The Mindfulness of Breathing - To develop awareness, clarity, concentration and centredness.
Metta Bhavana - For positive emotional responses and attitudes to ourselves and others.
The Bodyscan - A practice that can bring a greater sense of stability, groundedness and relaxation.
Meditation is a key with which we can open up to our own deeper inner resources. It develops a more stable sense of well-being and creates greater perspective and choice about how we respond to life - rather than feeling victim to the stresses of inner and outer circumstances and demands.
We introduce, explain and guide the meditations each week. We also look at how to make the practices as effective as possible – What are the best postures and sitting positions? How do we deal with barriers to meditation? How do we recognise and encourage deeper, more nourishing states of mind? There will also be plenty of space to talk about how your experience of meditations is going.
These meditations are drawn from the Buddhist tradition. However, you don't need to be a Buddhist to practise or benefit from them.
Meditation is used in many different ways - as an approach to managing stress or pain, for enhanced creativity and concentration, and of course as a means of gaining more psychological and/or spiritual understanding and depth.
It will be entirely up to you how you apply the benefits of meditation in your life.
The course will be suitable for people totally new to meditation as well as to more experienced meditators who want to refresh or consolidate their practice.
The aim of the course is to give you enough experience of meditation to recognise for yourself the benefits of regular practice, and the 'tools' to create your own home meditation practice at the end of the course, if that is what you decide to take on.