Join us on a introductory session to Mindfulness facilitated by Paula Wade.
This is a complimentary session exclusive to Physiofit Woman's intermediate and advanced Pilates participants. Limited spaces available. Call us on (01) 2932969 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
Sandyford: Monday, 3rd April at 8pm (3 spaces available)
Kylemore: Thursday, 6th April at 8.30pm (5 places available)
Mindfulness trains and strengthens the mind, gives us more mastery of our attention, helps us create better relationships, and assists us in flowing more easily with life and its challenges.
Introduction: we will practice together each week and commit to trying out some formal and some informal practices each day for the duration of the course. This is in the service of changing some of our habits and thus stepping out of automatic pilot and into living more intentionally. As we increasingly tune into this moment using our one precious, sensing body we cultivate the seeds of presence and self-compassion which already exist within each of us.
Formal Practices: Sitting meditation, lying down meditation, walking meditation, movement meditation.
These are methods to teach us to slow down, pay attention, tame this mind of ours and bring our attention home, to this present moment, whatever it contains. We learn to be here for ourselves, at times of ease, boredom, anxiety, fear, stress, happiness – rather than zoning out or obsessing, avoiding or denying.
• Waking up in the morning: take 5 mindful breaths and scan your physical / emotional landscape before getting up. Notice thoughts.
• Eating / drinking: bring your attention here and now through mindful breathing and opening your senses.
• Showering: pay attention to the physical sensations – notice how your attention slips away – notice where it goes to.
• Driving: how much of the journey re you there for? Where is your mind?
• When you hear a bell: telephone, church, clock – can you stop and breath?
• Walking: are you walking to walk or to get somewhere?
• Listening: can you just open and listen without planning your response?
• SEVERAL TIMES A DAY, CAN YOU BRING YOUR ATTENTION TO WHATEVER YOU ARE DOING AND DO IT WHOLEHEARTEDLY?
COMING TO OUR SENSES:
1.The Body 2.The World Around You
Example of a meditation PRACTICE:
Listening to Sounds
Several times a day stop and just listen. Open your hearing 360 degrees, as if your ears were giant radar dishes. Open your whole being to sound, feeling the vibrations of sound wherever they are in your body. Open to obvious sounds and subtle sounds – in your body, in the room, the building and beyond. See if you can let go of labels, notice likes and dislikes, notice any physical reactions. See if you can hear all sounds as music being played just for you.
Paula Wade holds an honours degree in Psychology and a higher diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling from Dublin Business School. Paula has worked in the Finance industry for a number of years and has a keen interest in Stress and Anxiety, related to workplace environment and conditions.
Having begun practicing meditation over 8 years ago, Paula’s training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) began in 2015 with a Diploma in Teaching Mindfulness-based interventions with The Mindfulness Centre, Dublin. Paula adheres to the Good Practice Guidelines for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses developed by the Mindfulness Teachers Network Ireland thus receiving regular supervision while teaching and attending retreats and further mindfulness trainings each year. The guidance includes formal mindfulness training, personal regular mindfulness meditation practice, engagement in regular supervision, commitment to ongoing personal practice, training, supervision, attendance on retreats and a high standard of ethics in relation to our teaching and practice of mindfulness.