The pace of change is increasing, and modern living is now more stressful than ever. Work stress, Financial stress, Emotional Stress. Performance pressure from all sides!
However the latest science demonstrates to us that mindfulness practice
- Reduces stress
- Boosts working memory
- Less emotional reactivity
- Relationship satisfaction
- See solutions to problems that didn’t exist before
Our mindfulness course is a simple but effective introduction to mindfulness because:
- It’s based on the work of the Gawler Foundation, a well renowned and respected provider of meditation courses, some of which are recommended for dealing with Cancer, Parkinsons, and Multiple Scelrosis
- Class sizes restricted to 15
- Only 1 – 1.5 hours per week – plus your daily meditation practice
Eight weekly sessions of 1 – 1.5 hours will cover theory and practice activities of meditation. Class sizes restricted to 15 participants.
It is recommended that participants allocate an additional 15 to 30 minutes a day to their own meditation practice. If this is a challenge, you will find you’re in good company!
Upcoming course times (AustEST)
- Tuesday September 25th, 2018, 7pm – for 8 successive Tuesdays ending November 13th, 2018
The course is delivered at:
Wellness Empowerment and Training Institute
139 Alexander Street
Crows Nest NSW 2065
Mindfulness Based Stillness Meditation
The course is based on the best selling book “Meditation: An In Depth Guide” by Ian Gawler and Paul Bedson, and designed and approved by the Gawler Foundation.
The book has been well reviewed by experts in Mindfulness:
- ‘A rich and skilfully nuanced introduction to the varied landscape of meditation practice and its healing and transformative potential.’ – Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Arriving at Your Own Door and Letting Everything Become Your Teacher
- ‘An engaging journey into the benefits of developing a practice of focusing your mind to promote both mental and physical well-being.’ – Daniel J. Siegel M.D., author of The Mindful Brain and Mindsight
- ‘In an inclusive way Ian Gawler and Paul Bedson introduce people to the basic ideas of meditation which prepare the reader for the choice of practice that suits them best.’ – Father Laurence Freeman OSB, Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation
The course is an experiential introduction to mindfulness practices laid out in the book, and covers the complete Part I of the book, which is the foundational practice of Mindfulness meditation.
It summaries the latest scientific research in the benefits of mindfulness applicable to all adult audiences, and doesn’t require any background or adherence to any religion or spiritual practice.
- Week 1: The three steps of Mindfulness-based Stillness Meditation: Preparation (Relaxation-Attitude-Posture), Mindfulness, Stillness. Different styles of meditation: attention, intention, inquiry. Introduction to Mindfulness.
- Week 2: Preparation for meditation: posture, attitude, environment. An overview of healing. The stress and relaxation responses.
- Week 3: Mindfulness of Breath. Concentration. The two aspects of mind: thinking and awareness. The nature of the thinking mind. Excessive thinking. Antido:00tes for excessive thinking.
- Week 4: Mindfulness of Body. Mindfulness of thoughts. The difference between awareness and thinking. Resistances to meditation and antidotes. Mind-Body medicine and meditation.
- Week 5: Mindfulness of Emotions. The cognitive and affective aspects of emotion. Healthy emotions. Connecting with feelings and practicing self-compassion.
- Week 6: Mindfulness into Stillness. The nature of Stillness. Stillness and Movement.
- Week 7: Mindfulness in Everyday life. Standing, walking, waiting, talking, eating and feeling mindfully. Doing one thing at a time.
- Week 8: The complete Mindfulness-based Stillness Meditation practice.
The Gawler Foundation
Ian Gawler, a veterinarian, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 1975, and had his right leg amputated. He then wrote the bestselling book “You Can Conquer Caner” in 1983 and is now widely recognised as an authority on mind-body medicine and the positive impact of lifestyle and meditation on the treatment of serious illness. He attributes his success in staying cancer free to 7 essential elements, the second most important being meditation.
The Gawler Foundation has developed this course and trained suitable teachers to deliver the mindfulness content and exercises.
The Gawler Foundation was established as a non-profit, non-denominational organisation in 1983, and is recognised as a leader in the delivery of evidence-based lifestyle medicine for the prevention and management of illness. They provide programs and retreats to the general public, and in particular people facing challenges from Cancer and Multiple Sclerosis. They are an Endorsed Provider of Post-Graduate Medical Education through the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, QA and CPD Program.
The Gawler Foundation is best known for providing live in retreats for cancer patients which include group and emotional support, lifestyle advice, and self care which can greatly improve the patient’s outlook and health outcomes.
We offer Kinesiology, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Time Line Therapy, Mindfulness meditation and other modalities to assist our clients to achieve balance and success in their lives.
I have been practicing yoga for 13 years, and meditation for 10 years. This began with a holiday in India and I have broadened and deepened my meditation experiences of various traditions over the past 10 years.
I’ve noticed profound shifts in my emotional state and stress level as I’ve deepened my practice, and I’m delighted to be able to offer this to others. What used to be esoteric or spiritual is now becoming mainstream and scientifically validated, and this just confirms the experiences of myself and my clients of meditation as a highly beneficial practice that we can learn and experience, whatever we are doing.
I am a member of the Gawler Foundation and accredited to teach their course. I have the following titles:
- Gawler Foundation MBSM Mindfulness Meditation Teacher
- Registered Kinesiologist
- Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner
- Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner Coach
- Time Line Therapy® Practitioner
- Certified Hypnotherpist