Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation
In this 5 weeks course you will explore the four principles of Mindfulness meditation compassionate practice. It will involve theory and practical sessions of about 1.5 hours each.
Week 1 - what is Mindfulness
The power of mindfulness,
The four aspects of practice
Some benefits of meditation
Mindfulness as a support for meeting the suffering of the world
Week 2- Mindfulness of Body
Why we begin with mindfulness of body and breath, the importance of mindfulness of the body and how it supports our practice
What mindfulness of the body reveals about change and impermanence,
How to work mindfully with pain and illness, impermanence, grief and loss
Week 3- Mindfulness of emotions
Part of being fully human is skillfully working with the highs and lows of life- how can we avoid identifying with feelings and emotions, respond rather than react and apply self compassion when confronted with difficult emotions.
Week 4- Working with thoughts and beliefs
We are not our thoughts
How does Mindfulness can help us navigate through difficult thoughts and beliefs rather than trying to get rid of them
How emotions feed thoughts
How to shift limiting beliefs, unconscious and implicit bias, thoughts that cause suffering and thoughts that incline the mind toward wholesome states
Week 5- The Wise Heart
What are loving kindness (metta), compassion, joy, and equanimity?
How do we bring them into our lives?