8 Week Mindfulness Fundamentals Course
with Kevin, Still Here Mindfulness

Complimentary Mindfulness Orientation Class <br>
          with Kevin, Still Here Mindfulness at Amethyst in Chilliwack

Fundamentals of Mindfulness ~ an 8 Week Course (weekly) ~ Providing the key elements to bring mindfulness into your life
Starts, Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7 p.m. at Amethyst through June 27
with Kevin, MBSR (mindfulness) teacher and founder at Still Here
7:00 pm ~ 9:00 pm Thursdays May 9, 16, 23, 30 June 6, 13 and 27 and all day on Sunday, June 23

SESSIONS: 8 | WEEKS: 8 | COST: $450 (plus GST) Some special rates for those on low or fixed incomes. Contact us to learn more.


LIMITED Space and these seminars fill up fast!
Held at Amethyst, 8989 Young Road, Chilliwack

To register: Please call 604-792-3730; email info@amethystbookstore.com or come into the store (8989 Young Road). Seats are limited and its usually a full house!

ABOUT: 8 week Mindfulness Fundamentals Course During this eight-week workshop, we look at setting full attention on the breath, on emotions, on pain and on thoughts. We do this through exploring various meditation approaches. These are the week by week topics and questions you will be learning about.

During our time together, we will provide you with the key elements to bring mindfulness into your life and look at setting full attention on the breath, on emotions, on pain and on thoughts. Each week we will explore various meditation approaches including:

*A radical shift in the way we see our world

* A deeper understanding of the body on the move

*How to ride the waves of emotion (without falling in)

* Bringing presence into our world

*Taming the beast

*Befriending thoughts

Loosely the course outline:

1. A new way of relating with our body Settling in. Body Scan. How long are we required to practice for benefit? Mindfulness of eating. What can we expect from this practice? How to find the best posture position for formal practice. Om Work.

2. A radical shift in the way we see our world Extended body scan. The nine-dots exercise. Mindfulness of Seeing. How is the body reacting to this new relating? What changes are occurring in the senses,hearing, smell, touch, thought? How do we bring mindfulness of eating into our daily lives? Om work.

3. A deeper understanding of the body on the move. Introduction to Qi Gong. Elements of yoga, and how that fits in with our mindfulness practice. A deep and meaningful engagement with the breath. Metta, or loving kindness meditation. Committing to this new relationship. Om Work.

4. How to ride the waves of emotion (without falling in) Finding the anchor of the breath. Practice, practice, practice. What are emotions, and what do they want? Identifying the emotion. Finding the associated physical sensation and developing a new relationship with that. Identifying common pitfalls to avoid. Mindfulness of the unwanted. Metta. Om Work.

5. Mindfulness becomes unhinged - choice less awareness Find the anchor. Unhooking from our attention of the breath, and allowing whatever arises to just come as it will. Identifying and relating to what is tossing us off awareness of the breath. The hindrances - desire, aversion, sloth and torpor, restlessness and doubt.

6. Bringing presence into our world Standing meditation. Walking meditation - posture, pace, direction, and intention. How to become at ease with bringing this moving meditation into our day. Developing a new relationship with walking, while using the breath as an anchor. Finding places to practice. More yoga. Metta. Om Work.

7. Bringing our practice into a day-long session Exploring the practice of noble silence. Deepening our relationship with the breath, with yoga and the body scan. Checking out those limits and discern how to break through them. Mindfulness of communication. Lots of practice. Metta. Om work.

8. Taming the Beast: Befriending Thoughts Setting awareness on thoughts. When is this possible? Depersonalizing thought. Seeing a story as simply that, a story. Setting awareness on thought. Practice, practice, practice.


ABOUT: Kevin Diakiw began meditation in 1974 with hopes of eradicating his childhood epilepsy. While it didn’t do much for his condition at the time, he fell in love with the peace and ease that came with the practice of meditation. He made it a life mission to bring that level of emotional comfort and heightened awareness from the cushion into his day-to-day life. In the 1990s, he began following the zen teachings that showed him how, using a practice known as mindfulness. He took classes through the University of Massachusetts in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

In 2004, Kevin began teaching mindful meditation groups.

He has since become a Qualified MBSR Teacher through UMass Medical School in Amherst and is also Certified CISM (trauma work) through the Justice Institute of B.C.
Now with a team by his side, he is bringing mindfulness to students, government teams and corporate customers, who seem equally eager to implement the teachings.