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Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation - 4 Week Course


Tue 10 Apr 2018, 6:00pm–7:00pm
Tue 17 Apr 2018, 6:00pm–7:00pm
Tue 1 May 2018, 6:00pm–7:00pm
Tue 8 May 2018, 6:00pm–7:00pm

Where: Hospice Southland, Southland Hospital Grounds, Elles Rd, Strathern, Invercargill, Southland

Restrictions: R18

Listed by: renetherapy

Note there is no class the week of 24 Apr.

The Mindfulness Works exclusive 4-week introductory course provides you with an opportunity to experience the benefits of mindfulness.

What is included in the course?
- 4 x classes
- 45-page guidebook
- 12-month subscription to the premium Wildflowers Mindfulness app
- Weekly emails with extra articles and instructions
- Downloadable guided mindfulness meditations for you to keep

About Mindfulness Works:
Mindfulness Works is New Zealand’s largest mindfulness training organisation. Every month over 500 people complete the Mindfulness Works introductory course.

What Is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness means “paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.” — Jon Kabat Zinn (Professor of Medicine Emeritus Stress Reduction Clinic and the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine).

Modern research about mindfulness and meditation shows that over time and with regular practice, mindfulness offers significant benefits to people including less stress, less anxiety, greater focus, calm and happiness.

"NZ Mental Health Foundation mental health promoter Grant Rix says mindfulness has been shown to benefit our brains to such an extent that we can feel calmer, more aware, have an increased ability to focus and concentrate, remember things better and feel happier." — NZ Mental Health Foundation Press Release July 2012

The Benefits of Mindfulness and Meditation:
- With regular practice and over time, mindfulness and meditation can offer the following benefits
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Improved sleeping patterns
- Increased relaxation
- Greater self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- Deeper levels of self-acceptance and self-love

“Neuroscientists have found that meditators shift their brain activity to different areas of the cortex. This mental shift decreases the negative effects of stress, mild depression and anxiety… The researchers found that the meditators showed a pronounced shift in activity to the left frontal lobe. In other words, they were calmer and happier than before.” — Psychology Today

Important Note for Those With Clinical Or Severe Depression:
Many studies show that with regular practice and over time (at least 8 weeks), mindfulness can reduce stress and anxiety. However if you have severe or clinical depression, it is important that you receive specialist medical advice.

For more information and support on depression, please visit:
- The NZ Mental Health Foundation:
- Depression Help/Support NZ Website:
- The Low Down — Depression Help/Support for Young People:

Course topics:
- Week 1: What is Mindfulness and What are the Benefits?
- Week 2: Mindfulness and The Thinking Mind
- Week 3: Mindfulness and Emotions
- Week 4: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

Who is this course suitable for?
This course is suitable for absolute beginners who have no or very little mindfulness and meditation experience. This course is not suitable for children and is best for people aged 18+.