Mindfulness: an introduction
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: PG698
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
You will be introduced to a range of mindfulness meditation practices during the day which is mainly experiential. We will explore background theory and science, and the course will give you tools and techniques and its relevance and application to your daily life experiences.
What will we cover?
- What is mindfulness / what it is not
- Brief history and the science behind the practice
- Mindfulness practices: experiential introduction to body scan, mindfulness of breathing, mindfulness of eating, movement/walking meditation, 3 step breathing space
- Staying present, thoughts and emotions- special emphasis on what it means to be engaged in the present moment
- Signs and coping with stress-working with the breath and managing difficulties and challenges in day-to-day life
- Acceptance and change
- Kindness, self-care, compassion for self and others and a loving kindness awareness practice.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Have an understanding of what mindfulness is
- Identify a range of MF practices
- Explore which practices work best for you and how to incorporate in daily life
- How mindfulness helps in dealing with perceived stresses and anxiety, build insight, self-compassion and non-reactivity, improve quality of life and social functioning
- Identify how to make this a life skill.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for beginners to meditation and those who want to renew or refresh their practice. It introduces a range of topics in the area of mindfulness.
Proficiency in English is important. Openness to reflect and be more self-aware would be helpful. There will be some gentle mindful movements which can be adapted if you have physical difficulties.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through guided meditations and exercises, short audio and video presentations, handouts, group discissions, poems and practical demonstrations. You will be encouraged to reflect on how the theories and concepts and experiential practices may relate to your own experience and be willing to share personal experiences.
There is no formal homework, however, the ability to reflect on and apply learning and practices in daily life is encouraged.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No additional costs. Please bring a notebook and pen. It will be helpful to wear comfortable clothing.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
There are a range of ways in which you can follow up this day including other City Lit courses. The tutor will give you information on these.