Tonic Room is delighted to annouce we will be holding our first Mindfulness Course in conjunction with Clinical Psychologist Lize Ligthelm and Renew Your Mind. This 6 week course starts Wednesday 27th September from 7.30pm until 9.00pm.
Alongside a healthy diet, good sleep and exercise, stress management is one of the pillars of a healthy and happy life. Life keeps getting busier and more demanding and increased stress is an inevitable consequence of that. Therefore learning how to manage stress with simple and practical tools is essential.
Participants will finish the course with:
* Insight into how their brain works
* Greater understanding of how stress works
* 6 weeks of guided learning and practicing Mindfulness techniques
* A calmer mind, balanced emotions, increased energy and a positive outlook on life and it’s challenges
* A tool kit filled with stress management tools and techniques
The mindfulness material being taught is non spiritual and has it’s basis in scientific research. The key to mindfulness isn’t to practise for long periods of time but rather create a doable daily practise that can be done ‘on the go’.
The course is designed to kickstart your mindfulness practice so you can take control of stress and enjoy your life more.
When: Wednesday 27th September - Wedneday 1st November
Where: Tonic Room, 465 New North Road, Kingsland
Time: 7.30pm - 9.00pm
Price: $225 Early Bird rate until 13 September (after $265)
SO WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
Mindfulness is often associated with meditation practice but it is more than that. It’s a form of being present that can be practiced at any time.
Mindfulness is the awareness that arises when we intentionally pay attention in a kind and non judgemental way.
There are two main elements to Mindfulness:
Most people suffer from what is called monkey mind. Your mind is like a monkey swinging from branch to branch. Your thoughts go from one thing to another, to another, to another. Before you know it you are thinking about something and have no idea how you got there. The monkey mind often thinks about the past. Pondering what happened or what you think should have gone differently. Or it thinks about the future. Worrying about what might happen or thinking about what you have to get done. If your mind wanders to the past or the future you lose sight of the now and cannot be present with what is happening right now
Mindfulness is paying attention to what is happening in the present moment.
Being kind and non judgemental is at the core of Mindfulness practice. This means that you accept what is and don’t argue with the reality. This sounds simple but when you start to practice Mindfulness you will realize that you judge things and yourself all the time:
- We can’t be late
- You are wearing the wrong shoes
- The house is such a mess
- What a grumpy waiter
- I just don’t like him
- Why can’t I just focus?
Mindfulness is about taming the inner critique, about erasing the should’s and the shouldn’ts from your thinking and becoming more accepting of how things are in that moment. This does not mean that you won’t make any changes and you will just let everything be as it is. After a kind and non judgmental thought you can still decide to do something about a situation. The difference is that you will be making changes from the ideal brain state for change and not from a state of stress.
Mindfulness teaches us to be more compassionate with ourselves, more caring and more accepting of our experience. It also teaches us to be patient and non judgmental when we make mistakes. As we learn to practice this, we become kinder and more compassionate with ourselves and with others.
Mindfulness is practicing a kind and non-judgmental attitude towards events, others and yourself.
RETRAIN THE BRAIN
Research based Mindfulness practice retrains the brain and promotes ‘green brain’ activity (reduced blood pressure and blood sugar, reduced heart rate, optimal digestion and immune system). In this state your body has the opportunity to restore and heal any issue there might be. When we operate from this brain state things seem to come easier, sometimes even effortlessly.
There is a lot of scientific research on the effects of Mindfulness practice and the research shows that Mindfulness practice is not only linked to wellbeing and stress reduction but it is also linked to increased creativity, productivity, physical health, self esteem and quality of relationships. It reduces symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression, making it a powerful brain training tool.
The beauty about Mindfulness is that it is free, simple and you can use it any time and anywhere. It is the perfect way to take care of your brain and keep it healthy.
To read more about mindfulness visit our friends at www.renewyourmind.co.nz