Mindfulness for Life Course 2019
Do you ever have the sense that you are living life as a series of knee-jerk reactions to what is going on around and within you? Do you want to experience more ease and joy in your day to day life? Do you want to respond more skilfully to the level of stress, tension and worry currently reducing your sense of well-being? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then learning the practice of mindfulness might be of interest to you.
In one sense, mindfulness is an everyday awareness we access every day. We are accessing everyday mindfulness when we listen to the body’s response to the mind’s questions about what eat (or not eat) for lunch, and what to wear (or not wear) to visit our friend. For example: the body may have given the mind a very clear ‘yes’ to the option of a cheese and pickle toastie and warm blue jumper, and a most definite ‘no’ to the prawn cocktail salad and red checked shirt.
When we nurture our mindfulness we are more likely to taste, and really enjoy, the hot, crisp, cheesy tanginess of our toastie. We are less likely to chew on worries about what may or may not happen in the future. We are more likely to feel, and appreciate, the heat generated by the cozy blue jumper. We are less likely to be swept away by the painful pang of nostalgia as we walk to visit our good old friend.
Developing the ‘muscle’ of mindfulness can help us notice all sorts of things about our experience of life – things that tend drive, and (often negatively) impact, our thoughts, feelings and behaviour, but usually fly under the radar. Intentionally nourishing and strengthening our capacity for mindfulness can help us more fully live, and skilfully respond to, the only life that is ours to live – the one taking place in this very moment.
To this end, I am pleased to offer the 8 week Mindfulness for Life course. This will run on the following Thursday evenings from 7pm – 9pm in the church hall of St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, Largs.
There is also a retreat day (on Saturday 27th April from 10.30 – 3.30) to consolidate, and lean in to, what has been learned and practiced during the course.
You will be learning and practicing new skills and habits week by week on this course. Studies suggest new habits take a bit of time to take root and grow. So, to get the maximum benefit from this course it is recommended that you participate in at least 6 of the 8 sessions, the day long ‘retreat’, and the weekly suggested home practices – to the extent that you are able.
There are 20 places available on the course. Typically this course costs around £220 per person, however St. Columba’s Church is kindly subsidising the cost of the accommodation and I am donating my time, which means I can offer it for a suggested donation of £40 on this occasion. This donation will be used to finance my monthly supervision session (£60 per session) – a requirement for practicing mindfulness teachers while they are running courses – and to pay for tasty snacks. Please don’t let cost be an issue, however. If you would like to attend and cannot afford £40 at this time, just be in touch, and give what you can.
I look forward to hearing from you at Lornareid987@yahoo.com
With all best wishes,
Lorna Reid (RGN, BSc, PhD, PDA in Mindfulness Facilitation and MFL Facilitator)
Please note: If you are currently facing a major and upsetting life event and/or are feeling particularly fragile it may be best to wait until life is a bit more settled before participating in the Mindfulness for Life course. I will be happy to talk with you further about how to make the best decision, if this is your situation.