What is Mindfulness and why I need it?
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction training (MBSR) was developed to help people with chronic health problems, in order to give them tools to manage their symptoms and to take a better care of themselves. Today MBSR training is advised for those who would like reduce stress in their life by learning how to respond to the life events responsibly instead of reacting impulsively, how to take better care of themselves but also how to live more in the moment and step out from their auto pilot more often.
MBSR training consists of 8 sessions (2,5 hour each) and one silence day.
The topics of the sessions:
Session 1: Automatic pilot
Session 2: Dealing with obstacles and challenges
Session 3: Getting to know your boundaries
Session 4: The landscape of stress
Session 5: Responding to stress with awareness
Session 6: Thoughts are not facts
Session 7: How can I take better care of myself?
Session 8: How to use what I have learned?
During the sessions we use different exercises to train the mind, such as siting and walking meditation or bodyscan:''sweeping through the body with the mind''. The purpose of the exercises is to observe any experience we might have from moment to moment. By observing each moment we can learn something about ourselves and about our reactivity to the experience.
In general we can say that MBSR helps to improve the quality of life. By training the mind through the meditation and concentration exercises, MBSR can help you to bring more clarity and more awareness into your life.
"Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t)."
Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention to whatever our
experience is at each moment.
This sounds very simple and it is simple. Difficulty lies in reminding yourself to be mindful. We are constantly busy in getting somewhere, in achieving something that we are forgetting to reserve some time for simply being. Another difficulty in cultivating mindfulness lies in the quality of the mind. The mind likes to wander. The mind likes to engage with different kind of thoughts to keep us busy. Through mindfulness, we train our minds to not get caught into our thoughts. However, we do not try to control our thoughts, but rather, we take a step back, we observe them, acknowledge them, and let them go.
Mindfulness is the ability of creating a space in your “head”, a space which is focused on the present moment in the present place, without judging yourself for what you do or who you are. It sounds easy and natural, but nowadays, all the distractions around us lead us more towards thinking either the future, by ruminating an overwhelming sequel of to-do lists in our heads, or in the past, by thinking again and again what we did wrong and why. However, mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
Benefits of Mindfulness
Researchers pinpoint that when you train your brain to be mindful, you’re actually remodeling the physical structure of your brain.
All in all, the more you practice the easier it gets to find your emergency exit into the present moment.
This training will get you un-stuck!
Our guest facilitator, Kasia Sikora, psychologist and mindfulness trainer, has specialized in techniques that will help you stay grounded, in the present moment and compassionate with yourself.
In this workshop we will:
We will help you create the space that you need to be more of yourself that you have ever been in the past!
Useful Information & Registration
FEES: 285€ (for the total of 8 three-hour sessions)
DAYS: Every Monday from 28 September until 16 November
REGISTRATION: at firstname.lastname@example.org