Mindfulness is often described as the awareness that comes from ‘paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment non-judgmentally ‘ (Jon Kabat-Zinn) It is simple, but perhaps not easy at first!
Mindfulness is not a commodity that you “get” or un-get. We all already have this capacity as sentient humans although it is underdeveloped.
In short , mindfulness is three things:
1. A quality of being more present and aware
2. A practice, mindfulness meditation is what you do in order to develop the inner quality .
3. An outcome – Before long you‘ll notice outcome benefits of calm, clarity, more tuned into yourself and others, more engaged and centred, a more relaxed body and more wisdom in how to work with everyday challenges. Thanks to neuroplasticity, the brain and mind change!
Often we move through life feeling we are at the whims of our emotions, perhaps too sensitive to other people’s (or our own) ideas and expectations. It is easy to feel lost. Over time, this sense of disconnect can lead to anxiety, repetitive anger, depression, inaction or a sense of stuckness.
“Live in the moment, notice what is happening, make choices in how you respond to your experience, rather than being driven by habitual reactions” Vidyamala Bruch
Created by Jon Kabat Zinn PhD and his colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre in 1979, the MBSR course integrates transformative Eastern practices with contemporary Western scientific knowledge of the brain and human body. Forty years after it has changed our understanding of stress and pain management , MBSR is taught globally in workplaces, offices and health settings.
This course is what kicked of the mindfulness revolution and the many offshoots.
Would you like to be more focused and learn how to live with more ease and inner freedom? This eight week course is the gold standard of mindfulness training and will guide you to make lasting changes in your life.
Since the first MBSR courses were offered in hospitals across the USA , it ended up being studied in those clinical settings. In pop culture when you hear about meditation and brain change, it is highly likely that the basis of studies were MBSR courses. It has been tried and tested for over 35 years with an abundance of research .
Here is sampling of research of this program for a range of medical or psychological conditions:
Term 2 dates: Starts Monday 13th May, ends Monday 1st July
Term 3 dates: Starts Monday 22nd July ends Monday 9th Sept
Term 4 dates: Monday 14th Oct – ends Monday 2nd Dec
Day & Time: Monday evenings starting 6.30 pm at Knead Massage & Natural Therapies, Level 3 233 Albert Street, Brisbane Qld 400. Ph 3003 0801
Once you have enrolled Mary will ring you for a brief chat. You are most welcome to ring her before enrolling too. This is to answer questions, discuss your goals and particular needs so that you can get the most out of what is on offer.
Mary Mcintyre, Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Certified MBSR teacher, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner.
Mary is a sought after teacher of MBSR. She is known for her kindness, empathy, humour and professionalism. Mary teaches MBSR to community groups, allied health professionals and teams in public and private sector organisations. She also works individually with people who have stress, anxiety and trauma for a range of reasons.
As an Advisor to the not for profit Mindfulness Training Institute Australia-New Zealand, Mary supports health professionals to learn to skillfully integrate mindfulness programs into their work.
We are confident that you will find the course engaging and that you have enrolled knowing that the course involves self –exploration.
Fees will be refunded less $150 after Class 1 if you decide it is not for you. After this class, the fees are not refundable.
If you have a serious issue in your life (family crisis or illness) we are happy to discuss this on a case by case basis and offer a credit note for a future course.
We find better results are achieved if you enroll for your own self and not with a close family member in the same class, such a partner or offspring. This gives you the space and time to engage with the process freely and freshly. Feel free to speak to Mary about this.
This course is not “group therapy” You are not required to share any personal material from your life, although you are free to share when it feels relevant. The discussion subjects in class are more around the actual meditation exercises we do, your obstacles, your discoveries, how you are handling the home practice and related subjects around stress physiology, body-mind, thoughts and feelings.
CONFIDENTIALITY: All written and verbal communication is confidential and treated with respect.