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What can I expect to learn through practising Mindfulness?

 

 

 

Cultivate a new relationship to experience

 

*    Step out of automatic pilot

*    Using all the senses to gain awareness

*    See thoughts as mental events "metacognitive awareness"

*    Adopt an attitude of interest, curiousity, friendliness to experience

*    Accept what is here, even if its unwanted

*    Notice the wandering mind, acknowledge where the mind went

*    Return the wandering mind back to the intended point of focus

*    With kindness and compassion towards the self

 

Approach difficulty and explore it through its expression in the body

 

*   Notice habitual patterns of thinking and feeling and how the body reacts

*   Handle each moment as best you can

*   What do I need for myself right now? How can I best take care of myself right now?

*   Become aware of reactions that tend to deepen distress and contribute to its persistence

*   Observe thoughts without reacting

*   Acknowledge them

 

Bring all this in to everyday life through the Three-step Breathing Space

 

*   Awareness of immediate experience - thoughts sensations and emotions

*   Decenter and ground through focussed attention to the breath

*   Take a broader more spacious perspective to everyday life

 

#1 Awareness and Automatic Pilot

#2 Living in our Heads

#3 Gathering the Scattered Mind

#4 Recognising Aversion

#5 Acceptance, Holding, Allowing, Letting Be

#6 Thoughts are NOT Facts

#7 How can I best take care of myself?

#8 Maintaining and extending new learning