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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.

ONE MINDFUL DAY AT A TIME . . .

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

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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