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An Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation
15 June, 2019, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mindfulness is a hugely popular and effective approach that helps us better manage our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Here’s your chance to discover why it’s so worth exploring, and how it can help you.
Why this? Why now? Why you?
Maybe you’re currently experience one or more of the following:
- you’re tired but wired, and can’t switch off when you want to
- you turn to food or alcohol more often than you’d like, or indulge in other self-sabotaging behaviours
- you often feel distracted and unable to make decisions easily
- your relationships aren’t as good as they could be, and you sometimes over-react to small irritations
- your inner critic never stops having a go
- you feel anxious when you go onto social media
- you feel over-busy and overwhelmed, and there seems no end in sight.
If you are familiar with any of these, I understand. I’ve been there too, and I see it with those with whom I work.
I’ve also seen how mindfulness has helped me and those with whom I’ve worked over the years. Not only that, but clinical trials have demonstrated repeatedly that mindfulness is learnable, and that it both alleviates mental, emotional and physical difficulties and enhances health and wellbeing in numerous areas of life.
If you’d like to
- feel more relaxed and calm
- fall asleep more easily, and have a better quality of sleep
- become more resilient, and able to handle stress and setbacks more skillfully
- improve your immune system and general physical health
- be able to concentrate and think more clearly
- be less reactive, and able to get along with others more easily, and
- be happier, with a deeper sense of wellbeing
you are in the right place.
The workshop is open to those new to mindfulness, as well as those who’ve been practising on their own without much guidance. It offers a practical foundation and a range of ways we can weave it into our already-busy life. And once you know how to access it, you will have a toolbox to help you whenever you need it.
What will the day be like?
The day is relaxed, informal and varied. It comprises:
- personal reflection
- small and whole-group discussions
- short periods of information teaching
- stories, poems and anecdotes
- pen-and-paper exercises
- plenty of opportunities for questions
- a range of short guided meditation practices to give you a good sense of what you might want to use going forward
Self-care is encouraged and you will not have to sit in weird uncomfortable positions – you’re welcome to adapt any meditation posture to suit you and to put your knowledge of your own health and wellbeing above anything that’s suggested.
You don’t have to do anything at all – everything is optional, and you won’t be asked to share anything you don’t want to.
This is an entirely secular day and not based on any belief system.
Details of the evidence base supporting mindfulness can be made available on request.
What you’ll leave with
Imagine ending the day feeling
- mentally stimulated yet
- more relaxed than when you came in, and
- more confident that you can manage whatever comes your way.
Picture taking with you
- a strong sense of how you can use mindfulness in your life,
- which practices you’ll use at which times, and
- how to derive benefit from them without them feeling like another thing to do.
And know you’ll get home
- feeling much more certain about whether mindfulness might be something worthwhile pursuing or not, and if so,
- where you can get free resources, and
- how else you can go forward with local face-to-face trainings.
You might want to bring a yoga mat or towel to lie on, any meditation equipment you might have, and a bottle of water.
Tea, coffee and biccies will be available throughout the day. You’re welcome to bring lunch and make use of the kitchen facilities, or order lunch from the Happy Frog a two-minute walk away.
Please note the Early Bird expires automatically a week before the event. You may cancel your booking until a week before and receive a full refund, and may transfer your ticket to someone else at any time.
After making a booking, Eventbrite will send you a confirmation email. You will be sent a personal email a day or two days before the workshop to remind you of what to bring and let you know of anything else that’s come up.
Feel free to email me if you have any queries at all. Otherwise, there’s not long to go and I so look forward to seeing you there!
“Another heartfelt thank you to and for your positive guidance.
It’s been an incredible help to me and will help guide my future self.
I have and am feeling the positive influences every day in some way.
I feel blessed to have been able to spend time with you.”
Regular participant, Sawtell
I lead mindfulness courses, workshops and retreats for groups on the NSW mid-north coast (Coffs Harbour & Bellingen area), and sometimes further afield.
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