Mindfulness Dimensions presents an “Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction” in a new series this autumn at Swansea Town Hall.
- Class times: Friday Evenings 6:30 – 8:45PM
- 6-weeks starting October 27 to December 1, 2017.
- Cost: $300 (In the spirit of no person being refused and to be inclusive of all income levels there will be offered a sliding payment scale starting at $150.)
“Oh, I’ve had my moments, and if I had to do it over again, I’d try to have more of them. In fact, I tried to have nothing else. Just moments, one after another instead of living so many years ahead of each day!” ~ Nadine Stair, 85 years old
Mindfulness is essentially about how we are in relationship to everything, including our own minds and bodies, our thoughts and emotions, our stressors, our past and our future. It’s how we can learn to live our way into every aspect of life with integrity, with kindness toward others, and ourselves and with wisdom.
The practice of mindfulness involves discovering, recognizing, and making use of that in us which is already okay, already beautiful, and drawing on it to live our lives as if it really mattered.
The purpose of this course is to touch something very special that lies within us, our capacity for embracing the actuality of things, in ways that are healing and transforming, often when it seems utterly impossible. We will gently and slowly learn to sit in silence and take pause in our lives through various forms of guided formal and informal meditations.
In the meditations, we train ourselves to pay close attention to what is going on in the present moment just as it is and non-judgmentally. When we connect with the present moment we become aware of habitual thought patterns and can start to create new healthier thought ways of responding rather than emotionally reacting to life’s challenges. We learn to work in new ways with our bodies and our thoughts and feelings and perceptions, and perhaps learning to laugh at things a little more, including ourselves, as we process finding and maintaining a balance as best as we can.
Past participants in MBSR report greater self-confidence and assertiveness; greater acceptance of themselves and their limitations and disabilities; more confident about their ability to handle physical and emotional pain. They are also less anxious, less depressed, and less angry. They feel more in control, even in very stressful situations that previously would have sent them spinning.
Both adults and teens welcome: Anyone trying to live a healthier and saner life in our fast paced distracting world. The practice of mindfulness has the potential to be a lifelong companion and ally.
Please note this program is not a drop in. A commitment of the 6 weeks is recommended as each class builds upon the other. Meditation practice CD’s and workbook included. We will be closely following Jon Kabat-Zinn’s best selling book “FULL CATASTROPHE LIVING” (recommended reading)
This course is taught by Karen Waddell, currently training at The UMass Medical School Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society. Karen is excited to be able bring this world-renowned program to Swansea Town Hall Community Centre.
For more information or to register, contact Karen:
Karen Waddell – Biography
MBSR had a profound affect on my life. Six years ago I experienced a serious head injury. Rather than continue to take the strong opiates I was prescribed for the rest of my life I searched out alternative healing. Word of mouth eventually lead me to Lucinda’s Sykes’ Meditation For Health program here in Toronto. By the end of the course, not only did I learn to manage my pain and leave the medications behind. It also opened up for me more effective ways of dealing with stress. I learned how to cultivate more curiosity and openness, to be more present in my life, to see a wider perspective on situations and events, and above all be kinder, gentler and loving with others and myself. It was such a life-changing powerful experience for me, like a “coming home” to myself.
After over 20 years of being a professional actress I then returned to school to study Social Work followed by a practicum at St. Michael’s Hospital here in Toronto, and received a level one Facilitators Training certificate in Mindful-Based Chronic Pain Management under Dr. J Gardner-Nix. I added classes in advanced counseling courses at George Brown and well as Conflict Resolution at The University of Waterloo/ Conrad-Grebel Campus. It was then that I began the teaching pathway UMass Medical School Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society where I have just completed my Fundamentals Practicum. I am now qualified to safely and effectively deliver Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.
In 2017, I was named ambassador of a mental health charity in Toronto called Sashbear where I have been offering my services pertaining to the mindful aspects of their work for the last 5 years. Through the Sashbear organization I have produced a number of films to break the stigma of mental health . One being THE HAVING A LIFE WORTH LIVING documentary series with Dr. Blaise Aguirre, the director of McLean 3EAST hospital in Boston. Under the umbrella of Sashbear I also give public talks about mindfulness and bring meditation workshops to junior schools in the GTA. As well, I guide mindful meditation sessions for the Toronto chapters of Alan Fruzzetti’s BPD family support group: ‘FAMILY CONNECTIONS’.
I guide by example by having a regular daily practice as well as attend week-long silent retreats throughout the year.