“Let be what has passed, let be what may come, let be what is happening now, no need to figure anything out, no need to make anything happen, relax right now and rest.” Six Words of Meditation Advice by Tilopa
What is Mindfulness?
How about pausing right now and taking a brief break from doing. Finding a comfortable way to be relatively still for a few moments. Maybe noticing the more subtle movements of the body like the breathing flowing in and out? Tuning in to where and how that actually feels in the body. Being aware of any other physical sensations, thought and emotions and how you feel about them. Then, when you’re ready, maybe having a stretch and carrying on with your day. That’s mindfulness.
I’ve been meditating on and off for over 25 years but for the last couple have established a strong daily practice. This was largely due to joining the Mindfulness Association. The MBLC has been truly transformative in my life and I’d love to be able to share it with you.
“Mindfulness is knowing what is happening, while it is happening without preference.” Rob Nairn
Who can Benefit from Mindfulness?
The course is ideal for beginners as well as for those who have previous experience of mindfulness. Anyone wishing to develop a more mindful approach to life is very welcome. No experience of meditation or mindfulness required in these inclusive, supportive classes.
So, would you like to make time for yourself? To slow down, tune in and learn more about your habits? To practice acceptance, kindness, gratitude and more often calmly respond than automatically react, especially in tricky situations?
Most of us are usually thinking; perhaps ruminating about the past day dreaming about the present and/or planning, maybe worrying about the future. Our minds are often somewhere completely different to where our bodies are, which is always here and now.
Research repeatedly shows how beneficial staying present can be for our health and happiness. But in our fast paced society where ‘doing’ is rewarded so much more than ‘being’, staying aware of the moment can be really difficult. Like any skill, mindfulness takes practice.
”One conscious breath, in and out, is a meditation.” Eckhart Tolle
The MBLC offers us tried and tested skills, techniques and attitudes to help us strengthen this muscle of mindfulness. It is an interactive and experiential course, emphasising the benefit of learning and developing mindfulness via personal practice in a safe and supportive tutor led group environment. You will be helped to establish an effective and regular mindfulness practice to help you settle the mind, ground the body and calm the heart.
The Mindfulness Association’s highly respected MBLC guides us one carefully designed step at a time:
Introductory Class – What is Mindfulness and Why Practice It?
Week 1 – Start Where We Are
Week 2 – The Body as a Place to Stay Present
Week 3 – Introducing Mindfulness Support
Week 4 – Working with Distraction
Week 5 – Exploring the Undercurrent
Week 6 – Attitude of the Observer
Day of Practice/Mindfulness Day Retreat 10am – 4pm (optional & open to others for £55)
Week 7 – Self-acceptance
Week 8 – A Mindfulness Based Life
Follow Up Class – The Rest of Your Life (optional)
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