“Mindfulness is knowing what is happening, while it is happening, without preference” – Rob Nairn
Mindfulness is a life skill that involves paying attention to our present moment experience with an attitude of openness, curiosity, non-judgement and acceptance. Training in mindfulness enables us to step out of the automatic pilot, creating space to respond rather than react. Cultivation of mindful compassion strengthens our inner resources to help respond more kindly and wisely when faced with inner turmoil and difficulties.
Key research findings on the benefits of mindfulness practice suggest it can help reduce stress, anxiety and rumination, improve attention and focus, reduce emotional distress, increase positive states of mind and improve quality of life, enable us to cope with medical (physical and mental) and non-medical problems, increase empathy and self-compassion, promote healthy sleeping and eating. Overall, mindfulness training can bring more balance into our daily lives, and deepen our sense of wellbeing and fulfilment.
What is the course about?
Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC) is a weekly mindfulness course developed by the Mindfulness Association. The aims of the course are to help you to develop an in-depth personal experience of mindfulness and to build the foundations of a sustained personal practice, with a view to applying this in your life and perhaps also in your professional work.
Is it for me?
The course is ideal for beginners as well as for those who have previous experience of mindfulness and who want to develop their practice. The course is experiential, not therapeutic.
What will we cover?
The weekly themes are:
- Week 1 – Start Where We Are
- Week 2 – The Body as a Place to Stay Present
- Week 3 – Introducing Mindfulness Support
- Week 4 – Working with Distraction
- Week 5 – Exploring the Undercurrent
- Week 6 – Attitude of the Observer
- Week 7 – Self-acceptance
- Week 8 – A Mindfulness Based Life
How will the course be delivered?
The course consists of eight sessions which are typically two hours long. Each session consists of explanation, guided practice, group reflection and inquiry. During the course you will be asked to practise daily for about 30 min (meditation and mindfulness in daily life). What else is included:
- Course manual
- Access to guided meditation audios for home practice
- Access to midweek group meditation sessions (Thursday evenings)
- Certificate upon completion of course (at least 80%)
- Possibility to reschedule one session as individual meeting
Spring edition of the course will be delivered online live via Zoom video conferencing. In response to the current world crisis we wish to support your wellbeing and therefore try to make mindfulness training more accessible and affordable by offering Spring 2020 online course for a fraction of it’s actual value.
Dates: Sundays March 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 2020
Time: 18:00 – 20:00 CET
Investment: special price for Spring 2020 online group training is 95 EUR. (standard price for in person training in Amsterdam is 300 EUR).
Trainer: Rita Dekšnytė is a Mindfulness Association certified trainer and a sport and performance psychology consultant. She teaches mindfulness and compassion for wellbeing and performance to adults and teenagers.
Registration: The group size is limited. To book your place please fill in the form. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your participation, don’t hesitate to contact us or chat with Rita at rita.deksnyte(at)gmail.com or +31(0)620557199.