8 Week Mindfulness Fundamentals Course
with Kevin, Still Here Mindfulness
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.
DEPOSIT DUE BY THURSDAY, APRIL 25 TO SECURE YOUR SPOT AND COMMITMENT
LIMITED Space and these seminars fill up fast!
Held at Amethyst, 8989 Young Road, Chilliwack
To register: Please call 604-792-3730; email firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 didnt 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.