This Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Expertise Series teaches, via a well-practised webinar platform. Practical skills of noticing, mindful movement and meditation that can help with physical and psychological health problems as well as ongoing life challenges. It is taught in an entirely secular way and has no religious context or content at all. It is designed to systematically develop mindfulness skills.
This Series is based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn from the Centre for Mindfulness Medicine and Research at the University of Massachusetts.
“Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally, to the unfolding of experience from moment to moment.” It may arise informally in everyday life but it can be strengthened by formal and regular practice. Mindfulness is an approach to life based on the understanding that "The present is the only time that any of us have to be alive - to know anything - to perceive - to learn - to act - to change - to heal" (Kabat-Zinn 1990). Both scientific research and reports from other course participants indicate a wealth of physical and psychological benefits.
The classes are weekly, are experiential in nature and include guided practice, exercises, shared enquiry and some teaching.
Participants will learn to develop mindfulness through ‘formal’ mindfulness meditation practices, including a body scan meditation, various sitting meditations, gentle movement and body awareness exercises. There are also ‘informal’ practices - bringing mindful attention to ordinary, everyday experiences like brushing your teeth or eating a mouthful of food.