Introduction to Mindfulness
Four weekly Zoom webinars, Sunday, 4-5pm
- 11 April - 18 April - 25 April - 2 May -
and videos recordings available after sessions (so you can catchup later)
All participants will also be eligible to attend the Weekly Mindfulness Practice for free.
We all said we'd learn a new skill in Lockdown, make yours Mindfulness.
Perhaps you’ve heard that its really useful, but don’t know where to start. Or you’ve tried but couldn’t keep your mind still and didn’t know what you were meant to be doing. Or you know the basics, but find it hard to fit in, so a group will help you dedicate an hour each week.
This group will take you from a complete novice through to being able to do 45 minute practices. You’ll experiment with mindfulness for sleep, anxious thoughts, and depressed thoughts. We’ll also spend some time using mindfulness to cultivate self-compassion to ward off guilt, shame, and regret.
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to whatever is happening in our lives, inside and out, in the present moment. When we connect with the present, we become aware of habitual patterns of thought, emotion and behaviour.
With mindfulness, we train ourselves to pay close attention to what is going on in the present moment; just as it is. Much of our suffering is a result of regrets about the past, worries about the future or judgments about the present. When we are mindful we become aware of and explore these habitual thought patterns and ways of reacting. This attitude of curiosity allows us to create new and healthier ways of responding to life’s challenges.
Mindfulness is not a religion—anyone, with any belief system, can enjoy its benefits, many of which are based in research.
Join Michelle Williams
Michelle will deliver a program specially designed for people who want to cultivate compassion and develop a healing relationship with difficult emotions like shame, fear, and anger.
Michelle is a Psychologist with decades of experience. She’s helped thousands of people transform their lives.
Her insight, warmth, and generosity are evident in all that she shares.
Michelle’s training, coupled with specific meditations you can practice immediately, will show you how to mindfully awaken radical self-compassion.
Awaken a heart full of self-compassion
Michelle will walk you through meditations that can help you feel more alive, connected, and secure. Whether you’ve never meditated before or you’re an experienced mindfulness practitioner, you’ll be able to dig more deeply into the self-judgment and resentment that can stifle a full, thriving life.
Michelle’s gentle and open spirit will encourage and inspire you as it has so many others.
Here’s what you’ll get in each weekly module:
The Basics of Mindfulness
Be reminded of the diaphragmatic breathing technique
Learn the "how" and what skills of mindfulness
Practice this with some short guided practices
Learn a variety of ways you can cultivate your practice without interrupting your life
Mindfulness for Anxious Thoughts, for Depression, and Sleep
Use your fledgling mindfulness skills to notice thoughts and feelings and loosen their control
Extending your skills with some longer practices
Mindfulness as a Vehicle to Foster Self-Compassion
Mindfulness and compassion have been shown to be effective at countering the harsh inner critic that keeps us stuck - it can prime the mind and body to get rid of judgemental thoughts and painful emotions.
Applying the right practices at the right time can be the key to cultivating compassion and healing these difficult feelings
Surprise yourself with your new-found skills with a guided long practice that will leave you feeling focused and relaxed.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Before participating in the Introduction to Mindfulness I was convinced this sort of thing was not for me. Honestly, I was the biggest sceptic! Having participated in all 4 sessions, I couldn’t believe how much I got from it and how much I have been using the exercises and techniques in every day life since then. I would urge everyone to explore the subject of Mindfulness.
Participant Feedback, 2021
Introduction to mindfulness is the perfect starting point fit anyone interested in beginning or renewing a mindful practice. Michelle is an excellent coach and not only explains the how, but the why too. Giving examples of practices for certain issues (such as anxiety), was really helpful as you could go direct to it when required. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and am looking forward to my next course, involving self compassion.
Like many other people I had heard about Mindfulness but didn't really appreciate or understand it. I admit to being a bit skeptical but found out about this course at a time in lockdown when I thought it might be interesting. I am very pleased that I signed up. I enjoyed the content and particularly the delivery. It wasn't long before I was practising mindfulness quite naturally. I will be back. Thank you!
Participant Feedback, 2021
Participant Feedback, 2021
Here's how it will work:
1. Each week for four weeks, Michelle will walk you through a program to build skills in mindfulness and see different ways that it can be used.
2. After every lesson, you’ll have time to try out the strategies in your life and work.
3. Revisit Michelle’s lessons, or catch-up, after the sessions to fully mine the depths of her wisdom and experience.
5. Get equipped with essential tools every step of the way.
Here’s What You’ll Get in This Program
Four weekly Zoom webinars
Access to video recordings of the sessions after
Have your questions answered after the sessions (not recorded for confidentiality)
Mindfulness can transform the brain
A decade ago, the research was just getting started – evidence was anecdotal, and there was no way of knowing for sure if mindfulness practice was truly making the difference that so many were reporting.
However, we now know that mindfulness practice:
Increases the brain waves associated with neural integration and well-being
Leads to an increased sense of well-being, not to mention greater stress resilience and deeper empathy in both professional and personal relationships
Improves attention, learning, and memory
Reduces experiences of pain, including chronic pain
Decreases the frequency and severity of stress, and the symptoms that come with it, including IBS, insomnia, and sexual dysfunction