Eight Thursday evenings: 7.15-9.15 pm
September 20– November 15, 7.15-9.15 (half term break on Nov 1)
Practice Morning: Saturday November 8, 9.30-1.00
Cardiff Buddhist Centre, St Peters St, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3BA
A beautiful space well set up for meditation and mindfulness practices with on street parking and within easy walking distance of central Cardiff.
The course takes place over eight two-hour Thursday evening sessions. Saturday Dec 1 will be a practice session.
What happens on the course?
Mindfulness is a path to a more spacious and appreciative way of living – even when things are difficult.
On the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course you’ll learn several meditation practices and explore new ways of responding to difficult experiences. ‘Mindfulness’ is a way of paying attention, on purpose and non-judgmentally, to what's happening in the present moment in your body and mind and in the world around you. That can help you break habitual patterns and respond more creatively to challenges ranging from stress at work, physical pain and day-to-day challenges to anxiety, depression and other conditions.
In each session we'll practice meditation and explore our experience of putting mindfulness into practice through discussion and dialogue. Home practice is an important part of the course and to get the most from it you need a strong commitment to working on yourself through a gentle but rigorous daily discipline of mindfulness exercises taking 30-50 minutes a day.
Who is the course for?
The course is useful for anyone who is ready to look directly into themselves and learn new ways of responding to what life brings. It's known to help with a wide range of problems, both physical and psychological, and greatly enhance your capacity to cope. It's entirely secular and suitable for those of any religion or none.
Sometimes people come because they want to work with a particular issue: depression or anxiety, for example (the course includes the material from Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, or MBCT, which is approved within the National Health Service as a method for avoiding relapse into depression). Some people want to learn better how to cope with stress in their work or family life; and some people simply want to learn to appreciate their lives more fully, letting go of preoccupations. The principles and practices we learn on the MBSR course are relevant in each case, and through dialogue we will explore how they can apply in your life.
The MBSR course differs from other meditation courses in being adapted specifically for managing challenges and difficulties. It incorporates the understandings of modern psychology and includes personal guidance in applying mindfulness for yourself.
Vishvapani Blomfield has taught mindfulness and meditation for 20 years. In recent years he has led many mindfulness courses. He trained with Breathworks, a leading UK mindfulness organisation and studied MBSR with Michael Chaskalson and the University of Bangor's Centre for Mindfulness. He is the Buddhist contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day and his most recent book is a biography of the Buddha: ‘Gautama Buddha: the Life and Teachings of the Awakened One’ (Quercus, 2011).