8 Week Mindfulness Meditation Course
Mindfulness meditation is essentially a practice of awareness. Awareness is available to all of us in the present, all the time. Yet we rarely choose awareness as our focus of attention.
Instead we are often lured into our thoughts ruminating over some past experiences, or compulsively planning something or trying to fix a problem to avoid a painful future.
Meditation and mindfulness is not only meant for the saints. Neither is mindfulness only for people who can sit still and concentrate. It is not a relaxation technique. These are very superficial labels we give to mindfulness and meditation. Mindfulness meditation simply put, is a way to observe our mind.
Mindfulness practice is about developing the ability to work with our true nature, our deep inner core, to understand it and make connection with it, so we are living more meaningful, connected and complete lives. It is not to achieve a goal of de-stressing and relaxation but to know what lies under the stress, to understand our own inner workings and what thought, emotion and behaviour patterns are getting formed as a result.
Just like river water that is not still does not let us see the river bed, so a mind that is full of thoughts and distractions cannot let us see what feelings, emotional patterns, fears or anxieties truly lie beneath it. Meditation is the process by which we help our mind to gradually settle down so we can truly start looking at what is our true nature.
Why an 8 Week Mindfulness Meditation Course?
Neuroscience research has shown that 8 weeks of mindfulness and meditation practice can change the neurological wiring of the brain in healthy ways.
8 weeks of meditation practice is known to change the structure and function of the brain. A number of studies have been done to test this out.
What is mindfulness?
Understanding of evolutionary psychology, supportive of why the brain works as it does
The neuroscience of mindfulness
Learning to apply mindfulness in everyday life
Working with the body mindfully- learning body meditation
Learning Breathing Meditation
Learning how to work with emotions mindfully
Learning how to work with thoughts mindfully
Dealing with thoughts and emotions in everyday life- personal application
Mindfulness and Indian philosophy: Deepening practice through understanding of basic philosophical principles.
Duration: 8 Sundays across 8 weeks
Timing: 10:30AM to 1 PM.
Dates: August 20 and 27, September 3, 10, 17 and 24, October 1 and 10
About The Facilitator- Sadia Saeed Raval
Palm Court, Malad
Building C, palm court complex, Mindspace, Malad West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400064