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Mindfulness Course – CBD

MINDFULNESS, WHAT IS IT? bonsai tree on rock in lake
Mindfulness has become such buzzword in recent years.

It’s actually an ancient practice that has its roots in the Samkhya eastern philosophy some 3000 years ago (which has its roots in the Vedas, or teachings handed down by a Divine power). Yogic philosophy formed from the Samkhya teachings before Buddhism existed, so in truth, ‘mindfulness’ was originally presented as a yogic view of the world.

However as both yoga and Buddhism draw from the Samkhya roots, their teachings are often similar, although their conceptual languages differ.

People generally regard yoga as a physical practice, but yogic practice has many elements (ethical living principles, sound, visualisation, breath, concentration practices, philosophy/psychology …) and all of it is offered as a path to quieten the mind.

Modern science has conducted wonderful research to explain why the mindfulness practices work in a physical way. And more and more credence is being given to the mind/body connection as a powerful healing one.

Ultimately though, the benefit of mindfulness comes from the experience, not mere knowledge. While the practices are easy to learn, they do require discipline  and consistent application to create meaningful change. Still…

All beginnings, all intentions and steps toward a more aware life, are mighty useful ones 🙂

The next 6-week Mindfulness & Relaxation course begins Wed 17 February. 

Liv Mitchell

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Liv Mitchell is a senior yoga teacher and freelance writer/editor.

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Mindfulness Course (Bayside)


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The To-Do List. Mortgage. Work. Bills. Dependants. Scheduling catch-ups and obligations. What a merry-go-round.


It used to be such a giddy, happy ride when I was 5. When did the horses gleefully suspended on poles start straining at the bit with wide wild eyes? horse - merrygoround


For me, the realisation that the ride had gone horribly wrong dawned in my 30s. I spent my 20s pretending nothing was wrong, partying hard, working harder. Living on the edge kept my nerves sizzling. I pretended those alternating feelings of emotional elevation, excitement, dread, tremulous fear and lethargy were living life to the full!


But my nervous system and biochemistry eventually gave out, thank goodness. And as I succumbed to chronic, stress-related ill health, I walked slowly toward self-knowledge. What a humble, enlivening and deeply satisfying experience it continues to be.


The practices of `Mindfulness’ come from the Yogic and Buddhist disciplines, which share the same philosophical and conceptual roots.


Yogic life has offered me the opportunity to know myself and my response to life intimately. I see how I crave and avoid things in equal measure and the suffering that causes. It has taught me to slow down, stand back, reflect and feel ok in the free fall of uncertainty. And, ironically, to speed up recklessly, only later to forgive myself and cradle my weary ego gently from a place of loving within that is more whole than any I have ever experienced.

I feel less need to strive. There is exquisite freedom in the presence that mindfulness brings. Sometimes it seems too easy, rich and wildly simple to be enough.

But it is.


The next 6-week Mindfulness & Relaxation course begins Wed 17 February.

Liv Mitchell

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Melbourne Mindfulness Course

Head in Ground Pose. It's alright. We've all been there. But it's better to go seek, than to hide.
Head in Ground Pose.


It’s okay, we’ve all been there. Head in Ground Pose. Pretending that Life is ticking along just fine so long as we can ignore the growing exasperation of a life on spin cycle and the quiet inner gnawings of “questions that have no right to go away” as poet philosopher David Whyte so aptly observes.

Our inner world will have its out. Inevitably, something happens to question the wisdom of how we spend our days: work stress, chronic health, issues, the loss of someone close, loud feelings, exhaustion.

I watch train and tram people, walking-to-work people, and Henry David Thoreau most often comes to mind. In his reflective work, Walden, Thoreau writes of the human condition after spending two years living simply in nature: “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation, is confirmed desperation… unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind.”

Even in 1854, Thoreau observed that people took no time to be “anything but a machine”. He goes on to say that “the finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly.”

We can hide, our heads plunged firmly in the sand, or we can have the courage to see clearly.

When it is time to question the way we are living, whether we are prepared to do things differently in a big or small way, that first inclination toward change comes from the part of you that always knew you could do it, and will.

 The next 6-week Mindfulness Course begins Wed 17 February.

Liv Mitchell

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Liv Mitchell is a senior yoga teacher and freelance writer/editor.

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