Gold Coast (Southport) – An Introduction to Mindfulness & Meditation 4 Week Course – Starts Monday, 3 July, 6.00pm Sessions

Gold Coast (Southport) – An Introduction to Mindfulness & Meditation 4 Week Course – Starts Monday, 3 July, 6.00pm Sessions
Event on 2017-07-03 18:00:00
“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 anxiety More focus and energy Greater sense of ease and perspective Sleep better Relax more Greater self-awareness and wisdom Deeper levels of self-acceptance Richer and deeper experience of day-to-day life Studies and articles on the benefits of mindfulness meditation   What 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.   "Since doing this course, I have been sleeping much better, I feel much more in control of my emotions, I have enjoyed 'noticing' my own state, but also it has transferred to everything around. This means I am re-enjoying many things that I had been taking for granted." — Sandy Good About The Course: Practical with no dogma or religion Bookings are essential. The last course was fully booked prior to starting Class numbers are restricted to approximately 20 people Each class includes an instruction, a guided meditation and time for questions/reflections Meditation is in chairs (mats and cushions are available if you prefer this) Four weekly one-hour classes Receive an articles, weekly emails and downloadable guided mindfulness meditations Safe and supportive environment Learn to meditate in a simple, clear, effective and practical way Develop your capacity of self-awareness, self-understanding, compassion and mindfulness Generate greater calm, insight and wisdom Course Contents: Week 1: What is Mindfulness?  What mindfulness is The benefits of mindfulness and meditation How to get the most from the course Guided body scan mindfulness meditation Question and answers / discussion.  Week 2: Working with the Mind  Why thinking can be problematical Practical ways to work with difficult thoughts Self judgement and how to intervene Guided mindfulness meditation – counting the breath Questions and answers / discussion. Week 3: Working with Emotions and Feelings  What are emotions? Learning to feel emotions The RAIN method Non-judgement and acceptance Guided mindfulness meditation on feelings Question and answers / discussion. Week 4: Radical Acceptance  What it means to be present How wanting causes stress Developing wisdom and insight Authentic self compassion Open awareness guided mindfulness meditation Question and answers / discussion. All Introductory Courses Include: A variety of mindfulness meditation audio files Handouts and articles for each class Weekly 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 60 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 practice. The trainer is Paula Cross Paula came to Mindfulness Meditation 14 years ago due to the waves of life crashing her against the rocks of suffering. With three children and working as a chef, her life was a little crazy to say the least. Paula found solace in meditation, yoga and Buddhist teachings. As she started to feel the calming effect of these Eastern practices and how it changed not only her life but her family’s life, it increased happiness and a feeling of balance in herself. Paula undertook a two-and-a-half year training in Buddhism for beginners at Chenrezig Institute on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. After four years of yoga, she also decided to commit to a two-year traineeship with the Gold Coast Yoga Centre, to share and guide others through the waves of life. In this time she also attended 10-, five- and three-day silent retreats in the Goenka Vipassana, Tibetan and Zen Buddhism traditions. Paula is the director of a successful yoga, meditation and breathing studio with an ongoing daily practice of mindfulness. Recently completing a 31-hour Integrative Restoration – iRest® Level 1 Yoga Nidra Training certificate course has further opened a pathway for Paula to help people bring their life into balance and find the peace that dwells within. This is where Eastern philosophy meets Western science, “like two great oceans meeting”. Paula is passionate about sharing her experience and knowledge with other people who find themselves lost in the ocean of life. Let’s part the sea of Manfulness and go deep within the heart of peace.   Testimonials the Introductory Course: "The course was very relaxed and friendly, and full of useful practical advice that recognised the limits to time that everyone faces. Also I liked the mix of people attending, with a range of different reasons for being there."— Rosie Cree "Since doing this course, I have been sleeping much better, I feel much more in control of my emotions, I have enjoyed 'noticing' my own state, but also it has transferred to everything around. This means I am re-enjoying many things that I had been taking for granted."— Sandy Good "The course guidebook was a useful guide and very informative. I also enjoyed the formal practice and the way different strategies were explained."— Linda Daniell Questions or More Information: If you have questions or require more information, please Email  Use Website Contact Form: Mindfulness Works website contact form

at Southport Community Centre
(Meeting Room G2) , 6 Lawson Street
Southport, Australia

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