What is it?
Mindfulness is the art of awareness and being present in your life. It teaches healthy, positive practices to get you back to zero when stress takes over.
This mindfulness workshop will teach you different tips, tricks and techniques to bring mindfulness into your daily life. You’ll learn how to recognise triggers and respond in a positive, resilient way.
It’s been accepted as a useful therapy for anxiety and depression for around a decade, and mindfulness websites like GetSomeHeadSpace.com are attracting millions of subscribers. It’s being explored by schools, pro sports teams and military units to enhance performance, and is showing promise as a way of helping sufferers of chronic pain, addiction and tinnitus, too. There is even some evidence that mindfulness can help with the symptoms of certain physical conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, cancer, and HIV.
Yet until recently little was known about how a few hours of quiet reflection each week could lead to such an intriguing range of mental and physical effects. Now, as the popularity of mindfulness grows, brain imaging techniques are revealing that this ancient practice can profoundly change the way different regions of the brain communicate with each other – and therefore how we think – permanently.
There is some interesting research that different mindfulness techniques, for example observing thoughts as opposed to focusing on breathing, have different effects on the body. Several studies have found that observing thoughts creates more arousal than focusing on breathing. Thus, in later sections, we suggest different meditations for different goals.
How Can a Mindfulness Workshop Help Me?
The mindfulness workshop allows people to develop presence, awareness and insight leading to a greater capacity to deal with life’s challenges and changes. You’ll learn things about yourself that you’d forgotten, or never even discovered.
This is a skills-based, practical and educational course which teaches you how to direct your attention to the “here and now” and help reduce anxiety and stress.
Living life in a state of anticipation or anxiety isn’t fun – being mindful can change that. In our mindfulness workshop you will learn about the theory of mindfulness and you will explore and practice a variety of practices that you can easily bring into your daily life.
You will acquire tools and techniques to help you to become more appreciative of each moment in your life and to find a greater sense of joy and compassion towards yourself and others.
It is one of the oldest forms of meditation and is a direct and gradual cultivation of mindfulness and awareness. One's attention is carefully directed to an intense examination of certain aspects of one's own existence and the meditator is trained to notice more and more of the flow of life experience. It is gentle but thorough and focuses on attentive listening, mindful seeing and learning to listen to our own thoughts without being caught up in them. Mindfulness meditation more than anything is learning to live.
Meditation brings the mind to a state of tranquility and awareness, sharpens your concentration and thinking power. Your intuition sharpens and it brings about personal transformation. Meditation reduces your tension, fear and worry. Things begin to fall into place and life becomes easier instead of a constant struggle.
Are these reasons enough to try meditation?
There is only one way you will ever know if meditation is worth the effort: learn how to meditate, try it, and see and experience the benefits for yourself firsthand.
These classes are for individuals who are starting out on their mindfulness meditation journey. They are practical and insightful and after 6 weeks you will understand how to structure your meditation, what to do with your mind and your body and how to deal with distractions and challenges during your meditation practice. Course handouts included.
To begin to meditate is to look into our lives with interest and kindness and discover how to be wakeful and free. To meditate is to discover new possibilities to awaken the capacity within to live more wisely, more lovingly, more compassionately and more fully
Cost: 6 weeks - 60 euro, Details later .