An 8 week in person course that will help you to make good decisions, break bad habits & bounce back better from disappointments
Maybe you’ve heard a lot about mindfulness, you know it can help you live a happier life, but there’s so much information out there it’s overwhelming and hard to know where to start.
Well I hear you and I totally agree, so I have taken my 16 years of teaching and created this course based on everything I’ve been taught, read and experienced to create this course that will help you in every part of your life. It’s my; “Everything I’ve ever learnt about mindfulness that WORKS” course!
It’s built upon feedback I have been received on the best mindfulness teachings and practices for the most impact in your life. It’s short, comprehensive and do-able (some of the meditations will be just 10 minutes long) making it easy to fit into your day and reap the rewards.
Plus all of the information (class recordings, notes and mindfulness audio practices) will be uploaded into an online library so that you can access all of the information in one place.
Here is a brief overview of the 8 weeks. Each session will include 1 – 2 mindfulness practices, a Mindfulness topic and time for Q & A. The order of the week may change depending on the needs and flow of the group.
It’s so important to get the basics right, to have a solid footing and deep understanding of mindfulness. By doing this you’re setting yourself up to start enjoying the benefits straight away.
For this first week we will take our time getting to know Mindfulness and the basic teachings such as:
Sometimes it’s the hardest thing in the world to practice mindfulness, even though you know it’s good for you!
Resistance shows up in all aspects of our lives. Every time we self-sabotage on healthy eating diets or don’t go for that walk when we know it will do us good. And sometimes it makes us shy away from anything that takes us out of your comfort zone.
None of us are immune to resistance, what’s important is how you deal with it and this week I will show you the mindfulness approach and teaching on resistance and how to welcome it in your life and consequently not self-sabotage.
How often do you eat without tasting your food? Sometimes consuming entire cakes or packets of crisps without tasting any of it? Do you find yourself reaching for food when you experience an emotion like sadness, anxiety or even joy?
We tend to eat mindlessly, using food to satisfy a feeling in us that may need another kind of nourishment. Mindfulness helps us to connect more to this body we have and the more we connect to it, the more awareness we have about how we are fuelling it.
Did you know that people who eat mindfully weigh 30% less than those who don’t? Not only do mindful eaters consume less, they also make healthier choices.
During this class we will also look at the Body Scan meditation, great for connecting with your body, healing from injuries and illnesses and getting a peaceful nights sleep.
Otherwise known as self-compassion. Why is this so important in mindfulness?
Your relationship with yourself is the longest, most enduring relationship you will ever have. Long after lovers have been lost, family have passed away or friendships have ended, you will still be with yourself. Every hour of the day and night! So it might just be worthwhile to spend a little time investing in this relationship and cultivating a kinder, more loving and encouraging one.
This is always a popular subject and never more so than now. Constant low levels of anxiety are ever present within lots of people I’m chatting to as we’re living through such a time of uncertainty and instability.
Anxiety is a future based emotion that takes us out of the present moment. But when it’s ever present, how can we learn to deal with it? Well mindfulness has a way
Based on the work of Michele Neale and made popular by Tara Brach this meditation is an acronym that will help you with any situation or situations that you are struggling with. Through the practice of RAIN you come to understand and resolve inner and outer conflict and so tune into an inner peace that comes from that place.
Acceptance isn’t to deny the pain of an experience or situation, its to acknowledge its’ presence but not to get stuck in the story, because that is suffering.
When you stub your toe it’s painful, acceptance (or allowing) isn’t to deny the pain but it is also NOT to get caught up in the story as that’s just leads you down a path lined with shame, regret and negative internal dialogue.
Let me give you an example:
I just stubbed my toe and it’s painful (acceptance) what can I do to alleviate the pain? (action needed) v’s
I just stubbed my toe, it’s painful and I can’t believe I was so silly. It’s just like me to do something like this, sure didn’t I do it the other day at work when I…….. (acceptance plus story = suffering)
During this session we will explore how you can use acceptance in your every day life to drop the negative dialogue, do what needs to be done and let the past go.
You made it! By this stage you will have a regular mindfulness practice that will bring about its own wonderful and unique changes in your life. You may find that you’re dealing with work better, sleeping more soundly, feeling happier, experiencing less anxiety or other benefits, but one thing is for sure – you will never regret trying mindfulness!
Simply nothing is being asked of you.
What you do with the content and how much you use it is totally up to you. I am here to support you as I want you to use it of course but not in a homework kind of way!
I am a qualified Biochemist from Trinity College, Dublin and over the past 15 years I have read, studied and practiced mindfulness. I have trained with some of the leading experts, gone on retreats all over the world and held some of my own. I have also worked teaching 8 week mindfulness courses in the community, in companies and as a 1:1.
I am passionate about mindfulness as I can honestly say that it has changed my life! I know that can sound very OTT at times and it wasn’t this sudden flash of light that came down and I was enlightened, sitting lotus position, emanating love (wouldn’t that be wonderful!) No, it was over time and with patience and commitment I found that old behaviours that didn’t serve me well melted away, negative beliefs no longer held me captive and I wasn’t a victim of my emotions (finally!)
The changes were incremental and yet they were very obvious once I became aware of them. I actually began to feel more comfortable within myself which I never thought possible having suffered with depression for most of my life. With that everything changed for the better.
What if I miss a week?
Life happens! It’s absolutely fine to miss a week, you will be sent the notes so that you can catch up in your own time.
Is anything asked of me, that is, will I have to speak or contribute?
I do ask for a short check in at the beginning of every class. This is optional each week so if you’d prefer not to participate that is absolutely fine with me. The check in is literally to see how you got on with the weeks recommendations and how I can help you with your mindfulness experience.
What if I have a question but I don’t want to ask it in class?
I encourage all participants to contact me via email or phone anytime during the course with mindfulness related questions and queries, I’m always more than happy to help.
How long will I have access to my online library?
You will have access to the online library for the duration of the course and for one week after. If you wish to assess mindfulness meditations after this you can subscribe to my online library that contains over 34 mindfulness practices.
Starting: Tuesday 27th September
Classes at 7:30pm for 90 minutes
Location: Blackrock Village A94 K6Y5
Price: €255 per person.
Classes are limited in numbers.
Your place will be secured upon payment via PayPal or Stripe. You can pay for the course in full or a deposit now of €75 will the balance due one week before the course starts.
Please email me if you wish to pay in instalments or if you have been recently made redundant.
Once you have enrolled I will be in touch to confirm your place and all the details that you will need