Deeper Mindfulness: exploring feeling tone frame by frame is a new eight-week course (previous called Frame by Frame) developed by Mark Williams and colleagues, designed for those who have already completed a mindfulness-based program and want to explore mindfulness more deeply. It is informed by recent psychological findings that reveal that every waking moment, our understanding of the world is dominated by imagining how we can take action within it, coloured by what is called ‘feeling tone’. Feeling tone is the moment-by-moment ‘read-out’ of how much a sensation, thought or emotion feels pleasant, unpleasant, or neither. Based on this moment-by-moment ‘read out’, the body allocates its resources as it gears up for real or imagined action. This can prepare us well for action, but it can also put us at risk of becoming exhausted without our realising it.
Ancient traditions saw feeling tone (vedana) as a fundamental element of every moment of experience and a central aspect of mindfulness practice. Learning specific practices to help us become aware of feeling tone allows us to see clearly the very instant where we become caught up in pursuing or rejecting something and become entangled in a web of emotional distress. Meditation teacher Joseph Goldstein has said that mindfulness of feeling tone is one of the master keys that both reveals and unlocks the deepest patterns of our conditioning.
During these eight weeks you will learn meditations that prepare you for, then help you tune in to feeling tone frame by frame. This provides an opportunity to see more clearly both the tipping points for distress and exhaustion, and also how to flourish by freeing yourself to appreciate life again, even in the midst of difficulty.
This course is not being offered as a treatment for any specific physical or psychological condition. If you are currently experiencing a severe problem it would be best to sign up for this training once the worst is past and you have recovered some stability.
Full Dates: 08/10, 15/10, 22/10, 29/10, 05/11, 12/11, 19/11, 26/11, (reserve: 03/12) at 18:00-20:00 UK time.
PLEASE NOTE: The UK time zone changes during this course. The UK is currently in British Summer Time (BST) and changes to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) on 29 October 2023. Sessions 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 will therefore start at 18:00 GMT, not BST. Please ensure you check the timings of this course and how this corresponds to your own time zone.
What happens after I complete the course?
I am currently a tutor on the MSt in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) at the University of Oxford. Since 2015 I have been a senior researcher in the Dept of Psychiatry, working on the MYRIAD project which has been investigating all aspects of mindfulness in education. Read more here