.00pm Sessions
Event on 2017-08-17 19:00:00
“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.   "Since doing this course, I have been sleeping much better, I feel much more in control of my emotions, I have enjoyed 'noticing' my own state, but also it has transferred to everything around. This means I am re-enjoying many things that I had been taking for granted." — Sandy Good 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 approx 20 people Each class includes instruction, a guided meditation and time for questions/reflections Meditation is in chairs  Four weekly 60-minute classes Receive articles, weekly emails and downloadable guided mindfulness meditations 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 Questions 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 Questions 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 Questions and answers / discussion All Introductory Courses Include: Guided mindfulness meditation audio files 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 one hour 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 practice. Your trainer is Angie Roach Angie has been practising mindfulness and meditation for over 20 years and finds it brings a flow and calm to her life. Living life mindfully brings her clarity, happiness and peace and sharing this knowledge with others has become her life's work. She has studied yoga and many traditions of mindfulness and meditation; her official training coming from the lineage of Venerable Ayya Khema. With a background in horticulture and permaculture, she brings her mindfulness to her work in kitchen gardens, teaching children mindfulness and meditation techniques and helping them to feel a connection with the earth and each other. Angie is the founder of Green Heart which runs workshops in meditation, mindfulness, permaculture and earth connection. Her passion is helping people find peace in the present moment and feeling connected to the earth and each other.   Testimonials the Introductory Course: "The course was very relaxed and friendly, and full of useful practical advice that recognised the limits to time that everyone faces. Also I liked the mix of people attending, with a range of different reasons for being there."— Rosie Cree "Since doing this course, I have been sleeping much better, I feel much more in control of my emotions, I have enjoyed 'noticing' my own state, but also it has transferred to everything around. This means I am re-enjoying many things that I had been taking for granted."— Sandy Good "The course guidebook was a useful guide and very informative. I also enjoyed the formal practice and the way different strategies were explained."— Linda Daniell Questions or More Information: If you have questions or require more information, please Email karen@mindfulnessworksaustralia.com  Use Website Contact Form: Mindfulness Works website contact form

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