Deeper Mindfulness

… walks you gently through the beautiful, messy process of being human, and teaches you how and why all can be well Sir Kenneth Branagh

This wonderfully welcome new mindfulness course comes from Prof. Mark Williams and his wealth of research and experience in teaching mindfulness to many different groups across the world. Recently developed and evaluated with colleagues at the Oxford Mindfulness Foundation, Deeper Mindfulness offers us a ‘new way to rediscover calm in a chaotic world‘ (Williams & Penman, 2023).

I was fortunate to get to join the teacher training retreat with Prof. Williams in August 2023 and I am delighted to offer this 8 week course in 2024. This course is designed particularly for those who have already completed a mindfulness-based programme and want to explore mindfulness more deeply. Perhaps you have completed a course such as MBSR, MBCT or Finding Peace in a Frantic World?  Maybe you’ve taken part in introductory sessions or tried out mindfulness meditation through apps or other recordings in your own way?  And now you are curious to deepen your experience by joining small group that allows for live guiding,  interactive discussion together and journaling prompts on each weekly theme?  Maybe this is the course for you. 

Why take this course?

One new development brought to you in this course is that it explores an aspect of mindfulness that is not covered explicitly in other mindfulness courses, namely ‘feeling tone’. Feeling tone is a sense of the positive or negative that is part of every human experience we have.  Crucially it is the tipping point for our mood.

“Deeper Mindfulness is informed by recent psychological findings that reveal that every waking moment, our understanding of the world is dominated by imagining how we can take action within it, coloured by what is called ‘feeling tone’. Feeling tone is the moment-by-moment ‘read-out’ of how much a sensation, thought or emotion feels pleasant, unpleasant, or neither. Based on this moment-by-moment ‘read out’, the body allocates its resources as it gears up for real or imagined action. This can prepare us well for action, but it can also put us at risk of becoming exhausted without our realising it.

During the eight weekly sessions, you will learn meditations that prepare you for, then help you tune in to feeling tone frame by frame. This provides an opportunity to see more clearly both the tipping points for distress and exhaustion, and also how to flourish by freeing yourself to appreciate life again, even in the midst of difficulty.”

– from Oxford Mindfulness Foundation

Practical Mindfulness Lessons

Each class is 2 hours and you will learn the following skills:

  1. Find your ground by exploring different ways to anchor your attention
  2. Take a pause when your mind wanders, and to cultivate a sense of kindness and gratitude for the mind’s activity instead of seeing it as an enemy to be overcome
  3. Recognise the feeling tone of any contact with mind and body, and how it is the tipping point for reactions that are often self-defeating
  4. Discover how to allow feeling tone to be present for longer without reacting, so the mind is freed from habitual cascades of stress and exhaustion
  5. See when and how the body gears up for action unnecessarily, and how to allay the busyness to allow wise action to emerge
  6. Explore how to use mindfulness of feeling tone to help turn towards difficult emotions and concerns
  7. Practise using mindfulness of feeling tone to notice moments of appreciation in your everyday life and to deal skilfully with the symptoms of exhaustion (e.g., procrastination)
  8. In the final session you will learn ways to sustain your mindfulness practice, including a template for a year of practice you can use or adapt for your personal journeying.

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 Special Introductory Fee €185

Tuesday 30th April – 18 June 2024

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7pm – 9pm (Irish Time)

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