Wgtn Intro To Mindfulness & Meditation 4 Wk Course. Starts Tues 21 Jan 2014.
"Neuroscientists have found that meditators shift their brain activity to different areas of the cortex…This mental shift decreases the negative effects of stress, mild depression and anxiety. …The researchers found that the meditators showed a pronounced shift in activity to the left frontal lobe. In other words, they were calmer and happier than before." - Psychology Today
Benefits of mindfulness & meditation:Reduce stress and anxietyMore focus and energyGreater sense of ease and perspectiveSleep betterRelax moreGreater self-awareness and wisdomDeeper levels of self-acceptanceRicher and deeper experience of day to day lifeStudies and articles on the benefits of mindfulness meditationWhat is mindfulness?Mindfulness means "paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally." - Jon Kabat Zinn (Professor of Medicine Emeritus Stress Reduction Clinic and the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine). Mindfulness and meditation are both gaining in popularity as more and more people discover how this simple skill can have a profoundly positive impact on your life. Organisations such as Google, Apple, Nike and Yahoo! now run mindfulness programmes and sessions for staff during work hours. Modern research about mindfulness and meditation shows measurable and significant benefits to people including less stress, less anxiety, greater focus, calm and happiness. This particular course emphasises your own natural wisdom, your own innate OKness, right here and now. The instructions and guidance will be explicitly inviting you to embrace your whole human experience as it happens, moment by moment with a radical acceptance.
"Mental Health Foundation mental health promoter Grant Rix says mindfulness has been shown to benefit our brains to such an extent that we can feel calmer, more aware, have an increased ability to focus and concentrate, remember things better and feel happier." - NZ Mental Health Foundation Press Release July 2012
About The Course:Practical with no dogma or religionBookings are essential. The last course was fully booked prior to startingClass numbers are restricted to 30 peopleEach class includes a instruction, a guided meditation and time for questions/reflectionsMeditation is in chairs (mats and cushions are available if you prefer this)4 weekly 45 minute classesReceive an articles, weekly emails and guided meditation CD at no extra costSafe and supportive environmentLearn to meditate in a simple, clear, effective and practical wayDevelop your capacity of self-awareness, self-understanding, compassion and mindfulnessGenerate greater calm, insight and wisdom
Week 1: What is Mindfulness? How mindfulness works The benefits of mindfulness Practical mindfulness and meditation The importance of curiosity and non-judgment Developing self-compassion The power of awareness
Week 2: Mindfulness of the Body What it means to be present Feeling our natural aliveness Moving with awareness Opening up to the sensory world
Week 3: Mindfulness of Thoughts Observing our thoughts Why we don't have to believe our thoughts The connection between thinking and stress The inner critic and how to work with it Working with habitual thoughts Experiencing the state of 'no problem'
Week 4: Mindfulness of Emotions What actually are emotions? Learning to feel and accept our emotions Working with difficult emotions The RAIN method Working with strong habits
All Introductory Courses Include:A free 20 minute guided meditation CD (worth $20)
Handouts and articles for each classWeekly email instructions and articles
Refund policy and money back guarantee
Should you attend the entire course and not be satisfied you are entitled to a full 100% refund should you wish.
How long is each weekly class and what happens?
Each class is 45 minutes long. There will be a guided meditation for a period. This will include meditation instruction. After the meditation and instruction there will be a talk or discussion. This includes a question and answer time.
Who is it suitable for?
This course is suitable for you if you have never practised mindfulness or meditation or if you have attended introductory mindfulness and meditation courses and want to deepen your practise
About the teacher:
Karl Baker is a founder and director of Mindfulness Works. He has been practising mindfulness and meditation for over 10 years. During that time Karl has worked one on one with a key mindfulness and meditation teacher and has attended numerous multi-day silent insight meditation retreats. Karl was involved in assisting establishing the Wellington Insight Meditation group. His principle teachers have been Stephen (Nyanaviro) Archer, Shard Rogell, Jeremy Logan and now Sri Guru Yanchiji. Karl has as honours degree from Victoria University and has helped found 3 successful businesses. Karl's approach is straight forward, practical, heartfelt and directed towards you discovering your own innate wisdom and authentic experience.
Testimonials for Karl and the Introductory Course:
"I had never done meditation before and already had preconceived notions of what it would be like such as "religious and a bit airy fairy". Surprisingly this course was the opposite. I found Karl very relatable, when he talked about our thoughts. Like a lot of people, I tend to overthink everything from past events to future, or simply beating myself up. Karl helped me to take a step back and recognise I'm not my negative thoughts and they do not define me. I now feel a sense of peace. The mediation itself is relaxing and helps you de-stress from the day's events. I highly recommend this course to anyone who is looking to de-stress and gain inner peace." - Summer
"I love working with Karl. His ability to guide and help me find my own answers and truths has been phenomenal. He is also very caring and not judgemental. I have grown as a person, businessman, and practitioner, and the work we have done has been critical for my personal evolution over the last 6 months. I look forward to every session and always feel better after each one." - Gareth Rapson
"I have been working with Karl for several months now and have found out so much about myself and making choices that are best for me. I have spent my life thinking I need to please the world and that has left myself lost and confused, not knowing what I really want in life for myself and my family. Having Karl teach and support me has helped me be me and make some hard but great choices. I am genuinely happier with in my day to day life and know how to cope with the hard times better." - Bridget Adair
Questions or More Information:
If you have questions or require more information, please firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Karl on 027 411 2900