We hear it again and again that to pause, slow down, be present, pay attention and savour the moment will enrich our life immeasurably. Yet for many of us, life is speedier than ever. We’re in the grip of the hurry-habit and overloaded with tasks and obligations. We feel a bit like the princess and the pea, only we’re the one under the pile of mattresses!
Solution? Mindfulness techniques that help us to be more present in our daily life (and less automatic) are gaining popularity the world over. Countless clinical trials are proving the benefits of mindfulness for physical, mental and emotional health. Mindfulness practice is entering all walks of life: education, the law, sport and health care, to name a few.
The funny thing is that mindfulness is very simple… so simple we forget to do it!
Attending a course provides a framework for activating and maintaining the mindful approach to life. Being part of a supportive, light-hearted group is motivating and encouraging. In class you will learn a variety of techniques backed up by scientific scrutiny as you develop your own personal mindfulness experience.
I offer mindfulness courses in Kyogle held over six weekly evenings. Over the past three years, some eighty people have attended my Kyogle courses and workshops.
The sessions include mindfulness meditation, some gentle yoga, group discussion, informative dvd extracts, inspirational journalling, gratitude practice and deep relaxation. We examine the role of the nervous system and the brain in the stress response. We also venture into positive psychology and other helpful techniques for managing the busy mind.
Check out my blog for further aspects of mindfulness.