Into the Heart of Mindfulness

In this course, we’ll explore four themes at the heart of mindfulness meditation: awareness, acceptance, spaciousness and simplicity. Each week will focus on a single theme.

The course will be run online via Zoom.

Course themes

To give you a feel for the flavour of this course, here are a few quotations on these themes.

Awareness – bringing mind and body together

Meditation is to be aware of what is going on: in your body, in your feelings, in your mind, and in the world.

Thich Nhat Hanh

With practice, awareness becomes increasingly your home base, your refuge … You abide more and more as the field of awareness upon which experiences arise, register, and pass away.

Rick Hanson

Acceptance – embracing experience with kindness

Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.

Sylvia Boorstein

In meditation we discover our inherent restlessness. Sometimes we get up and leave. Sometimes we sit there but our bodies wiggle and squirm and our minds go far away. This can be so uncomfortable that we feel it’s impossible to stay. Yet this feeling can teach us not just about ourselves but what it is to be human … We really don’t want to stay with the nakedness of our present experience. It goes against the grain to stay present. These are the times when only gentleness and a sense of humour can give us the strength to settle down … so whenever we wander off, we gently encourage ourselves to stay and settle down. Are we experiencing restlessness? Stay! Are fear and loathing out of control? Stay! Aching knees and throbbing back? Stay! What’s for lunch? Stay! I can’t stand this another minute! Stay!

Pema Chödrön

Spaciousness – making breathing room

One of the things we try to do in meditation is to give breathing room to our experience. So that brings us back to the breath. Breathe in an easy way with your experience. Make room for your experience. Make breathing room for it, so there’s more space, and more circulation, and more possibilities for it to show itself, and unwind, or process, or do what it needs to do.

Gil Fronsdal

This practice helps us discover the spaciousness of awareness by realising the space and aliveness that is in the body, and then sensing the continuous space that holds all life.

Tara Brach

Simplicity – just sitting.

Meditation could be said to be the art of simplicity: simply sitting, simply breathing and simply being.

Dilgo Khyentse

In meditation … we are not searching, we are not pulling or probing, we are just sitting and watching.

Joseph Goldstein

Course materials

You’ll receive:

  • course notes
  • extra online reading
  • access to recordings of guided meditations.

Cost

$120

Times and dates

February 2021 (dates to be announced in January).

Requirements

You should be willing to set aside 15-30 minutes each day to practice.

If you have a mental health condition, we strongly recommend you get a clearance from your doctor or psychologist before registering to attend this course.

Facilitator

The course is run by Dey Alexander, a meditation teacher registered with Meditation Australia.

Course policies

Background questionnaire and waiver

After you register, we will email you a link to a background questionnaire and waiver. Each attendee must fill this out and agree to the waiver before the course starts.

No refunds

We don’t offer refunds once the course has started because:

  • we decide whether to go ahead with the course based on balancing the income from enrolments against the costs
  • you get access to the course materials from the first session.