Mindfulness in its simplest understanding is about non-judgemental awareness to what is going on inside and outside ourselves, moment by moment. This attention to the present moment is what ultimately frees us from our unconscious identification with our thoughts and emotions. Through cultivating a mindfulness practice it is possible to respond to life in new ways. With increasing awareness we are able to move from reacting to our habituated ingrained patterns of behaviour to a more conscious way of living.
Since the 1970’s there have been thousands of publications which document medical and psychological research on mindfulness, demonstrating its validity and breadth of application. Western medicine and psychology are now embracing the benefits of mindfulness and it is being successfully integrated into many mainstream programs as a means to manage chronic pain and to treat many psychological conditions ranging from anxiety and depression to addiction and eating disorders.
Benefits of Mindfulness
- Increased self-awareness
- Reduces the impact and influence of stressful thoughts and feelings
- Catches self-defeating thought and behavioural processes and creates the possibility to create new responses
- Facilitates better relationships
- Improves focus and concentration
- Awareness of the temporary nature of sensations, feelings and thoughts
- Creates space for creative solutions and thoughts
- Improved health
- Improved mood
- Improved immune system
- IMPROVED OVERALL QUALITY OF LIFE
The Difference Between Mindfulness and Meditation
Although there are many benefits to developing a formal sitting meditation practice, the wonderful thing about mindfulness is that it can be practicised “anywhere, anyhow, any time”. Participation in a mindfulness class means that you will gain – from the first session you attend – skills to incorporate meditation into your daily activities, which will gift you with a growing amount of the same benefits as a formal meditation practice.
In the sitting meditations we are practising “mindfulness meditation” or as it is sometimes referred to – Insight meditation. In the sitting practice we are bringing attention to our moment by moment experience in a non judgemental and compassionate way. We become curious about the workings of the mind as we learn to become attuned to what is arising for us in our physical bodies. This is the living practice that we then take into our daily life. As we cultivate our mindfulness practice we become better at shifting from being on ‘auto pilot ‘ to becoming fully engaged and present to the moments that make up our lives.
Courses and Programs
There are many options for mindfulness and meditation training at Innercalm.
Mindfulness for Beginners 5 week course and one-day workshops run regularly throughout the year. This is a really economical way to introduce yourself to mindfulness. Over the 5 weeks of the beginners course or in the workshops you will have the opportunity to sample different mindfulness exercises to help you work out how to best integrate mindfulness into your everyday life.
- Each session of the beginners course runs for 90 minutes and the class size is kept small (max 14 people) to allow plenty of time to answer questions and share experiences. The course is graduated so each week the experience is deepened.It includes a wide variety of exercises including mindfulness of eating, walking and everyday activities. Sitting mindfulness meditations exercises are introduced each week but the focus is on understanding how our mindfulness practice enriches and enhances our everyday lives.
- Check the Events page for upcoming groups and workshops.
- Mindfulness training for the workplace is also available. These workshops and programs are tailored to meet the individual needs, time constraints and budget of your particular organisation.
- Individual and small group mindfulness training and coaching is an option many people choose. This way you can choose a time of your convenience and the sessions can be designed around your particular needs.