Is it hard?
How do I learn Mindfulness?
Learning to live and operate mindfully is always done through first hand practical experience. While it is always useful and helpful to have the theoretical and research-based data to read about, talk about, and ponder, it is no substitute for your first-hand experience of mindfulness. Even ten minutes of practice every day will quickly help you develop new neural pathways and develop new habits of behaviour. Brain imaging studies show that mindfulness practice reliably and profoundly alters the structure and function of the brain to improve the quality of thought, feeling and concern for others. You will start to learn mindfulness in Week One of the MBSM Course
Like anything new, learning to live mindfully takes practice and repetition. The pay-off is rapid though as we learn to sustain our attention and direct it more skilfully, breaking the grip of worry, judgement, impulsive reactions, and the feeling of being out of control. We learn to experience greater levels of calm, peace, focus, kindness and compassion
Because mindfulness involves learning to direct our attention to our experience as it unfolds moment by moment, our own selves become our ‘laboratory’. We begin our exploration with our breath, paying attention to the sensations of the breath as it enters and leaves the body. Tuning in to our breath brings us right into the here and now, and anchors our awareness in the body. The breath plays a vital role in healing, and is an incredible support in developing a mindful approach to life, and to our day to day experience
Anyone and everyone! Mindfulness helps people of all ages think more clearly, learn more effectively, perform better, and feel calmer, less anxious and less stressed or hopeless. There are no pre-requisites other than a desire to experience more of what life has to offer, a willingness to explore and investigate and experience the practicalities of living mindfully, and a curiosity about uncovering and learning more about one’s habits of thinking, feeling and behaviour and the extent to which they either help us grow and develop, or keep us stuck
Mindfulness of Breath
Who is it for?
Mindfulness Based Stillness Meditation Overview
The Mindfulness-based Stillness Meditation (MBSM) Course has been designed by two leading Western meditation teachers, Paul Bedson and Ian Gawler.
It is ideal for either someone new to mindfulness and meditation, or for those who already have a practice.
Mindfulness of Body
Many of us spend time focusing on our external appearance without paying much attention to actually experiencing what’s going on inside of our body, being open to the messages it has for us, without judgment. We tend to take the sensations of our body for granted, and consequently can find ourselves disconnected from the present moment. Developing an affectionate and gentle curiosity about our body helps us to learn important things about ourselves as we enter more deeply into the practice of mindfulness, and potentially pre-empt or prevent certain illnesses or conditions from taking up residence
Mindfulness of Emotions
Research in the area of psychoneuroimmunology (the scientific study of the impact of our thoughts, feelings and behaviours on our immune system) has shown that the more our emotions flow and are expressed appropriately, the better our health and wellness. Healthy people with strong immune systems attend to feedback signals from their bodies, including their emotions. The practice of mindfulness of emotions helps us gently and kindly check in with how we are feeling, without judgment, in any moment. This helps our emotional energy to flow more freely and unlocks our creativity, passion, and spontaneity. Mindfulness of emotions is also a core relationship skill because as we develop compassion, patience and acceptance for ourselves, we are better able to extend those qualities to others
Mindfulness of Thoughts
Many of us get caught up in our thoughts and find ourselves living out of the past or the future, missing out on the experience of being present in the here and now. Mindfulness of thoughts gradually helps us to let go of reactions and judgments, and distance ourselves from the stories that our thoughts create. Learning to observe our thoughts without trying to either remove them or hang onto them naturally leads to thoughts settling. That leads to a direct experience of the natural stillness and calm of the mind
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"Course content was wonderful, a natural progression to learning mindfulness and stillness meditation"
Susan Kitson - Yoga Teacher
"I found the course to be varied and interesting – it took me down paths I’d never thought of or been aware of in terms of how we can learn to use the power of our mind, and think in different ways"
Janet - Wife, Mother of three teens, Cancer fighter
"Excellent, inspiring. Very good balance between facts, science, anecdotes, ancient wisdom, discussion and meditations"
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