Calm amongst the chaos – Start 2021 in a mindful way (6 week mindful meditation course) The Maybury Centre Woking
2020 has been a tough year…….. Enter 2021
With 2020 coming to a close we are looking for those new years resolutions to start us off in the right place.
Our 6 week course is Running from Wednesday 6th Jan and every Wednesday until the 10th of Feb.
Additional gift day –
The gift day – This is a full day retreat day after the 6 weeks course. It will run from 10am-4pm (Day TBC)You will receive food and drink throughout the day – This day is at an extra cost of £50 for those who have been on the 6 week course and £100 for those who haven’t.
There are only 12 spaces on the retreat so so to avoid disappointment book up when you book the 6 week course.
Now for the info !
First, it’s helpful to become familiar with the meaning of mindfulness, as well as how it relates to meditation. Mindfulness is the quality of being present and fully engaged with whatever we’re doing at the moment — free from distraction or judgment, and aware of our thoughts and feelings without getting caught up in them. We train in this moment-to-moment awareness through meditation, allowing us to build the skill of mindfulness so that we can then apply it to everyday life.
In teaching the mind to be present, we are teaching ourselves to be live more mindfully — in the present, taking a breath, not beholden to reactive thoughts and feelings — which is particularly helpful when faced with challenging circumstances or difficult situations.
Shane Cooke – Your Mindfulness Teacher
What are the benefits of Mindfulness?
Mindfulness practice can have numerous benefits, everything from decreased stress and sadness, increased level focus and happiness, pain reduction, better sleep, anxiety control, greater resilience, greater confidence and self esteem its a long list of evidence based research.
The methodologies we use have been subject to rigorous scientific research. We can therefore confidently state that our mindfulness training:
- Enhances focus and attention
- Improves confidence
- Enhances creativity
- Increases self-awareness and the awareness of others
- Raises levels of resilience and emotional intelligence
- Strengthens cognitive effectiveness
- Become more active listeners
- Be more emotionally aware
- Communicate more effectively
- Have clarity of thought
- Focus more precisely
- Empathise more easily
- Have a superior level of wellbeing
The Mindfulness 6 week programme includes
- A detailed individual assessment: every participant receives an individual detailed assessment, carried out through informal discussion over the phone.
- 6 x mindfulness sessions lasting up to 1.5 hours
- A 6 weeks teaching and support programme
- Dedicated audio recordings for participants to listen to between sessions
- Access to the trainer between sessions for the duration of the course
What does the 6 weeks look like? ( Generalised Example)
Week 1: Waking up from automatic pilot (mindful breathing + mindful eating)
Week 2: Awareness of our bodies (body scan + walking meditation + the breathing space)
Week 3: Focus of the body (mindful movement + breath and body)
Week 4: Choosing your reaction (mindful walking + sounds and feelings + negative thoughts practices)
Week 5: Being with what is difficult (exploring difficulty meditation + 3 step breathing space)
Week 6: Making meaning out of thoughts and feelings (visualization + sitting full sequence + resilience and mindfulness) Love and compassion (Loving kindness meditation + body scan + staying mindful)
Is there any homework?
Jon Kabat-Zinn (1990)
described seven attitudinal qualities that underpin Mindfulness practice, which are both the stance we bring to the practice and a consequence of it. He later added two more. These qualities are brought to the heart of the interaction between teacher and participant in a mindfulness session. The qualities are listed below:
- Beginner’s mind
- Letting go