Course Overview

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MBSR COURSE OVERVIEW

Each session consists of carefully guided meditation instruction and practice, dialogue and discussion, group activities, and presentations that explores topics such as…

  • Stress physiology
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Communication
  • Interpersonal mindfulness
  • Thinking & thought processes
  • Perception and appraisal
  • Neuroplasticity

After you sign up, you’ll schedule a short phone call so we can introduce ourselves and you can let us know what you hope to get out of the class. This is your opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the program and to speak about any specific needs or intentions you have for the class.

 

COURSE OUTLINE

+ WEEK 1: RECOGNISING THE PRESENT MOMENT

This week you will be exploring how to:

-Interrupt your “automatic pilot”

-Slow down and pay attention to your immediate experience

-Use body sensations as an anchor in the present moment

-Move from ‘doing’ mode into ‘being’ mode

-Notice the flow of thoughts, feelings and sensations that arise in the -present moment

+ WEEK 2: PERCEPTION AND HOW WE MAKE SENSE OF THE WORLD

This week you will explore how to:

-Notice how perception works

-Observe experience through the lenses of sensation, emotions and thoughts.

-Observe how we appraise experience as pleasant, unpleasant or neutral

-Use the breath as a way to anchor yourself in the present

-Practice the breathing space

-Cultivate concentration practice using the breath

-Honour and accept all of your experiences

-Begin actively working with obstacles to practice regularly

+ WEEK 3: PRACTICE

This week you will be exploring how to:

-Practice patience and acceptance of yourself as you are

-Bring an exploratory attitude to unpleasant experience

-Come back to the present moment again and again

-Use movement practice to explore limits and cultivate concentration, strength, flexibility of mind and body

-Continue to develop concentration, through practice

+ WEEK 4: INVESTIGATING STRESSFUL EXPERIENCE (AND APPROACHING THE DIFFICULT)

This week you will be exploring how to:

-Learning more about the physiology and psychology of stress recativity

-Cultivating more equanimity in the face of difficult physical and emotional experience

-Using bodily sensations as a way to ground and open up choice in stressful moments

-Recognising and interrupting thoughts which are associated with painful emotions

-Focusing on breath and body sensations as a way of exploring stressful experience and notice it change

+ WEEK 5: FINDING ANOTHER PLACE TO STAND

This week you will be exploring how to:

-Investigate your conditioned ways of reacting to stress and stay present to this experience

-Open up possibilities of responding rather than reacting in habitual ways – more choice

-Recognise unhelpful patterns of thinking and how they shape your perceptions and contribute to your stress

-Interrupt ruminative thoughts with focus on the breath and sensations

+ THE DAY OF MINDFULNESS RETREAT

In the day of practice you will be exploring how to:

-Cultivate sustained curiosity into the ‘waves’ of sensations, feelings and thoughts over the day

-Use silence as a path for “settling” in oneself

-Cultivate a sense of community and connectedness through silent practice together

-Develop concentration and strength in the practice

+ WEEK 6: INTERPERSONAL MINDFULNESS

This week you will be exploring how to:

-Pay attention to the “other”

-Listen and see others in more flexible and accepting ways

-Use mindful contemplation as a way of cultivating acceptance and compassion for yourself and others

-Explore patterns of relating through mindfulness

+ WEEK 7: LIVING ON PURPOSE

This week you will be exploring how to:

-Integrate what you have been learning into daily life

-Reflect on some options about caring for yourself and making choices in your life

+ WEEK 8: MAKING MINDFULNESS A PART OF YOUR LIFE

This week you will be exploring how to:

-Explore what you have achieved through the practice

-Recognise that living mindfully is a process of ongoing practice

-Integrate mindfulness more fully into your life

-Explore choices for continuing to support this practice in your life