Over the next eight weeks, we will learn many ways to become more aware of the present moment. We will do this by following the curriculum of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
During this course, you will use a printed handbook and this webpage as your course material. In the handbook, you will find a brief summary for every session, some extra reference materials and home practice for each week. On this webpage, you will find meditation recordings.
Each week has a specific focus. The first three weeks establish the foundations of mindfulness practice. In weeks four and five, we look at the physiology of stress in more detail before focusing on how we can learn to respond to stressful situations. Week six includes exercises on difficult communications, while week seven focuses on how we can take care of ourselves. The final week concludes what we have learned and explores ways to continue practising after completing the course.
The importance of practising
We will work together to become more aware of our habits and to explore new ways of being with our experience. This is something that takes practice.
This means that you need to be prepared to practice between the sessions. We recommend practising for 30-45 minutes per day.
Sometimes it will be challenging to make time in your busy life. But personal practice is an essential part of the programme. Only if you practice can you learn to play an instrument. The same applies to training your mind.