8 Week Mindfulness Training for Edinburgh University Administrative & Academic Staff
Thursday, 4 May 2017 at 12:00 - Thursday, 29 June 2017 at 14:00 (BST)
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London, United Kingdom
Mindfulness refers to ‘kind-awareness’. It is about living fully in the present moment. This means paying deliberate attention to what you are doing, as you do it, without judging or trying to change the experience. Mindfulness increases moment-to-moment awareness so that we can notice and change these ingrained automatic reactions. This enables the individual to respond creatively to the stress and difficulty with more choice
Mindfulness and Compassion based training courses offer an excellent foundation for understanding and practicing mindfulness and kindness meditation both in a direct practical way and also within a group setting. It can offer an insight for many in cultivating a different kind of relationship with oneself and others and enhance your experience of living and being.
Led by Dr Avinash Bansode (Mindfulness Honaray Chaplain) and Ali Newell (Associate Chaplain)
Venue: Room I Chaplaincy Centre, 1 Bristo Square, Edinburgh University, EH8 9AL
Suggested Donation: £100 only
Time: 12pm to 2pm (2hrs),
Dates: Starting with Taster/Introduction on 4th May, and course completing on 29th June 2017,
- Taster/Introduction Session: 4th May.
- Session I: 11th May.
- Session II: 18th May.
- Session III: 25th May.
- Session IV: 1st June.
- Session V: 8th June.
- Session VI:15th June.
- Session VII: 22nd June.
- Session VIII:29th June
- All Day Session: Dates and times for the day session will be provided on week one.
This Basic Foundation Course helps you to systematically develop the skill of being present with your experience. The eight week course aims to assist you in dealing with what can be stressful for you and helps you to take better care of yourself and get the most out of your life. The majority of people completing this programme report lasting physical and emotional/psychological benefits including; an increased ability to relax, greater energy and enthusiasm for life, heightened self-confidence, an increased ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term busyness and stressful situations and balance and resilience in life and work situation
Educators are interested in the calming and focusing qualities of mindfulness that help students and staff reduce stress and become more patient and present in the learning environment, but they are also interested in how that calm stability can positively affect cognitive functions like attention and memory, and lead eventually toward greater understanding and wisdom. Educators are also interested in how mindfulness can assist the work of the academy in the need to plan, set goals, set priorities, and move back and forth among tasks.
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Mindfulness @Chaplaincy Center, The University of Edinburgh
The Chaplaincy is for all faiths and none - a place at the table for everyone. Our team covers a wide variety of beliefs, including humanism and all major world religions, but you don't have to be religious or spiritual to attend events at the Chaplaincy or use our services. All are welcome.
The Chaplaincy offers a wide variety of wellbeing activities, which are all supported by studies indicating that they are likely to improve mental health.
Our main activity in this area is Mindfulness and Compassion Based Approaches, led by our Mindfulness Chaplain, Dr Avinash Bansode (firstname.lastname@example.org), and our Associate Chaplain, Ali Newell (Ali.Newell@ed.ac.uk).