Sun 12th, 19th, 26th Feb and 5th Mar 2017
10:30 - 15:30
Tutor: Suzanne Burnett
ABOUT THE COURSE
Mindful Sundays: Join us every Sunday for four weeks on a course designed to help relieve pain, reduce stress and restore health. In our stressful, busy, 21st century lives, we are bombarded by information, technology and deadlines. This often leads to self-medicating through caffeine, alcohol or sugar, drugs which can have a hugely damaging effect on our bodies and minds. Mindfulness offers a simple yet powerful alternative to escape the cycle of stress, drugs, and habitual reactions which can so easily trap us.
Mindfulness means deliberately attending to and becoming more aware of the experience of our thoughts, feelings and body sensations. This allows us to clearly perceive thoughts, physical sensations, emotions and events at the moment they occur without reacting in an automatic or habitual way.
Mindfulness is not a cool and detached awareness, it is warm, gentle and kind. Towards the end of the course we’ll introduce a kindness meditation, which will help you to develop this aspect of mindfulness further. Like mindfulness, kindness has been shown to reduce levels of stress, we will look at some of the chemical changes that take place in the brain….. then you’ll get a chance to experience it
The course will teach and lead participants through a clear understanding of what it means to bring our attention and deep awareness into the present moment and the fullness of our lives and will be taught by leading practitioner, Suzanne Burnett.
During the course we will be exploring various themes to broaden our understanding and experience mindfulness. We will also be engaging in various activities to foster mindfulness and kindness. These include formal meditation practices, as well as small things we can do in the midst of our daily lives, such as doing a routine task mindfully, taking a break, slowing down a little. In particular we’ll be using the body sensations and the breath to help to develop awareness. The aim of meditation is not to prevent the mind wandering off - which it will do, repeatedly - but to get into the habit of learning to check in with our experience.
THE COURSE WILL GIVE PARTICIPANTS
WHO IS THIS COURSE SUITABLE FOR?
Mindfulness is being taught in business and healthcare settings as well as in schools. It is suitable for and relevant to everyone. It has been shown to have health benefits as well as improve function and wellbeing in everyday life.
The course is not however, suitable for people with longstanding depression, mental health concerns or any recent major life-changing experience. It is more about reaching a more positive relationship with everyday stressors and cannot provide an alternative to professional medical advice.
WHAT TO BRING/WEAR
ABOUT THE TUTOR
Suzanne Burnett, a therapist for over 10 years, will be leading the course for us. Initially learning her Mindfulness skills on a teacher training course with ‘Breathworks, Suzanne has since developed her own personal practice and enjoys helping people to learn new skills via an experiential understanding of the benefits related to mindfulness, massage, fitness and health.
" In our modern world – with all its stresses and strains, this calming course teaches you to just live ‘in the moment’…. To just ‘be!’ Consequently, I feel that I am now far more aware of those little moments that are the true wonders in life "