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.b mindfulness programme

 

Yesterday is history,

Tomorrow is a mystery,

But today is a gift,

And that's why it is called the present.

 

Kung Fu Panda

 

INTRODUCTION

 

OUR MIND 

 

  • We learn about our mind, that we can train it.
  • We learn that mindfulness is about possibilities and that we can make choices between what we call the bad and the good in life.


LESSON ONE: FIRST STEPS IN FOCUSSING ATTENTION

 

OUR ATTENTION IS LIKE A PUPPY

  • We can direct it
  • We cannot control it
  • We can train it
  • We have to be kind and patient with it
  • We need to do it over and over again -> practice

 

The faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention, over and over again,

is the very root of judgment, character, and will. . .

An education which should improve this faculty would be the education par excellence.

But it is easier to define the ideal than to give practical instructions for bringing it about. 

William James, 1890


LESSON TWO; ESTABLISHING CALM AND CONCENTRATION

 

CALM CHANGES OUR ATTITUDE

 

  • Our mind is like an animal, which one at this moment?
  • We learn that our body can be an anchor and can calm our mind.

 

The inspiration you seek is already within you. Be silent and listen.

 Rumi


LESSON THREE: RECOGNISING RUMINATION AND RETURNING HOME TO OUR BODY

 

RUMINATION

  • We learn that we overthink most of the time; we create scenarios; we replay, we interpret, we catastrophise.
  • Stories are not facts, they are thoughts closely related to emotions, body sensations and actions.
  • We discover the difference between thinking and sensing.

 

Between stimulus and response there is a space.
In that space is our power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and our freedom.

Victor Frankl


LESSON FOUR: DEVELOPING PRESENT MOMENT AWARENESS IN THE EVERY DAY

 

AUTOPILOT

  • We observe our attachment to what we find pleasant and our avoidance to what we do not like.
  • And we react. By noticing this we get a choice of REACTING OR RESPONDING to what is happening.


 

LESSON FIVE: SLOWING AND SAVOURING ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING WALKING



We explore different ways of MOVING MINDFULLY by sensing rather than thinking in our movements

•Standing
•Walking

 

We take these practices in our daily activities and we extend them to routine tasks like brushing our teeth, showering, getting up etc…

We discover the joy of slowing and savouring what we do.


LESSON SIX: STEPPING BACK FROM THOUGHTS THAT HIJACK YOU

 

  • We use the traffic analogy to look at what is happening in our minds.
  • We notice the THOUGHTS and learn that they can be observed. 
  • We talk about the brain. 
  • We compare our thoughts to buses that come and go and discover we don’t have to board each bus…

 

If you want to get rid of something, you must first allow it to flourish. 

Lao-tzu, The Tao Te Ching


LESSON SEVEN: ALLOWING, ACCEPTING AND BEING WITH DIFFICULT EMOTIONS

 

  • Bad things happen and bring STRESS in our lives. We have a choice to react to them or to respond. 
  • We learn how to identify the stress response in our bodies and we draw our own STRESS SIGNATURE card.
  • We see the value of allowing events to be just as they are rather than trying to change them


LESSON EIGHT: LOOKING BACK AND MAKING IT PERSONAL

 

This is a REFLECTION AND REVIEW time.

 

We write a letter to ourselves about what we have learned and how we are going to keep mindfulness in our lives.

 

 

The third certainty of life, after death and taxes, 

is that nothing will work out the way you want.

Life is fully as bad as you think it is.

Choose to live joyfully anyway.

Jonathan Lockwood Huie 


 

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The first thing you discover is

a kind of emptiness,

a silence,

a presence which doesn't seem to have content to it,

like looking up

at a limitless sky. 



 

That boundary-less place

inside you

is your own consciousness,

your awareness. 



 

When you relax into it,

you realize that it's also full -

it is everything. 



 

You realize this presence is

what you really are: Love.


 

Arjuna Ardagh

 

 

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