This autumn I will be running a new 6 week course on the attitudinal foundations of mindfulness, described by Jon Kabat-Zinn as “the pillars of mindfulness practice” (Full Catastrophe Living, 2004). The course will be held on Thursday evenings from 6.30 pm- 8pm in the Grainger Suite of the Mercure Newcastle County Hotel on Neville St, Newcastle upon Tyne, immediately opposite Central Station. The course is suitable for those who have already completed an 8 week MBSR or MBCT course and would like to deepen and develop their practice further through exploring these qualities in their practice, and in a supportive group environment.
Non-judging, patience, beginner’s mind, trust, non-striving, acceptance and letting go are interconnected qualities of mind and heart which bring an essential attitudinal approach to practice, and which are naturally developed through practice itself. They can also be cultivated consciously as a way of reinforcing and deepening mindfulness practice and integrating it in daily life.
There has been enthusiastic interest in the course from those regularly attending the monthly Staying Mindful practice sessions which I have been offering at the County Hotel in previous years. My intention with running this course is to offer a structured opportunity to deepen and enliven our practice through exploring and developing these qualities, and applying them in our lives. The course will run at fortnightly intervals to allow space and time in between sessions to practice with these qualities at home. Guidelines and suggestions will be given for home practice, and course materials to assist with reflection.
Mindfulness practice is a life long journey, which has many aspects to it, as we continue to meet the full spectrum of life experience and the limitless possibilities for growth and change that this experience offers. It can be valuable to explore practice with fresh perspectives, reflection and insight, not only for the benefits of deepening our meditation practice, but in revisiting how we fundamentally live our lives. I have been looking forward to offering this course for a while, and am excited about the opportunity it presents to support the journey of practice more deeply with those in the growing mindfulness community who are committed to bringing awareness in to their lives and work.
Places are limited on this course and there has been enthusiastic uptake, so please check the website for availability. Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.