What will you learn?: Mindfulness is about being fully present in the here and now, being in touch with what is going on inside us and around us. It enables us to arrive in a place of centred awareness – able to be responsive and connected, to engage courageously and effectively in the world. Using practices to train our minds and focus our attention, we build inner resources to become more balanced, energized and emotionally intelligent. In our fast-paced, stress laden, and complex world, emotional intelligence is crucial for being resilient in times of great societal and environmental crises. It is central to mobilizing, engaging, communicating and influencing others, as well as thinking deeply, creatively and strategically amidst the challenges of our times.
Mindfulness enables us to be aware of our thoughts, our feelings and our sensations. This makes us better able to take responsibility for our own mental states and reactions, and work through stress skilfully, enabling us to choose our responses, so they remain creative and helpful. Mindfulness also underpins our capacity to empathise and connect with others – to build mutually empowering relationships. It helps us to pay attention to what is happening around us, to cut through assumptions and expectations, and to take account of the reality of our situation. Secular mindfulness training has benefited from a great deal of research and study which show that these practices have direct material effect on the neuro-plasticity of the brain, effectively re-sculpting it for effectiveness, creativity and wellbeing.
As you can see from my website, I have worked for ten years in the international development and humanitarian sector and for me, mindfulness is not just about considering our own happiness, well-being and resilience but also about how we relate to others, and how we live, act and shape the world.
Dates and times: Thursdays 6-8.30pm (except the first day which will be 6-9pm) for eight weeks, and a full day on 1 Dec (which is week 5 of the course).
Location: The course will take place at Peace House, in the town centre.
Costs: The cost is £160 supporter rate or 1% of income (whichever is lower). Minimum £80.