What we're about
This is a practical and simple approach to mindfulness by the way of relaxing into the presence of now.
A non denominational method of identifying habitual thought and behavioural patterns, recognising them for what they are (the merry go round of the mind and it's sense of self), learning how to to unhook from these and let go of them.
I've been practising a daily sitting and mindfulness living since 1992 as part of the Twelve Step programme to allay my primary addictions to drugs and alcohol from which I've been abstinent since then.
I trained to teach the methods I've used daily, successfully till now, in order to help other addicts have the same freedom, peace and relaxed happiness I've received from the practice. I believe I can help relieve the anxiety and stress we share through a non prescriptive method. I've lost too many friends to addiction to stand on the sidelines.
We will look at the different types of stress, how they affect us physically, mentally and emotionally and how these can be alleviated through a mindfulness practice of meditation and simple bodywork.
We'll look at the science of how this works alongside the rich history of it's origins.
Over the 8 weeks we'll become practised in 4 ways of meditating bringing presence into our everyday existence. These are lying down, sitting, standing and walking. The course includes learning 8 simple and gentle movements from Qi Qong which help us unblock energy lines, releasing blocked stress and energy and allowing our energy to flow freely. This also helps us bring mindfulness into movement and integrate this practice into our daily lives.
I became ordained in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition in 1996 and recently have joined the Zen Teacher training of Zen Master Daizan Skinner Roshi in the Rinzai Zen tradition. I am a MBCT trained mindfulness facilitator and Mindfulness teacher. I have practised yoga and Qi Qong since the early nineties as part of my daily programme and am qualified as a Zen yoga teacher.
This course is offered through donation only. The commitment required from participants is to attend each of the 8 x 2 hour sessions and practice for 1/2 an hour each day. It really is that simple! and it will work if you work it. That's a promise x