My biggest achievement in life was learning how to sit still for fifteen minutes with a calm mind and body. In just four sessions I’ll help you do the same!
Next Course Date – April 23rd/April 30th
Early bird $197 – Bring a friend ticket $295 (limited places)
I didn’t really know what to expect from Meditation 101. It was synchronicity that brought me there – I was recommended the course by my kinesiologist.
After attending, I feel better able to deal with everything life throws at me.
My meditation practice helps me dissolve my day and get in touch with what’s really important to me, to let go of things I can’t control. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to calm their busy and stressed lives!
Mel, 43, banking and finance
It’s funny to think it now, but used to be a hard-core stress case. My mind, so often my friend, and the basis of my career, would spin out of control, racing with unwanted and excessive thinking.
I’d feel aches and pains all over my body. I’d frequently think I was dying of a life threatening illness (my accuracy rate so far with that belief is a big fat 0% thankfully).
I often found it difficult to focus on one thing, jumping from task to task without getting much done.
Simply thinking about the demands of my job would make my body tense. Encounters with my boss would leave me a dribbling mess – even if nobody could tell from the outside. No matter how comfortable my mattress, sleep was often difficult or broken.
My life probably looked fine to other people, and in many ways it was. I was still getting things done – still ticking the boxes of a moderately successful life. But the way I felt inside was spoiling my experience.
I desperately wanted to enjoy life as much as I could, but my worsening feelings stress and anxiety were getting in the way.
It wasn’t like this all the time, but things reached a peak in my late 20s with a sequence of personal losses (death and divorce are not good for the nerves!).
As feelings of stress and anxiety got worse and worse, I threw myself into distraction – working out too much, partying way more than I should. But underneath, I knew these weren’t long term solutions. I could feel my mind and body about to snap.
Things had to change. After a long process of soul searching, I ended up on a journey to learn as much about stress as possible, and to find ways to reduce its impact on my life.
My ex-wife was a therapist who used mindfulness meditation techniques in her work with clients. I began to experiment with what appeared to be simple practices and concepts.
With practice, I learned some breathing exercises and meditation techniques that changed the way I viewed my thoughts and feelings.
I also explored some therapeutic approaches, dietary changes and exercise. But the mindfulness practices gave me the foundations for everything else to really work.
Mindfulness and meditation really, really helped. So much so that they now form the basis of my approach to life.
I’m not perfect, and the road to mindful living is endless. My meditation journey continues, and I still have my moments of freaking out over how life is going. Thinking still takes over from time to time. But the intensity and frequency with which that happens is so much less than before.
I’m MUCH more aware of when this is happening, so that I can take action to take care of myself when it does.
As a result, my life is full of moments of peace, clarity and gratitude.
Stress still happens. Stressful events will always be there! But my relationship to stress has changed, so it no longer gets in the way of living my fullest life.
Meditation 101 – a two day workshop covering the basics of mindfulness meditation techniques, designed for the busy modern mind
If you’ve read this far, you’re probably curious about meditation. Perhaps you’ve heard the buzz about mindfulness in the media. It’s hard to avoid these days!
It’s not surprising – science is backing up what’s been known by the great mystical traditions for thousands of years.
Meditation is an excellent tool for helping you calm mind and body. Mindfulness meditation can help you with feelings of stress or being overwhelmed.
Meditation 101 is an ideal introduction to meditation for beginners.
Like me, many people who want to learn to meditate do so because they are considering the impact of stress, anxiety, overthinking, unpleasant emotional states, or lack of focus or purpose in their lives.
Other people use it to develop focus and concentration, or to increase self-awareness.
Meditation can help with all of these issues. With meditation, you begin to relax in your seat and just watch the movie of life, without judging it, avoiding it, grasping it, pushing it, or pulling it.
Meditation 101 is an ideal way to experience the benefits of meditation for the first time. Or to go “back to basics” if you just want to refresh your practice!
