“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
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.
The 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
Our next class starts on Monday 13th May (May 13th, 20th, 27th and June 10th ), consisting of 4 x 2 hours classes, at the Sanctuary, Stanhope St, Dublin 7 and will be facilitated by Orla Burchael & Mary Jennings.