Mindfulness - (MBSR)
North Devon Campus
Starts 24th September 2019 - 8 weeks within specified dates
Tuesday - 18:30 to 20:30
This is a recreational course comprising of 8 two-hour sessions spread over eight weeks. Over the last 30 years, academic research in the fields of neuroscience, psychology and physical medicine have documented the wide-ranging benefits of learning to meditate, particularly in an 8-week mindfulness course format.
With practice, mindfulness can serve as the perfect antidote to healing stress that can sometimes undermine our health, performance and quality of life, and can provide a sensation of relaxation. Indeed, the evidence has shown that it can be an effective aid in the treatment of many mental and physical health issues, as well as generally improving our performance, relationships, and well-being.
Although based on Buddhist meditational practices it is completely secular in content. Participants will be invited to do short guided meditations at home between sessions. These will be supplied as mp3 files. A comprehensive course handbook will be supplied to support learning.
Please see additional entry requirements.
The tutor is a trained and registered MBSR teacher.
Each group is different in its up and requirements, so to be effective, the course is designed to organically meet the needs of the group as individuals. Flexibility is the key, but overall the course will adhere to the official MBSR curriculum whilst exploring the following areas and developing the participants ability to become more self-aware and responsive, rather than reactive to difficult situations and negative thought processes.
Session One - An Introduction to Mindfulness & Paying Attention
- Learning how to increase awareness, giving us choice to respond rather than react.
- Paying attention to our experiences in the present moment- our bodily sensations, thoughts and emotions.
- The impermanent nature of our experiences.
Session Two – Perception and Creative Responding (Handling Stress)
- Identification of habitual patterns of thoughts and behaviours Responding vs Reacting.
- Acknowledgement of a situation without judgement or trying to change anything.
- Developing the freedom to choose our responses
- Identifying stressors and our responses to stress
Session Three – The Pleasure and Power of Being Present (Living all your moments)
- Use the breath as your anchor, bringing you back to the moment
- How to sit comfortably
- Enjoy the present with movement in a non-judgmental, non-striving way with kindness and care
- Noticing pleasure and the power inherent within this moment
Session Four – The Shadow of Stress (Patterns of reactivity to stress)
- Stress is a part of life, it's how we handle it that impacts on our health and wellbeing.
- Learning to respond rather than react
- Identifying unhelpful attachments and aversions- habitual and cyclical patterns
Session Five – Finding Space for Responding (Rather than reacting)
- Conditioned response to escaping from reality - Autonomic Nervous System.
- Our responses to suffering- primary and secondary suffering
- Pay attention to our ability to respond rather than react- pause, STOP, 3 step breathing space.
- Honouring the full range of emotions- respecting and expressing them with clarity and respect for self and others.
- Allowing and letting things be. Between stimulus and response there is space and in that space lies our choice and our freedom. Acceptance.
Session Six – Working with Difficult Situations (Communications and interpersonal mindfulness)
- Interpersonal mindfulness to include listening and communicating - Thoughts are not facts
- Awareness within relationships- working with difficult situations
- Cultivating the ability and capacity to change reactivity in a more flexible way.
- Recognising resilience and resourcefulness can develop as a result.
Session Seven - Cultivating Kindness to Self and Others (Looking after myself)
- Introducing the concept of self-nourishment
- Identifying adaptive and maladaptive choices - Sustainers and drainers exercise
- Integrating mindfulness into daily life in a full and sustainable way
Session Eight - A New Beginning (Keeping mindfulness alive)
- Sustaining practice and keeping it going- both formal and informal
- This is the beginning of the rest of your life!
- Review resources to support further development
This course may not be suitable for people suffering with certain medical conditions. You will be requested to complete a medical questionnaire, which will be followed by a telephone interview with your tutor, to help determine if this course is suitable for you.
Please contact the Recreation Team on 01271 852356 for more information.