An Introductory Four Session Course
We all encounter situations in life that can be stressful and sometimes overwhelming. It is the unavoidable nature of facing the challenges and demands of being alive. However, often these challenges can lead to a range of health and life issues. It is not unfamiliar for people to feel exhausted, stressed, depressed, anxious or angry, trying to cope with a range of emotions and varying life circumstances.
There are many things you can do to promote well-being and help cope with the issues and challenges of life, but one highly effective and self-empowering method, backed by the Mental Health Foundation and based on over twenty-five years of clinical studies at medical universities worldwide, is the practice of mindfulness meditation.
The term 'mindfulness' in essence refers to both a form of meditation practice as well as a non-judgemental state of mind that aims to bring about an increased awareness of being present and at peace in the moment to moment experience of our lives. Through being present and accepting in the moment, we can learn how to become aware of what is happening both inside us and around us, alert to the way our thoughts and emotions effect our health, motivation and relationships. Indeed, mindfulness teaches us how to become intimately aware of our health and well-being and provides us with an effective and simple method on how we can improve our lives, as well as those around us.
It is through this mindful state of acceptance and the practice of heart-based compassion, experienced initially in meditation, that we can learn to change our relationship to the thoughts, emotions and situations that may be causing us to feel stressed, anxious, depressed and exhausted, thus providing an inner sense of refuge and respite that can benefit us in many ways. The benefits of mindfulness practice are essentially a more calm and focused mind, an increased ability to deal more effectively with stressful life situations and an overall sense of improved health and well-being.
Through a structured program run over four sessions, we begin to learn the various elements of a mindfulness meditation practice that we can do at home or anywhere we choose. We will also learn how to extend these practices into our everyday lives and relate these to dealing with the often stressful situations we face on a daily basis.
If you are interested in attending our Mindfulness & Compassion for Wellbeing course, or if you would just like some more information to help you decide if the sessions will be for you, then simply give us a call. We will be happy to talk to you more about what is involved in the sessions, what will be expected of you and how to book your place on the next four-week course. You can also read some of our wonderful testimonials from people who have done the course.
This course has been specially designed to give a basic understanding of the principles and practices of mindfulness meditation. It will introduce the well researched science behind mindfulness and the latest science about the heart's role in mindfulness, as well as looking at how ancient Eastern cultures had this same knowledge thousands of years ago. We will briefly cover topics such as Universal Energy, the Bio-Energy System of the body, Qi Gong, Yoga and Traditional Chinese Medicine theory. All these have a direct relationship with mindfulness practice and are an important basis for going deeper into mindfulness practices. It is this integration and focus on both the heart, mind and bio-energy system that is the unique approach to Heartmind mindfulness training.
The idea of the course is to provide participants with all the mindfulness theory and practical applications to develop a mindfulness practice at home in one's daily life. It is also designed to provide a number of people with the same training in mindfulness in the Heartmind approach, so that those interested in carrying on with the practices, can meet and share regularly at a meditation group every Thursday evening at St. Leonard’s Church in Spital, Chesterfield.
The course costs £80 in a group and £200 on a one to one basis and includes all course training material, use of meditation mats, stools and refreshments. This represents great value for mindfulness training and is part of our ongoing commitment as a not-for-profit organisation to deliver quality, affordable, effective mindfulness training.