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Invercargill Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation – 4 Week course

Jan 10, 2018
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Date(s) - 10/01/2018
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Hospice Southland

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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: https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/
Depression Help/Support NZ Website: https://depression.org.nz/
The Low Down — Depression Help/Support for Young People: https://thelowdown.co.nz/

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