Introduction to Mindfulness – 3-week course – Sundays
09/01/2022 - 23/01/2022
10:00 - 11:00 GMT
The Introduction to Mindfulness course offers a brief taste of mindfulness practice and theory in a format intended to be accessible to anyone new to mindfulness.
This course is designed for anyone interested in exploring some key mindfulness themes and practices in ways that might support them personally, in everyday life and work.
How is the course different to 8-week courses such as Mindfulness for Life?
There are 3 sessions of one hour each as opposed to 8 sessions of 2-and-a-quarter hours. The group size tends to be much larger than our 8-session courses (usually between 40 and 60 people), and with people joining from all over the world. Despite being briefer than the 8-session format, Introducing Mindfulness explores some key mindfulness themes and practices in ways that might support you personally, in everyday life and work.
This course is not being offered as a treatment for any specific physical or psychological conditions. Please do not sign up for this training if you are currently experiencing severe problems in these areas.
What happens after I complete the course?
- You will be invited to give your feedback – this is not compulsory
- In the final session you will be given information about ways to carry your practice forwards if you wish to do so
What will I do on this course?
The sessions are group-based, and involve a combination of teaching, mindfulness practices, trying out what is learned in everyday life, and discussion. Each session builds on learning and experience from the previous session.
- You will also be invited to continue to practise the sessions’ themes through some ‘home practice’ between sessions.
- You will be given ‘Home Practice’ guidance each week, which will usually include following a short recording of a guided practice every day, as well as building ‘informal’ mindfulness practice into your everyday activities.
- Like any new skill, the real learning and understanding happens through regular practice.
- You will have the opportunity to share your experience of home practice in each weekly session.
The course takes place over 3 sessions, each of which explores a core theme:
- Understanding the mind’s natural tendency to be scattered and to wander; how we can train attention to create choices about where and how we place attention, and how this can fundamentally shape our experience.
- Exploring different ways of being and knowing; recognising how much of our experience is shaped by thought; that other more experiential and observing modes are also available to us, and how we can learn to use them to help us flourish over time.
- Recognising the difference between reacting and responding; developing ways to create the space to make choices between them, and exploring how this understanding can shape our experience and the quality of our lives.
About the Teacher Teacher(s) TBC