"Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally." - Jon Kabat Zinn
Mindfulness is the practice of maintaining awareness of the present moment particularly of your breath and body sensations. Regular practice will:
- help you to tune in to what’s going on in your mind and body and in the outside world moment by moment.
- learn how to deal with difficult thoughts and how to respond skilfully to stressful situations
- discover that even in the midst of stress and difficulties you can find balance and peace.
The classic way of learning mindfulness practice is an eight week course.
This course follows the pattern of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme as introduced by Jon Kabat Zinn and his colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre. The course consists of eight weekly sessions of two hours duration and one whole silent day of guided and structured mindfulness meditation practice. The first part of the programme puts emphasis on developing the skills of being present with internal experiences such as body sensations, thoughts, emotions and feelings.
The second half of the programme focusses on expanding awareness and applying the learning to daily life, life challenges and interactions with others. Through mindfulness meditation practices and mindful movement such as yoga and qi gong, we can learn to pay attention to our experience of the present moment and cultivate our awareness of the mind and body and living in here and now.
An important part of this course is our commitment to home practice as most learning happens through applying mindfulness to our day to day life and by trying to follow the formal practices on a daily basis.
To get most out of the course, it is important to attend all the sessions or miss no more than one or two. It is also important to be able to commit to regular formal practice of at least 30 minutes at home six out of seven days in the week.
The course is led by Ruth Stock who follows the Personal and Professional Training Programme in teaching mindfulness through Bangor University. She has a long standing interest and experience in meditation practice and contemplative prayer.
There will be a charge for this course of £60 to cover the cost of producing course materials and purchasing equipment. We ask for a non-refundable deposit of £15 to book a place on the course.
Where: St Michael’s in the City Church, Upper Pitt Street, L1 5BD
When: Monday evenings, 15th February - 11th April 2016
Time: 7.30 -9.30 pm
*Booking is essential for this popular course.
To book your place or find out more, please contact Ruth on 07895210222 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a participant in the current course you can access audio files of the guided meditations here. These are password protected for course participants only.