Mindfulness practice and training
8 classes on Sundays
From May 12, 2019
Many scientific studies from recent years have shown that attention or awareness can be developed and cultivated. This can be done through various exercises and tools from the Buddhist tradition, that came to the West under the name Mindfulness.
Research also shows how Mindfulness can be very beneficial to us in our daily lives. Mindfulness has a positive influence on the functioning and structure of certain areas of the brain related to emotional stability, concentration, attention, creative thinking, problem-solving, dealing with difficult emotions, and reducing tension, depression and anxiety. Positive qualities such as self-confidence, inner peace, joy, empathy and compassion are strengthened.
Physically, mindfulness can lead to an improvement in physical functions negatively affected by stress, such as: immune system, sleep, pain, digestion, blood pressure and body ageing processes.
About the course
This is a practical course of 8 weekly sessions, designed to teach participants how to practice Mindfulness meditation correctly and independently in everyday life, both during the course and after its ending.
- We will learn how to develop attention to our personal experiences from moment to moment with more acceptance and less judgment and inner struggle.
- We will learn how to practice Mindfulness meditation in the sitting position (Either on a chair or a cushion) and in our daily activities.
- We will learn how to become more aware of our body, breath, sensations, senses, thoughts and emotions - from moment to moment.
- We will learn some of the theory behind the training in Mindfulness in a way that supports the practice (mainly from the Buddhist philosophy, and a bit from Brain science and Positive Psychology).
- We will discuss and deeply inquire into our meditative experiences and learn from each other.
- We will identify the inner forces that contribute to stress and how we can create an inner space that promotes clarity, focus, serenity, and wisdom.
- We will develop, internalize and apply the insights from practice into work and personal relationships, especially in regard to stressful and difficult situations.
- The course is also an opportunity to meet like-minded people, interested in the Mindfulness practice and its benefits.
- Developing a daily practice at home is a key aspect of the training. Participants will be invited and encouraged to devote 30-45 minutes to sitting at home every day to increase the effectiveness of practice.
Class One - What is Mindfulness?
Class Two - Attention to Breath and Body
Class Three - Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional
Class Four - Dealing with difficult states of mind
Class Five - Thoughts are not facts
Class Six - The World of Emotions
Class Seven - More Tools to our box
Class Eight - From the pillow to everyday life
Who is it for?
- This course is suitable for all men and women interested in learning the practice of Mindfulness meditation and the ways to apply it in everyday life.
- Experience in meditation is not required.
- Those familiar with the practice are invited to come and further deepen their skills and insights.
- No need for any special physical ability. The practice is done sitting on meditation pillows or chairs - according to the preference of each participant.
- Each class includes a guided meditation starting from short periods (10-15 minutes) that gradually become longer (up to 45 minutes).
- There will be time for questions and discussions about the practice.
- The atmosphere is open and informal, encouraging honest personal inquiry.
- The teacher is available between classes for questions and support.
** In order for the teacher to get to know you before the course, you will be asked to complete a personal information questionnaire. The information will be seen only by the teacher and remain confidential.
A link to and online form will be emailed by the teacher directly to the participants.