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An Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation — Havelock North

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Havelock North Function Centre

30 Te Mata Road

Havelock North, North Island 4130

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Reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep and increase self-acceptance with mindfulness. New Zealand's number one mindfulness course.

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An Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation 4-week course. Each class is one hour, once per week. This course is practical, non-religious and designed for beginners. The course includes

  • 4 classes with an experienced mindfulness trainer
  • 4-week subscription to the full version of the CALM app
  • Downloadable guided mindfulness meditations for you to keep
  • A 45-page guidebook

“Using mindfulness to help me better manage unrelenting anxiety, obsessive worrying & sadness. I have found that using the apps is helpful when having a stressful day, & I intend to keep practicing daily. Thank you.” — Cecily Wilson

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

The benefits of regular mindfulness are…

✔ Reduced stress and anxiety

✔ Improved sleeping patterns

✔ Less self-judgement and more self-acceptance

✔ Greater feelings of joy and freedom

✔ Improved mental health

✔ Effective ways to work with difficult thoughts and emotions

“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

✔ Full length 4-week course so you can practise and report back.

✔ No risk money-back guarantee; if you attend all the classes and don’t feel you have received any benefit get your money back.

✔ Includes 4-week subscription to the premium version of the CALM mindfulness and meditation app.

✔ New Zealand’s number one mindfulness course.

✔ Exclusive 45-page guidebook including weekly assignments, indepth articles and a reading list.

✔ Over 15 guided downloadable guided meditations for you to keep.

✔ No religion. No dogma. No funny positions. Practical and non-religious course.

✔ Designed for absolute beginners

Week 1: What is Mindfulness?

  • What mindfulness is
  • The benefits of mindfulness and meditation
  • Guided body scan mindfulness meditation.

Week 2: Working with the Mind

  • Why thinking can be problematical
  • Practical ways to work with difficult thoughts
  • Self-judgement and how to intervene
  • Guided mindfulness meditation — counting the breath.

Week 3: Working with Emotions

  • What are emotions?
  • Learning to feel emotions
  • The RAIN method
  • Non-judgement and acceptance
  • Guided mindfulness meditation on feelings.

Week 4: Radical Acceptance

  • What it means to be present
  • How "wanting things to be different" causes stress
  • Developing wisdom and insight
  • Authentic self-compassion
  • Open awareness guided mindfulness meditation
  • Next steps.

YOUR FACILITATOR IS PAT ALEXANDER

Pat came to New Zealand eight years ago and since then, she has consolidated a passion for mindfulness. This personal journey came about from different life events, but significantly from the disconnect she felt at the time when she was dealing with the impact of a big change in her life.

This challenging time brought a lot of self-doubt and emotional vulnerability into her life. However, she has found that mindfulness practice has enabled her to engage and rejoice in the complete person that she is and connect with the very being of just who she is.

This journey has been in both Pat's personal and professional life. It has been enabled through attending training, retreats and teachings and through the development of her own practice which has been a personal commitment to her journey and that at times has brought feelings of fear and trepidation.

This experience has enabled Pat to connect with like-minded people and to receive guidance and mindfulness supervision through her teachers to whom she is very thankful.

As a clinician in mental health, she can see the great potential mindfulness offers and uses it in her work. She observes the benefits it provides people — developing awareness and gaining a better understanding of what limits their lives and living to their full potential and freedom of choice.

Pat completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teachers practicum in 2012 and provides mindfulness-based interventions in her private practice.

She enjoys being part of the Mindfulness Works team and providing the Intro courses in Napier.

Mindfulness Works is the largest mindfulness training organisation in New Zealand. Over 15,000 people have completed the Mindfulness Works Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation 4-week course

Mindfulness Works is committed to:

  • Providing accessible and affordable mindfulness courses.
  • Offering a diverse range of experienced and skilled mindfulness trainers.
  • Providing courses in a practical format with exceptional supporting resources.
  • Improving the mental health of all of us and fostering self-love in all.
  • Supporting our facilitators with options for further professional development.
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