Matt Lunt is a regular at our yoga classes and he is going to be running a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course (MBSR) at the Hoylake Parade Community Centre in September. I have personally attended an 8 week MBSR course and found it an excellent introduction to Mindfulness based meditation and stress reduction techniques. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in expanding their knowledge and experience in this area. Matt is offering this at a special reduced rate as it is part of his degree in Mindfulness.
Matt has provided us with the following description of the course and some information about himself;
Eight-week Mindfulness Stress Reduction Course
25TH September to 13th November 2018 – Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm to 8.30pm
About the course:
This eight-week course takes place every Tuesday evening from 25th September. As well as the two-hour Tuesday evening sessions, a commitment to devote approximately 30-45 minutes for home practice six days a week is required.
Included in the course price:
Participation in eight two-hour group sessions
A workbook with guidelines for supporting home practice
Guided mindfulness audio recordings
Who is it for:
The course is open to anyone who is interested in learning how to use mindfulness to better cope with the pressures of daily life. Some of the ways the course may help participants to do this include:
- Recognising when we are operating on autopilot
- Bringing a new approach of curiosity and kindness to dealing with unpleasant experiences
- A better understanding of our own mental habits and how these can cause us additional suffering
- Recognising our stressors and how we can better respond to these
- A greater awareness of the present moment
I started my regular mindfulness practice about four years ago to cope with the stresses of life and work. A few years previously, I had experienced a huge panic attack on the way to work one morning. Although I was physically healthy, I soon realised that I was neglecting to look after my mind. I started experimenting with mindfulness practices, eventually signing up for an eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction course. This course proved to be so helpful in helping me to relate differently to experience, so that I learned to see stressful events more clearly and recognise my own mental habits of reacting to them.
I am currently studying for a Masters in Mindfulness-based Approaches at the University of Bangor’s Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice. Leading this course will form part of my teacher training, therefore it is offered at an introductory rate of just £50.
Thanks Matt and good luck with the course. There is a link to the flyer for the course below.
Paul & Steve