fundamentals of mindfulness
We provide you with the key elements to bring mindfulness into your life.
SESSIONS: 8 | WEEKS: 8 | COST: $450 (plus GST)
During this eight-week workshop, we look at setting full attention on the breath, on emotions, on pain and on thoughts. We do this through exploring various meditation approaches. These are the week by week topics and questions you will be learning about.
1. Why Me?
What is mindfulness? What we can expect from it? What is the science behind mindfulness? How to find the best posture position for formal practice.
2. a radical shift in the way we see our world
Refining, and renewing our relationship with the breath. Elements of the breath: coolness of the in-breath and relaxation of the out-breath (Rounding out and not stopping of the top of the breath)
How is the body reacting to this new relating? What changes are occurring in the senses, hearing, smell, touch, thought? What is the mindfulness of eating?
3. Body scan and mindfulness of eating
Riding the waves of the breath. Tuning in to all body sensations without judgment in a body scan. Relating in a completely new way with what arises in our body. The lowly raisin. Rediscovering the art of eating. How to involve all senses when we sit to nourish ourselves. Committing to this new relationship.
4. How to ride the waves of emotion (without falling in)
Finding the anchor of the breath. Practice, practice, practice. What are emotions, and what do they want? Identifying the emotion. Finding the associated physical sensation and developing a new relationship with that. Identifying common pitfalls to avoid.
5. Living with Distractions and communicating more effectively
Find the anchor. Identifying and relating to what is tossing us off awareness of the breath. The hindrances – desire, aversion, sloth and torpor, restlessness and doubt. Learn to communicate mindfully. Speak with precision, write with kindness and hear completely.
6. Bringing presence into our world
Standing meditation. Walking meditation – posture, pace, direction, and intention. How to become at ease with bringing this moving meditation into our day. Developing a new relationship with walking, while using the breath as an anchor. Finding places to practice.
7. Taking the Agony out of Pain
How is this even possible? Setting the stage. Finding the anchor. Understanding and becoming tolerant (and comfortable) with the energy. How to observe. Lots of practice.
8. Taming the Beast: Befriending Thoughts
Setting awareness on thoughts. When is this possible? Depersonalizing thought. Seeing a story as simply that, a story. Setting awareness on thought. Practice, practice, practice.
We are at Endless Shore Yoga and Meditation, at 2570 King George Boulevard. The studio is a great setting, allowing us to accommodate 15-20 people per class. We have a marvellous covered deck overlooking Sunnyside Park.
OR YOUR HOME
Would you rather learn the skills of mindfulness at home?
We can arrange that. If you have quiet space that would seat up to 10 people, we can arrange to bring mindfulness classes to your home each week.
If you live in the area of Delta, Langley, Surrey or White Rock we would need a minimum of six attendees (excluding yourself) at the sessions. If you live in Richmond, Vancouver, or other cities north of the Fraser River, we would require a minimum of nine attendees, not including yourself.
This works best for people who are home bound, because they have kids or other commitments. As the host of the event, your attendance would come at no cost. Give us a call at 604.307.7726, and we can discuss available times.