NOW ENROLLING FOR THE FOLLOWING COURSE:
Mindfulness: Developing Skilful Lenses in a Changing World
Wednesdays from September 27th – November 15th, 2017
Venue: St. James Parish Hall, Radnor Road, Twickenham
THE COST OF THE COURSE IS: £200.
Early bird discount of £175 if you sign up before September 7th, 2017
(This includes eight 2-hour sessions, an emailed course booklet, guided meditations and movement practices for download as MP3’s, and a Day of Mindfulness on Saturday, November 4th — 10am- 4pm.)
The ways in which we ‘view’ or ‘see’ our world determine how we experience it. Unfortunately many of us have become skilled at perceiving our lives through lenses that lead to suffering and keep us locked into tight orbits of inner harshness. In a world where anxiety, depression, burn-out and apathy have become commonplace, there is much to be gained from becoming more intimate with the inner workings of the mind, learning how to cultivate ‘ways of looking’ and relating that lead to freedom.
Mindfulness, the art of observing our physical, emotional and mental experiences with curiosity and kindness, is an indispensable tool on this journey and one that we develop through practice. Equally important is the cultivation of beautiful qualities of mind such as kindness, patience, compassion, and gentleness – practices the help us grow ‘new eyes’ and build emotional resilience and an inner reservoir of joy.
This 8-week course is the beginning of a life-long journey of connecting with what we care about most deeply and nourishing ourselves in ways that open the body, mind and heart. We will focus exclusively on developing a variety of meditative ‘ways of looking’ that can be used both formally and in everyday life. Week by week, we will be learning the skill and the art of bringing awareness to body, breath, mind and heart. In doing this we will be building our capacity to aim and sustain the attention, and to inquire into that which we perceive with an attitude of non-judgement. Using the metaphor of ‘meditator as researcher,’ this course will emphasize the importance of curiosity and playful experimentation. We will be learning the importance of asking skilful questions in getting to the heart of our relationship with what is arising for us in life.
Each class will contain a mixture of guided meditation, inquiry and discussion, learning exercises, and formal teaching.
In addition to the meditations and exercises that we do in class, students will be expected to practice at home for at least 30 minutes a day. This home practice is a vital component of the course. Students will have an opportunity in every class to ask questions and receive feedback about their experiences during the week. (If you are not sure you have the time to commit to home practice, you may not want to do a mindfulness course at this time).
Before being given a place on the course, potential students must have an in depth discussion with the instructor. This is a wonderful opportunity to ask questions, and to decide whether this course is going to provide a good fit at this moment in your life.
There are some sliding scale placements for students who are on a low income. Courses tend to fill up quickly. Please contact Andrea to express your interest.