Mindfulness Meditation Workshop
Complete Wellness is now offering a free Mindfulness Meditation Workshop for existing patients and clients of Complete Wellness. Please use to form at the side to register your interest in this training and practical opportunity.
As humans, we are born with the most complex instrument in the known universe - our minds. There are more connections in the brain than there are stars in the galaxy, and most of us operate these minds with no owner’s manual. Lucky for us, other cultures have developed exquisite owner’s manuals over the past 5,000 years.
In this workshop, participants will be learning and practicing the core teachings of the Buddha: the Four Noble Truths. These are not religious teachings. You will not be asked to subscribe to a belief system. Instead, the Four Noble Truths are a rigorous, empirical system to understand the mind by observing it with non-judgmental awareness. Through this meditation practice, participants will gain clarity on how suffering exists as states of the mind and develop tools to help alleviate it.
This workshop is suitable for those who have never meditated before, as well as the most advanced meditators. Although mastery takes a lifetime, some may notice the benefits after a single session. The possible benefits of meditation are endless: improved concentration, memory, empathy, pain tolerance, emotional management, addiction management, better sleep, longer lifespan, as well as a reduction of stress, anxiety, and depression.
Each session begins with a few minutes of concentration practice; this is called samatha. Once the concentration muscles are warmed up, A passage of the day on the Four Noble Truths from Buddhist monk, Ajahn Sumedho, will be read. Each Noble Truth is broken down into three aspects starting with the first aspect of the First Noble Truth, and progressing in order. After the passage reading, there will be time for questions, and then move on to the main practice, which is called vipassana. Vipassana is an awareness practice in which we watch our thoughts and emotions rise and fall. With time, participants see through the stories they are used to telling themselves and gain insight into the true nature of the mind.