Mindfulness Meditation: On the Cushion and In Life
Mindfulness meditation cultivates qualities of conscious, compassionate awareness and calm abiding. In so doing, it fosters the capacity that exists within all of us to approach life’s ups and downs with resourcefulness, non-harm, and insight.
Themes of this four-week foundation course:
- Stillness: anchoring awareness in the body and the breath
- Equanimity: befriending experience
- Clearly seeing: compassionate awareness
- Spaciousness: responding skilfully to change, trouble, loss, and uncertainty
|Next course beginning October 2019|
Location: via di Santa Prisca, Aventino
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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
MBSR is the eight-week ‘gold standard’ course developed by Jon Kabat Zinn, Professor of Medicine emeritus at UMass Medical School. Its curriculum emerges from the teachings of two empirical disciplines: one of science, medicine, and psychology, and the other of Buddhist philosophy and meditative traditions.
- Simple awareness: centring attention; coming home to the body
- Attention and the brain: the neuroscience of mindfulness meditation
- How we add suffering to pain: attachment and aversion
- Stress and eu-stress: responding versus reacting
- Difficult thoughts and emotions: befriending internal experience in times of difficulty
- Stress in relationships: mindful compassion toward self and others
- Taking personal responsibility: knowing what to put down and what to cultivate
- Sustaining the practice: engaged mindfulness in everyday life
This course develops both formal and informal skills. Formal skills include sitting mindfulness meditation, walking meditation, and the body scan. These practices are the cornerstone of mindfulness and the foundation on which self-awareness and equanimity are built. Informal skills relate to mindfulness in daily life; i.e., practices including compassionate awareness of thoughts and feelings, emotional tolerance, recognition of unhelpful habits of thought and behaviour, effective conflict management, centring in present moment experience, and cultivation of a resilient attitude to all life experiences.
Location: Parioli. The venue is well-served by public transportation, and has available on-street parking.
The next course begins mid September 2019, Saturday mornings: 14 and 28 September, 12 and 26 Oct, 9 November.
Other courses, intensives, and workshops
Half and full day mindfulness meditation retreats
Weekend retreats in Tuscany, Val d’Orcia
- Mindfulness and Evolutionary Psychology
- Mindful Parenting: Providing the Safe Base
- Secure Attachment: How We Connect with Others
- Cultivating Compassion for Self and Others
- The Brahma-viharas: Watering the Good Seeds
- Sustaining Mindfulness in Times of Trouble
- Mindfulness and the ‘Happiness Trap’
For those who cannot commit to an eight-week course because of travel or other responsibilities, private MBSR provides the complete course in mindfulness adapted to the schedule of the participant, in person or online.
INDIVIDUAL MINDFULNESS-BASED THERAPY
One-to-one private professional support during times of stress, anxiety, depression, relationship conflicts, personal loss, or life transitions. In person or online.
MINDFULNESS TRAINING FOR ORGANISATIONS
Mindfulness fosters non-reactivity: the capacity to respond effectively to problems and challenges. Research confirms the following benefits from mindfulness training in the workplace:
Greater resilience. People trained in mindfulness have demonstrated a 50% reduction in negative rumination (repeating thought patterns leading to anxiety, worry, depression, etc), greater emotional awareness and stability, a shift to a more flexible self-perception, and reduced levels of cortisol (a stress hormone which has an inhibitory effect on immune function).
Fewer sick days. A University of Wisconsin study has shown that mindfulness practitioners miss 76% fewer days of work than non-practitioners.
Improvements in focus and concentration. HR professionals who took an eight-week mindfulness course were found to concentrate better and stay on task longer than non-participants, according to research from the University of Washington and Emory University.
Enhanced creativity. Studies from the Netherlands and Israel indicate that mindfulness facilitates insight-based problem solving. The Institute of Mindful Leadership reports that 93% of leaders say mindfulness training helps them create space for innovation, and nearly 70% say it helps them to think strategically.
Reduced conflict. The stress-reducing outcomes associated with mindfulness have been shown in a wide variety of settings to improve rapport and reduce conflict.
Greater satisfaction and wellbeing. Many studies confirm a direct correlation between mindfulness practice and positive mind states such as happiness, contentment, equanimity, and compassion. A study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology showed that participants trained in mindfulness meditation experienced significantly less emotional exhaustion and more job satisfaction than those who received no training.
Trainings, workshops, and presentations are designed for the specific needs of the organisation, and include stress reduction, interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, and team effectiveness.
Recent clients include the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Canadian Embassy of Rome, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), PRIMA Barn-och Vuxenpsykiatri AB (Stockholm), American Overseas School Rome, and St. George’s British International School.