We are pleased to be hosting our annual 8-week mindfulness workshop at Rhodes House during Hilary term 2019, on a Monday evening. This will be the 4th year this course has run and is proven to be very popular and successful amongst Rhodes Scholars.
The course will be led by Kitty Wheater, who has run our previous courses and is a friend of Rhodes House. You can view her mindfulness profile here.
The 8-week course dates are as followed, each sessions 90 minutes from 5:30-7:00pm. If you cannot commit to at least 6 out of 8 of the sessions, please do not sign up as we have limited spaces. If you sign-up, you must attend the first session which lays out the entire course. Please note, there are 21 Scholar spaces available.
Session 1: Monday 21st January 2019 (this sessions is compulsory)
Session 2: Monday 28th January 2019
Session 3: Monday 4th February 2019
Session 4: Monday 11th February 2019
Session 5: Monday 18th February 2019
Session 6: Monday 25th February 2019
Session 7: Monday 4th March 2019
Session 8: Monday 11th March 2019
In order to attend and commit to the 8-week course, please sign up by 15:00 on Thursday 10th January 2019. Upon sign-up via this link, we will deduct a non-refundable £35.00 fee from your stipend as a contribution towards the course costs.
What will you get from the sessions?
· Mindfulness starts when we recognise the tendency to be on automatic pilot and we make a commitment to learning how best to step out of it and become aware of each moment. Practising how to purposely move attention around the body shows both how simple, and also how difficult, this can be.
· Further focus on the body begins to show more clearly the ‘chatter of the mind’ and how this tends to control our reactions to everyday events.
· With greater awareness, we begin to notice how busy and scattered the mind can often be. Learning to intentionally take the awareness to the breath, or body sensations, offers the possibility of being more focused and gathered.
· The mind is most scattered when it tries to cling to something and avoid/escape other things. Mindfulness offers a way to stay present, to view things from another place, to help take a wider perspective and relate differently to experience.
· Relating differently involves bringing to experience a sense of ‘allowing’ it to be just as it is, without judging it or trying to make it different. Such an attitude of acceptance is a major part of taking care of oneself and seeing more clearly what, if anything, needs to change.
· Negative moods and the thoughts that accompany them restrict our ability to relate differently to experience. It is liberating to realise that our thoughts are merely thoughts, even the ones that say they are not!
· There are some specific things that can be done when depression, anxiety or stress threatens. Taking a breathing space will come first, and then deciding what action, if any, to take. Each person has his or her unique warning signs and having an awareness of these, ‘spotting’ them early, will help in making plans for how best to respond to the turmoil of the mind, depressed mood etc, before it becomes too overwhelming.
· Maintaining a balance in life is helped by regular mindfulness practice. Good intentions can be strengthened by linking such intentions to a positive reason for taking care of oneself.
We look forward to you joining us for another year of mindfulness!