4-Week Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

Overview:

The aim of this course is to increase awareness, so that we can respond to situations with choice rather than reacting automatically. We do this by practicing greater awareness of where our attention is, and deliberately changing our focus of attention, over and over again.

By becoming more aware of what’s happening moment to moment, we give ourselves the possibility of greater freedom; we don’t have to go down the same old “mental ruts” that may have caused us problems in the past.

2018 Dates:

(*all classes run on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30pm)

February |  6, 13, 20 & 27 COURSE CLOSED

April |  3, 10, 17 & 24  SPACES AVAILABLE

Outline:

Week 1 – Going Through the Motions

This session focuses on the automatic pilot mode that we typically find ourselves stuck in, and that can ultimately lead to serious mental and physical health problems. You will learn to distinguish this from being fully present through mindfulness of routine activities, and you will learn to recognize when and how you can shift from one way of being to the other.

Week 2 – Becoming an Outside Observer

When we are stuck in automatic pilot, we tend to only know about our experiences through our unhelpful thoughts and emotions. Over time, we start identifying with them so closely that we believe they ultimately define who we are. In this session, you will begin to recognize the specific patterns in your thoughts, emotions and physical sensations that are keeping you so stuck, and you will learn how to step outside of them, viewing them as an outside observer.

Week 3 – Getting to Know Yourself Better

This week, you will learn to notice your reactions to your unhelpful patterns, which further prevents you from engaging in all that the present moment has to offer. With an emphasis on the attitudes of acceptance, non-striving and patience, you will get to know your reactive self a little bit better. You will also learn how to practice holding non-reactive attention on your negative experiences when they arise, thereby reducing their impact on you.

Week 4 – Taking Control of Your Life

In the final week, you will learn that certain situations act as triggers for your persistent, unhelpful patterns while other situations act as triggers for a healthier state of mind. In this session, you will learn how to make plans for minimizing unhelpful circumstances, while maximizing the things that make you thrive. You will also learn how to take control of your future and set yourself up for future success!

To enquire about the course or to register, please email me at: lindsay.dupuis.counselling@gmail.com, or contact me by completing the form at the bottom of this page.

Have a good day!

– Lindsay

*Please bring a yoga mat and small pillow (and blanket, if you would like) to the first session, as we will be practicing a body scan exercise that will require you to lie down. Also, be sure to wear loose or otherwise comfortable clothing :)

 

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