4 week Meditation Course Starting Thursday 21 June 2018 6:00pm $79
“When you wash your hands when you make a cup of coffee when you’re waiting for the elevator – instead of indulging in thinking, these are all opportunities for being there as a still, alert presence”-Eckhart Tolle
Can you tell me more about Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
Mindfulness is something that everyone can develop, and it’s something that everyone can try. Practised for thousands of years, with origins in Eastern philosophy, and over the past 40 years, it has been taken up in western societies. People can increase their mindfulness in everyday life, through meditation and yoga, or even by simply paying more attention to regular activities like walking, driving or something that is part of daily routine like brushing your teeth.
Spending time focusing on breathing will deepen your mindfulness practice. This can be done for a few moments upon waking up in the morning before you eat or drive a car and before you go to sleep. Bring your full attention to the moment and become aware of your breathing, notice how you breathe, be present with it. Once you have made the connection and are practising with ease see if you can breathe deeper or slower. Remember the practice is always gentle, do not force or put pressure on yourself, just allow the moment to unfold.
In a mindfulness session, I will teach you how to develop awareness. Like anything, it takes practice yet once you connect with this state it becomes easier to access.
What is the difference between Meditation and Mindfulness?
Meditation is the practice of finding stillness between thoughts leading to higher states of consciousness. There are many techniques to reach this state of being involving breathing, guided visualisations, chanting, or focusing on love, compassion, patience, joy. Meditation can be achieved through a variety of ways whereas mindfulness is focusing on the present moment allowing the mind to become peaceful and still.
How does Hypnotherapy work?
Hypnotherapy is using hypnosis as a therapeutic tool to create positive change while the client is in a deeply relaxed state of heightened suggestibility called trance. Hypnosis is a natural state of mind that we find ourselves in multiple times during the day; when we read a book, watch tv, wash dishes or daydream. Through this altered state, we connect with the unconscious mind.
Through the hypnotic trance your unconscious mind can open up to suggestions, and this is how the change to your mind leads to change in behaviours occurs.
What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)?
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is the basis for Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy (NLPt). The core belief of this theory is that people do not react to their environment as it is, but rather they build their perception from their experiences as they relate to the world around them.
During a session, I will ask you to determine the goals in the areas of an emotional state, behaviour patterns or life aspirations. By examining the map that you possess, you will be guided to find the skills that served you well and to strengthen those. Additionally, I will work with you to formulate and develop new skills that will ultimately replace unproductive behaviours, to achieve desired outcomes. By explicitly recognising particular belief patterns, you can identify which ones to alter and the necessary steps to change them.
How do you treat depression?
Depression is a feeling state that many people have experienced and recovered from, including me. The state of depression may have started from something that happened in your life or a learned behaviour from a feeling of no control over external circumstances. However it came about, meditation is a powerful tool for change. Only you can train your own mind and care about how you feel at any given moment. A dedicated daily practice of meditation or mindfulness will guarantee results.
Milton Erickson was a psychiatrist widely known for his contribution to the field of clinical hypnosis. He had an uncanny ability to heal his patients using trance to connect with their unconscious mind. Erickson has inspired many generations of therapists to train in Ericksonian hypnosis.
John Kabat-Zinn is a professor of medicine and a founding member of Cambridge Zen Center. His practice and studies with Buddhist teachers led him to integrate their teachings with those of science. He teaches mindfulness, which he says can help people cope with stress, anxiety, pain, and illness. The stress reduction program created by Kabat-Zinn, mindfulness-based stress reduction, is offered by medical centers, hospitals, and health maintenance organisations around the world