Mindfulness and Meditation
Mindfulness & Meditation gives students tools to deal more calmly and peacefully with stress in everyday situations. It will encourage students to be mindful of the present moment which is the only reality we ever experience.
Students gain tools to help them be mindful of their present moment experiences. This helps alleviate stress by not carrying negative 'baggage' about past or future events.
Who is the course for?
No experience, qualification or levels of fitness is required to participate in the course. Mindfulness & Meditation is for people who want to deal more calmly and peacefully with stress in their everyday lives.
What topics will this course cover
Meditative Creative Visualisation will help us find a place of inner peace within any stressful situation. We can visit this peaceful place anytime whenever we need to. Mindfulness can positively use our subconscious mind to be more aware of our physical and emotional tensions in this moment and thus positively find ways to health and healing. Practising being in the present moment will help to stop living in the stress of past regrets or living in the stress of future worries. The past and future do not exist now.
What will it be like?
WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.
By the end of the course I should be able to:
Demonstrate an understanding of the value of having positive thoughts Demonstrate an understanding of the value of living in the present moment Apply learning from the classroom into life outside the classroom Practice Mindfulness and Meditation to feel less stressed and more relaxed in different life situations
How will I know I'm making progress?
You will feel more positive within yourself, therefore dealing with other people more positively. You will find, to your advantage, the importance of finding a time and space for yourself, however long or short. You will keep your own personal journal to monitor your own progress and to review the tools you have learned between sessions. You can write or draw or paint pictures or stick pictures in your journal to represent any positive thoughts or constructive negative criticisms that come up for you between sessions appertaining to the course. You can look back on your journal to see how and how far you have progressed. Nobody else, including the tutor will read this journal unless you yourself wish to share any of it in the times of 'group reflection' or privately with the tutor if wanted. A Group Agreement will confirm confidentiality. Group reflection after every module will assess room for improvement
What else do I need to know, do or bring?
You already know enough with your own life experience to contribute greatly to the group. You need to bring openness to different ideas. You need to bring a scrapbook or notebook to be used as a course journal. You need to bring a small notebook to write down positive thoughts.
Reading and information sources
Desirable but not essential is 'Practising The Power of Now' by Eckhart Tolle.
What could the course lead to?
The course with further development could lead participants to further Mindfulness & Meditation courses as well as other WEA courses.