Mindfulness Based Living Course

The Mindfulness Association’s

Mindfulness Based Living Course

Are you curious about Mindfulness but you’re not entirely sure what it is, or how it might relate to you? Or, have you practised some mindfulness already but haven’t found a way to keep going with it? The MBLC course offers an in-depth personal practice experience, learning stage by stage at weekly classes, through guided practises, explanations and talks, and most importantly in a supportive group environment of a tutor led group. The course enables participants to establish an effective and regular daily mindfulness practice so as to help the mind to settle and stabilise. These courses can be offered in person and online by Lucy trend

Why practise mindfulness? Practising mindfulness results in an unfolding of our potential, allowing us to make choices about how we live in connection with ourselves and our world. Whatever brings you to take your first steps on the journey of becoming more mindful, we recognise that it is the journey of a lifetime, learning and growing through present-moment compassionate living.

Who might want to attend?  The below course dates are open to any interested individuals wishing to develop a mindful approach to life.

Organisations and employers may wish to commission the course for their service users or staff. Special sensitivity can be taken in cases of groups with particular needs. Please email info@stmts.co.uk to enquire.

It provides a good foundation for a more mindful life, but also for those who wish to go on to train to teach mindfulness.

The structure of the course:

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There 8 sessions, led by tutor Lucy Trend. Each session is two hours long. There is a free introductory class before the course begins for those who are curious but not sure whether to commit to the full training. Also there is a follow up class after the eight week course ends.  A day of mindfulness practice can be included, usually between sessions 6 and 7.

The weekly themes:

Introductory Session – What is Mindfulness and Why Practice It?
Session 1 – Start Where We Are
Session 2 – The Body as a Place to Stay Present
Session 3 – Introducing Mindfulness Support
Session 4 – Working with Distraction
Session 5 – Exploring the Undercurrent
Session 6 – Attitude of the Observer
Day of Practice (also open to public see info below)
Session 7 – Self-acceptance
Session 8 – A Mindfulness Based Life
Follow Up Session – The Rest of Your Life

Next dates available 2022:

Next course runs on Tuesdays 9.30-11.30am from January onwards and is held online.

Cost: 8 sessions course £160 full price, sliding scale – minimum payment £120. If you cannot pay even the minimum amount please contact the info@stmts.co.uk to discuss possibilities. Day of Mindfulness – £75 (or pay from the heart – minimum £50) open to all (you don’t have to be attending the MBLC course)

Day of Mindfulness: This day of practise, 10.00am – 4.00pm is both online and in person in Glasgow. It is suitable for those who already have a little experience of Mindfulness or are attendees of the MBLC course. It’s an opportunity to take some time out from day to day life, and includes periods of guided meditation, mindful movement, silence and inquiry. It is useful for consolidating the practices, experiences and insights from the MBLC training. Suggested cost £75 (or pay from the heart – according to your means, minimum £50)  Click Here to Book

Teacher training pathway: Mindfulness Association provide a comprehensive teacher training pathway for those who have attended this course and wish to train to deliver the MBLC. The MBLC is recognised as an eight week course in the UK Good Practice Guidelines and those trained to teach it are eligible to join the UK Listing of Mindfulness Teachers. For full information see https://www.mindfulnessassociation.net/ma-courses/8-week-mblc/

“The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Testimonials:

“Thank you so much for your guidance this week. I felt so settled and calm after the meditation you skillfully guided. It really was nourishing and exactly what I needed. I had a training assessment afterwards and I was able to stay settled and grounded and completed it with ease. Thank you for the sharing.” Sharon McCafferty, Family Support Worker

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Spring News 2022

The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees
Is my destroyer.
And I am dumb to tell the crooked rose
My youth is bent by the same wintry fever.

Dylan Thomas

On first glance this poem speaks of youth, hope and strength, a force for growth, like the arrival of spring, energising nature to re-emerge after winter. The poem expresses how this insistence toward growth may sometimes be matched with a resistance, or a sense of being stuck. When this arises, gently orienting towards yielding and flexibility allows the path toward growth to unfold and be revealed in it’s own time.

Springtime energy needs to flow, to get moving after the winter of stillness, and this may cause us to feel stiffness or tension in our bodies more keenly. Or, we may be inspired to take positive, renewing action in our life, but feel blocked, uncertain how to follow through. We can then experience frustration or fatigue in the face of these difficulties that seem to hold back progress.

This is the energy of the liver and gall bladder meridians in Shiatsu. Spring is the time to promote the smooth flowing of these powerfully creative and decisive energies. Gentle stretching, flexibility of mind, and opening of the heart can help. Eastern bodywork such as Shiatsu and Thai Massage include stretches and acupressure, which help to promote ease and flow, and bring us back to our natural inclination to growth and renewal in this season.

Lucy Trend 08/03/22

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