Grow the Good and Engage your mind
“There is a traditional saying that the mind takes its shape from what it rests upon; a modern version would be that the brain takes its shape from what the mind rests upon” Dr Rick Hanson, Neuroscientist.
This course is a mix of experiential exercises, mindfulness practices, input on how the brain and mind work in tandem, creative activities and group discussion.
You will learn:
- The essence of positive neuroplasticity – how the brain changes as your mind changes
- How to use your mind skilfully to embed resources in your brain
- How to practice taking in the good for greater well-being
- Growing strengths to better meet core needs of safety, satisfaction and connection
Thursday 11th October – Thursday 15th November, 7pm – 9pm
Human beings have known for thousands of years that meditation, mindfulness and creative visualisation have very beneficial effects on our well-being. Research in the area of neuroscience confirms that our brains are ‘plastic’ – they can change in response to how we work with our mind.
In this course, which is based on the work of Rick Hanson, neuropsychologist and author of Hardwiring Happiness, we will explore how traditional mindfulness practices, combined with deliberate ways of working with the brain and nervous system, have the potential for positive change. This is known as self-directed, positive neuroplasticity: you can change your mind to change your brain to grow greater strengths, resources and resilience.
Mary first learned Mindfulness at classes in the Sanctuary and has been practicing mindfulness for over 20 years. One of the thing that Mary values most about mindfulness is it teaches us we can always begin again – living freshly in each moment – a skill that takes constant practice! Mary trained with the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches (IMA) as an MBSR teacher. She really enjoys teaching mindfulness and enjoys seeing how people begin to change – transform even – as they begin to practice and find their own inner wisdom.
Orla trained as a clinical psychologist and dramatherapist and also as a community creative dance teacher. Somatic studies and authentic movement has been another area of exploration. Currently she works as a rehabilitation and wellness facilitator in the area of mental health.
Meditation and mindfulness have been important to Orla as far back as she can remember. However it was 28 years ago as a psychology student that she began to meditate more formally. For many years she wished to integrate her practice into her work. Fortunately in the last few decades as science and mindfulness have come into a beautiful and fruitful dialogue, this became possible.
This development brought Orla to train as an MBSR and MBCT teacher with the German Institute for Mindfulness based Approaches. She also completed her training as a mindfulness – based compassionate living (MBCL) teacher with the same institute. Further training includes the practicum in mindfulness- based stress reduction with Saki Santorelli and Florence Meleo Meyer from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Orla attends regular retreats in Dzogchenbeara and has a particular interest in compassion and loving kindness practices. She has attended a number of retreats with Sharon Salzberg and one with Dr. Christopher Germer. All of these experiences have enhanced Orla’s working and personal life and renewed her desire to share the many benefits of a mindful approach to living.