Wake up and feel rested
Living with pain and fatigue can be extremely challenging. Our mindfulness program and individual classes teach you how to relate to your pain and fatigue in a way that allows you to stop struggling and start living.
What is mindfulness?
Do you ever find yourself taking your nine o’clock work meeting while having your morning shower? Or going over and over a difficult conversation you had earlier in the day while trying to get to sleep? Have you ever arrived at work without being aware of how you got there? These are all examples of when our attention is not focused. And while this is a natural state for the untrained mind, it can often mean that we miss precious moments and can feel overwhelmed by life.
Our brain is made up of billions of neurons which communicate through neural pathways. These pathways change and grow depending on our environment and what we pay attention to. Paying attention or being mindful is when our minds and bodies are focusing on the same thing at the same time. So, when we are showering we are showering, when we are talking with someone we are talking, and when we are resting we are resting.
Mindfulness exercises cultivate our capacity to pay attention to the present moment, using techniques like meditation, breathing, and mindful movement. Training increases our awareness of our thoughts, feelings, and body sensations so that instead of being overwhelmed by them we are better able to manage them.
When we pay attention to what is in front of us with openness and curiosity our productivity improves, calm and clarity increase and we feel more connected to others.
“Mindful meditation is the art of not confusing yourself with the
mind, no matter what it says” – Marcos Gualbert
We offer a 6-week mindfulness course on the fundamentals of mindfulness theory and practice. By the end of the course, you will have a host of mindfulness tools and strategies to help you focus your attention and never miss another moment of your life.
Active Health Clinic psychologist, Paula Sladdin, is experienced in teaching mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction. She believes that cultivating regular mindful practices have helped her create a happier and more productive life.
Week 1: The fundamentals of mindfulness
Learn the fundamentals of mindfulness and begin practices that build a sense of presence.
Week 2: Be mindful of your body
Build awareness of your body and cultivate practices that build a sense of presence.
Week 3: Be mindful of your thoughts and emotions
Build awareness of your thoughts and emotions, and cultivate practices that build a sense of presence.
Week 4: Be mindful and navigate stress
A lesson on the neurophysiology of stress, and cultivating practices that support your return to the present moment.
Week 5: Be mindful and cultivate self-compassion
Explore the concept of self-compassion, and cultivate practices that bring warmth, patience and tenderness to your struggles.
Week 6: Be mindful in daily life
Reflect on learnings and practices, and make plans for how to cultivate mindfulness in our everyday lives.
Individual Mindfulness Classes
We also offer individual lessons in mindfulness. In each lesson, psychologist, Paula Sladdin, will discuss a theoretical aspect of mindfulness and lead a related practice.