The workshops run at a variety of Sydney locations. See below for the next dates
You’ll leave feeling relaxed, focused and refreshed, ready to begin, or deepen, your meditation practice.
The workshops offer the chance to explore mindfulness and meditation in three ways
- Information – some basic facts and concepts that will support your meditation practice.
- Practice – we’ll have plenty of time to practice a number of meditation techniques.
- Reflection – you’ll have the chance to reflect individually through journaling, and to share and hear your own and other’s experiences through group conversation (most people feel this is an extremely valuable part of the workshop!)
What will I learn?
The meditation techniques taught in this course are based on Mindfulness Based Stillness Meditation as taught by The Gawler Foundation.
The course also incorporates techniques and concepts from a number of mindfulness disciplines, including Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
We’ll dive into a number of concepts from stress management, evolutionary psychology and emotional self-care to explore the reasons why many of us feel stressed, anxious or overwhelmed – and how mindfulness practices can help.
Here’s a full day-by-day outline of the course
Day 1- Breathing Body
Session 1 – Mindfulness Basics
- What is meditation? What is mindfulness?
- The benefits of mindful living
- Why stress dominates modern lives
- Two ways to quickly relax your mind and body
- Aspects of mindfulness – breath, body, feelings, mind
- Meditating with the breath
Session 2 – Meditating with the Body
- Why body meditation?
- Mindful movement
- The body scan meditation
- Making meditation a habit
- Practical mindfulness exercises for day-to-day life
Day 2 – Living Mind
Session 3 – Don’t mind your mind
- Refresher and feedback from day 1
- Thinking – what’s it all about, and why is it sometimes so annoying?
- Excessive vs constructive thinking
- Working with thoughts in meditation
Session 4 – Practical mindful living
- Bringing mindfulness into your live
- Mindful listening
- Mindful eating
I wasn’t sure how comfortable I would feel meditating in a small group with strangers – I’d only done meditations with larger groups or on my own. However I found I was much calmer and could concentrate fully.
The content was entirely appropriate for my level of experience – not much at all! I wanted to do a course that was all about the basics of meditation and mindfulness, something for beginners which also included some theory.
Since the course, I have benefited by being more present in day-to-day life. Listening with full presence is easier, and when I am distracted I can recognise it quicker, then bring my attention back.
Similarly in my meditations I have allowed the distraction/judgement to happen, be OK with it and then bring my attention back. I did not know how to do this before the course and always thought my mind was too busy for meditate.
I also feel like I have a bit more energy, I don’t feel as tired so often.
I would recommend this course to anybody who has an interest in getting to know the basics of meditation and mindfulness or wants to get back to basics for a refresh.
I would even recommend it to people who are little dubious about meditation and mindfulness. The course showed me that mediation is not as difficult as I had once thought and that you can be somebody who has a busy mind at times, but with practice can learn to slow down your mind when you decide to.
Laura, 31, Healthcare
Date and Price
$225 $197 early bird price, available until two weeks before the workshop
The next run of Meditation 101 take place over two weekends in April – Sunday 23rd and Sunday 30th. Email email@example.com with booking enquiries, or book below.
But I can’t meditate! My mind is too busy!
During the course, we’ll talk about exactly why the mind feels so busy.
Having a busy mind doesn’t mean you can’t meditate, or are “doing it wrong”! We’ll explore exactly how to deal with thoughts during meditation, and why trying to “stop thinking” doesn’t always work.
I can’t make both days
We really recommend you attend both days of the workshop to get the most out of it. However, we understand that life gets in the way. So it’s possible to attend a single day at a time, at a price of $125. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire.
Participants will be provided with a full set of course notes. You’ll also receive a meditation diary that is designed to help you develop the meditation habit.
On top of that, I’ll provide you with a full set of audio guided meditations for you to use at home.
I still have questions!
Contact email@example.com or call me on 0406 349 414.