There are times when life events seem overwhelming, preventing us from fully engaging in our meaningful activities and relationships. Our intense emotions can affect not only our work performance, but also our family life. Scientific research is now proving the healing effect of mindfulness in developing attention and rebalancing our emotions.
“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness is paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, bringing our full awareness to this present moment. It means meeting each moment with an attitude of openness and curiosity, rather than with fear or judgement. Developing skillful attention allows us to interrupt unproductive thoughts and to be aware of our options for responding at any given moment.
This 8-part series will focus on the skill of mindfulness in everyday living, as a strategy to improve our attention and emotion management. Each session will include mindfulness meditation practice, discussion, and reflection, as well as tools to facilitate continued practice and growth at home, all in the context of participants’ occupational goals. Each session will follow Adult Learning Design principles
Topics will include:
- Introduction to Mindfulness
- The Neuro-anatomy of Mindfulness
- The Stress Response: Recognizing our Stress Symptoms
- Mindful Sensory Awareness
- Mindful Movement
- Mindful Gratitude and Loving-kindness
- Distress Tolerance: Creating a First Aid Kit of Mindful Practices
- Motivational Strategies for Staying on Track with Your Practice
Mary McNamara O.T. Reg.(Ont.) has practiced OT in Acute Psychiatry for 20 years, developing and delivering patient education modules on stress management, relaxation, and cognitive behavioural strategies, as applied to occupational performance goals. Mindfulness has been a major component of these modules, and she herself is a practitioner and ongoing student of mindfulness. She has presented provincially and nationally on the subject of Adult Learning Design for patient education.
The cost to participate in the eight week program is $700.00.
Next session – April 3 to May 22, 2019