This course will take you along a path that countless philosophers and practitioners have trodden in the past; a path that the latest scientific advances show really does dissipate anxiety, stress, unhappiness and feelings of exhaustion.
Each meditation practice should, ideally, be carried out on six days out of seven. If, for whatever reason, you can't manage six sessions in any given week, you can simply roll over the practice and carry it out for a further week. Alternatively, if you've missed out a few sessions you can move on to the next week's practice. The choice will be up to you. It is not essential that you carry out the course in eight weeks, but it is important that you complete the program if you want to gain the maximum benefit and fully taste what mindfulness might offer you.
To be effective, mindfulness requires an embodied engagement on the part of anyone hoping to derive some benefit from it. Another way to put it is that mindfulness, is actually a practice. It is a way of being, rather than merely a good idea or a clever technique, or a passing fad. Indeed, it is thousands of years old and is often spoken of as ' the heart of Buddhist meditation,' although its essence, being about attention and awareness, is universal.
The practice of mindfulness has been shown to exert a powerful influence on one's health, wellbeing and happiness, as attested to by the scientific and medical evidence. However, because it is a practice rather than merely a good idea, its cultivation is a process, one that of necessity unfolds and deepens over time. It is most beneficial if you take it on as a strong commitment to yourself, one that requires a degree of stick-to-it-ness and discipline, while at the same time, being playful and bringing to each moment, as best you can, a certain ease and lightness of touch – a gesture of kindness and self-compassion really. This lightness of touch, coupled with a steadfast and wholehearted engagement, is really a signature of mindfulness training and practice in all its various forms.
Chasing Your tail
For over thirty years Oxford University and other institutions around the world have been studying anxiety, stress and depression. This work has discovered the secret to sustained happiness and how you can successfully tackle anxiety, stress, exhaustion and even full-blown depression. It's the kind of happiness and peace that gets into your bones and promotes a deep-seated authentic love of life, seeping into everything you do and helping you cope more skillfully with the worst that life throws at you.
Many of us try so hard to be happy that we end up missing the most important parts of our lives and destroy the very peace that we were seeking. This program, based on the research findings, will help you understand where true happiness, peace and contentment can be found and how you can discover them for yourself. It will teach you how to free yourself progressively from anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion. We're not promising eternal bliss; everyone experiences periods of pain and suffering and it's naive and dangerous to pretend otherwise. And yet, it is possible to taste an alternative to the relentless struggle that pervades much of our daily lives.
Mindfulness meditation is so beautifully simple that it can be used by the rest of us to reveal and innate joie de vivre, 'Joy of Life.' Not only is this worthwhile in itself, but it can also prevent normal feelings of anxiety, stress and sadness from spiraling downwards into prolonged periods of unhappiness and exhaustion – or even serious clinical depression.