More prepared to deal with the stresses of family, finances, relationships or work?
More calm when things feel overwhelming?
More responsive to those who matter most?
More present for the everyday moments that seem to be speeding by?
The 8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course has been helping people around the world acquire the tools to manage their stress. Now this class comes to Ringwood.
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"Why meditate? Because of the risk that your whole life could go by and you would miss it - because you were absorbed in what you thought you needed to be doing ..." - Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn
About Nik Welsh
Feeling sceptical about meditation? I felt that way once too. For many years, I rejected the idea of meditation when people suggested it. I thought that it was a “new age, hippy concept” that would have no value in my life.
When I eventually hit my rock bottom, my youngest child was a year old, and the enormity of the demands on my life had become too much. Layered on top of emotional scars from a painful, traumatic childhood and rebellious teenage years, I was battling overwhelming perfectionism. Juggling parenting three children, working on my marriage, running a small business, building a new house, and trying to prove myself in all of it was utterly exhausting — and left me completely shattered.
My neighbour and I would manage our stress over 'happy hour' drinks, but 'happy hour' got earlier and earlier! This perfect-looking little world I was trying to maintain was not fulfilling, and I was heading in a bad direction. Something had to give. I finally admitted that I needed help.
Once again, someone recommended meditation as a way to relax and de-stress. Although my reservations resurfaced, I picked up a flyer. I called in advance to ask lots of questions: “What do I wear?” “What will we sit on?” “How many people do you expect?” “What should I bring with me?” I really had no idea what it was all about and pictured myself getting all tied up in tricky yoga poses.
From the very first class, though, I realised that what they were teaching was exactly what I needed to hear. As we sat with our eyes closed, the instructor explained that we all have minds that constantly narrate, categorise, and even judge our experience. I was so startled that I opened my eyes to sneak a peek around the room to see if anyone else was surprised too.
“Is this guy serious?” I thought to myself. “It’s not just MY mind that’s outta control?” No one else looked surprised. I closed my eyes and continued to listen.
After that first class, I experimented with meditation and mindfulness over many years, finding my own ways to integrate it into my life.
I now go on a weeklong silent meditation retreat every year.
In 2012, I discovered the renowned 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction workshop developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. I was amazed at how it presented such a thorough, structured method for learning how to practice meditation, supported with scientific research on brain plasticity and the effects of stress — and mindfulness! — on the human brain.
I would love to have taken this course early on when I was first introduced to meditation. Now, as an MBSR teacher, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to experience it for yourself.
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Teacher - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy