What is the course about?
Although mindfulness meditation was originally a Buddhist practice, it can be utilized by any interested person as a way to cultivate greater moment-by-moment attention in daily life. To practice the art of mindfulness means to come to rest in the present moment, with whatever is there. During this day-long course you will explore a variety of ways to develop your practice including mindfulness in your thoughts, feelings and even your body.
What will we cover?
A variety of meditation practices will be taught during the course including basic sitting practices from the Buddhist tradition and the four pillars of mindfulness. The course will be also concerned with specific applications of mindfulness - walking, listening, eating etc. Although the day will include some theory, it will be mainly practical and we will explore walking meditation and some gentle physical exercises to experience awareness of the body.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Recognize the principles of mindfulness, how it works and how to make it work for you.
- Use different opportunities to apply mindfulness in daily life.
- List the four pillars of mindfulness.
- Begin a meditation practice (or use mindfulness to deepen your practice if you are already meditating).
- Experience a greater awareness of the body during movement.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Suitable for both beginners and for those who have some experience in meditation. You are required to follow verbal instructions and extract information from hand-outs.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through tutor-led practices, meditations, exercises, group discussion, hand-outs and practical demonstrations.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs. Do wear loose comfortable clothing. Bring an open mind!
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other meditation classes at City Lit.
Yoga, T'ai chi, Chi Kung, relaxation and stress management classes.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details