UpcomingEarly morning practice group online – starts 27 July, 2022 (Wednesdays 6.30am)


Join a Simply Mindful teacher every Wednesday morning during Term 3 for a half hour live practice group online.

These practice sessions are open to beginning meditators as well as those who have completed the MBSR course. They will be mostly silent, with a short introduction and some guidance.

You may attend all, some or even just one of the sessions – you only need to register once. You may register for this practice group anytime during the term.

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UpcomingPositive Neuroplasticity, 15th September – 6 weeks – Change Your Brain for the Better


Online and face to face options will be available for the entire course. You can choose to join each week either online or in person. More information below.

Learn the Science and Practice of Changing your Brain for the Better.

In this exciting course developed by Dr Rick Hanson,   you will learn how to turn fleeting everyday experiences into lasting inner strengths. This can help to reduce the influence of the negative bias, reduce negative emotional reactivity and enable faster recovery from setbacks and difficulties.

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Upcoming‘Revive’ – Spring Weekend Retreat – 16-18 September 2022


 

Our September retreat is a special opportunity to take some time out of your normal routine and responsibilities to revive yourself deeply and align your body, mind and energies with the new season.

This two day, two night retreat will be largely in silence under the guidance of our teachers, with time to set intentions and explore how we might live with greater wisdom and compassion for ourselves, others and the environment.

If you have undertaken our one day retreat and are interested in extending that experience and your practice, then this retreat is for you. This retreat is ideal for people who have some experience of mindfulness meditation, such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction or equivalent.

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UpcomingMindfulness Based Stress Reduction – Term 4 Monday evenings starts 10th October


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is widely recognised as the world’s gold standard mindfulness training. It is an evidence based in depth 8 week mindfulness program which enables you to work skilfully with the challenges and stress in your life. 

You will learn a range of mindfulness meditation skills. You will also learn to recognise habitual, unhelpful reactions to difficulty and learn instead to bring an interested, accepting and non-judgmental attitude to all experience, including difficult sensations, emotions, thoughts and behaviour. This is a life changing shift for many participants:

“This course has changed my life. I feel like I can find peace and calm whatever the challenge is now” Arthur Cheung, 2022

‘I have learnt so much. I am not afraid of anxiety any more’ Participant 2022

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UpcomingMindful Yoga starts 11th October, 8 weeks


Mindful Yoga classes will be offered both online and face to face (hybrid) this term, so you are welcome to join any class in person or online. We will inform you in the week before starting of important course information including hygiene or social distancing requirements. If you have questions, specific needs or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us: info@simplymindful.com.au or 0490354900.

In the practice of Mindful Yoga we intentionally bring mindful awareness to the body as we move, stretch and breathe.

Participants who have taken an MBSR course will recognise this approach of mindfully attending to the body both in stillness and in movement. Participants new to this way of practicing yoga will discover a way of connecting to the body in a kinder and more conscious manner. All participants will cultivate their ability to attune and attend to wisdom of the body and mobilise their innate potential for growth and healing. Through the poses and stretches as well as using breathing and mindfulness meditation practices, participants will learn to cultivate a deeper, kinder, more resilient and conscious connection with their body and mind. (more…)

UpcomingMindfulness Based Stress Reduction – Term 4 Wednesday evenings starts 19th October


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is widely recognised as the world’s gold standard mindfulness training. It is an evidence based in depth 8 week mindfulness program which enables you to work skilfully with the challenges and stress in your life. 

You will learn a range of mindfulness meditation skills. You will also learn to recognise habitual, unhelpful reactions to difficulty and learn instead to bring an interested, accepting and non-judgmental attitude to all experience, including difficult sensations, emotions, thoughts and behaviour. This is a life changing shift for many participants:

“This course has changed my life. I feel like I can find peace and calm whatever the challenge is now” Arthur Cheung, 2022

‘I have learnt so much. I am not afraid of anxiety any more’ Participant 2022

We have been teaching MBSR in the Canberra region since 2004 and have pioneered this work in Australia along with friends and colleagues in Sydney and Melbourne.

 

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UpcomingSelf-compassion 26th October, 6 weeks


‘We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves’ 

(the Dalai Lama)

Cultivate a warm connected presence with yourself.

Feel deeply at home in your own skin.

This six week program focuses on cultivating mindfulness and self-compassion together. Together, they are a powerful combination for managing difficult emotions and when dealing with the pressures and strains of life.

Mindfulness develops presence and awareness, steadies the mind and develops equanimity. Self-compassion helps us to stay connected with ourselves and our experience, fill up our inner tanks and tolerate difficulties without shutting down or closing off. Together they are like the ‘two wings of a bird’, each essential to enhance and assist the other.

 

 

Self-compassion frees us up to be more present, creative and responsive in our relationship with ourselves, with others and the world. It means that we use up less internal resources protecting, defending, ruminating and judging ourselves or others.

 If you want more joy in your life, then self-compassion is a vital ingredient

 

The science around self-compassion is very compelling.

Peer reviewed research points to a range of benefits from self-compassion: People who practice self-compassion are generally more emotionally resilient, more motivated to achieve their goals, happier and healthier mentally and physically and have more compassionate, satisfying relationships with others.

Self-compassion is at the heart of healing.

Self-compassion is also a powerful tool for healing our relationship with our selves, with parts of us that are fractured or wounded.

Self-compassion practices help us to learn how to meet ourselves with a constructive, supportive inner voice rather than a harsh, judgemental or critical inner voice. This is a very practical way of transforming patterns learned from previous life experience which now limit or harm us.

How self-compassion helps

Self-compassion transforms our inner world as we practice. In neuroscientific terms, it helps us to practice responding to ourselves differently and over time new neural pathways develop which change the way we experience life, respond to ourselves and to circumstances around us. This brain training literally helps us to feel more at home in our own skin, safer, more supported and  more connected. The practice develops inner resources which are particularly helpful when facing difficulties. The more connected and present we are, the more energy we have for fully engaging in our lives. It leads to calm, reduces inner tension and conflict and helps us feel both cared about caring. This naturally flows into our relationships with others and the rest of our lives.

Put simply,

‘A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life’  ~ Christopher Germer (Researcher, teacher and author on Self-compassion)

 

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