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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

Liv Mitchell is a hatha yoga teacher, relaxation instructor and freelance writer/editor who specialises in holistic wellbeing.

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How Corporates Co-opted Mindfulness to Make Us Bear the Unbearable

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What a great read from The Conversation website this article is – how the Corporate World has hijacked the ancient practice of mindfulness.  When I hear students talking about the mindfulness courses they have done at work, I hear snippets about active listening with a colleague, or writing a report, or preparing emails for efficient response. No one talks about the presence of being with difficult feelings that brew and erupt, or taking a meaningful lunch break to eat properly and revive, or to practice on a daily basis the teachings of being compassionate or indifferent to chaotic personalities that disturb you most. Mindfulness is the most rewarding experience when practiced with realistic expectation and patience. But it is the practice of a lifetime.

 

Liv Mitchell

Liv Mitchell is a hatha yoga teacher, relaxation instructor and freelance writer/editor who specialises in holistic wellbeing.

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The Pretzel in Me

With yoga on every street corner, you almost feel on the outer if your inner world isn’t being toned. Everyone seems bent on finding the Pretzel inside.

Most depictions of yoga from promo flyers to YouTubes offer the Human Paperclip as inspiration. But where does that leave the lawyer fossilised by 16-hour days or the chronically fatigued mum? How does the average, flex-free, joint-jarred, physically disproportionate student overcome that invocation, to grasp the subtler gifts of yoga? read more…

Liv Mitchell

Liv Mitchell is a hatha yoga teacher, relaxation instructor and freelance writer/editor who specialises in holistic wellbeing.

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