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THE NATURAL HEALTH SERVICE

Meditation For Every Day Life

8 week Stress Reduction Course (Based on mindfulness meditation)

With experienced Meditation facilitator and Holistic Therapist - Jacqui Bastock, Registered Teaching Member, British School of Meditation

Most of us live in a world full of things that just have to be done. Our busy mind continually pulls us from 'pillar to post' from what happened yesterday or an hour ago, to our worries about what might or might not happen tomorrow. Even at night it can be difficult to stop the chatter and move into relaxed and restful sleep.

Developing a regular Meditation practice can significantly reduce tension and stress levels, lower high blood pressure, reduce pain and aid the healing process. In addition, it can increase our ability to focus our attention. Through Meditation practice we begin to develop a level of inner quiet, creating a 'quiet space' that gives us the opportunity to choose, whether we 'act or react' in stressful situations.

 

8 Week Programme 

Week 1 : Introduction to the Course

What is stress? What is mindfulness meditation? Outline of the next 8 weeks. Breathing and Relaxation. A Commitment to yourself

Week 2 : Mindfulness and Relaxation

Relaxing the body. Breathing mindfully. Purposefully move from 'doing' and practice 'being', relaxing into the present moment.

Week 3 : Self supporting attitudes

Breathing mindfully, establishing your practice. The 7 attitudes for self-support including giving to ones-self as well as to others.

Week 4 : The Beginners Mind

Relaxation and meditation practice. What is a Beginners Mind? Introducing a weekly calendar

Week 5 : Trust and Patience

Relaxation and meditation practice. Learning to be patient with ourselves and trust our own inner wisdom.

Week 6 : Non-striving and non-judging

Relaxation and meditation practice. The benefits of developing attitudes of non-striving and non-judging towards meditation practice.

Week 7 : Walking Meditation and Letting go

Relaxation and meditation practice. A walking meditation

Learning to let go

Week 8 : Acceptance and Reflection

Relaxation and meditation practice. Seeing things as they are and making choices. Next steps.