The practice of Mindfulness Meditation allows you to pay close attention to the present moment, noting your thoughts, feelings and body sensations with an attitude of curiosity and non-judgment. This non-reactive position creates the possibility of working more wisely with sadness, fear and worry.
The main 'work' of the program is done at home between classes, using guided meditations that support your developing practice. In each class, you have an opportunity to talk about your home practices, the obstacles that inevitably arise, and how to deal with them skillfully.
Each session is organized around a theme that is explored through both group inquiry and mindfulness practice. Please be aware that some classes may include short walking meditations and simple stretching exercises.
The specific themes addressed are:
Week 1 - Live with awareness. Week 2 - Use your senses to deepen experiences. Week 3 - Be in the present moment. Week 4 - Deal with negative experiences. Week 5 - Allow things to be as they are. Week 6 - Recognize that thoughts are not facts. Week 7 - Take care of yourself. Week 8 - Plan for a mindful future.
Over the 8 weeks the practices help you to:
Understand how your mind works
Avoid the triggers of depression and anxiety
Notice when you are at risk of getting caught up in downward mood spirals
Explore a different way of being
Notice the world around you instead of living in your head
Be kind to yourself
Accept yourself as you are, rather than judging yourself all the time
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